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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.

MLB - Offseason questions for Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals - ESPN

insider.espn.go.com — Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY Sports The Baltimore had a sudden end to their season, getting swept by Kansas City in the ALCS. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are moving on, while the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals are left to wonder about what might have been.

A hero one step beyond 'unlikely'

insider.espn.go.com — Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Travis Ishikawa would normally be out of a tight game in the later innings. SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy's eyesight is awful and the truth is he sprinted out of the Giants' dugout Thursday night not entirely sure of what he had just seen.

New Los Angeles Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman's parital to-do list

insider.espn.go.com — Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Longtime Rays GM Andrew Friedman was hired Tuesday to run the Dodgers' front office. SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Friedman takes over a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise that has a payroll three times larger than what he's worked with in the past, with an all-time great pitcher in Clayton Kershaw and a ton of talent in both the major leagues and the minors.

Five ways a Yadier Molina absence hurts St. Louis Cardinals

insider.espn.go.com — mie Squire/Getty Images A strained oblique has put All-Star catcher Yadier Molina's status for the rest of this series in doubt. Yadier Molina still hasn't ruled out the possibility that he could play in Game 3, writes Derrick Goold, but there is some mystery about what Molina's role could be, writes Jayson Stark.

Mike Matheny will face a tough decision for NLCS Game 5

insider.espn.go.com — Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images Adam Wainwright allowed two earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings Saturday night. ST. LOUIS -- The topic was about managing in October with urgency, and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy stood at the back rail of the batting cage before Game 1 Saturday night and recalled, with great detail, a bullpen decision he regrets from the 1998 World Series.

Changing conditions for free-agent pitchers

insider.espn.go.com — Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports Max Scherzer will be hitting free agency this fall. ST. LOUIS - A growing trend, over the last decade, has been for teams to lock down their best young talent into long-term deals, whether it be the Giants signing Madison Bumgarner to a contract through 2017 with club options for 2018 and 2019, or the Rays signing Matt Moore and Chris Archer to what are perceived to be team-friendly deals.

Will Andrew Friedman fit in Hollywood?

insider.espn.go.com — Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Andrew Friedman is the independent film producer who must decide if his artistic qualities can survive at a big budget studio. L.A. has seen Andrew Friedman's story before. In the movies.

10 crucial matchups in the AL and NL Championship Series games -- MLB

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images/USA Today Sports Jarrod Dyson and his aggressive Royals are set to take on strong-armed catcher Caleb Joseph. ST. LOUIS -- Ten key matchups in the AL and NL Championship Series that begin Friday: 1. The Orioles vs. the Kansas City running game: This is like a steel-cage match within the main event.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Madison Bumgarner's World Series scoreless streak ends at 21 innings on Salvador Perez's home run. Whitey Ford holds record- 33 innings

Oct 21, 2014

And so ends Madison Bumgarner's road scoreless streak in the postseason, at 33 1/3 innings…

Oct 21, 2014

With his hits today, Pablo Sandoval has reached base in 24 consecutive postseason games: baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi…

Oct 21, 2014

Speaking of gutsy World Series decisions by a manager: Hard to top this move by Connie Mack in 1929: youtube.com/watch?v=OpMZLV…

Oct 21, 2014

A question that Ned Yost will face: Would he start Shields again in Game 5, with a 7.11 postseason ERA and diminished velo, or Danny Duffy?

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