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Bumgarner, Giants beat KC to win World Series »

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By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A giant, indeed. Madison Bumgarner punctuated his World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of […]

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Royals rout Giants to force Game 7 in Series »

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By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A couple hundred fans stood behind the Royals dugout for more than a half-hour after the final out, screaming and waving white rally towels. Bring on Game 7! Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. […]

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Royals hope to light up Giants and clubhouse deer »

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By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a “W” underneath a crown. […]

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Giants beat Royals 5-0 for 3-2 World Series lead »

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By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Madison Bumgarner smothered the Kansas City Royals for the second time in a week, pitching a four-hitter that led the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 victory Sunday night and a 3-2 World Series lead. Bumgarner struck out eight and walked none in improving to […]

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Royals edge Giants for 2-1 World Series lead »

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By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series […]

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Royals beat Giants to even World Series 1-1 »

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By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one […]

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Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals in Game 1 of World Series »

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By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead. It might as well have been 100 with the way MadBum and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series. Bumgarner carried […]

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Royals hold off Orioles; headed to first World Series since ’85 »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals […]

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Royals edge Orioles to take 3-0 lead in ALCS »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas had his eye on the ball from the moment it left Adam Jones’s bat, tracking it against the bright lights of Kauffman Stadium. When it settled into his glove and he tumbled into a dugout suite, a dozen fans were waiting to […]

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Gordon-led Royals beat Orioles 8-6 in ALCS »

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By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Alex Gordon had already compiled a career’s worth of playoff memories when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game. Given the Kansas City Royals’ success rate in extra innings this postseason, what happened next was almost inevitable. Gordon homered to […]

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Butler, Gordon relish Royals’ postseason success »

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KANSAS CITY Mo. (AP) – They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led the Kansas City Royals back to the […]

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Royals beat Angels to finish off ALDS sweep »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave. They […]

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Royals beat Angels in 11, lead ALDS 2-0 »

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eric Hosmer got his souvenir home run ball back while he stood on the field for a postgame interview, Angel Stadium’s silence broken only by a small band of blue-clad fans chanting “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” Hosmer savored the moment, realizing that almost nobody expected the […]

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