Finnegan learns fast: From school to World Series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Betty Finnegan made the 5 1/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing his first summer as a professional baseball player on the Double-A team after helping pitch TCU into the College World Series....

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance....

Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air....

Denkinger's miss revisited as Series returns to KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- 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....

Trade for Shields spurred Royals to turnaround

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a cold December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields....

Bruce Bochy has the postseason touch with Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- He vowed to stick with his struggling leadoff man, and it worked. He let a rookie reliever challenge Bryce Harper and wasn't daunted when the ball splashed into McCovey Cove. And he made the difficult decision to banish Tim Lincecum to the bullpen....

Bumgarner gets nod for Giants World Series opener

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The reliable southpaw is getting the ball for another important Game 1....

Royals fans, city have evolved a lot since 1985

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An unprecedented playoff run has Kansas City baseball fans declaring it's time to party like it's 1985, the year the Royals beat St. Louis for their only World Series title....

World Series: Seasoned Giants vs fresh Royals

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Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants....

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