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

Major League Player Of The Year: Baseball’s Best Pitcher Keeps Looking Ahead — LOS ANGELES-On the morning that would deliver to the Dodgers their greatest pitcher in two generations, Clayton Kershaw awoke with a thought. The draft was not televised in 2006. Each team made its picks on a secure conference call line with the Major League Baseball office.

Royals passed up on Buster Posey, Giants are glad they did — If the Kansas City Royals lose this World Series, none of the decisions they are about to make will be as crucial as one they made six years ago. They could have had Buster Posey. With the third pick of the 2008 draft, the Royals picked first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Giants' blueprint for success isn't easily deciphered — The Kansas City Royals might have skipped the World Series for three decades, but they have an identity now. Ladies and gentlemen, the Royals Way: a lockdown bullpen, suffocating defense and speed to kill. The Oakland Athletics have a way, the zig-when-others-zag philosophy labeled and unfortunately caricatured as "Moneyball."

NLCS notes: Travis Ishikawa in a fog after his big blast to win Game 5 — As Travis Ishikawa circled the bases - levitated, really - after hitting the home run that sent the San Francisco Giants to the World Series , he saw a teammate approaching him. Ishikawa was rounding second base and heading for third, and all he wanted was for Jake Peavy to get the heck out of his way.

Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run sends Giants to World Series — Travis Ishikawa did not have a job in April. The major leaguers were playing. He was not. Ishikawa has a job now. He is the left fielder for the National League entry in the World Series. Ishikawa hit a walkoff home run on Thursday, sending the San Francisco Giants back to the Fall Classic with a 6-3 victory over the St.
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Oct 23, 2014

Hunter Strickland in September: 25 batters faced, 0 HR; in October: 23 batters faced, 5 HR. #SFGiants

Oct 23, 2014

Strickland said Perez was yelling in Spanish. Perez: "I asked him, 'Hey, why you look at me?"

Oct 22, 2014

You don't often see an umpire walk a pitcher that has been removed back to the dugout. A safety escort for Strickland.

Oct 22, 2014

Royals aren't waiting for Aoki to get on base, or mess up again. Dyson to CF, Cain to RF.

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