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Giants, Royals sidelights: Breaking down World Series subplots

Inside Bay Area (Mercury News) — The popular -- if highly overplayed -- song 'Royals' by New Zealand teen artist Lorde is caught in the World Series cross hairs.
  • New: 2 hr 58 min ago

World Series predictions from Tim Kawakami, Dan Brown

Inside Bay Area (Bay Area News Group) — On the eve of Game 1, Bay Area News Group sportswriters Dan Brown and Tim Kawakami discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams.
  • New: 6 hr 20 min ago

World Series: Best Giants era

Inside Bay Area (By Daniel Brown <a href='mailto:dbrown@mer) — The San Francisco Giants are going to their third World Series in five years, but from 1921-1925, the New York Giants went to four straight Fall Classics.
  • New: 6 hr 36 min ago

Live updates: Giants vs. Royals in World Series Game 1, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Inside Bay Area (Bay Area News Group) — Follow the live action Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series beginning at 5 p.m. To join the conversation on Twitter.
  • New: 6 hr 43 min ago

Purdy: Speedy Royals have edge on Giants in World Series

Inside Bay Area (By Mark Purdy Mercury News Columnist) — The San Francisco Giants might continue their dogged method of grinding out inning after inning to win night after night, but the Kansas City Royals have something the Texas Rangers and Detroit...
  • New: 6 hr 48 min ago

World Series: Meet the Kansas City Royals

Inside Bay Area (By John Hickey <a href='mailto:jhickey@bay) — The San Francisco Giants' World Series opponent is possibly the most anonymous of the American League playoff teams
  • New: 7 hr 22 min ago

Kawakami: Giants are Bumgarner's team now

Inside Bay Area (By Tim Kawakami Mercury News Columnist) — San Francisco Giants will win World Series because it's Madison Bumgarner's time, his team, his World Series, and there's no reason to deny any of that now.
  • New: 8 hr 23 min ago

World Series: San Francisco Giants-Kansas City Royals matchups

Inside Bay Area (By Carl Steward <a href='mailto:csteward@b) — San Francisco Giants have edges in Buster Posey and in the rotation, but will that be enough for them to beat the American League champion Kansas City Royals in the World Series?
  • New: 8 hr 31 min ago

World Series: Why Giants are here again

Inside Bay Area (By Carl Steward <a href='mailto:csteward@b) — The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series because they have Madison Bumgarner, Busty Posey, Bruce Bochy -- and an often overlooked ingredient.
  • New: 8 hr 32 min ago

World Series: Michael Morse to be used as Giants' designated hitter

Inside Bay Area (By Alex Pavlovic <a href='mailto:apavlovic) — San Francisco Giants will use Michael Morse as designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, manager Bruce Bochy said; Morse has...
  • New: 8 hr 45 min ago

Giants' Ishikawa dealing with newfound celebrity status

Inside Bay Area (By Daniel Brown <a href='mailto:dbrown@mer) — San Francisco Giants outfielder Travis Ishikawa made news around the world with his walk-off homer in Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, including during homecoming at his high...
  • New: 9 hr 11 min ago

World Series: Can Giants contend with Royals speed?

Inside Bay Area (By Alex Pavlovic <a href='mailto:apavlovic) — Kansas City Royals are fastest team that Giants have faced; American League champs can out-run San Francisco and have maybe more range on defense than the National League pennant-winners.
  • New: 9 hr 16 min ago

Giants vs. Royals World Series pregame live chat, Game 2, Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Inside Bay Area (Bay Area News Group) — Join our Daniel Brown for a World Series pregame live chat Wednesday at 11 a.m., hours before the 5:07 p.m. first pitch of Game 2.
  • New: 11 hr 36 min ago

Giants vs. Royals World Series pregame live chat, Game 1, Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Inside Bay Area (Bay Area News Group) — Join Giants beat writer Alex Pavlovic for a World Series pregame live chat Tuesday at 11 a.m., hours before the first pitch of Game 1.
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Brian Sabean's formula for the Giants: Tough, gritty, determined

Inside Bay Area (By Carl Steward <a href='mailto:csteward@b) — San Francisco Giants' general manager Brian Sabean wants players with good character, but he also wants tough guys with the passion of Little Leaguers
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Some San Francisco stations ban Lorde song Royals as the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series

Inside Bay Area (Mercury News digital staff) — Some San Francisco radio stations are banning the hit Lorde song Royals from their airwaves until after the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.
  • 16 hr 31 min ago

World Series: Kansas City, here we come!

Inside Bay Area (By Daniel Brown <a href='mailto:dbrown@mer) — San Francisco Giants are up against a team and a town that is celebrating October baseball for the first time since the Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 1985 behind George Brett.
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Pablo Sandoval heats up when the pressure's on

Inside Bay Area (By Alex Pavlovic <a href='mailto:apavlovic) — San Francisco Giants' third baseman Pablo Sandoval has a .325 career average in the postseason, and the Panda says not even his impending free agency can distract him in October
  • 1 day 8 hr ago
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World Series: Jeremy Affeldt goes home

Inside Bay Area (By John Hickey <a href='mailto:jhickey@bay) — Once an up-and-comer with the Kansas City Royals, Jeremy Affeldt heads to the 2014 World Series as a vital cog in the San Francisco Giants bullpen.
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World Series: Kansas City, here we come!

