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10/20/2014 | Shields important piece of Royals' plan in action

James Shields will take the ball opposite Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. It lined up that way because Shields was skipped on normal rest for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, partly because, as The Kansas City Star reported, the 32-year-old right-hander passed a kidney stone.

10/20/2014 | Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas City

Six days after celebrating an American League pennant in front of their own fans by dispatching the Orioles, the Royals will host the Giants in the first World Series matchup between the clubs. First pitch in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tonight at 8:07 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage on FOX begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

10/20/2014 | Crucial Giants-Royals World Series matchups

The fruitlessness of speculation at this stage is well-established by these Royals and Giants. Not only have they beaten the odds by becoming the first two Wild Card teams of the Wild Card Game era to advance to the World Series, but they've done it in dominant fashion, with a combined postseason record of 16-2, the best ever for two World Series participants.

10/20/2014 | Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1

Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.

10/20/2014 | Finnegan set for World Series after college run

Sitting in his criminal justice classes four months ago at Texas Christian University, Brandon Finnegan could not wait to be done with college so he could go play professional baseball.

10/20/2014 | Royals' success can be traced back to 2010 trade

The trade that brought Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar to Kansas City almost didn't happen, but happen it did, and Ned Yost calls the deal "the start to all of our success."

10/20/2014 | Zimmer injures shoulder pitching in AFL

Pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer injured his right shoulder in the Arizona Fall League, and the fear is that he has sustained the same injury that limited him to 4 2/3 innings in the Minors this season.

10/20/2014 | MLB announces World Series umpiring crew

Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Kellogg is one of three regular season crew chiefs who will have a role working the 110th Fall Classic.

10/20/2014 | Holland has an edge -- and unhittable pitches

Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz has a hard time explaining what makes closer Greg Holland's pitches so wickedly effective. Which probably helps explain why they're so wickedly effective.

10/20/2014 | Royals ham it up during meet and greet

Outside of Kansas City, how many of us really know the Royals? To that end, we took advantage of a 50-minute media session on Monday at Kauffman Stadium, where players were stationed inside one room at the Royals' Hall of Fame and fielded questions from dozens of media types.

10/20/2014 | Sundberg remembers Royals' 1985 championship season

Jim Sundberg's memory of where his World Series ring is may be a little hazy, but he still vividly recalls the events of October 1985. That was when the Royals played in their last World Series, and Sundberg played a significant role in bringing home the only World Series championship in club history.

10/20/2014 | Affeldt stays course to aid Giants' World Series run

If not for the words of two people -- Jeremy Affeldt's wife, Larisa, and Royals general manager Dayton Moore -- he might have called it quits in 2006. If Affeldt gets key outs against Kansas City in the heat of battle, Moore, in a weird way, will be the one to blame.

10/20/2014 | High-flying Royals set to put dazzling defense on display

Prepare to be dazzled. That's because the Kansas City Royals do one thing better than any other baseball team on the planet. This one thing isn't something you see every day. And you've probably never seen it the way the Royals do it. The Royals play defense.

10/20/2014 | Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title

Like the Royals, who are meeting the Giants in the World Series, the 1959 so-called "Go-Go Sox" were built around speed and defense. They had finished 10 games above .500 the year before, exactly like the Royals, and found a winning formula that included a deep starting rotation and the best bullpen in their league.

10/20/2014 | Royals' machine built to perform in October

As baseball has changed over the past half-decade or so, it seems that the formula for winning in October may have changed, as well. And if that is in fact the case, then the best example is the American League champion Royals.

10/20/2014 | First four World Series games dedicated to important causes

The annual World Series Community Initiative program is an established tradition that gives two clubs and their fan bases even greater rewards for reaching the ultimate stage of international attention. The Royals and Giants will each have two dedicated game themes to raise awareness for important causes associated with charitable initiatives and MLB partners.

10/20/2014 | New WS gear player tested, fan approved

Gear up in style with the exclusive official sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps that the Royals will be wearing to work out during the World Series.

10/20/2014 | A baseball latecomer, Cain's determination led way

Lorenzo Cain has shined on both sides of the ball this postseason, stroking hits with regularity and chasing down drives in the outfield gaps. Those feats would be impressive even without the knowledge that he didn't play baseball at any level until his sophomore year of high school.

10/20/2014 | Denkinger cool with reminders of mistaken call in '85 Series

Twenty-nine years later, as the Royals prepare to finally play in a World Series again and Kauffman Stadium gets ready for a rocking Game 1, the unavoidable name of Don Denkinger is being brought back down from the shelves of the sport's lore. The old umpire says that's OK. He's used to it.

10/19/2014 | Like '85 champs, Royals know how to win

Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.

10/19/2014 | Hurdle doesn't think long layoff will affect Royals

By the time James Shields delivers the first pitch of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), his Kansas City Royals will have had five full days of rest since Greg Holland delivered the final pitch of the American League Championship Series.

10/19/2014 | KC has home-field edge, should feel at home in SF

For the first time since the American League Wild Card Game, the Royals will have home-field advantage for a postseason series. But due to the similarity of the opponents, the location of the games could be less of a factor than how it was initially perceived in the AL Championship Series.

10/19/2014 | Several Royals have strong ties to Brewers

Royals manager Ned Yost and one-third of his starting lineup -- shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki -- previously called Miller Park home.

10/19/2014 | Quick on feet and to speak, Dyson helping Royals zoom

On the Royals' scorching run to the World Series, Jarrod Dyson hasn't been afraid to ruffle feathers -- like when he correctly predicted the American League Championship Series wouldn't go back to Baltimore -- but he's simply going by what he sees from his team.

10/19/2014 | Replay reviews and reversals down thus far in postseason

After calls were challenged every 1.9 games and overturned at a 47 percent clip during the first regular season of expanded replay, those numbers have dropped to one challenge every 2.8 games with a reversal rate of 33 percent in the postseason.

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