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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Pence and San Francisco are a perfect fit

In a city where the ballpark is packed and the crowd is roaring every single night, Hunter Pence is at his best.

10/18/2014 | Blue-collar Giants winning with continuity

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.

10/18/2014 | October Royals: SF to meet kings of AL

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.

10/17/2014 | World Series position-by-position breakdown: Giants-Royals

Two Wild Card teams enjoying improbable runs will collide when the World Series begins at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET airtime on FOX, first pitch at 8:07). Here's a position-by-position look at what is shaping up to be a heart-pounding Fall Classic.

10/17/2014 | Scouts' honor: Homegrown talent key to Giants' success

A look at the principals in the Giants' victory that sealed their National League Championship Series triumph demonstrates how the franchise's farm system has become its backbone.

10/17/2014 | Out of left field, this time it's Ishikawa

Before Travis Ishikawa hooked on with the Giants earlier this summer, he spent time mulling retirement, having been set free by the Pirates. Then injuries happened, opportunities opened and Ishikawa became the Giants' latest out-of-thin-air hero.

10/17/2014 | Giants scout Saleski passes way

Longtime Major League Baseball scout Stan Saleski died unexpectedly last Saturday in Baltimore, the Giants announced Friday.

10/17/2014 | Bochy once again pulling all the right strings

Jake Peavy has witnessed Bruce Bochy manage since he was a 20-year-old pitcher just emerging with the Padres. Bochy is in his 20th season managing, 12 with the Padres and eight in San Francisco.

10/17/2014 | Braves boast connections to both World Series teams

At some point within the next two weeks, either the Royals or Giants will clinch the World Series with what will be their 12th postseason win this year. When this happens, Braves fans will be left to choose whether to feel good or disheartened by the fact that this year's Fall Classic will provide at least one former significant member of the Braves franchise a chance to celebrate baseball's ultimate prize.

10/17/2014 | Nothing has come easy for 2014 Giants

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.

10/17/2014 | MLB Notebook: Ishikawa joins LCS icons

With his walk-off shot in the ninth inning Thursday, the Giants' Travis Ishikawa joined Chris Chambliss, Aaron Boone and Magglio Ordonez as the fourth player to hit a pennant-winning home run in the League Championship Series era.

10/17/2014 | Giants built a dynasty by keeping their core intact

The Giants' unparalleled success over the last half-decade can be credited in large part to a core of players -- Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner, to name three -- that has remained intact longer than so many others throughout professional baseball.

10/17/2014 | Statcast: Deflected grounder propels Giants

Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday night to clinch the National League pennant for the Giants will be the play everyone is talking about, but a defensive play in the top half of the inning might just be what made it all possible.

10/17/2014 | Bochy trusts instincts, pushes right buttons

Once again, everything manager Bruce Bochy touched in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series turned to gold for his Giants on Thursday night at rollicking AT&T Park.

10/17/2014 | Ishikawa becomes postseason's latest unlikely hero

By hitting a walk-off homer to send the Giants to the World Series on Thursday night in San Francisco, Travis Ishikawa became the latest unlikely hero to buoy his club on the postseason stage.

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