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Nightengale: Are the Giants a dynasty? — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Brian Sabean, the architect of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, stood in the doorway with his hair drenched from champagne, holding a glass of wine in one hand, and shaking hands with the other. "What are they saying about us now?'' says Sabean, general manager of the Giants.

Nightengale: Hunter Pence using World Series as his pulpit — KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence stares into your eyes and refuses to let go, talking feverishly, passionately, bringing you in closer. It started two years ago when he stood in front of his teammates, imploring them to believe when they were on the brink of elimination, and now it's become a ritual before big games, huge series and historic moments.

Nightengale: Giants win World Series with a 1-man rotation — KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Go ahead, try to copy the San Francisco Giants' blueprint to win World Series championships. The Giants did it again Wednesday night, capturing their third World Series in the past five years with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in a thrilling Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium.

Nightengale: Royals are relevant again in K.C. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They can't wrap their minds around their impact, or fathom their significance, but one day it will hit them. The 2014 Kansas City Royals will understand they have brought baseball back to this proud Midwest community, re-establishing it as one of America's pre-eminent baseball towns.

Kansas City Royals force Game 7 with rout of San Francisco Giants — KANSAS CITY, MO. -- They have been looking at pictures adorning the clubhouse walls of that 1985 miracle team since they first joined the Kansas City Royals. They see George Brett around the ballpark, and Frank White in town. They hear about Hal McRae and Bret Saberhagen. And umpire Don Denkinger, too.

Nightengale: Forget 1985, these Royals on verge of their own history — KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kanas City Royals, most who were not even born the last time an event of this magnitude took place in town, now have a chance to make believers out of everyone. They have heard about the 1985 miracle team, George Brett and Hal McRae, Frank White and Bret Saberhagen, and, of course umpire Don Denkinger.

Nightengale: Jake Peavy has a chance to be the hero — KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It would have been a cruel ending to his renaissance when San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy feared his season could be over three days. A foul ball caromed into the Giants dugout Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series, and Peavy foolishly stuck out his right hand to catch it.

Nightengale: Bumgarner in World Series class of his own — SAN FRANCISCO -- He's Bob Gibson in black-and-orange. He's the Sandy Koufax of Northern California. He's the San Francisco Giants' modern-day version of Carl Hubbell. Or maybe we're short-changing Madison Bumgarner. The way he's pitching, there's absolutely no one like him.

Nightengale: World Series managers always under fire — SAN FRANCISCO -- They are the last two managers standing, leading their teams to the brink of a World Series championship, but if you patrol Twitter or check the blogosphere, you wonder how Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy are even employed.

San Francisco Giants rout Kansas City Royals, tie World Series at 2-2 — SAN FRANCISCO -- Facing a potential three games to one deficit in the World Series, the San Francisco Giants rallied to take a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park.
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