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10/19/2014 | Walker decides not to pitch again this offseason

Taijuan Walker was scratched from his scheduled Arizona Fall League start Saturday night and has decided not to pitch any more this offseason, though he is completely healthy, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Sunday.

10/19/2014 | Like '85 champs, Royals know how to win

Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.

10/19/2014 | Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants

The merits of Barry Zito's seven-year tenure with the Giants have been debated ad nauseam, but he deserves an assist for the contributions the team has received from Tim Hudson this season.

10/19/2014 | Source: Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Red Sox, according to a Major League source. The Red Sox, who have not confirmed the hiring, are believed to have agreed to a multiyear contract with Davis, who had also been courted by the Yankees and Rangers for their vacant hitting coach jobs.

10/19/2014 | Casilla's cool demeanor belies competitive fire within

Santiago Casilla keeps his emotions mainly to himself, unlike a large percentage of his counterparts, who favor gesticulations, primal screams or both when they're on the mound. "I am emotional, but I try to keep that inside," Casilla said. "It depends on how I feel. I'm not going to show it just so people can see it, but I really am amped up."

10/19/2014 | Back to the start: Affeldt comes full circle

So much has happened for Jeremy Affeldt since he landed in San Francisco, it's as though his days of being signed, developed and brought to the Major Leagues by the Royals are a whole different career. And in a way, they are.

10/19/2014 | Hurdle doesn't think long layoff will affect Royals

By the time James Shields delivers the first pitch of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), his Kansas City Royals will have had five full days of rest since Greg Holland delivered the final pitch of the American League Championship Series.

10/19/2014 | KC has home-field edge, should feel at home in SF

For the first time since the American League Wild Card Game, the Royals will have home-field advantage for a postseason series. But due to the similarity of the opponents, the location of the games could be less of a factor than how it was initially perceived in the AL Championship Series.

10/19/2014 | Several Royals have strong ties to Brewers

Royals manager Ned Yost and one-third of his starting lineup -- shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki -- previously called Miller Park home.

10/19/2014 | Replay reviews and reversals down thus far in postseason

After calls were challenged every 1.9 games and overturned at a 47 percent clip during the first regular season of expanded replay, those numbers have dropped to one challenge every 2.8 games with a reversal rate of 33 percent in the postseason.

10/19/2014 | Royals owner Glass sharing KC's pride, joy

David Glass waited a long time to hoist a championship trophy. Now he's enjoying his team's remarkable run and relishing the way it is making the hometown fans come alive.

10/19/2014 | Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history

Before the Red Sox could complete their baseball miracle in the 2004 ALCS, a bit of a medical science miracle was needed.

10/19/2014 | Players are getting Royal treatment in Kansas City

It's a crazy time in Kansas City, where fans who had gone without postseason baseball since 1985 have been ecstatic while the Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins.

10/19/2014 | Giants' do-everything man Petit ready for any task

Just three years removed from a stint with the Oaxaca Warriors of the Mexican League, Yusmeiro Petit is headed to the World Series. Without their do-everything right-hander, the Giants might not have made it this far.

10/18/2014 | Giants have firsthand knowledge of Royals' proficiency

Sergio Romo expects plenty of intensity from the Kansas City Royals when they face the Giants in the World Series that begins Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT airtime, 5:07 first pitch). Fortunately for the Giants, they bear no visible scars from their first bout of the year against the Royals -- a three-game sweep by Kansas City in August.

10/18/2014 | Tigers' outfield prospect Moya slugs homer

Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.

10/18/2014 | Bradley encouraged by challenge of fall ball

Archie Bradley -- the D-backs' top prospect and No. 9 overall -- is pitching in Arizona for the Salt River Rafters. He has posted a 10.29 ERA in three starts, but the right-hander said after his outing Saturday night that he's not discouraged by the results.

10/18/2014 | Managing expectations: Yost develops winner's mindset

Ned Yost was at Kauffman Stadium to direct his Royals through a workout in preparation for Tuesday night's Game 1 of the 110th World Series against the San Francisco Giants (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, with first pitch at 7:07). But he spent several minutes being as expansive and introspective as he's been during his five years as Kansas City's skipper.

10/18/2014 | Giants' core four relievers eye their third Series title

Giants relievers Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez were part of the club's World Series championships in 2010 and '12 and once again are playing pivotal roles this October.

10/18/2014 | Behind MadBum, Giants to utilize same rotation

Having stuck with one pitching rotation in the Giants' first two postseason series, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he'll maintain his current sequence of starters for the World Series beginning Tuesday in Kansas City (4:30 p.m. PT airtime, 5:07 first pitch). Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's opener on his regular four days' rest. He'll be followed by Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong.

10/18/2014 | October Giants: KC to see foe of a different color

While the soaring confidence of the K.C. faithful in these dashing young Royals is fully justified, they haven't seen anything yet quite like this troupe from San Francisco.

10/18/2014 | Bochy: No plan for Giants to alter roster for Series

The plan is for the Giants to carry their 25-man roster from the National League Championship Series into the World Series, manager Bruce Bochy said during a workout at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon.

10/18/2014 | MadBum, Posey in rare World Series company

When Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner arrived for good in San Francisco during the first half of the 2010 season, no one could have foreseen what would unfold over the next five seasons, and how the pair would become integral parts of a trio of trips to the World Series with the Giants.

10/18/2014 | Gore a 'game-changer' -- even on the bench

Terrance Gore has not done much besides pinch-run during the Royals' unprecedented 8-0 run to start the postseason, but his spot on their roster for the World Series is not in jeopardy.

10/18/2014 | Royals tab Shields, Ventura for Games 1 and 2

James Shields will start for the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, while rookie Yordano Ventura will get the ball for Game 2 on Wednesday.

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