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Oct 26, 2014

Royals second line of relief battered by Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – One day after the Royals bullpen pitched four no-hit innings to preserve a 3-2 win and seize a 2-1 World Series lead, Kansas City’s secondary relievers failed on Saturday as a 4-1 lead turned into an 11-4 slaughter.

The San Francisco Giants battered Kansas City relievers for eight runs in four innings on 10 hits and four walks to level Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship 2-2.

Oct 26, 2014

Giants’ offense comes alive to level Series

SAN FRANCISCO California (Reuters) – San Francisco overcame a three-run deficit to record a blowout 11-4 victory in Game Four of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, levelling the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

The Royals grabbed a 4-1 advantage in the third inning and looked as though they might inch closer to a storybook victory before the Giants showed the resilience that has delivered them two other World Series titles since 2010.

Oct 26, 2014

Stanton, Trout and Selig claim Aaron Awards

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were selected as American League and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, Major League Baseball said on Saturday.

The award, established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record, recognizes the top offensive performer in each league and is voted on by fans and a panel of Hall of Fame players.

Oct 25, 2014

Bumgarner was willing but held back until Game Five

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was willing, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to rush the left-hander back to the mound on short rest and kept him on course to pitch Game Five of the World Series on Sunday.

A ‘will he or won’t he’ confusion surfaced late Friday when a report surfaced that Bumgarner had told team mates he would be starting Game Four against the Kansas City Royals.

Oct 25, 2014

Giants hope 2012 adversity helps them overcome Royals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants hope to be able to draw on their experience in the 2012 postseason as they battle to overcome a 2-1 deficit to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.

The 3-2 loss on Friday gave the visiting Royals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven. Teams winning Game Three in a World Series that was tied 1-1 have gone on to win two-thirds of the time.

Oct 25, 2014

Nightmare bullpen, dream start for Guthrie lift Royals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kansas City manager Ned Yost could barely wait to unleash his scariest weapon, the remarkable set of relievers who preserved the lead to give the Royals the upper hand in the World Series on Friday.

“Monstrous,” Royals manager Ned Yost said about his bullpen after the 3-2 victory gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship.

Oct 25, 2014

Royals hold off Giants to take Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five shutout innings and the bullpen slammed the door shut as Kansas City Royals held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 and grab control of the World Series on Friday.

Unbeaten through the post-season until they lost the first game of the World Series at home on Tuesday, the Royals have produced back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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.