10/20/2014 | At top of the order, Blanco realizes World Series dream
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Gregor Blanco of the Giants will realize his fondest baseball dream Tuesday night: Leading off and playing center field in the World Series.
10/20/2014 | Giants can punch Bochy's Hall of Fame ticket
Nine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest honor.
10/20/2014 | Wait is over: Fall Classic returns to Kansas City
Six days after celebrating an American League pennant in front of their own fans by dispatching the Orioles, the Royals will host the Giants in the first World Series matchup between the clubs. First pitch in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tonight at 8:07 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage on FOX begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.
10/20/2014 | Lincecum more than ready if needed in Fall Classic
Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has gone from the sublime to the anonymous in his baseball career. Thus far, Lincecum has not pitched during the 2014 playoffs, but he insists he is not obsessing about pitching in the World Series against the Royals. If Lincecum's not used, he figures he'll deal with all that when the postseason is over.
10/20/2014 | MadBum brings unique delivery, experience for Giants in Game 1
When Madison Bumgarner starts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch), he will showcase one of the game's most unconventional deliveries, which he spent the past decade crafting into one of baseball's best.
10/20/2014 | Crucial Giants-Royals World Series matchups
The fruitlessness of speculation at this stage is well-established by these Royals and Giants. Not only have they beaten the odds by becoming the first two Wild Card teams of the Wild Card Game era to advance to the World Series, but they've done it in dominant fashion, with a combined postseason record of 16-2, the best ever for two World Series participants.
10/20/2014 | Tale of the tape: Giants-Royals, Game 1
Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.
10/20/2014 | Coaching continuity a source of Giant strength
When a Giants coach speaks, players listen, because those coaches have pull with manager Bruce Bochy, and chances are they will be around for many years.
10/20/2014 | Posey faces tough task behind the plate against speedy Royals
Buster Posey casts an assertive presence as a hitter, but he could loom even larger in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals when he settles into his catcher's crouch.
10/20/2014 | MLB announces World Series umpiring crew
Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Kellogg is one of three regular season crew chiefs who will have a role working the 110th Fall Classic.
10/20/2014 | In an era of parity, Giants closing in on dynasty status
Is it possible to have a dynasty only in even-numbered years? In an era of baseball parity, the answer is yes. This is the most anyone could reasonably expect out of one team. That team in this case would be the San Francisco Giants.
10/20/2014 | Morse to serve as Giants' DH in Kansas City
After playing a critical role as a pinch-hitter in the National League Championship Series, Michael Morse's job description is about to expand. Morse will serve as the Giants' designated hitter in World Series Games 1 and 2, giving manager Bruce Bochy's club some extra thump that it did not have in previous rounds.
10/20/2014 | Affeldt stays course to aid Giants' World Series run
If not for the words of two people -- Jeremy Affeldt's wife, Larisa, and Royals general manager Dayton Moore -- he might have called it quits in 2006. If Affeldt gets key outs against Kansas City in the heat of battle, Moore, in a weird way, will be the one to blame.
10/20/2014 | Giants' pinch-hitting options limited in Kansas City
With the use of the designated hitter in the American League city, the Giants are going to have a shortened bench for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.
10/20/2014 | First four World Series games dedicated to important causes
The annual World Series Community Initiative program is an established tradition that gives two clubs and their fan bases even greater rewards for reaching the ultimate stage of international attention. The Royals and Giants will each have two dedicated game themes to raise awareness for important causes associated with charitable initiatives and MLB partners.
10/20/2014 | New WS gear player tested, fan approved
Gear up in style with the exclusive official sweatshirts and T-shirts that the Giants will be wearing to work out during the World Series.
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.
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