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Thursday
Oct302014

Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals made sure early on their season wouldn't end Tuesday night.

The Royals exploded for seven runs in the second inning, chasing San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy out of the game, en route to a 10-0 smashing of the Giants to force a Game 7 in the World Series.

The Royals' bats, which were mainly held at bay the last three games in San Francisco, came to life in Game 6.

All nine Kansas City starters had at least one hit, and seven of them had at least one RBI in the win.

"Guys stepped up in a big way tonight," Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.

Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out four.

Peavy only lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, ballooning his career World Series ERA to 9.58 in three starts.

The do-or-die Game 7 is Wednesday night in Kansas City. Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie.


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Monday
Oct272014

Bumgarner's Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete-game shutout and Brandon Crawford had three RBIs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. With the victory, the Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years.

"He was on early in the game and didn't have any stressful innings," said manager Bruce Bochy. "This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night and when this guy is on, it's fun to watch."

Bumgarner finished the game with no walks and eight strikeouts, giving up just four hits in the game. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett did it for the Florida Marlins in 2003.

The Giants ace was aided by a strong effort from his offense. Despite a solid six innings of work by Kansas City's James Shields, San Francisco struck for a run in the second and another in the fourth. Crawford drove in both runs before adding another RBI to his day in the eighth. Juan Perez tripled in the eighth as well, driving in two insurance runs.

The series returns to Kansas City on Tuesday night.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Royals' Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Once again the Kansas City Royals' bullpen proved its worth.

Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night. 

The Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Kansas City headed into the bottom of the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let up back-to-back hits, the second being an RBI double by Michael Morse, Royals skipper Ned Yost made the call to his trusty pen. Kelvin Herrera came in first. He walked Gegor Blanco before getting three straight-groundouts, yielding only one run, to preserve the Royals lead. The Giants only had one more baserunner the rest of the way, as the Royals improve their record to 9-1 in this postseason.

"This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. "But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that."

Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain all had RBIs in the win.

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who was pitching in the first World Series game of his career, went 5 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, one walk while striking out two in the loss.

Game 4 is Saturday in San Francisco. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound. He'll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.


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Friday
Oct172014

Ishikawa's Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS Thursday to send the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, and into the World Series.  

The Giants will meet the Kansas City Royals in the Fall Classic.

Thursday night's game was tied 3-3 going into the ninth when the Cardinals sent Michael Wacha to the mound for the first time this postseason. It proved to be a bad decision: Wacha allowed a lead-off single to Pablo Sandoval and walked Brandon Belt before Ishikawa blasted the Giants to their third World Series in five seasons. 

"These guys have been through it," Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said. "They have been battle-tested and they know how to handle themselves on this type of stage, and then add to that the kids that we brought up, and then Ishikawa. I mean, what a great story."

Madison Bumgarner pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs, and two walks while striking out five in the win. He was named the NLCS MVP.

The World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City. It will be the first time two teams that didn't win 90 regular-season games meet in the Fall Classic.


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Monday
Nov252013

Jhonny Peralta Agrees to Four-Year Deal with Cardinals 

Major League Baseball (NEW YORK) --  It didn't take long for the best shortstop on the free agent market to find a new home.

After losing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their infield by agreeing to a four-year deal with former Detroit Tiger Jhonny Peralta.  The deal is reportedly worth $52 million.

"We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals," general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "Jhonny is among the game's top offensive shortstops, he's a steady defender and he has experience playing for a contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and versatility to our everyday lineup. "

The 31-year-old Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games this past season for the Tigers, who lost to the Red Sox in the ALCS.

Peralta was hit with a 50 game suspension last season as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs.

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Thursday
Oct312013

David Ortiz Named World Series MVP 

G. Fiume/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  The Boston Red Sox capped off a postseason for the ages when they topped the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, but they may not have been as fortunate without Big Papi.

Designated hitter David Ortiz was named World Series MVP after batting an astounding .688 against the Cardinals with two home runs and six RBIs.

