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Oct 24, 2014

Manager Bochy part of international flavor at Series

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The World Series has a strong international flavor this year with the most surprising foreign-born participant the man calling the shots from the San Francisco Giants dugout, manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father was stationed as a U.S. Army officer. Bochy grew up in Virginia and Florida before becoming the eighth French-born player ever in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Houston Astros.

Oct 24, 2014

Royals outfield defenders cram for quirky AT&T test

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The irresistible talents of the Kansas City Royals’ outfielders may be tested by the inscrutable elements of San Francisco’s quirky right field when the World Series resumes on Friday.

Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki all had a cram course on Thursday’s off-day in gauging caroms off the AT&T Park wall ahead of a Game Three that will snap a 1-1 tie in the best-of-seven championship.

Oct 23, 2014

New-fashioned Giants built on winning formula

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco Giants fans, once in love with home runs and Barry Bonds, will be cheering a selfless, grinding club chasing their third title in five years when the World Series resumes at AT&T Park on Friday.

The Giants and Royals split the first two games of the best-of-seven championship series in Kansas City with the next three to be played in a rocking stadium that the host team says has been sold out for the last 330 games.

Oct 23, 2014

Butler seizes opportunities to help Royals level series

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Bill Butler grumbled about a lost opportunity in Kansas City’s opening defeat in the World Series.

The designated hitter took matters into his own hands on Wednesday by supplying a pair of key hits to help the Royals claim a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants that tied the best-of-seven series 1-1.

Oct 23, 2014

Giants lose battle of bullpens as Royals level series

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – The Giants lost the battle of the bullpens on Wednesday and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland nearly ignited a brawl after losing his temper as the Kansas City Royals leveled the World Series 1-1.

With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, the Royals erupted for five runs, finishing off the explosion with a two-run double by Salvador Perez and a two-run home run by Omar Infante both off Strickland.

Oct 23, 2014

Royals even World Series with rout of Giants

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – The Kansas City Royals rediscovered their post-season magic in a 7-2 victory on Wednesday that evened the World Series and signaled they are not overmatched by the experienced San Francisco Giants.

Billy Butler snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning and the Royals added four more before the frame was over to break open a tight game and restore joy to their home fans in Kauffman Stadium.

Oct 22, 2014

Bumgarner gets kick out of denying Royals a rally

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Madison Bumgarner welcomes a challenge, and the San Francisco Giants ace left-hander handled a big one with aplomb in Tuesday’s victory in the World Series opener against the Kansas City Royals.

After the Giants staked him to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Bumgarner faced a sticky jam when Mike Moustakas doubled after Omar Infante reached on an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford to put men on second and third with no outs.

Oct 22, 2014

Royals look to bounce back but rue missed opportunity

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – The Cinderella Kansas City Royals tasted defeat for the first time in a fairytale postseason in their World Series opener on Tuesday but stalwart Alex Gordon was unfazed.

After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, the Royals roared through the first eight games in unprecedented fashion before being cut down 7-1 by the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Oct 22, 2014

Royals flushed as Giants take Game One

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants brought Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason to a shuddering end with an emphatic 7-1 win in the opening game of the World Series on Tuesday.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner delivered a sparkling seven innings of work and Hunter Pence slammed a first inning two-run homer that pushed the Royals into an early hole they were unable to claw out of at their Kauffman stadium home.

Oct 22, 2014

Veteran against young fireballer in Game Two match-up

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – It will be the veteran against the youngster in Game Two of the World Series when San Francisco’s Jake Peavy takes the mound against fireballing Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Peavy, 33, said he hopes the Giants can take advantage of the emotions Kansas City’s 23-year-old Dominican starter may feel.