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Eight players in the World Series you can't help but root for
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If you're a fan of the Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants, sorry, this list really isn't for you. We don't expect you to root for anybody on the opposing team in the 2014 World Series, which begins Tuesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadi…Upvote Share Tweet
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 Kansa…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants can punch Bochy's Hall of Fame ticketMLB.com 4 hours agoNine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest h…Upvote Share Tweet
At top of the order, Blanco realizes World Series dreamMLB.com 4 hours agoBarring unforeseen circumstances, Gregor Blanco of the Giants will realize his fondest baseball dream Tuesday night: Leading off and playing center field in the World Series.Upvote Share Tweet
MadBum brings unique delivery, experience for Giants in Game 1When Madison Bumgarner starts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch), he will showcase one of the game's most unconventional deliveries, which he spent the past decade crafting into one of baseball's best.Upvote Share Tweet
Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.Upvote Share Tweet
Lincecum more than ready if needed in Fall ClassicGiants right-hander Tim Lincecum has gone from the sublime to the anonymous in his baseball career. Thus far, Lincecum has not pitched during the 2014 playoffs, but he insists he is not obsessing about pitching in the World Series against the Royals. If…Upvote Share TweetAfter playing a critical role as a pinch-hitter in the National League Championship Series, Michael Morse's job description is about to expand. Morse will serve as the Giants' designated hitter in World Series Games 1 and 2, giving manager Bruce Bochy's…Upvote Share Tweet
Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas CitySix 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 schedu…Upvote Share Tweet
In an era of parity, Giants closing in on dynasty statusMLB.com 6 hours agoIs it possible to have a dynasty only in even-numbered years? In an era of baseball parity, the answer is yes. This is the most anyone could reasonably expect out of one team. That team in this case would be the San Francisco Giants.Upvote Share Tweet
First four World Series games dedicated to important causesMLB.com 6 hours agoThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Opera Star Joyce DiDonato, Kansas City Native, Is Left Off Early Anthem Rosternytimes.com 6 hours agoThe roster of national anthem singers announced Monday for Games 1 through 4 of the World Series did not include DiDonato, one of the world’s most celebrated mezzo-sopranos.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com 7 hours agoIf 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes titleMLB.com 9 hours agoLike 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 th…Upvote Share Tweet
New WS gear player tested, fan approvedMLB.com 12 hours agoGear up in style with the exclusive official sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps that the Royals and Giants will be wearing to work out during the World Series.Upvote Share Tweet
Sports of The Times: For Barry Bonds, a Decade of Inflated Blame for the Steroid Eranytimes.com 19 hours agoWhen Bonds tossed out the first pitch for a Giants playoff game last week, it was an overdue return for a man treated more harshly than many others who were part of an era of hypocrisy.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants Rely on Core of 4 Relieversnytimes.com 22 hours agoThe San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance.Upvote Share Tweet
Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on GiantsThe merits of Barry Zito's seven-year tenure with the Giants have been debated ad nauseam, but he deserves an assist for the contributions the team has received from Tim Hudson this season.Upvote Share Tweet
Denkinger's Miss Revisited as Series Returns to KCnytimes.com Oct 19 (yesterday)Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He'll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Oct 19 (yesterday)There are a lot of different angles that can be analyzed heading into this sure-to-be fascinating World Series matchup between the Kansas City Royals, who have not appeared in a Fall Classic since 1985, and the San Francisco Giants, who have won two of …Upvote Share Tweet
Giants' do-everything man Petit ready for any taskJust three years removed from a stint with the Oaxaca Warriors of the Mexican League, Yusmeiro Petit is headed to the World Series. Without their do-everything right-hander, the Giants might not have made it this far.Upvote Share Tweet
Scouts' honor: Homegrown talent key to Giants' successA look at the principals in the Giants' victory that sealed their National League Championship Series triumph demonstrates how the franchise's farm system has become its backbone.Upvote Share Tweet
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World Series Keys To VictoryOct 20Eduardo Perez breaks down the keys to victory for the Royals and Giants in the World Series.
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