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Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is congratulated by teammate Mike Moustakas after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Royals edge Giants in Game 3 to take lead in Series

- Associated Press

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.

Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar hits an RBI double during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

WORLD SERIES 2014: Royals beat Giants 7-2 in Game 2

- Associated Press

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 game apiece.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

World Series 2014: Madison Bumgarner, Giants top Royals 7-1 in opener

- Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner, who shows virtually no emotion on the mound, got the Giants off to a terrific start in Game 1. Given an early cushion by Hunter Pence’s home run, the man called MadBum by his teammates carried a shutout into the seventh inning and beat the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night.

Group portrait of players from the Kansas City Monarchs and the Hilldale Negro League baseball teams in front of grandstands filled with spectators before the opening game of the inaugural "Colored World Series" in 1924. (Photo by J.E. Miller via Library of Congress)

LOVERRO: 90 years ago, Negro League stars lit up Kansas City

- The Washington Times

The Kansas City Monarchs, the Negro National League champions, faced Philadelphia’s Hilldale Baseball Club, the champions of the competing Eastern Colored League. It marked the first time two Negro League champions from different leagues agreed to play in a championship series of note.

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera reacts after the final out of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Royals’ dominant bullpen spells doom for postseason opponents

- Associated Press

Kelvin Herrera, who usually handles the seventh inning, had a 1.41 ERA in 70 games. Wade Davis, the eighth-inning guy, had a 1.00 ERA in 71 appearances. And Greg Holland had a 1.44 ERA while saving 46 games, one shy of his franchise record set just last season.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during a team workout Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants are scheduled to play the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NLCS MVP Bumgarner to start Game 1 of World Series for Giants

- Associated Press

Bochy is keeping his rotation the same as the first two rounds of the postseason. Right-hander Jake Peavy will pitch Game 2 on Wednesday, followed by 39-year-old right-hander Tim Hudson in his World Series debut Thursday at AT&T Park and then righty Ryan Vogelsong.

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Bumgarner to face Shields in Game 5 of Series

- Associated Press

When it came down to it, the San Francisco Giants decided that having a fully rested Madison Bumgarner starting one game was preferable than trying to send him out twice on short rest.

FILE - At left, in an Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series in San Francisco. At right, in a July 8, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Jason Vargas pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Vargas faces Vogelsong in Game 4 of baseball's World Series Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/File)

Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series

- Associated Press

Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him.

FILE- This Oct. 23, 2014, file photo shows the splash hit counter in right field at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The counter keeps track of how many home runs have landed into McCovey Cove. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Splash shots still define Giants' ballpark

- Associated Press

Imagine if big league boppers rarely dented the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Or hardly ever hit drives onto Waveland Avenue at Wrigley Field. Or never came close to the B&O Warehouse at Camden Yards.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)

Hudson's long-awaited Series debut ends in loss

- Associated Press

After the long wait to finally get to the World Series, it was the first pitch of the game that helped put Tim Hudson in a hole San Francisco could never overcome.

Royals claim Sierra off waivers from White Sox

Associated Press

Making a rare 40-man roster move in the middle of the World Series, the AL champion Kansas City Royals claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain makes a diving catch on a ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Royals edge Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead

- Associated Press

All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a dominant bullpen and just enough timely hitting.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Back in the Bay Area, Guthrie gets Series win

- Associated Press

Jeremy Guthrie walked onto the field in the middle of the first inning, got behind the mound and saw what he described as a "sea of orange."

Retired Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins pose with their trophies after being named co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Konerko, Rollins 1st co-winners of Clemente Award

Associated Press

Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins were picked Friday as the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award.

FILE - At left, in an Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series in San Francisco. At right, in a July 8, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Jason Vargas pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Vargas faces Vogelsong in Game 4 of baseball's World Series Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/File)

Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series

- Associated Press

Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him.