|This is how it had to go, right? The Giants and Royals are simply too evenly matched, too talented and too tenacious for anything less. In that way, this World Series is delivering chills and thrills and spills.
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|The middle innings are everything in this Series, and those innings have largely been left to the relievers. The Giants' bullpen has accrued 14 2/3 of the 35 innings pitched. Royals relievers have worked 17 2/3 of 35 -- the 12th-most all-time through four games of a World Series. Breaking down the managerial decisions is interesting, but ultimately it all comes down to who is or isn't executing in those middle innings.
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|Giants manager Bruce Bochy made the intelligent decision by sticking to his rotation plan for Game 4, keeping ace Madison Bumgarner on regular rest for Sunday night's fifth matchup in the World Series.
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|If the Giants go on to win their third World Series since 2010, Kansas City fans will look back at how the Series turned after Jason Vargas lost track of the count when he batted with the bases loaded in the four-run third inning during Game 4 on Saturday night.
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|It is Lorenzo Cain's blazing speed on the basepaths, and in the outfield, that has longtime scout Art Stewart and every Kansas City fan who was alive to see the Royals' World Series win in 1985 comparing Cain to then-center fielder Willie Wilson.
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|Joe Maddon became baseball's most intriguing free agent on Friday, when he surprised the Rays by exercising an opt-out clause in his managerial contract. No one knows where his career is headed, but the loudest whispers are about Chicago, where Theo Epstein was infamously spotted at a Starbucks three years ago, when the Cubs were recruiting Maddon to run their baseball operations.
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|Third baseman Mike Moustakas has thoroughly enjoyed the Royals' run to the World Series. Yet, he knows how lucky he is to be playing on this stage -- with his longtime teammates, to boot.
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|Theirs is a friendship built on respect and trust and values. And their mutual love of baseball. Always baseball. Here's the best part. After 57 years, Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Henry Aaron are as close as ever. So there they were Saturday afternoon sharing a touching moment that spoke volumes about their relationship. It caught Selig by surprise, brought emotions bubbling near the surface.
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|Kansas City's late-inning bullpen trio is living up to the advanced billing. Closer Greg Holland earned his record-tying seventh postseason save in Friday's 3-2 victory against the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series, but it's not a one-man show.
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|If the Kansas City Royals go on to win this World Series, we can look back at a moment in Game 3 on Friday night that might just tell the whole story. First, though, let's push the pause button and rewind to 2011 to understand how far these Royals have come. That was around the time they proudly wore the label of "baseball's best farm system."
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|Following his selection by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, I saw second baseman Joe Panik playing in the Arizona Fall League. What an autumn he had.
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|The Royals' remarkable fielding combines with a deep pitching staff to give them the ability to win low-scoring games. Kansas City is probably better constructed to compete in the National League and it showed with a 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.
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|The Giants have seen this before, this being a stretch when enough runs couldn't be bought, borrowed, leased or imported. But they have also survived these stretches to find themselves in the World Series for the third time in five years. So this is no time to abandon hope.
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|Joe Panik arrived in the big leagues in late July and ended the revolving door at second base in San Francisco, and he said he couldn't have had such a successful run if not for the confidence his manager and teammates have shown in him.
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|Neither the Royals nor Giants won 90 games in the regular season, but that shouldn't matter in determining a World Series champion.
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|Joe Maddon is curious about what else is out there. In the end, it's that simple. Don't pencil him in anywhere. You'd just be guessing. Let's face it, he'd upgrade the managerial position in almost any organization.
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|The Giants are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Put them up, man-for-man against some other teams, and maybe the other guys seem more impressive. But put the Giants together and they're in the World Series for the third time in five years.
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|Step by step, the Braves of now are seeking to resurrect the team of a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and a World Series championship. So far, so good -- at least when it comes to moves away from the playing field, with the trio of Johns -- Schuerholz, Hart and Coppolella -- the club's three-headed general manager.
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|The Giants were Larry Baer's first job after college in 1980, and since returning in 1992, he has methodically risen through the organization. Now he's the man ultimately responsible for one of baseball's most respected franchises. But Baer's real love of the Giants goes back to his boyhood.
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|With the World Series shifting to National League rules in San Francisco, Royals pitchers will have a chance to dig their spikes into the batter's box and take some swings over the next three games.
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|At the end, they roared with every single pitch. They stood, too, screaming and pleading and cheering. You could feel how badly they wanted it. Some of these fans had waited 29 years for a moment like this one. So they held nothing back as the Royals won Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, beating the Giants, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
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|John Hart seemingly has it all. Great family, great golf swing, great clothes, great tan, great legacy in the front-office fraternity. And up until recently, he had great flexibility to enjoy all of these things at his own pace. But Hart also has great baseball insight and a great competitive fire. And these are the traits his good friend John Schuerholz leveraged in convincing Hart to take on this greater role and greater challenge with the Atlanta Braves.
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|Hunter Strickland may have three-digit velocity. He may have terrific potential. But his time is not the 2014 postseason, particularly the 2014 World Series. You can tell, because he keeps giving up home runs -- five of them in 5 1/3 innings over seven postseason appearances.
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|Billy Butler doesn't want to go anywhere. He loves being a Royal and would be one forever if it were up to him. Unfortunately, it's not up to him, so he is doing everything he can to bring joy to Royals fans for as long as possible.
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|Should Ned Yost give "Big Game" James Shields the ball and a chance to redeem himself for his dreadful start in the 7-1 loss to the Giants in Game 1 on Tuesday? Or with the World Series potentially on the line, should he not risk another meltdown by his ace?
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|Yordano Ventura, the 23-year-old with the triple-digit fastball, is perfectly positioned to do what No. 1 starter James Shields could not as the Royals' rookie right-hander gets the ball for Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants tonight.
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|Brandon Finnegan could become the first player to appear in a College World Series and the World Series in the same year. However, he's not the first player to appear in a College World Series and be on an active World Series roster in the same season.
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|If there's a formula for beating the Royals, the Giants found it. Actually, it's the formula baseball teams have been using for more than a century. First things first. The Giants put up three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
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|The Giants are 5-1 on the road this postseason. And for a club that hasn't had home-field advantage in any of the rounds, road performance is a necessity. The other half of it is this: The opposition can't have a home-field advantage when Madison Bumgarner starts on the road, in the postseason, for the Giants. He gives up runs in October at roughly the rate of one every four years.
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|The World Series is Major League Baseball's bully pulpit, and the league intends to use it. So with a worldwide stage available, baseball will again shine a light on a series of causes.
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