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|The possibility of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner getting a call from the bullpen in Game 7 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday night has been discussed so much it would be more of a surprise if he doesn't pitch than if he does. If he does, it wouldn't be unprecedented.
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|The Royals go into Game 6 of the World Series today at Kauffman Stadium facing elimination. The Giants hold a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. The Giants, however, are in a seemingly must-win situation, as well.
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|Thanks to Giants manager Bruce Bochy avoiding knee-jerk temptation, the World Series is tied 2-2, and Madison Bumgarner will start Game 5 Sunday at AT&T Park on normal rest.
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|Kansas City's late-inning bullpen trio is living up to the advanced billing. Closer Greg Holland earned his record-tying seventh postseason save in Friday's 3-2 victory against the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series, but it's not a one-man show.
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|Giants catcher Buster Posey is the only player to win an MVP Award and play on a World Series championship team in the same year -- 2012 -- in the past 25 seasons. Voting for the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards is completed before the first game of the postseason, and as the number of teams in the postseason has expanded, the number of MVPs who have even participated in the World Series has dropped.
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|Brandon Finnegan could become the first player to appear in a College World Series and the World Series in the same year. However, he's not the first player to appear in a College World Series and be on an active World Series roster in the same season.
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|The Royals will be a challenge for the Giants, who got a firsthand look at their running ability on Aug. 10, when they stole seven bases in a 7-4 victory against the Giants in Kansas City.
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|The Giants advancing to the World Series is fitting. It is, after all, the 20th postseason to include Wild Card teams, and the Giants were the poster boys for the whole Wild Card concept.
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|Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.
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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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|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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|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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|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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|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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|The betrayal by the Giants' bullpen was the real stunner. There was Sergio Romo giving up that leadoff shot to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth, after the Giants had tied the game in the top of that inning. And that came after Hunter Strickland gave up a go-ahead home run to Matt Adams in the eighth, following Jean Machi surrendering a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras in the seventh.
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|Travis Ishikawa did a double take at the lineup card Giants manager Bruce Bochy posted for a Sept. 25 game against the Padres. He was hitting seventh, which was no big deal, but the number "7," denoting left field, was listed beside his name.
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|Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery has learned to enjoy life as an overachiever. "I got this email from a guy in Washington, D.C., the other day," Flannery said on Friday. "He said 'We should have won [the National League Division Series], but we didn't hit.'"
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|Adam Wainwright is rested and ready to go in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. He's had a full week off since he last took the mound, in the Cardinals' 10-9 victory over the Dodgers in the opening game of the Division Series. That gives Mike Matheny a chance to be more confident in setting up his rotation.
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|Dan O'Dowd knew it was time to move on. His tenure as the general manager of the Colorado Rockies had reached the end. Jeff Bridich, who had been in the front office for the last decade, most recently as the farm director, was promoted to GM.
More»Rockies GM Bridich chats with MLB Now|
|The Tigers and Dodgers each entered the postseason with loaded lineups and multiple Cy Young Award winners. Unfortunately for both clubs, their season-long bullpen issues proved to be their fatal flaw.
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