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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.

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey celebrates an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NLCS: Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series

- Associated Press

Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series.

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas makes a catch on a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones during the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Uh-O’s: Royals on brink of ALCS sweep of Baltimore

- Associated Press

Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Royals’ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that gave Kansas City a commanding 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

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San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla celebrates at the end of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during the Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-4 to lead the series 3-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers

- Associated Press

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

- Associated Press

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.

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 1985, file photo, umpire Don Denkinger, left, watches as St. Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell, right, stretches to catch the ball as Kansas City Royals batter Jorge Orta steps on first base during the ninth inning in Game 6 of baseball's World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Denkinger ruled Orta safe and the Royals went on to win the game and eventually the World Series. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Patrick Sullivan, File)

Denkinger's miss revisited as Series returns to KC

- Associated Press

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.

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez celebrate after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster

- Associated Press

Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

Tim Lincecum waits his turn, still yet to pitch

- Associated Press

Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday's workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi's locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy holds the championship trophy after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Bruce Bochy has the postseason touch with Giants

- Associated Press

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.

MLB Calendar

- Associated Press

Oct. 21 - World Series begins, Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City Royals' James Shields kisses the trophy after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

Trade for Shields spurred Royals to turnaround

- Associated Press

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.

A fountain on the Country Club Plaza is dyed blue in celebration of the Kansas City Royals success in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Royals are making their first World Series appearance in 29 years. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals fans, city have evolved a lot since 1985

- Associated Press

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.

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: Seasoned Giants vs fresh Royals

- Associated Press

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.