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Butler’s clutch hit keys Royals big inning in victory

By The Associated Press 11:52 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants, 7-2, on,Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece. …

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

By Tribune-Review 11:52 p.m.
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 …

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 …

Royals power past Orioles, 8-6, in 10 innings in ALCS opener

By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — These Kansas City Royals, and Alex Gordon in particular, are way more than just speed and singles. Especially in extra innings. Gordon hit …

Davis to be omitted from Orioles’ ALCS roster

By The Associated Press
Suspended slugger Chris Davis won’t be playing in the AL Championship Series for the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Davis will be omitted from the 25-man roster, which must be submitted on Friday morning before the Orioles host …

Rockies general manager resigns; team promotes from within to replace him

By The Associated Press
DENVER — New Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich is a Harvard graduate who looks at baseball from more of an analytical angle. He was promoted from within the organization after a fourth consecutive losing season and counts as his …