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Royals’ shift backfires on Belt’s bunt single

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The Royals, who aren't exactly the free-wheeling Rays when it comes to displacing infielders, were beaten by their own shift when Brandon Belt laid down the first bunt single of his career with a runner on first base and no outs in the second inning, l... Read More »

Royals face elimination after Game 5 shutout loss

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Now the lead has shifted in the San Francisco Giants' favor, three victories to two. But the World Series site is also shifting, to the home field of the trailing Kansas City Royals. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner stifled the Royals on four hits in a sh... Read More »

Royals’ winning formula scrambled in two straight losses

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Cracks have started to form in the Royals' game plan with back-to-back losses in the World Series, including dropping Game 5, 5-0, on Sunday night. Read More »

Back home, Ventura, Royals aim to force Game 7

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Three World Series championships in five seasons? In this day and age? With an expanded postseason format and revenue sharing and general competitive balance? That's what you'd call a Giant undertaking. The Royals, meanwhile, have a giant undertaking o... Read More »

Cain pads highlight reel with great running grab

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Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was sporting a notable limp the night before, tracked down a deep fly ball in the fifth inning Sunday night to keep Kansas City within striking distance in Game 5 of the World Series. Read More »

Statcast: Cain robs Pence of extra bases

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Lorenzo Cain has spent much of this postseason flying all over the outfield to take hits away from opposing batters. He added another clip to his October highlight reel on Sunday night, in Game 5 of the World Series, helping to keep the Royals close in... Read More »

Shields did his part in getting Royals to World Series

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James Shields' performance this October wasn't the kind any pitcher dreams about, but the right-hander, whose time in Kansas City may soon be over, accomplished what he was acquired to do. Read More »

Unrattled Ventura ready for pressure of must-win Game 6

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It was enough to shake the confidence of even the most hardened of veterans, not to mention a 23-year-old rookie -- a leadoff home run in the World Series. But then Yordano Ventura kept right on pitching and showed the world something -- something his ... Read More »

Royals return home confident despite facing 3-2 deficit

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The visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park, momentarily home to a Royals team that had just put itself on the brink of elimination with a 5-0 defeat in Game 5 of the World Series, felt both somber and upbeat late Sunday night. Read More »

World Series shaken by Taveras’ passing

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The Giants had just won a World Series game, but there was very little celebrating going on in their clubhouse. The news of the death of Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras wasn't even a few hours old, and Giants players, many of whom learned of it in the m... Read More »

Royals’ bats tied in knots by Bumgarner

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Ahead in the count with a man on first base and two outs in the top of the first inning Sunday night, Royals cleanup man Eric Hosmer got a hittable fastball from Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. He took a healthy cut from his powerful left-handed stance a... Read More »

Giants have magic, but history on Royals’ side

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The Giants are close now, close enough to feel it and taste it and imagine it. This could again be their moment. As usual, they're at their best in games like this, when the lights are bright and the stage large. Only thing is, there's a teensy bit of ... Read More »

Singles weekend: Giants party without power

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The lack of boom-boom of late in this World Series was mentioned to "Bam Bam," aka Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, in the aftermath of Sunday night's 5-0 victory behind Madison Bumgarner. It was pointed out that not one home run was hit in the th... Read More »

G5 FYI: Bumgarner throws first WS shutout in 11 years

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Madison Bumgarner continued his historic postseason dominance on Sunday night, leading the Giants to a 5-0 victory in the pivotal Game 5 of the 2014 World Series. Read More »

Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 6

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Here's a breakdown of the pitching matchup for Game 6 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium tonight between the Giants' Jake Peavy and the Royals' Yordano Ventura. Read More »