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What comes next for key Series people

insider.espn.go.com — Here's a look at what lies ahead for a lot of primary figures San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals people ... For Pablo Sandoval, there's free agency. Six months ago, it seemed like there was no chance Sandoval would work out a deal with the Giants, and it's still very possible he'll leave, given the gap between what he might ask for and what the Giants seem comfortable in paying.

Bumgarner set to do whatever team needs

insider.espn.go.com — Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports Giants ace Madison Bumgarner said he's ready to throw "200 pitches" in Game 7 if necessary. KANSAS CITY -- A small group of reporters waited near Madison Bumgarner's locker Tuesday night as he finished dressing following the Giants' Game 6 loss.

Preparation, attitude key for Pablo Sandoval

insider.espn.go.com — Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Hampered by illness, Pablo Sandoval still managed to smack two pivotal hits in Game 4. SAN FRANCISCO -- The great thing about working with Pablo Sandoval, says San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, is that no matter the situation, he possesses a relentless optimism. He is upbeat.

Maddon could add to Cubs' elite build

insider.espn.go.com — Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Joe Maddon is widely regarded as one of the best managers in major league baseball. SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Cubs are not in the World Series and have not been since 1945, but on Friday afternoon, they were the talk of the World Series after news broke of Joe Maddon's departure from Tampa Bay.

Phillies could move Cole Hamels

insider.espn.go.com — Drew Hallowell/Getty Images Cole Hamels had a 2.46 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP last season in Philadelphia. This is called lowering the bar: Pat Gillick says the Philadelphia Phillies are not likely to contend over the next two seasons.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon exercises opt-out clause, leaving team

espn.go.com — By Buster Olney | ESPN.com Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately, according to sources. The Rays were 77-85 this season. Maddon was 754-705 in nine seasons with the team. Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

Phillies could move Cole Hamels

insider.espn.go.com — Drew Hallowell/Getty Images Cole Hamels had a 2.46 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP last season in Philadelphia. This is called lowering the bar: Pat Gillick says the Philadelphia Phillies are not likely to contend over the next two seasons.

Royals' playoff inexperience was exposed in Game 1 -- MLB World Series

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Jamie Squire Madison Bumgarner had a masterful performance in Game 1 of the World Series. KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have become America's team during the postseason, the team that casual fans are rooting for because of their energetic style and because, quite simply, they haven't been on this stage for a very long time.

Will the Kansas City Royals run on Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner?

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Jack Dempsey Madison Bumgarner has an elongated delivery, which the Royals might try to take advantage of. KANSAS CITY -- When San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers the ball to home plate with a runner at first base tonight, the numbers that appear on the stopwatch of Kansas City Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz will indicate to him that the Royals should try to steal.

10 key matchups in the World Series

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images, US TODAY Sports Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost will match managerial wits in the 2014 World Series, which begins Tuesday. Time to look at the crucial matchups to watch in the World Series: 1. The San Francisco Giants vs.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @EddieInTheYard: O's Insider blog: Orioles exercise contract options for 2015 on pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day: ... bsun.md/1whT0iT #Orioles

Oct 30, 2014

RT @McCulloughStar: Saturday is the deadline for Royals to pick up Billy Butler's $12.5 million option. Sources say they are expected to decline. As you know.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @billplunkettocr: Dan Haren has informed #Dodgers he will exercise player option in his contract for 2015. Will be back at $10m salary. 13-11, 4.02 ERA in '14

Oct 30, 2014

RT @LangoschMLB: Much more a formality than news, but #STLCards officially exercised Lackey's Major League-minimum option for 2015: m.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article/1…

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