10/24/2014 | Royals perfectly suited for National League style
The Royals' remarkable fielding combines with a deep pitching staff to give them the ability to win low-scoring games. Kansas City is probably better constructed to compete in the National League and it showed with a 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.
10/24/2014 | Herrera's first MLB at-bat comes in World Series
Kelvin Herrera was 16 years old the last time he stepped into a batter's box in a competitive baseball game. And yet, there he was on Friday night, called upon to bat in a one-run game in the World Series. He promptly struck out on three pitches, but not before fouling off a Sergio Romo fastball.
10/24/2014 | Fresh from campus, Finnegan making history
After six postseason appearances, rookie southpaw Brandon Finnegan is beginning to look like an old pro, "like he's had five, seven years in the league," according to third baseman Mike Moustakas. But Finnegan admitted to feeling some jitters on Friday night in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
10/24/2014 | Giants considering changes to bullpen roles
Speaking before the Giants opposed Kansas City in Game 3 of the World Series, manager Bruce Bochy said he'll consider using long relievers Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Lincecum in middle-inning situations and asking Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla to work more than one inning if necessary.
10/24/2014 | Grateful Giants fan part of star-studded pregame ceremony
World Series pregame ceremonies typically involve famous people, celebrity anthem singers and great players from the team's past. The Giants had all of that prior to Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, but they also included a neat twist -- honoring an unassuming fan for simply being selfless and decent.
10/24/2014 | MLB pays tribute to Gwynn before Game 3
Major League Baseball honored the late Tony Gwynn prior to Game 3 of the World Series between the hometown Giants and Royals on Friday at AT&T Park.
10/24/2014 | Kivlehan keeps hits coming after giving up football
So far, the greatest challenge in Patrick Kivlehan's baseball career has been finding a position. Kivlehan, the No. 6 prospect in Seattle's organization, has hit at every stop of the Minor Leagues and has made up for lost time spent playing football.
10/24/2014 | Panik's effort, attitude make him a perfect fit with Giants
Joe Panik arrived in the big leagues in late July and ended the revolving door at second base in San Francisco, and he said he couldn't have had such a successful run if not for the confidence his manager and teammates have shown in him.
10/24/2014 | Boston's Marrero finds rhythm in Fall League play
Pitching and defense ruled the day at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, when the Surprise Saguaros narrowly earned a 2-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
10/24/2014 | Rays players sad to see Maddon go, but confident about future
The reaction among Rays players seemed to be one of sorry to see Joe Maddon go while trusting that the Rays management team will make the right calls to find a suitable replacement to perpetuate the organization's excellence.
10/24/2014 | D-backs top prospect Bradley bounces back in AFL
After a rough start to the Arizona Fall League, Archie Bradley's dominant arsenal of pitches finally came to life. The right-hander turned in his best performance of the AFL as the Salt River Rafters won their fifth straight game and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs 8-1 on Friday afternoon.
10/24/2014 | Nationals promote Cromie to assistant GM
The Nationals expanded their baseball research and development department on Friday by promoting Adam Cromie to assistant general manager and director of baseball operations.
10/24/2014 | Giants, MLB bring charitable efforts to pediatric center
As the World Series shifted to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday, Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, Vera Clemente and Buster Posey's wife, Kristen, were among a contingent from Major League Baseball and the Giants who drove across the Bay during the day to spend important time with kids who are literally and figuratively miles away from the joyous scene inside AT&T Park.
10/24/2014 | Rally falls short as Giants edged by KC in Game 3
The Giants placed themselves in an unenviable position Friday night: hoping to return to Kansas City next week. San Francisco's 3-2 loss to the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series gave K.C. a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup and ensured that the Giants can't win the Series at home, where Games 4 and 5 will be played. The Giants must win one of those two games at AT&T Park to force the Series back to Kansas City.
10/24/2014 | Phils' philospophy beginning to evolve
October is a quiet month for baseball teams not in the postseason, so the Phillies have barely registered a blip on the local radar screen -- even with the team signing Grady Sizemore and Jerome Williams this week. That changed Thursday when Phillies interim president Pat Gillick told CSN Philly that the team probably would not contend again until 2017 or 2018.
10/24/2014 | Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, sponsored by Chevrolet, on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park.
10/24/2014 | Bochy: Lincecum should be 'good to go'
Two days after Tim Lincecum left Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium because of tightness in his back, Giants manager Bruce Bochy continued to be upbeat about the extent of the injury.
10/24/2014 | Wainwright has cartilage trimmed from elbow
After pitching through on-and-off right elbow discomfort this season, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a piece of cartilage trimmed from the elbow on Friday. The procedure is not expected to affect his readiness for Spring Training, as Wainwright should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks, after six weeks of physical therapy.
10/24/2014 | Maddon breaks down decision to leave Rays
Joe Maddon hopes Rays fans will understand his decision to exercise an opt-out clause to manage the Rays in 2015, essentially making him a free agent to field unknown offers.
10/24/2014 | With Maddon available, Amaro backs Sandberg
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday afternoon that the club supports manager Ryne Sandberg and has no interest in newly available skipper Joe Maddon.
10/24/2014 | Longtime Fenway employee Forester passes away at 91
Al Forester, the longtime Fenway Park employee who drove the cart carrying Ted Williams during the 1999 All-Star Game festivities in Boston, died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 91.
10/24/2014 | Combo of title, MVP for Posey in 2012 a growing rarity
Giants catcher Buster Posey is the only player to win an MVP Award and play on a World Series championship team in the same year -- 2012 -- in the past 25 seasons. Voting for the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards is completed before the first game of the postseason, and as the number of teams in the postseason has expanded, the number of MVPs who have even participated in the World Series has dropped.
10/24/2014 | John 3.0 can return Braves to glory
Step by step, the Braves of now are seeking to resurrect the team of a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and a World Series championship. So far, so good -- at least when it comes to moves away from the playing field, with the trio of Johns -- Schuerholz, Hart and Coppolella -- the club's three-headed general manager.
10/24/2014 | Exceptional Maddon will excel wherever he lands
Joe Maddon is curious about what else is out there. In the end, it's that simple. Don't pencil him in anywhere. You'd just be guessing. Let's face it, he'd upgrade the managerial position in almost any organization.
10/24/2014 | Friedman: Maddon not Dodgers-bound after opting out
Joe Maddon, who opted out of his 2015 contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, will not be replacing Don Mattingly, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
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