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Free agency looms after World Series concludes

Giants, Royals both have key pieces set to become free agents once World Series ends
Dave Skretta, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter's box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound.

By next month, both of them could be wearing different jerseys.

Royals hope to light up Giants and clubhouse deer

Down 3-2 in World Series and back home, Royals hope to light up Giants and clubhouse deer
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a "W'' underneath a crown.

Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish

In post-season full of stars and surprises, Giants and Royals set for wild World Series finish
Antonio Gonzalez, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.

No way, Buster.

Because in this post-season full of stars and surprises, who knows? Heck, Bumgarner might still have more work to do.

Series TV rating sinks for Game 4, then rebounds

World Series television rating sinks for Game 4, then rebounds for Game 5
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The television rating for Game 4 between San Francisco and Kansas City dropped to a 6.3, a low for this year's World Series, then rebounded to a 7.3 in Game 5 as the Giants took a 3-2 lead.

San Francisco's 11-4 win in the fourth game drew 10.7 million viewers on Saturday night, according to fast national ratings from Nielsen Media Research announced by Fox on Monday. Saturday traditionally is a night when fewer people are watching television.

Cardinals OF Taveras dies in car accident in DR

Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras dies in car accident in native Dominican Republic
Dionisio Soldevila, The Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

Cardinals OF Taveras dies in car accident in DR

Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras dies in car accident in native Dominican Republic
Dionisio Soldevila, The Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

Strong defence has Giants win from Series title

More steady defence by San Francisco helps Giants move one win from another World Series
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Pablo Sandoval debuted a leaping, celebratory twirl that came on spontaneously after another dazzling night of defence.

So what if it wasn't quite a perfect 10 for the robust and reliable third baseman with the big grin and even bigger right arm. No doubt Sandoval has been doing everything right with his glove again this post-season.

"That was the first one," Sandoval said of his version of the pirouette.

Bumgarner, Giants blank Royals for 3-2 Series lead

He's No Bum: Bumgarner dominates again, Giants top Royals 5-0 to take 3-2 edge in World Series
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.

The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night for a 3-2 Series edge.

McCarver still analyzing Series, now from home

Missing McCarver: Longtime TV announcer still analyzing World Series, only now from home
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - For more than a quarter-century Tim McCarver was as much a part of October baseball as champagne celebrations.

On three networks, across four decades with four different play-by-play partners, McCarver was a near constant on the World Series soundtrack with his unique style as an analyst and familiar Tennessee twang.

Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all

Panda-monium: Sandoval, Pence help Giants rally, beat Royals 11-4 to tie World Series at 2-all
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants.

A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one.

Instead of panic, it was time for some Panda-monium.

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