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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig speaks at a news conference before Game 2 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Bud Selig’s imprint clear in his final World Series as commissioner

- Associated Press

Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night featured a pair of wild-card teams that had already played during the regular season. In a finale hosted by the club whose league won the All-Star game. With managers able to contest calls by umpires, the final decision coming from a replay room far from the field.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, Pool)

Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

- Associated Press

Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the World Series.

St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Tim McCarver throws the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

World Series fixture Tim McCarver watching Giants, Royals from home

- Associated Press

McCarver had been on the job for every World Series since 2000 before going on semiretirement after last year’s Fall Classic and being replaced in the Fox booth by Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds. McCarver called 24 World Series overall, including all but two since 1989.

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Nielsen's top programs for Oct 20-26

- Associated Press

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Oct. 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields throws during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Else, Pool)

Free agency looms after World Series concludes

- Associated Press

Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter's box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound.

Monday's Sports Briefs

- Associated Press

Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series.

Kansas City Royals watch the ninth inning from their dugout during Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants defeated the Royals 5-0 to lead the series 3-2 games. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Royals hope to light up Giants and clubhouse deer

- Associated Press

A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a "W'' underneath a crown.

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey celebrate after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish

- Associated Press

Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.

Former Detroit pitcher Robinson dies at age 52

Associated Press

Jeff Robinson, who helped the Detroit Tigers to an AL East championship as a rookie in 1987 and went on to pitch in the major leagues through 1992, has died. He was 52.

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right and Brandon Belt leap to high five as Buster Posey, left, and Madison Bumgarner walk off the field after the Giants beat the Royals 5-0 during Game 5 of baseball's World Series Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants beat the Royals 5-0 to lead the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Series TV rating sinks for Game 4, then rebounds

Associated Press

The television rating for Game 4 between San Francisco and Kansas City dropped to a 6.3, a low for this year's World Series, then rebounded to a 7.3 in Game 5 as the Giants took a 3-2 lead.

Cubs' manager focuses on job, not rumors

Associated Press

Cubs manager Rick Renteria says he's focusing on his job and not the possibility that he might be replaced by former Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon.

Athletics hire Mike Aldrete as bench coach

Associated Press

The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.