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Giants' Tim Hudson ready for his leading role after all these years

baltimoresun.com — Team Moneyball will be represented at the World Series, again. Hollywood's favorite team never won, but its alumni have. David Justice joined the Atlanta Braves to win a ring. Jermaine Dye won his with the Chicago White Sox. Barry Zito won by trading Team Moneyball for real money, leaving the Oakland Athletics to sign with the San Francisco Giants.

Joe Maddon opts to leave Tampa Bay Rays

latimes.com — Manager Joe Maddon has decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays, 10 days after his boss left to run the Dodgers. The Rays announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an option to walk away from the final year of his contract.

Giants' Tim Hudson ready for his leading role after all these years

courant.com — Team Moneyball will be represented at the World Series, again. Hollywood's favorite team never won, but its alumni have. David Justice joined the Atlanta Braves to win a ring. Jermaine Dye won his with the Chicago White Sox. Barry Zito won by trading Team Moneyball for real money, leaving the Oakland Athletics to sign with the San Francisco Giants.

Giants' Tim Hudson ready for his leading role after all these years

latimes.com — Team Moneyball will be represented at the World Series, again. Hollywood's favorite team never won, but its alumni have. David Justice joined the Atlanta Braves to win a ring. Jermaine Dye won his with the Chicago White Sox. Barry Zito won by trading Team Moneyball for real money, leaving the Oakland Athletics to sign with the San Francisco Giants.

Clayton Kershaw edges Mike Trout as Sporting News player of year

latimes.com — For the second time this week, Clayton Kershaw was honored as the major league player of the year. The Sporting News announced Kershaw as its winner Thursday, two days after Baseball America did the same. Kershaw edged Mike Trout for the Sporting News award, determined by a vote among major league players.

Royals lean on power surge in 7-2 win over Giants in Game 2

latimes.com — Bruce Bochy had become less of a manager and more of a savant. As the San Francisco Giants advanced through the playoffs and into their third World Series in five years, the guy running the show was widely crowned a genius. Midas does not touch gold every night.

MLB hopes to adopt domestic violence policy in 2015

latimes.com — On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year.

World Series: Giants topple Royals to take Game 1

chicagotribune.com — KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Madison Bumgarner allowed three hits over seven innings, and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the first as the San Francisco Giants toppled the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the opening game of the World Series.

Giants hammer Royals, 7-1, in World Series opener

latimes.com — The Kansas City Royals would not be here without James Shields . They bet big on him, in one of the most criticized trades in recent memory, and they won. No pitcher in the major leagues started more games this season, and the Royals got into the playoffs, for the first time in 29 years.

Royals' South Korean fan is thrilled to be at World Series

latimes.com — The new generation of Kansas City Royals fans might swoon at Alex Gordon, or Lorenzo Cain, or Mike Moustakas. The guy who flew 14 hours to get here from South Korea is a diehard fan.
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Oct 24, 2014

Herrera's spot due up 4th when Royals bat again. Two innings not likely.

Oct 24, 2014

Tim Hudson: 11 ground ball outs, 2 fly ball outs, 2 strikeouts. #SFGiants

Oct 24, 2014

RT @pgammo: Before the game, Bumgarner told teammates, "my pitching tomorrow is not an issue. I am. I will not take no for an answer."

Oct 24, 2014

RT @JBFlint: I have four all-sports stations programmed in my car and none have World Series on. Way to go LA and MLB.

Oct 24, 2014

We are 20 innings into the World Series, still no stolen bases.

Oct 24, 2014

Congrats to Bartolo Colon, who just replaced Tim Hudson as the active pitcher with most starts but without a World Series start.

Oct 24, 2014

#SFGiants fans give standing ovation to Tony Gwynn's wife, Alicia.

Oct 24, 2014

Bochy says #SFGiants have discussed using Bumgarner to start Games 4 and 7 on short rest. Downplayed it but didn't rule it out.

Oct 24, 2014

The fan who caught Travis Ishikawa's pennant-clinching home run will throw out first pitch tonight. Ishikawa will catch it. #SFGiants

Oct 24, 2014

After All-Star Game turned into Jeter Fest, MLB will recognize Tony Gwynn in World Series pregame ceremonies tonight.

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