10/23/2014 | Alcides thriving since receiving ignition keys
Alcides Escobar always has seen himself as a leadoff man or No. 2 hitter. He hit mostly first or second in the Brewers' Minor League system before doing so for significant parts of his Major League career in Milwaukee and Kansas City.
10/23/2014 | Royals could revive running game facing Hudson
It's been forgotten amid a surprising power surge, swept aside because it hasn't necessarily altered outcomes. But the Royals -- Major League leaders in stolen bases by a wide margin and armed with two track stars off their bench -- haven't been running. They've stolen one base in their last six postseason games, five of them wins, after swiping seven in the American League Wild Card Game and five in a Division Series sweep of the Angels.
10/23/2014 | Butler will serve as pinch-hitter with series in NL park
Ned Yost didn't reveal his revised lineup for World Series Game 3 against the Giants on Friday, but one thing is certain -- designated hitter Billy Butler won't be in it.
10/23/2014 | Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams
Neither the Royals nor Giants won 90 games in the regular season, but that shouldn't matter in determining a World Series champion.
10/23/2014 | 1985 Royals found motivation in being written off
The Royals have endured comparison after comparison to the 1985 World Series champions, but in at least one respect, the current club may have a leg up on the team from 29 years ago.
10/23/2014 | Baseball to Stand Up To Cancer during Game 3
Major League Baseball will dedicate Game 3 of the 110th World Series on Friday to advancing the fight against cancer and specifically to help Stand Up To Cancer -- empowering a population of fans and Fall Classic participants who all share a goal of eradicating this disease in our lifetimes.
10/23/2014 | Batter up: Royals pitchers ready to take hacks
With the World Series shifting to National League rules in San Francisco, Royals pitchers will have a chance to dig their spikes into the batter's box and take some swings over the next three games.
10/23/2014 | O'Neil's legacy carrying on through Royals
Throughout the Royals' frenetic playoff run, one that was void of a loss until Game 1 of the World Series, one comment kept coming up in conversation among those familiar with Kansas City baseball: Buck woulda loved this.
10/23/2014 | Four Royals nominated for Gold Glove Awards
Royals defensive standouts Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez were named finalists for American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Thursday. Gordon, a left fielder, is aiming for his fourth straight Gold Glove Award, while Perez (catcher) and Hosmer (first base) look to repeat after being crowned the top defensive players at their respective positions in 2013. Escobar is vying for his first career Gold Glove Award at shortstop.
10/23/2014 | Gold Glove Awards finalists revealed
Three players at each position in each league were named finalists for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Thursday.
10/23/2014 | Royals' Davis, Holland put tight seal on Game 2
The service Royals manager Ned Yost required of Wade Davis and Greg Holland in Game 2 of the World Series differed a bit from what he usually asks of baseball's best eighth-ninth inning combination. But their performances were no different.
10/23/2014 | Herrera nails down KC's first Series win since '85
Maybe it was the magnitude of the situation he entered, with two on and one out in the sixth inning of a tied game. Whatever the reason, reliever Kelvin Herrera was in prime form in Game 2, getting out of a sixth-inning jam, recording five outs and becoming the pitcher of record in the Royals' first World Series victory in 29 years.
10/23/2014 | Infante makes presence known for Royals
Omar Infante's first season with the Royals did not produce the desired results, but he delivered a spark in their Game 2 victory Wednesday night.
10/23/2014 | Butler hopes to wear crown, stay in Kansas City
Billy Butler doesn't want to go anywhere. He loves being a Royal and would be one forever if it were up to him. Unfortunately, it's not up to him, so he is doing everything he can to bring joy to Royals fans for as long as possible.
10/23/2014 | Royals reintroduce themselves to rabid crowd
At the end, they roared with every single pitch. They stood, too, screaming and pleading and cheering. You could feel how badly they wanted it. Some of these fans had waited 29 years for a moment like this one. So they held nothing back as the Royals won Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, beating the Giants, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
10/23/2014 | Giants, Royals set to adjust for Game 3 in San Francisco
Are you starting to understand why so many people thought this was such an intriguing World Series matchup? Yes, the Giants have Madison Bumgarner, and he's an ace among aces at the moment. But there's only one of him. And as the 2014 Fall Classic shifts to San Francisco, it's become increasingly clear that successful mid-game strategizing is ultimately going to dictate the outcome.
10/23/2014 | Five things we learned from pivotal sixth inning
By the time the sixth inning was over, Kelvin Herrera had thrown a 101-mph sinker, Billy Butler had given a curtain call after a single, the benches had cleared, Omar Infante had gone deep and four Giants relievers had been summoned, all pretty much in vain. So yeah, the sixth inning was a bit wild Wednesday night.
10/23/2014 | Salvy providing spark for hard-charging Royals
Yilda Diaz has seen her son, Royals catcher Salvador Perez, take on a leadership role since his days on youth baseball teams at Club Firestone in Valencia, Venezuela. Perez homered in Game 1 and stroked a clutch two-run double that helped the Royals earn a 7-2 win on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series.
10/23/2014 | Statcast: Pence slips, but still beats Escobar's throw
When the Giants' Hunter Pence hit a ground ball into the hole in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, it provided another highlight-reel opportunity in Game 2 of the World Series. But as Statcast tracking technology shows, the numbers were working against Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
10/23/2014 | Oct. 22 Salvador Perez postgame interview
Royals catcher Salvador Perez discusses Game 2 of the World Series.
10/23/2014 | Oct. 22 Billy Butler postgame interview
Billy Butler meets with the media after the Royals' 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.
10/22/2014 | Oct. 22 Ned Yost postgame interview
Royals manager Ned Yost discusses his club's 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.
10/22/2014 | Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?
In a postseason filled with one-run games and extra-inning contests, each of the first two games in the World Series has been decided by at least five runs. That hadn't happened in nearly 80 years. Here's a look at some of the other interesting facts and figures to come out of Game 2.
10/22/2014 | Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding
Omar Infante hit a homer, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily braced for a skirmish that never occurred. After the Royals' 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, everyone was still confused.
10/22/2014 | Butler matches Brett with rare RBI feat
With RBI singles in the first and sixth innings in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Billy Butler became the first Royals player with tying and go-ahead RBIs in the same postseason game since George Brett in the 1985 American League Championship Series.
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