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Bud Selig's 22-year run as Major League Baseball's Commissioner is coming to an end, which has plenty of people reflecting on his career. It happened once more on Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria, where Selig received a lifetime achievement award at the 24th annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:05:14 EDT )
Bud Selig's 22-year run as Major League Baseball's Commissioner is coming to an end, which has plenty of people reflecting on his career. It happened once more on Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria, where Selig received a lifetime achievement award at the 24th annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards.

James Shields will take the ball opposite Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. It lined up that way because Shields was skipped on normal rest for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, partly because, as The Kansas City Star reported, the 32-year-old right-hander passed a kidney stone.
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:59:36 EDT )
James Shields will take the ball opposite Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. It lined up that way because Shields was skipped on normal rest for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, partly because, as The Kansas City Star reported, the 32-year-old right-hander passed a kidney stone.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Gregor Blanco of the Giants will realize his fondest baseball dream Tuesday night: Leading off and playing center field in the World Series.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:05:15 EDT )
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Gregor Blanco of the Giants will realize his fondest baseball dream Tuesday night: Leading off and playing center field in the World Series.

Nine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest honor.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:13:47 EDT )
Nine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest honor.

Six days after celebrating an American League pennant in front of their own fans by dispatching the Orioles, the Royals will host the Giants in the first World Series matchup between the clubs. First pitch in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tonight at 8:07 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage on FOX begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:25:44 EDT )
Six days after celebrating an American League pennant in front of their own fans by dispatching the Orioles, the Royals will host the Giants in the first World Series matchup between the clubs. First pitch in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tonight at 8:07 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage on FOX begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:14:13 EDT )
Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has gone from the sublime to the anonymous in his baseball career. Thus far, Lincecum has not pitched during the 2014 playoffs, but he insists he is not obsessing about pitching in the World Series against the Royals. If Lincecum's not used, he figures he'll deal with all that when the postseason is over.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:31:59 EDT )
Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has gone from the sublime to the anonymous in his baseball career. Thus far, Lincecum has not pitched during the 2014 playoffs, but he insists he is not obsessing about pitching in the World Series against the Royals. If Lincecum's not used, he figures he'll deal with all that when the postseason is over.

When Madison Bumgarner starts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch), he will showcase one of the game's most unconventional deliveries, which he spent the past decade crafting into one of baseball's best.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:56:50 EDT )
When Madison Bumgarner starts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch), he will showcase one of the game's most unconventional deliveries, which he spent the past decade crafting into one of baseball's best.

The fruitlessness of speculation at this stage is well-established by these Royals and Giants. Not only have they beaten the odds by becoming the first two Wild Card teams of the Wild Card Game era to advance to the World Series, but they've done it in dominant fashion, with a combined postseason record of 16-2, the best ever for two World Series participants.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:47:10 EDT )
The fruitlessness of speculation at this stage is well-established by these Royals and Giants. Not only have they beaten the odds by becoming the first two Wild Card teams of the Wild Card Game era to advance to the World Series, but they've done it in dominant fashion, with a combined postseason record of 16-2, the best ever for two World Series participants.

Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:46:09 EDT )
Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.

Sitting in his criminal justice classes four months ago at Texas Christian University, Brandon Finnegan could not wait to be done with college so he could go play professional baseball.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:56:31 EDT )
Sitting in his criminal justice classes four months ago at Texas Christian University, Brandon Finnegan could not wait to be done with college so he could go play professional baseball.

Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:10:33 EDT )
Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.

The trade that brought Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar to Kansas City almost didn't happen, but happen it did, and Ned Yost calls the deal "the start to all of our success."
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:19:23 EDT )
The trade that brought Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar to Kansas City almost didn't happen, but happen it did, and Ned Yost calls the deal "the start to all of our success."

Buster Posey casts an assertive presence as a hitter, but he could loom even larger in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals when he settles into his catcher's crouch.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:34:00 EDT )
Buster Posey casts an assertive presence as a hitter, but he could loom even larger in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals when he settles into his catcher's crouch.

Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Kellogg is one of three regular season crew chiefs who will have a role working the 110th Fall Classic.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:54:48 EDT )
Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Kellogg is one of three regular season crew chiefs who will have a role working the 110th Fall Classic.

Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz has a hard time explaining what makes closer Greg Holland's pitches so wickedly effective. Which probably helps explain why they're so wickedly effective.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:28:22 EDT )
Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz has a hard time explaining what makes closer Greg Holland's pitches so wickedly effective. Which probably helps explain why they're so wickedly effective.

Is it possible to have a dynasty only in even-numbered years? In an era of baseball parity, the answer is yes. This is the most anyone could reasonably expect out of one team. That team in this case would be the San Francisco Giants.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:06:57 EDT )
Is it possible to have a dynasty only in even-numbered years? In an era of baseball parity, the answer is yes. This is the most anyone could reasonably expect out of one team. That team in this case would be the San Francisco Giants.

Outside of Kansas City, how many of us really know the Royals? To that end, we took advantage of a 50-minute media session on Monday at Kauffman Stadium, where players were stationed inside one room at the Royals' Hall of Fame and fielded questions from dozens of media types.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:48:23 EDT )
Outside of Kansas City, how many of us really know the Royals? To that end, we took advantage of a 50-minute media session on Monday at Kauffman Stadium, where players were stationed inside one room at the Royals' Hall of Fame and fielded questions from dozens of media types.

