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Eight players in the World Series you can't help but root for

Eight players in the World Series you can't help but root for

yahoo.com Updated 1 hour ago
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…
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  • Shields important piece of Royals' plan in action

    Shields important piece of Royals' plan in action

    MLB.com nytimes.com 4 hours ago
    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…
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  • Giants can punch Bochy's Hall of Fame ticket

    Giants can punch Bochy's Hall of Fame ticket

    MLB.com 4 hours ago
    Nine 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…
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  • At top of the order, Blanco realizes World Series dream

    At top of the order, Blanco realizes World Series dream

    MLB.com 4 hours ago
    Barring 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.
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  • MadBum brings unique delivery, experience for Giants in Game 1

    MadBum brings unique delivery, experience for Giants in Game 1

    MLB.com 5 hours ago
    When 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.
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  • Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1

    Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1

    MLB.com 5 hours ago
    Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.
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  • Lincecum more than ready if needed in Fall Classic

    Lincecum more than ready if needed in Fall Classic

    MLB.com 5 hours ago
    Giants 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…
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  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in Kansas City

    Morse to serve as Giants' DH in Kansas City

    MLB.com 5 hours ago
    After 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…
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  • Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas City

    Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas City

    MLB.com 5 hours ago
    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 schedu…
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  • In an era of parity, Giants closing in on dynasty status

    In an era of parity, Giants closing in on dynasty status

    MLB.com 6 hours ago
    Is 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.
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  • First four World Series games dedicated to important causes

    First four World Series games dedicated to important causes

    MLB.com 6 hours ago
    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…
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  • Opera Star Joyce DiDonato, Kansas City Native, Is Left Off Earl…

    Opera Star Joyce DiDonato, Kansas City Native, Is Left Off Early Anthem Roster

    nytimes.com 6 hours ago
    The 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.
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  • Affeldt stays course to aid Giants' World Series run

    Affeldt stays course to aid Giants' World Series run

    MLB.com 7 hours ago
    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…
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  • Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title

    Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title

    MLB.com 9 hours ago
    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 th…
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  • New WS gear player tested, fan approved

    New WS gear player tested, fan approved

    MLB.com 12 hours ago
    Gear 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.
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  • Sports of The Times: For Barry Bonds, a Decade of Inflated Blam…

    Sports of The Times: For Barry Bonds, a Decade of Inflated Blame for the Steroid Era

    nytimes.com 19 hours ago
    When 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.
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  • Giants Rely on Core of 4 Relievers

    Giants Rely on Core of 4 Relievers

    nytimes.com 22 hours ago
    The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance.
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  • Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants

    Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants

    MLB.com Oct 19 (yesterday)
    The 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.
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  • Denkinger's Miss Revisited as Series Returns to KC

    Denkinger's Miss Revisited as Series Returns to KC

    nytimes.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.
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  • World Series preview: Royals and Giants put postseason streaks …

    World Series preview: Royals and Giants put postseason streaks on line in battle for crown

    yahoo.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 …
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  • Giants' do-everything man Petit ready for any task

    Giants' do-everything man Petit ready for any task

    MLB.com Oct 19 (yesterday)
    Just 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.
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  • Scouts' honor: Homegrown talent key to Giants' success

    Scouts' honor: Homegrown talent key to Giants' success

    MLB.com Oct 19 (yesterday)
    A 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.
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  • Video - World Series Game 1 Starting Pitching Preview 03:24

    World Series Game 1 Starting Pitching Preview

    Oct 20
    The Baseball Tonight crew previews the World Series Game 1 pitching matchup between Madison Bumgarner and James Shields.
  • Video - Giants, Royals Bullpen Comparison 01:33

    Giants, Royals Bullpen Comparison

    Oct 20
    Baseball Tonight Minute: The Baseball Tonigh crew breaks down the bullpens for the Giants and the Royals.
  • Video - San Francisco Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals' 00:45

    San Francisco Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

    Oct 20
    Two San Francisco radio stations have decided to show their support for the Giants by not playing Lorde's song "Royals" during the World Series.
  • Video - World Series Keys To Victory 01:33

    World Series Keys To Victory

    Oct 20
    Eduardo Perez breaks down the keys to victory for the Royals and Giants in the World Series.

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