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  • Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in World Series Oct 28, 2014 11:41 PM
    The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like the one 29 years ago when the Kansas City Royals won their only title. Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single — one of eight Royals to get hits in a seven-run second inning — and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop as the Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to tie the Series at three games apiece.

     
  • Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish Oct 27, 2014 7:25 PM
    Baseball took its final break Monday before the Giants and Royals settle things. Holding a 3-2 edge, San Francisco will try to claim its third championship in five years Tuesday night when the World Series resumes at Kansas City.

     
  • Cubs’ Renteria makes it clear he wants to stay Oct 27, 2014 7:33 PM
    All has been quiet in Cubs camp regarding the pursuit of big-name manager Joe Maddon. However, incumbent manager Rick Renteria issued a statement Monday expressing hope of staying on and pursuing a championship in Chicago.

     
  • Cardinals stunned by Taveras’ death Oct 27, 2014 7:34 PM
    The Cardinals are grieving the loss of an active player for the third time in 12 years after 22-year-old Oscar Taveras died Sunday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. “To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement," said manager Mike Matheny.

     
  • Cardinals OF Taveras dies in car accident Oct 26, 2014 11:22 PM
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. “He wasn’t carrying documents at the time of the accident, but his body was identified by family members,” Pesqueira said. National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete said he was told by the mayor of Sosua that Taveras lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. Edilia Arvelo, 18, who was in the car with Taveras, also died in the accident, said Pesqueira. Taveras made his major league debut this year. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions. “I simply can’t believe it,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a release. “I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said the organization was “stunned and deeply saddened” by Taveras’ death. “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time,” DeWitt said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.” Taveras was a teenager when he signed with St. Louis as an international free agent in 2008. Before this season, Taveras was ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America, and had a.321 average over six minor league seasons. He homered against the Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit in his major league debut on May 31. He also had a big solo drive in the seventh inning of Game 2 in the NL Championship Series against San Francisco. “All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning this evening,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a release. “Oscar, a young member of the baseball family, was full of promise and at the dawn of a wonderful career in our game, evident in his game-tying home run against the Giants exactly two weeks ago.” It looked as if Taveras was headed to the majors in 2013, but he had surgery for a high right ankle sprain last August for an injury that did not respond to treatment. He then got off to a nice start at Triple-A Memphis this season, earning a promotion by batting .325 with seven homers in 49 games. “Oscar had a very promising future, on and off the field, and this news is heartbreaking on many levels,” Tony Clark, the leader of the players’ association, said in a statement. “It’s never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and to lose one so young is devastating news.” Several of Taveras’ Cardinals teammates took to Twitter to express their condolences. “Last 30 minutes I’ve been sick to my stomach. Keep thinking about Oscar’s big smile in the dugout whenever we made a big play/got a big hit,” All-Star reliever Pat Neshek posted. Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong tweeted: “RIP you will be missed buddy.”

     
  • Giants on the verge of another World Series title Oct 26, 2014 10:41 PM
    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 4-0 in four World Series starts. He has allowed one run in 31 Series innings, an astonishing 0.29 ERA. Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and Juan Perez hit a two-run double for the Giants, seeking to become only the second NL team to win three titles in a five-year span. James Shields lost to Bumgarner for the second time, allowing eight hits and two runs in six innings. In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. After a day off, the Series resumes Tuesday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. In a rematch of Game 2 starters, Jordano Ventura pitches for the Royals and Jake Peavy for the Giants. Kansas City manager Ned Yost moved up Perez to the No. 5 spot in the batting order and dropped Moustakas to the No. 6 hole. That broke up lefties Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, who hit back-to-back in Games 3 and 4. A night after overcoming a three-run deficit in an 11-4 victory that tied the Series, the Giants went ahead in the second against Shields, who is eligible for free agency and likely was making his last start for the Royals. Hunter Pence grounded a hard smash off the glove of shortstop Alcides Escobar and into left field leading off, making him 8 for 16 in the Series. Brandon Belt reached on a bunt single to the left side of the overshifted infield, and both runners advanced on Travis Ishikawa’s flyout to deep center. Crawford grounded out to second as Pence scored, and Bumgarner’s groundout to third ended the inning. Pablo Sandoval singled leading off the fourth in perhaps his last home game for the Giants. He, too, can become a free agent next week. Ishikawa’s single advanced Sandoval to second, and he scored when Crawford hit a soft single to center and Dyson, trying for a quick pickup and throw home, allowed the ball to deflect off his glove. That set of another eruption for the crowd, most waving orange rally towels. Following championships in 2010 and ‘12, the Giants are seeking to join the 1942-46 St. Louis Cardinals as the only NL teams to win three titles in a five-year span. San Francisco put two on with one out in the fifth, but Shields struck out Sandoval, and Pence’s drive to deep right was run down by Lorenzo Cain two steps in front of the wall. Shields allowed eight hits through six innings, struck out four and walked one. The Giants added three runs off the first two-thirds of the Royals’ vaunted bullpen in the eighth. Perez doubled in two runs and Crawford singled in another. The rally sent Giants closer Santiago Casilla back to the bench. He was warming up in the eighth with a 2-0 lead. Instead, Bumgarner finished for his second shutout of this postseason. The day marked the 29th anniversary of a special moment in Royals history: umpire Don Denkinger’s blown call at first base helped Kansas City beat the Cardinals en route to their only World Series title. Following batting practice on a sun-splashed afternoon, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Zak Williams, a son of late comedian and actor Robin Williams, who was a longtime Giants fan. The pitch was caught by Robin Williams’ friend, Billy Crystal, and a video tribute was played.