After playing a critical role as a pinch-hitter in the National League Championship Series, Michael Morse's job description is about to expand. Morse will serve as the Giants' designated hitter in World Series Games 1 and 2, giving manager Bruce Bochy's club some extra thump that it did not have in previous rounds.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:30:29 EDT )
After playing a critical role as a pinch-hitter in the National League Championship Series, Michael Morse's job description is about to expand. Morse will serve as the Giants' designated hitter in World Series Games 1 and 2, giving manager Bruce Bochy's club some extra thump that it did not have in previous rounds.

With the use of the designated hitter in the American League city, the Giants are going to have a shortened bench for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:31:55 EDT )
With the use of the designated hitter in the American League city, the Giants are going to have a shortened bench for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.

Prepare to be dazzled. That's because the Kansas City Royals do one thing better than any other baseball team on the planet. This one thing isn't something you see every day. And you've probably never seen it the way the Royals do it. The Royals play defense.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:04:23 EDT )
Prepare to be dazzled. That's because the Kansas City Royals do one thing better than any other baseball team on the planet. This one thing isn't something you see every day. And you've probably never seen it the way the Royals do it. The Royals play defense.

The only truly unsettled spot as the Cardinals begin to project their eight starting position players for next spring is right field, though it is also a position that the organization believes can be filled internally. The Cardinals will consider Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty for that job.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:41:46 EDT )
The only truly unsettled spot as the Cardinals begin to project their eight starting position players for next spring is right field, though it is also a position that the organization believes can be filled internally. The Cardinals will consider Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty for that job.

As baseball has changed over the past half-decade or so, it seems that the formula for winning in October may have changed, as well. And if that is in fact the case, then the best example is the American League champion Royals.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:18:18 EDT )
As baseball has changed over the past half-decade or so, it seems that the formula for winning in October may have changed, as well. And if that is in fact the case, then the best example is the American League champion Royals.

Jon Jay will have his left wrist scoped on Wednesday in order to address an injury that occurred about three months ago. As for other injuries, the Cards expect Yadier Molina (left oblique strain, right thumb injury) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow discomfort) to return in spring at full strength.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:41:44 EDT )
Jon Jay will have his left wrist scoped on Wednesday in order to address an injury that occurred about three months ago. As for other injuries, the Cards expect Yadier Molina (left oblique strain, right thumb injury) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow discomfort) to return in spring at full strength.

The annual World Series Community Initiative program is an established tradition that gives two clubs and their fan bases even greater rewards for reaching the ultimate stage of international attention. The Royals and Giants will each have two dedicated game themes to raise awareness for important causes associated with charitable initiatives and MLB partners.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:06:31 EDT )
The annual World Series Community Initiative program is an established tradition that gives two clubs and their fan bases even greater rewards for reaching the ultimate stage of international attention. The Royals and Giants will each have two dedicated game themes to raise awareness for important causes associated with charitable initiatives and MLB partners.

Gear up in style with the exclusive official sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps that the Royals and Giants will be wearing to work out during the World Series.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:13:50 EDT )
Gear up in style with the exclusive official sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps that the Royals and Giants will be wearing to work out during the World Series.

Lorenzo Cain has shined on both sides of the ball this postseason, stroking hits with regularity and chasing down drives in the outfield gaps. Those feats would be impressive even without the knowledge that he didn't play baseball at any level until his sophomore year of high school.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:54:41 EDT )
Lorenzo Cain has shined on both sides of the ball this postseason, stroking hits with regularity and chasing down drives in the outfield gaps. Those feats would be impressive even without the knowledge that he didn't play baseball at any level until his sophomore year of high school.

During those years the sports teams wandered aimlessly in the desert of mediocrity, the rest of the city was busy building a better Kansas City. And Kansas Citians know how to wait for the good times to come back around.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:23:39 EDT )
During those years the sports teams wandered aimlessly in the desert of mediocrity, the rest of the city was busy building a better Kansas City. And Kansas Citians know how to wait for the good times to come back around.

Twenty-nine years later, as the Royals prepare to finally play in a World Series again and Kauffman Stadium gets ready for a rocking Game 1, the unavoidable name of Don Denkinger is being brought back down from the shelves of the sport's lore. The old umpire says that's OK. He's used to it.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:11:49 EDT )
Twenty-nine years later, as the Royals prepare to finally play in a World Series again and Kauffman Stadium gets ready for a rocking Game 1, the unavoidable name of Don Denkinger is being brought back down from the shelves of the sport's lore. The old umpire says that's OK. He's used to it.

What's the best way to beat the Giants and the Royals? To find out, we asked players from across their respective divisions to give the inside intel on how these clubs can be beaten. Our sources were granted anonymity in exchange for their candor.
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:30 EDT )
What's the best way to beat the Giants and the Royals? To find out, we asked players from across their respective divisions to give the inside intel on how these clubs can be beaten. Our sources were granted anonymity in exchange for their candor.

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