|Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.
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|In a city where the ballpark is packed and the crowd is roaring every single night, Hunter Pence is at his best.
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|Because the San Francisco faithful have been preoccupied with other matters the last few weeks, we thought it might be beneficial to provide a refresher on the Royals and how they got to this stage for the first time since 1985.
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|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.
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|Looking for their third World Series championship in five seasons, the Giants open the World Series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night with a roster built off past success. The 25-man roster will include nine players who took part in the Giants' championship celebration in 2010.
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|The Giants' ability to overcome injuries and a couple of rough stretches has made their third NL pennant in the past five years all the more sweet.
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|Twenty-five years ago, October in the Bay Area, joy and jubilation were mingled with death and devastation. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that interrupted the 1989 World Series, there was no knowledge about the enormity and the tragedy of this event.
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|Those same Giants who had hit only two home runs combined in their nine previous games this postseason simply overpowered the Cardinals in a victory that allowed them to bring a premature ending to the best-of-seven series.
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|Losing the ALCS has to gnaw at Buck Showalter's insides. He brought the better team into the series and didn't win a game. He came close this time, if the games are measured only by runs. But his team was beaten as soundly as a team can be beaten while being outscored by merely six runs in four games.
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|Like the Giants, the Cardinals were a team that had trouble making the pieces fit in a rollercoaster of a season. Like the Giants, the Cardinals kept pushing and fighting and clawing. They did themselves proud on a bunch of different levels. In a magical postseason, the Giants just had a bit more.
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|You watch the Royals shock reality these days, and you recall 45 years ago, when America featured everything from the dramatic to the improbable. Including the 1969 Miracle Mets.
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|The Royals and Giants, who will meet in the World Series, are proof that it's possible to get on a roll once you survive the Wild Card Game.
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|As the surprise party raged on in the Royals' clubhouse Wednesday evening -- surprise, the Royals had swept the Orioles in the American League Championship Series -- a man with strong ties to Kansas City baseball celebrated in a more modest manner in his Queens, N. Y., home. Ed Charles celebrated the AL championship as well as his own clairvoyance.
|Major League Baseball showed support for LGBT youth and took a stand against bullying on Spirit Day, which was Thursday. The initiative, which was started by a teen in 2010, was formed to help prevent teen suicide.
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|Giants catcher Buster Posey has made the transition. The shy kid in the corner as a rookie in 2010 has stepped onto center stage. He may not relish the spotlight, but he has learned to accept it.
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|The St. Louis Cardinals look across the diamond at the San Francisco Giants and see themselves. At least, they see the team they were for most of the season.
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|Don't blame the Orioles for losing this American League Championship Series. Just acknowledge that timing is everything, and they, like the Angels and A's before them, were simply on the wrong side of history.
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|The St. Louis Cardinals cannot possibly be the same team without the services of catcher Yadier Molina. And yet, in the exalted realm of October baseball, this cannot be an all-purpose excuse. In fact, the Cardinals are 0-2 in the National League Championship Series games in which Molina has been absent since he sustained a left oblique strain. But the way the Cardinals lost these two games did not point to Molina's absence as the chief culprit.
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|The Royals haven't run out of ways to astonish the baseball world, as evidenced by Jeremy Guthrie's gutty start and Mike Moustakas' otherworldly defense in a Game 3 victory that has Kansas City one win from a trip to the World Series.
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|This had all the earmarks of a truly heartening Cardinals comeback victory -- until the bottom of the 10th inning. But despite a tough loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday, the Cards displayed the resilience that has become their hallmark.
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|That's twice this postseason the Giants have survived thanks to a wild throw from an opposing pitcher. And that's four one-run victories out of the six postseason wins they have claimed so far. And the bottom line is that it all comes about because the Giants are playing winning baseball. They are able to take advantage of another team's mistakes because they are in position for that mistake to make a difference.
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|Everything Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson said prior to Game 3 -- about this AL Championship Series not going back to Baltimore and about the Orioles having to embrace their fate as second fiddles, should they go down 3-0 -- is on the verge of proving prescient. For the O's, that's the annoyance served as a side dish to their adversity.
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|The truth is, Yadier Molina is the Cardinals' Mr. Everything during this time of year -- the numbers say so. And losing the bat, the glove, the arm, the guts and the leadership of the six-time All-Star catcher is not going to be easy.
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|In Tuesday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, Tim Hudson -- toward the end of his 16th big league season -- started for the first time in an LCS. Perhaps that's why Giants manager Bruce Bochy kept the veteran right-hander in for the beginning of the seventh inning to protect a one-run lead. Perhaps it was a gut feeling, even though Hudson had already thrown 86 pitches.
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|The Giants pack AT&T Park with fans who create the kind of atmosphere we associate with college football. It's a San Francisco atmosphere, too, from the energy of public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon to Lou Seal, the iconic mascot.
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|There have been 20 playoff games played so far, and only six of them have seen one or both starting pitchers record an out in the eighth inning. In fact, Madison Bumgarner alone is responsible for three of the 13 times a starter has lasted at least seven innings.
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|"The view" is back after weeks of watching in awe as the regular season turned into a captivating postseason. The playoffs have been so thrilling to this point that lifelong baseball folks are throwing around terms like "best ever" and "historic."
|This is one of the reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals are winners: They could have one of baseball's best excuses for not succeeding. And they will not take it. Catcher Yadier Molina, the Cardinals' most valuable player and one of the most valuable players in all of baseball, is "day to day" with a strained left oblique.
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|Much is made about starting pitchers and the impact that the extra demands of a postseason can have on them. Relievers, however, face the same type of strain. They may not pitch as many innings as a starter, but they pitch more frequently and often in high-stress situations.
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|They might have been the least appreciated of the 10 postseason teams, but the Royals head toward Tuesday night's Game 3 of the AL Championship Series at 7 p.m. CT on TBS on one of the best runs in the era of expanded playoffs.
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