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Oct 30, 2014

Royals’ success warms outgoing commissioner Selig’s heart

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – In a way, it was fitting for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s last World Series in charge to finish in Kansas City.

Selig, 80, is ending a 22-year reign as overseer of the game in January, and several of the innovations he instituted paid dividends at the 2014 Fall Classic.

Oct 30, 2014

Giants a new-age dynasty with help from Bumgarner

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – A different kind of Major League Baseball dynasty has emerged.

The San Francisco Giants are champions of a new age of parity, the best at juggling budget and talent, and managing the changing tides of a tumultuous 162-game regular season.

Oct 30, 2014

No fairytale ending to Royals’ Cinderella story

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – There was no happy ending to Kansas City’s storybook season after the Royals lost 3-2 in Game Seven of the World Series, and while they exceeded expectations simply by reaching Wednesday’s finale, manager Ned Yost found the narrow loss hard to swallow.

The endearing upstarts, who last reached the playoffs in 1985 when they went on to win the Fall Classic, had the tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth against San Francisco but could not bring Alex Gordon home.

Oct 30, 2014

Giants ride brilliant Bumgarner to World Series win

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Madison Bumgarner insisted throughout the World Series that he felt great and was eager to take the ball any time San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked him to pitch.

The 25-year-old ace starter was called upon for a third time in the series in Game Seven on Wednesday, closing out the Giants’ clinching victory over the Kansas City Royals with five innings of shutout relief.

Oct 30, 2014

Giants close out Royals to win World Series

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday behind a stunning performance by Madison Bumgarner to win their third World Series title in five Major League Baseball seasons.

With the win, the Giants completed a 4-3 series win over the Royals in the best-of-seven championship, adding a third title to their brilliant every-other-year pattern of post-season success dating back to 2010.

Oct 29, 2014

World Series decider captivates host city

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message “Go Royals” — the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district.

Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series.

Oct 29, 2014

Indicators shift to Royals in decisive Game Seven

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Probability swung in favor of the Cinderella Kansas City Royals after the American League champions routed the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday to force a deciding Game Seven in the World Series.

While the underdog Royals are seeking their first Major League Baseball crown in 29 years against a Giants team looking for a third title in five years, trends favor Kansas City, who will be hosting the Giants in Wednesday’s deciding game.

Oct 29, 2014

Royals winner Ventura dedicates gem to Taveras

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Yordano Ventura wrote tributes to his late friend Oscar Taveras on his cap, glove and shoes and then made Game Six a night to remember as the Kansas City Royals kept their Cinderella dream going on Tuesday.

Dedicating the game to fellow-Dominican Taveras, one of baseball’s top prospects who died Sunday at age 22 in a car accident back home, Ventura hurled seven innings of three-hit ball in a 10-0 victory that forced a deciding Game Seven.

Oct 29, 2014

Royals rout Giants, send World Series to Game Seven

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – The Kansas City Royals awoke from their hitting slumber in a 10-0 thrashing of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday to stave off elimination and force the World Series to a decisive seventh game.

After a 162-game regular season and three rounds of postseason action, the Major League Baseball championship will come down to one game with the Giants chasing a third title in five years and the never-say-die Royals looking to end a 29-year championship drought.

Oct 28, 2014

Giants hitters Pence, Sandoval also shining in Series

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – While Madison Bumgarner has won justifiable praise for his dominant World Series pitching, teammates Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have come up big for the San Francisco Giants with their bats.

The twin forces have not only impacted games with hits, but also with their infectious enthusiasm.