     
  • Miles: To be fair, Cubs owe Renteria a quick answer Oct 25, 2014 8:06 PM
    While the Cubs presumably pursue Joe Maddon to be their manager, current field boss Rick Renteria has been left to twist in the wind. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says, for the sake of Renteria, the Cubs should reach a swift conclusion to their managerial situation.

     
  • Mo’ne Davis with Jackie Robinson West starts World Series Oct 25, 2014 9:39 PM
    Cameras flashed, the crowd rose for a thunderous ovation and Mo’ne Davis did exactly what she was expected to do — the 13-year-old fired a strike right down the middle. She was surrounded by players from the Jackie Robinson West team in Chicago.

     
  • Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all Oct 26, 2014 12:06 AM
    Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium. Sandoval’s single set up the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth that sent the Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night at pulsating AT&T Park.

     
  • Royals beat Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead Oct 24, 2014 11:35 PM
    Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic. "This is the way our games have gone all year," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who made several lineup changes that paid off.

     
  • Imrem: Sox, Cubs need Maddon if they want to win Oct 24, 2014 3:16 PM
    How hard the Cubs and White Sox pursue available manager Joe Maddon will indicate whether they are as committed to winning as they say they are.

     
  • Cubs should go after Maddon — and quickly Oct 24, 2014 3:15 PM
    With Joe Maddon having opted out of his final year as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, speculation heated up immediately that Maddon could be headed to the Cubs. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles said it makes all the sense in the world for the Cubs to look into that possibility.

     
  • Konerko wins Clemente Award for work with foster kids Oct 24, 2014 8:49 PM
    In his 16 seasons with the White Sox, Paul Konerko did a lot of great things on the baseball field. Konerko was also a big hit off the field, and the Sox’ recently retired captain was recognized for his charitable work Friday by being named co-winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. Konerko shares the prestigious award with Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

     
  • Not much ‘zazz’ at Wrigley since McDonough left Oct 24, 2014 8:17 AM
    Doesn’t it seem like there’s been something missing around Wrigley Field for quite a while? And I’m not talking wins. Or even the bleachers.

     
  • KC coach’s lineup cards a thing of beauty Oct 23, 2014 10:57 AM
    Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art — the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu.

     
  • Imrem: It’s time to add teams to baseball party Oct 22, 2014 10:14 PM
    Baseball's postseason has been so good that the new commissioner should propose adding playoff teams, series and games.

     
  • Mike North video: ‘Big Game James’ disappoints Oct 22, 2014 10:56 AM
    After KC pitcher “Big Game James” Shields was shellacked in the first World Series game between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, Mike North thinks his nickname might have to be changed.

     
  • Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener Oct 21, 2014 11:22 PM
    Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

     
  • Gregor: Why the Royals will win World Series Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Royals are back in the World Series for the first time since 1985 after sweeping their way through the American League playoffs. White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor is tempted to predict another sweep in the Fall Classic, but he'll settle for Kansas City taking down the San Francisco Giants in 6 games.

     
  • Miles: Why the Giants will win World Series Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Like everybody else, Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles has been caught up in the amazing postseason run of the Kansas City Royals. But according to Miles it stops here as the San Francisco Giants will prevail in the World Series, which starts tonight at KC's Kauffman Stadium.

     
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