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Giants surge past Royals, even World Series

By The Associated Press 12:38 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals, 11-4, on Saturday to tie the World Series at two games …

Royals take 2-1 lead in World Series after 3-2 victory over Giants

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Jeremy Guthrie pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a …

MLB notebook: Rays manager Maddon opts out of contract

By Staff and Wire Reports
Joe Maddon’s successful run as manager of the Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too …

Butler’s clutch hit keys Royals big inning in victory

By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a …

MLB notebook: Pirates’ McCutchen named Sporting News All-Star

By Tribune-Review
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named a National League All-Star by The Sporting News on Wednesday McCutchen was flanked in the outfield by Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) and Justin Upton (Braves). Anthony Rizzo (Cubs), Dee Gordon (Dodgers), Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals) …

Giants thump Royals, 7-1, in Game 1 of World Series

By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early, and the Giants showed off …

MLB notebook: Tigers hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout

By Wire Reports
The Tigers hired former Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield as a major league scout. The team announced the move Monday. Littlefield replaces Mike Russell. Littlefield, 54, has spent more than 25 seasons in major league front offices. He recently wrapped …

Ishikawa’s walk-off homer sends Giants to World Series

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run shot that sent the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 …

MLB notebook: Former Fla. clinic owner pleads guilty to supplying PEDs to players

By The Associated Press
• The former owner of a South Florida clinic has pleaded guilty to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players, including the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America …

Giants defeat Cardinals, 6-4, take 3-1 lead in NLCS

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — 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 …

Royals sweep ALCS with 2-1 victory over Orioles

By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. …

MLB notebook: Royals’ Guthrie issues apology for postgame T-shirt

By The Associated Press
Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie apologized on Twitter to the Orioles for wearing a T-shirt to his postgame news conference Tuesday night that read, “These O’s Ain’t Royal.” The shirt was a twist on the Chris Brown song “Loyal,” after Kansas …

Giants take Game 3 on 10th-inning throwing error

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy. A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, …

Wong’s walk-off HR gives Cardinals 5-4 win, ties NLCS

By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the resilient St. Louis Cardinals beat the …

Royals take commanding 2-0 lead in ALCS

By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — After another successful road show, the Royals are heading back to Kansas City with momentum and history on their side in the AL Championship Series. Alcides Escobar doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Mike Moustakas …

MLB notebook: Yankees re-sign GM Cashman to 3-year contract

By Tribune-Review
• The Yankees re-signed Brian Cashman to a three-year contract following one of their most disappointing seasons since he became general manager. Cashman has been New York’s GM since 1998, when the Yankees won the World Series in his first …