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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.

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer gets ready to bat during baseball practice Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are scheduled to host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

World Series wild cards: Royals, Giants set to face off

- Associated Press

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Reigning NL Championship Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, former World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and Giants manager Bruce Bochy are aiming for their third ring in five seasons.

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File - In this March 27, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, left, and pitcher Matt Cain watch batting practice before an exhibition baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in San Francisco. Cain has been the workhorse of the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff for years, but the elbow injury ended his season and left him rooting for his teammates in the World Series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Injured Matt Cain is Series spectator for Giants

- Associated Press

Well after the rest of his teammates put on their uniforms, Matt Cain wandered into the San Francisco clubhouse and changed clothes for a recent World Series practice.

Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler takes batting practice during a workout Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals and the San Francisco Giants are scheduled to play Game 3 of baseball's World Series in San Francisco on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Royals might need a rare pinch hit in Series

- Associated Press

Playing under American League rules with few reliable options on the bench this season, no manager had as little use for pinch hitters as Kansas City's Ned Yost.

FILE - In this March 27, 2008, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Rajai Davis is surrounded by seagulls in centerfield during play against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game,  in San Francisco. Game 3 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Giants is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. With tight foul ground, gusts that whip off McCovey Cove, twilight starts and pesky seagulls that hover around in the late innings, a lot of balls become adventures in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin, File)

At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park

- Associated Press

Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.

John Hart, right,  speaks as Braves president John Schuerholz looks on  during a news conference in Atlanta Wednesday, Oct 23, 2014 where it was announced that he has been named president of baseball operations for the Atlanta Braves. With Hart accepting the newly created title, the Braves no longer are looking for a general manager. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves make Hart president of baseball operations

- Associated Press

John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations.

Japan's high school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku smiles next to a photo of his baseball team head coach Masanori Joko who died in September during a news conference at Saibi High School in Matsuyama, western Japan, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after he was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Yakult Swallows and Rakuten Eagles selected Anraku, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 97 mph (156 kph), with the first and second picks respectively, and the Eagles won a lottery for the highly touted 17-year-old right-hander. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

High-schooler Anraku 1st in Japan baseball draft

Associated Press

High school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft on Thursday and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

FILE - At left in an Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas. At right, in a Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego. Guthrie and Hudson will be the starters for Game 3 of the World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Don Boomer, File)

Giants' Hudson to face Royals' Guthrie in Game 3

- Associated Press

In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum talks to the media during baseball player availability at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. The Kansas City Royals will host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Lincecum gets in game, leaves with tight back

- Associated Press

Banished to the bullpen and absent from the mound since the regular season, Tim Lincecum returned Wednesday night with the Giants trailing the Royals by five runs in the seventh inning.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is helped into the team's dugout during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City Royals defeated the Giants 7-2 to tie the series at 1-1 games. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lincecum's back fine, expected to be ready Game 3

- Associated Press

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night.

MLB Calendar

- Associated Press

November TBA - Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents, fifth day after World Series.

Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Butler delivers 2 big hits, KC evens World Series

- Associated Press

A big-and-burly thumper still has a place on these flash-and-dash Kansas City Royals, it seems. Especially if he can deliver clutch hits in the World Series, the way Billy Butler did Wednesday night.

Alleged MLB drug supplier pleads not guilty

- Associated Press

A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal.

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Greg Holland celebrate after Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 7-2 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Royals clobber Giants 7-2 to even World Series

- Associated Press

Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from their own. And for a tense moment in the sixth inning Wednesday night, Kauffman Stadium was consumed by chaos.