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Oct 21, 2014

Royals manager lets young player ‘be themselves’

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – After nine seasons as a Major League Baseball manager Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost decided to put games in the hands of his young players, who repaid the trust by reaching the World Series.

Yost said on the eve of Tuesday’s World Series opener against the San Francisco Giants that he quit trying to fashion his players into an ideal about two seasons ago and encouraged them to be themselves.

Oct 20, 2014

Waiting game over for Cinderella Royals

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The waiting game will soon be over for the Kansas City Royals, who last played for the World Series crown 29 years ago and who host the San Francisco Giants in Tuesday’s opener of Major League Baseball’s championship series.

Besides waiting nearly three decades to return to postseason baseball, the Cinderella crew will have cooled their heels for five days since extending a record unbeaten playoffs streak to 8-0 by sweeping the American League Championship Series.

Oct 18, 2014

Ishikawa an unlikely hero for Giants

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Travis Ishikawa, mired in a slump in the minors, nearly gave up his Major League Baseball career this summer before adding his name to Giants’ lore with a home run that put his club in the World Series.

Ishikawa’s three-run homer Thursday in the bottom of the ninth gave San Francisco a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League pennant, and his euphoric trip around the bases recalled one of baseball’s most famed playoff moments.

Oct 18, 2014

Wild postseason produces magical World Series

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – One of Major League Baseball’s wildest postseasons heads into its final chapter as the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants tangle in an unlikely World Series matchup.

The American League champion Royals return to the World Series for the first time in 29 years when they host the National League pennant-winning Giants to open the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship on Tuesday.

Oct 16, 2014

Biles poised to leap into Rio spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Her training headquarters is a small warehouse in Spring, Texas, but bigger things are expected for petite gymnast Simone Biles, who is on track to become a darling of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The powerfully-built 4-foot-9 American is back from Nanning, China, where last weekend she won four world championship gold medals including her second straight all-around title.

Oct 16, 2014

Gymnastics-Biles poised to leap into Rio spotlight

NEW YORK, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Her training headquarters is a small warehouse in Spring, Texas, but bigger things are expected for petite gymnast Simone Biles, who is on track to become a darling of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The powerfully-built 4-foot-9 American is back from Nanning, China, where last weekend she won four world championship gold medals including her second straight all-around title.

Oct 8, 2014

Title-starved teams battle for World Series berth

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The title-starved Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals both seek to end decades of frustration when they battle for a World Series berth in a best-of-seven series starting on Friday.

The once-proud franchises and their fans, who enjoyed great success in the past with such Orioles stars as Jim Palmer and Cal Ripken Jr. and Kansas City’s George Brett, relish a return to glory in the American League Championship Series that opens in Baltimore.

Sep 29, 2014

Regional rivals could decide World Series winner

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – From the East Coast to the West Coast and points in between the Major League Baseball postseason starting on Tuesday provides tantalizing possibilities of a regional rivalry determining the World Series champion.

From a possible “Freeway Series” in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and cross-town rival Angels, to a “Beltway Series” by the nation’s capital featuring the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, local fans dream of a territorial skirmish.

Sep 29, 2014

Jeter closes career with hit against Boston rivals

BOSTON (Reuters) – Derek Jeter fittingly ended his Major League Baseball career with a hit, chopping a high-hopper and beating it out for a third-inning, RBI-single on Sunday in the last at-bat of a 20-year career with the New York Yankees.

Jeter, who strained a hamstring legging out an infield hit on Saturday, was replaced by slow-footed pinch runner Brian McCann and given a thunderous send-off with the Fenway crowd chanting “De-rek Je-ter” and the Red Sox players applauding him.

Sep 29, 2014

Jeter farewell turns fierce rivalry into love-in

BOSTON (Reuters) – The final word on the stellar career of Derek Jeter came at Fenway Park on Sunday where baseball’s fiercest rivalry turned into a love-in with the Boston Red Sox bidding the New York Yankees captain a fond farewell.

Jeter, 40, was surprised by the classy pre-game ceremony laid on by the Red Sox, with whom he had waged many bitter battles over two decades in Major League Baseball and the outpouring of affection from rival players and Fenway fans.