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10/20/2014 | Selig honored at Broadcasting and Cable HoF Awards

Bud Selig's 22-year run as Major League Baseball's Commissioner is coming to an end, which has plenty of people reflecting on his career. It happened once more on Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria, where Selig received a lifetime achievement award at the 24th annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards.


10/20/2014 | Shields important piece of Royals' plan in action

James Shields will take the ball opposite Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. It lined up that way because Shields was skipped on normal rest for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, partly because, as The Kansas City Star reported, the 32-year-old right-hander passed a kidney stone.


10/20/2014 | At top of the order, Blanco realizes World Series dream

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Gregor Blanco of the Giants will realize his fondest baseball dream Tuesday night: Leading off and playing center field in the World Series.


10/20/2014 | Giants can punch Bochy's Hall of Fame ticket

Nine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest honor.


10/20/2014 | Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas City

Six days after celebrating an American League pennant in front of their own fans by dispatching the Orioles, the Royals will host the Giants in the first World Series matchup between the clubs. First pitch in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tonight at 8:07 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage on FOX begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.


10/20/2014 | Appel dominates, continues scoreless streak in AFL

Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.


10/20/2014 | Lincecum more than ready if needed in Fall Classic

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has gone from the sublime to the anonymous in his baseball career. Thus far, Lincecum has not pitched during the 2014 playoffs, but he insists he is not obsessing about pitching in the World Series against the Royals. If Lincecum's not used, he figures he'll deal with all that when the postseason is over.


10/20/2014 | MadBum brings unique delivery, experience for Giants in Game 1

When Madison Bumgarner starts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch), he will showcase one of the game's most unconventional deliveries, which he spent the past decade crafting into one of baseball's best.


10/20/2014 | Bogar opts to break from Rangers' coaching staff

Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of the Rangers' season, will not be joining new manager Jeff Banister's coaching staff. That was the conclusion reached after Bogar had discussions with Banister and general manager Jon Daniels.


10/20/2014 | Crucial Giants-Royals World Series matchups

The fruitlessness of speculation at this stage is well-established by these Royals and Giants. Not only have they beaten the odds by becoming the first two Wild Card teams of the Wild Card Game era to advance to the World Series, but they've done it in dominant fashion, with a combined postseason record of 16-2, the best ever for two World Series participants.


10/20/2014 | Texas' Williams hits big homer in Fall League action

Nick Williams made his entrance as an injury replacement in the third inning and later drilled a two-run home run to lead the Surprise Saguaros to a 6-5 win over the Mesa Solar Sox.


10/20/2014 | Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1

Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.


10/20/2014 | Finnegan set for World Series after college run

Sitting in his criminal justice classes four months ago at Texas Christian University, Brandon Finnegan could not wait to be done with college so he could go play professional baseball.


10/20/2014 | Reds prospect Iglesias makes debut in AFL

Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.


10/20/2014 | Coaching continuity a source of Giant strength

When a Giants coach speaks, players listen, because those coaches have pull with manager Bruce Bochy, and chances are they will be around for many years.


10/20/2014 | Royals' success can be traced back to 2010 trade

The trade that brought Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar to Kansas City almost didn't happen, but happen it did, and Ned Yost calls the deal "the start to all of our success."


10/20/2014 | Posey faces tough task behind the plate against speedy Royals

Buster Posey casts an assertive presence as a hitter, but he could loom even larger in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals when he settles into his catcher's crouch.


10/20/2014 | MLB announces World Series umpiring crew

Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Kellogg is one of three regular season crew chiefs who will have a role working the 110th Fall Classic.


10/20/2014 | Holland has an edge -- and unhittable pitches

Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz has a hard time explaining what makes closer Greg Holland's pitches so wickedly effective. Which probably helps explain why they're so wickedly effective.


10/20/2014 | In an era of parity, Giants closing in on dynasty status

Is it possible to have a dynasty only in even-numbered years? In an era of baseball parity, the answer is yes. This is the most anyone could reasonably expect out of one team. That team in this case would be the San Francisco Giants.


10/20/2014 | Royals ham it up during meet and greet

Outside of Kansas City, how many of us really know the Royals? To that end, we took advantage of a 50-minute media session on Monday at Kauffman Stadium, where players were stationed inside one room at the Royals' Hall of Fame and fielded questions from dozens of media types.


10/20/2014 | Sundberg remembers Royals' 1985 championship season

Jim Sundberg's memory of where his World Series ring is may be a little hazy, but he still vividly recalls the events of October 1985. That was when the Royals played in their last World Series, and Sundberg played a significant role in bringing home the only World Series championship in club history.


10/20/2014 | Morse to serve as Giants' DH in Kansas City

After playing a critical role as a pinch-hitter in the National League Championship Series, Michael Morse's job description is about to expand. Morse will serve as the Giants' designated hitter in World Series Games 1 and 2, giving manager Bruce Bochy's club some extra thump that it did not have in previous rounds.


10/20/2014 | Affeldt stays course to aid Giants' World Series run

If not for the words of two people -- Jeremy Affeldt's wife, Larisa, and Royals general manager Dayton Moore -- he might have called it quits in 2006. If Affeldt gets key outs against Kansas City in the heat of battle, Moore, in a weird way, will be the one to blame.


10/20/2014 | Giants' pinch-hitting options limited in Kansas City

With the use of the designated hitter in the American League city, the Giants are going to have a shortened bench for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.




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