"I know I'm one of the forces for this ballgame and I like to take things personal," Ortiz said. "And that's been my whole career, a challenge.  "I wasn't trying to be the guy, but I know I got to get something done to keep the line moving. I don't even have to do anything today, I guess, the rest of the team took over."

Ortiz is now a three-time World Series champion, and one of the most important members of the Red Sox.

"He just keeps writing new chapters," general manager Ben Cherington. "I know great players are great, are more likely to be great in any moment but it's hard to see him in those moments and not think that there's something different about him.  He's locked in"

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Wednesday
Oct302013

Scoreboard Roundup - 10/30/13

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Boston Red Sox 6 - St. Louis Cardinals 1 - Red Sox win World Series

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 114 (1-0) - Miami Heat 110 (1-1)

Cleveland Cavaliers 98 (1-0) - Brooklyn Nets 94 (0-1)

Toronto Raptors 93 (1-0) - Boston Celtics 87 (0-1)

New York Knicks 90 (1-0) - Milwaukee Bucks 83 (0-1)

Detroit Pistons 113 (1-0) - Washington Wizards 102 (0-1)

Houston Rockets 96 (1-0) - Charlotte Bobcats 83 (0-1)

Indiana Pacers 95 (2-0) - New Orleans Pelicans 90 (0-1)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (1-0) - Memphis Grizzlies 94 (0-1)

Minnesota Timberwolves 120 (1-0) - Orlando Magic 115 (0-2) - Overtime

Dallas Mavericks 118 (1-0) - Atlanta Hawks 109 (0-1)

Oklahoma City Thunder 101 (1-0) - Utah Jazz 98 (0-1)

Sacramento Kings 90 (1-0) - Denver Nuggets 88 (0-1)

Phoenix Suns 104 (1-0) - Portland Trail Blazers 91 (0-1)

Golden State Warriors 125 (1-0) - Los Angeles Lakers 94 (1-1)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (9-4-0) - Boston Bruins 2 (7-4-0)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (10-4-0) - Calgary Flames 2 (5-5-2)

Detroit Red Wings 2 (7-4-2) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (9-5-1)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (9-5-0) - San Jose Sharks 3 (10-1-2) OT

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Wednesday
Oct302013

Cardinals Arrive Late to Boston for Game 6

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  The St. Louis Cardinals were ready to fly to Boston on Tuesday, needing to win two-straight games against the Red Sox in order to capture the World Series Championship.  The only problem is their plane would not cooperate.

Mechanical issues with their aircraft delayed the Cardinals for over seven hours in advance of Wednesday's Game 6.

While the Red Sox worked out at Fenway Park, the Cardinals remained on the runway not knowing when they would be taking off.  The team was not scheduled to workout Tuesday, so manager Mike Matheny did not anticipate the delay having much of an effect on his players.

The Cardinals plane finally took off at 9:09 p.m. ET, 7 hours and 9 minutes after the original estimated time of departure. The players stayed on the plane through the delay.

St. Louis will send rookie Michael Wacha to the mound Wednesday night, where he will oppose John Lackey.  Both the Red Sox and Cardinals are looking for their third World Series championship in the past 10 seasons.

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Tuesday
Oct292013

Lester Leads Sox Past Cardinals: Boston One Win Away from Championship

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 innings allowing four hits, one run, no walks while striking out seven, as he outdueled Adam Wainwright to help the Boston Red Sox top the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in Game 5 of the World Series Monday night.

The Red Sox now lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

Lester wins his second game of the series for the BoSox.

"The biggest thing was that we were able to get the fastball down in the zone," Lester said. "Obviously these guys are a very good fastball hitting team and you try not to let them get extension. (David Ross) Rossy did a good job back there of keeping me under control in this environment."

David Ortiz once again had a great night for the Sox, smacking three hits and driving in the game's first run. Ortiz is now 11-for-15 from the plate (.733) for the series.

"I just see the ball and hit it," Ortiz said when trying to explain his hot hitting. "I try not to put pressure on myself and not try to do to much."

The Red Sox are now one game away from winning the World Series.

Game 6 is Wednesday night as the series shifts back to Boston. The Cardinals send rookie Michael Wacha to the mound to face off against John Lackey.

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