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  1. What’s in store for the Royals this winter?

    Oct 30, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore, Ned Yost

    A look at the tough calls the Royals will have to make following their World Series run.

  2. Royals likely to decline Billy Butler’s option, but will he re-sign for less?

    Oct 30, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    He’s the longest-tenured Royal, but his production has slipped.

  3. Game 7 live blog: The Giants are World Series Champions!

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Madison Bumgarner gets the win. And becomes a legend.

  4. World Series, Game 7: Giants vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 29, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie.

  5. Will Royals’ rout have carry-over effect into Game 7?

    Oct 29, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

    Recent history has definitely favored the home team, which has won each of the past nine Game 7’s.

  6. World Series, Game 6: Giants vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 28, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura.

  7. Billy Butler and Nori Aoki to return to Royals’ lineup for Game 6 of World Series

    Oct 27, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Ned Yost Getty

    Butler and Aoki were on the bench while the series was being played under National League rules for Games 3-5 in San Francisco.

  8. World Series, Game 4: Royals vs. Giants lineups

    Oct 25, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Vogelsong AP

    Jason Vargas vs. Ryan Vogelsong.

  9. The greatest trick this Royals bullpen ever pulled …

    Oct 24, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Greg Holland

    The Royals bullpen is really good. So good, in fact, that you can’t really use it incorrectly, Joe Posnanski writes.

  10. World Series, Game 3: Royals vs. Giants lineups

    Oct 24, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Jeremy Guthrie vs. Tim Hudson.

  11. World Series Reset: On to AT&T Park

    Oct 24, 2014, 7:13 AM EDT

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    We’re tied 1-1. I guess that doesn’t make Game 3 “crucial.” Maybe it makes it “pivotal.” Not sure. Gonna have to consult my baseball cliche dictionary.

  12. Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3

    Oct 23, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Division Series - Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Game One

    Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games.

  13. Royals even up World Series with 7-2 Game 2 victory

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

    kelvin herrera getty

    Yordano Ventura held the Giants to two runs over five-plus innings and the Kansas City offense awoke for seven runs on 10 hits as the Royals evened up the 2014 World Series at a win apiece with a 7-2 Game 2 victory on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

  14. Royals grab commanding lead and benches clear in sixth inning of World Series Game 2

    Oct 22, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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    The host Royals have the visiting Giants right where they want them in Game 2 of the World Series.

  15. Giants again strike first, but Royals answer back

    Oct 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

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    The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning Tuesday before eventually winning Game 1 of the World Series in a 7-1 rout. And they got off to another fast start in Game 2 on Wednesday night, but the Royals were able to answer right back.

  16. World Series, Game 2: Giants vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 22, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Yordano Ventura

    Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura.

  17. Will Game 1 loss linger for Royals?

    Oct 22, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    The celebration was over before it really began Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Can the Royals get the party started again?

  18. World Series, Game 1: Giants vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 21, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner Getty

    Madison Bumgarner vs. James Shields.

  19. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 21, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

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    If anyone tells you they know what’s going to happen in the next week they’re lying to you. But let’s try to break this thing down all the same.

  20. So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?

    Oct 17, 2014, 7:26 AM EDT

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    A handy checklist to help you decide who to root for in the Fall Classic

  21. ALCS, Game 4: Orioles vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 15, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Miguel Gonzalez vs. Jason Vargas.

  22. Royals defeat Orioles 2-1 in Game 3 of ALCS, now just one win away from World Series

    Oct 14, 2014, 11:06 PM EDT

    eric hosmer getty

    The Royals — who hadn’t made a playoff appearance in 29 years and had to make it through the American League Wild Card Game this year — are now just one win away from advancing to the World Series.

  23. Royals grab ALCS Game 3 lead on sacrifice fly

    Oct 14, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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    A leadoff single from Norichika Aoki, a one-out single from Eric Hosmer, and then an RBI sacrifice fly to deep left field by Billy Butler has given the Royals their first lead of this ALCS Game 3 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

  24. Royals tie ALCS Game 3 in bottom of the fourth

    Oct 14, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Game of the ALCS is tied at 1-1 after five innings.

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