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Billy Butler and A’s reach 3-year deal »

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By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical […]

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Royals Cain, Gordon earn Wilson Defensive Player of the Honors »

Alex Gordon crashes into the left-field wall  to rob Baltimore's J.J. Hardy of extra bases leading off the fifth inning. (Photo: Jason Hanna)

Kansas City Royals KANSAS CITY, MO  – Kansas City Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon have received Defensive Player of the Year honors by Wilson Sporting Goods, which were announced tonight on as part of a one-hour special on MLB Network. Cain was also honored last year with a Defensive Player of the Year […]

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Three Royals honored with Rawlings Gold Gloves for second straight season »

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Kansas City Royals KANSAS CITY, MO – Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that  three Kansas City Royals ­– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the second-straight season.  The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners are tied […]

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Royals extend qualifying offer to Shields »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Royals extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday to right-hander James Shields, which assures Kansas City of draft pick compensation if its staff ace signs a major league contract with another team before June 8. Shields has until Nov. 10 to accept, and it is expected he will not. […]

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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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