Inside Bay Area (By Daniel Brown <a href='mailto:dbrown@mer) — San Francisco Giants are up against a team and a town that is celebrating October baseball for the first time since Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 1985 behind George Brett
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Blog Articles

Bochy names his World Series DH, plus other SF Giants notes

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — Michael Morse hung out for almost eight innings before he tied Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with a homer against the Cardinals’ Pet Neshek. Getting three or four at-bats...
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Early Series workout-day notes: Royals will run on SF Giants

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — It’s a gorgeous day in Kansas City. The Royals are completing their media access hour. I went down there to talk about running, because the Royals like to do that, and it could be a huge...
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Bruce Bochy announces SF Giants’ Series rotation, Tim Lincecum’s fate

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — It’s not broken, so the Giants are not going to “fix it.” Manager Bruce Bochy just said the Giants will maintain their rotation and probably their roster for the World Series....
  • 2 days ago

Kansas City Royals storm the court during Friday’s Warriors-Heat game

SFGate.com (Rusty Simmons) — KANSAS CITY – During the third quarter of Friday’s game between the Warriors and Heat at the Sprint Center, nothing on the court seemed to matter. A handful of the Kansas City Royals marched...
  • 3 days ago

5 records set Thursday by the Giants

SFGate.com (Hamed Aleaziz) — While San Francisco fans were celebrating the Giants’ third World Series appearance in five seasons, baseball stat geeks were crunching the numbers. Here’s a rundown of records broken...
  • 3 days ago

World Series tickets: pricey in S.F., astronomical in K.C.

SFGate.com (Hamed Aleaziz) — Surprise, surprise: Tickets to witness the Giants’ third World Series trip in five seasons won’t come cheap. But passes to the games at AT&T Park are looking like a bargain, at...
  • 3 days ago

Henry Schulman: Random thoughts and notes on SF Giants the day after

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — I want to thank Jake Peavy for the lede to my game story from the pennant clincher. May you never fully correct your vision. If you haven’t read John Shea’s “Eavesdrops,”...
  • 3 days ago

Keep on chugging: MadBum up to 6-pack

SFGate.com (Hamed Aleaziz) — When Giants ace Madison Bumgarner chugged five beers last week after the team’s National League Division Series clinching win, we wondered how many beers he would take down if they kept on...
  • 3 days ago

See mashup of Ishikawa blast and ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’

SFGate.com (Hamed Aleaziz) — Travis Ishikawa, no longer the forgotten man from the Giants’ 2010 championship team, hit an improbable walk-off homer to send San Francisco back to the World Series, bringing back memories...
  • 3 days ago

Bumgarner sticks with it, pushes Giants toward pennant

SFGate.com (Ron Kroichick) — Madison Bumgarner was not perfect Thursday. Far from it. The Cardinals made him look mortal, puncturing his postseason aura with three runs before the fourth inning ended. That also made Bumgarner...
  • 4 days ago

SF Giants win pennant on Travis Ishikawa’s walkoff homer

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — The 2014 Giants fell out of first place with a tremendous early-summer thud. They fell out of the top wild-card spot with a tepid late summer. They kept tumbling until it was time to rise, dust...
  • 4 days ago

Another taut NLCS game: Cards lead 3-2 going to 7th

SFGate.com (Ron Kroichick) — Quick update and random thoughts from Game 5 of the NLCS, where the Cardinals lead 3-2 heading to the seventh inning: **The crowd’s customary October delirium was interrupted —...
  • 4 days ago

Cards answer Panik’s HR, take 3-2 lead in 4th

SFGate.com (Steve Kroner) — Steve Kroner at AT&T Park: The Giants’ long home run drought finally has ended. After six-plus games and 242 plate appearances, they got a two-run shot to right from rookie second...
  • 4 days ago

6 items to keep in mind for Game 5 of NLCS

SFGate.com (Steve Kroner) — Steve Kroner at Third and King streets: Six items to get you ready for Adam Wainwright and Madison Bumgarner in a rematch of the NLCS opener Saturday, which the Giants won 3-0:  It’s Game 5...
  • 4 days ago

Live updates: SF Giants play Cardinals in NLCS Game 5

SFGate.com (SFGate) — Follow the Chronicle's live coverage as the SF Giants try to clinch the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.
  • 4 days ago

It’s Bumgarner vs. Zito (er, Wainwright) in Game 5

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — Game 5 of the National League Championship Series comes to this: For the Giants, Madison Bumgarner needs to be Madison Bumgarner for the Giants to advance to the World Series. To prevent that,...
  • 4 days ago

Petit rides to the rescue in October, a la Lincecum 2012

SFGate.com (Ron Kroichick) — And now, in the role of Tim Lincecum circa 2012 – and maybe even better – the Giants present Yusmeiro Petit. He pitches six scoreless innings in an epic Division Series marathon. He adds three...
  • 5 days ago

SF Giants come back to beat Cards, now a win away from pennant

SFGate.com (Henry Schulman) — They did not want to go back to Washington in the Division Series and made sure the flight never left the ground. They certainly do not want to go back to St. Louis and have given themselves a...
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Giants rally to take 6-4 lead into 7th inning of Game 4

SFGate.com (Ron Kroichick) — Quick update and random thoughts on Game 4 of the NLCS, as the Giants head to the seventh inning with a 6-4 lead over the Cardinals: **Cardinals relievers walked four of the first seven batters...
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All glove no bat for Sandoval so far …

SFGate.com (Mike Lerseth) — Pablo Sandoval made a fantastic play from his knees in the third inning to start a double play, but he’s been quiet at the plate. A third-inning walk has been sandwiched by double plays he...
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