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10/22/2014 | Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?

In a postseason filled with one-run games and extra-inning contests, each of the first two games in the World Series has been decided by at least five runs. That hadn't happened in nearly 80 years. Here's a look at some of the other interesting facts and figures to come out of Game 2.


10/22/2014 | Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding

Omar Infante hit a homer, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily braced for a skirmish that never occurred. After the Royals' 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, everyone was still confused.


10/22/2014 | Tale of the tape: Royals-Giants, Game 3

Here's a breakdown of the pitching matchup for Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park between the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie and the Giants' Tim Hudson.


10/22/2014 | Hudson faces challenge in running Royals

Tim Hudson freely admits that he expected to be here a long time ago, not make his first World Series appearance in Game 3 Friday at AT&T Park at age 39. He plans to continue relying on his low-90s sinker while spurning Kansas City's run game.


10/22/2014 | Game 1 work by Strickland pleases Giants

The Giants were encouraged by the progress of rookie reliever Hunter Strickland, who pitched a perfect ninth inning in the World Series opener on Tuesday as San Francisco topped the Royals, 7-1, at Kauffman Stadium.


10/22/2014 | Giants head home with split after Game 2 loss in KC

For the Giants, Wednesday night's subplots generated more intrigue than the primary story, which was Kansas City's 7-2 victory in Game 2 that evened the World Series. The action now shifts to San Francisco for Games 3-5, Friday through Sunday.


10/22/2014 | Lincecum missed introductions due to illness

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum missed Tuesday's pregame introductions because he was sick to his stomach, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.


10/22/2014 | Lineup breakdown: Giants vs. Royals, Game 2

The Royals face a familiar foe Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium as they look to even the World Series. Giants right-hander Jake Peavy gets the ball as San Francisco tries to take a 2-0 Series lead against the Royals and rookie righty Yordano Ventura. Game 2 airs at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, with first pitch at 8:07. Here's a breakdown of the lineups.


10/22/2014 | MLB Notebook: Bumgarner's postseason legend grows

Madison Bumgarner was a rock again Tuesday for the Giants in Game 1, becoming the first pitcher in World Series history to string together three straight appearances featuring at least seven innings, no more than three hits and no more than one run allowed.


10/22/2014 | Bumgarner is a Royal pain in Series opener

Madison Bumgarner padded what was already an impressive World Series resume in Game 1 on Tuesday night, allowing just three hits and one run in seven innings to lead the Giants to a 7-1 win over the Royals in Kansas City.


10/22/2014 | SF's fast first frame KOs KC, quiets The K

If there's a formula for beating the Royals, the Giants found it. Actually, it's the formula baseball teams have been using for more than a century. First things first. The Giants put up three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.


10/22/2014 | Sandoval's October exploits becoming legendary

With a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance in the Giants' 7-1 Game 1 victory over the Royals, Pablo Sandoval improved his lifetime postseason batting average to .328. That moved him above Babe Ruth and just about everyone else on baseball's all-time list. Among players with at least 125 playoff plate appearances, Sandoval now ranks ninth.


10/22/2014 | And away they go: SF, MadBum keep winning on the road

The Giants are 5-1 on the road this postseason. And for a club that hasn't had home-field advantage in any of the rounds, road performance is a necessity. The other half of it is this: The opposition can't have a home-field advantage when Madison Bumgarner starts on the road, in the postseason, for the Giants. He gives up runs in October at roughly the rate of one every four years.


10/22/2014 | Giants-Royals, World Series Game 1: Did you know?

From the importance of winning Game 1 of the World Series, to Madison Bumgarner's historic numbers, to the Giants' overall postseason success, here's a look at some of the interesting facts and figures from Tuesday night in Kansas City.


10/22/2014 | Young Ventura, KC out to even set vs. vet Peavy, SF

The 1985 Royals lost Game 1 of the World Series at home. Heck, they lost Game 2, too. And we know how that one turned out. So the Royals need look no further than their own organizational history to know they can recover from the drubbing they endured at the hands of the Giants on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Both clubs are hoping their starter can go deep in Game 2, with Kansas City youngster Yordano Ventura opposing San Francisco elder statesman Jake Peavy.


10/22/2014 | With one swing, Pence silences Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium was awash in blue-towel-waving cacophony for Game 1 on Tuesday night -- until Hunter Pence silenced everything but his own emotions with a homer off James Shields in the first inning.


10/22/2014 | Giants showcase stellar defense against Royals

The most unsung aspect of the Giants' success is how well they play defense. Alas, when shortstop Brandon Crawford booted a grounder in the third inning of Game 1 in the World Series on Tuesday night, it was the first error by a San Francisco position player since the National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 1.


10/22/2014 | Bochy's call for pinch-hit bunt proves to be shrewd move

It is not a move that Bruce Bochy would probably make in April, or even September for that matter, but the Giants manager knows that October baseball is a different animal. So when he had a chance in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series to tack on some runs in the Giants' 7-1 win and go for the Royals' jugular, he did.


10/21/2014 | Game 1 dedicated to veterans, military families

Major League Baseball dedicated Game 1 of its 110th World Series to veterans and military families, and the daylong activities included a visit by Commissioner Bud Selig, U.S. military brass and Royals legend John Mayberry to the Kansas City VA Hospital Honor Annex near Kauffman Stadium just before the Giants-Royals opener.


10/21/2014 | MLB.TV streaming World Series for first time

Tuesday's 7-1 Giants victory over the Royals in Game 1 was the first live stream of a World Series game in the U.S., representing a milestone in Major League Baseball broadcast delivery and allowing fans to watch on the go with an MLB.TV subscription.


10/21/2014 | Rested and ready: Peavy sees benefit to layoff

When Jake Peavy takes the mound to start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series (4:30 p.m. PT airtime/5:07 p.m. PT gametime on FOX), he will be pitching on 10 days' rest, but while such a long layoff can sometimes be difficult for a pitcher, the Giants right-hander thinks it will work to his advantage.


10/21/2014 | MLB shines light on worthy causes at Fall Classic

The World Series is Major League Baseball's bully pulpit, and the league intends to use it. So with a worldwide stage available, baseball will again shine a light on a series of causes.


10/21/2014 | Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 2

Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series: the Giants' Jake Peavy and the Royals' Yordano Ventura.


10/21/2014 | Giants willing to lose DH to sub for Morse

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated before Tuesday's World Series opener that he would prefer to stick with his usual substitution strategy involving Michael Morse, Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa instead of tailoring his moves to American League rules for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.


10/21/2014 | Streaky good: MadBum, Giants cruise in Game 1

Madison Bumgarner continued to ensure his place in baseball history, while the Giants kept pursuing theirs with a 7-1 triumph over the Kansas City Royals in Tuesday night's World Series opener at Kauffman Stadium.




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