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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.

Oct 22, 2014

Korean ‘superfan’ cheers on Royals at World Series

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Success starved Kansas City Royals supporters packed Kauffman Stadium for Game One of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday with none more excited than South Korean superfan Lee Sung-woo.

“It’s still like a dream,” the bespectacled Lee told Reuters a short stroll away from the entrance to the Royals clubhouse, a Major League Baseball credential hung around his neck as a guest for the Fall Classic.

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.