10/30/2014 | Talent in KC on display during improbable year
Honestly, not even fervent Royals believers might have forecast this: The team took the 110th World Series right down to the final out before turning loose of their finest and most improbable season in 29 years.
10/30/2014 | Yost surprised as anyone with MadBum's performance
On the day after Madison Bumgarner dispatched the Royals with five more shutout innings, manager Ned Yost had a story about the Giants' Most Valuable Player of the World Series.
10/30/2014 | Royals deal Hendriks back to Jays for Minors catcher
Pitcher Liam Hendriks' stay with the Royals was brief, and now he's returned to where he started the season. Hendriks was traded back to Toronto in exchange for Minor League catcher Santiago Nessy, the Royals announced on Thursday.
10/30/2014 | KC's storybook season gets GIBBY attention
A memorable season is over for the Royals, but now fans can vote for some of the best plays of Kansas City's fantastic year. Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home MLB.com's 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) trophies -- the ultimate honors of the industry's awards season -- based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
10/30/2014 | Royals lament missing out on early scoring chances
Amid a stunned home clubhouse still reeling from a season-ending 3-2 loss on Wednesday night, the second, third, fourth and even fifth innings -- when the Royals had opportunities to take control of Game 7 -- loomed large.
10/30/2014 | Moore: Taste of World Series fuel for return
For the Royals' franchise, this World Series experience meant maturity, both for the players and the organization. Both have moved to a higher echelon in their sport.
10/30/2014 | Statcast: Gordon stops 90 feet from tying Game 7
With a little help from Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco, the Royals came oh-so-close to tying Game 7 of the World Series with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, and Statcast tracking technology breaks down how Alex Gordon's hit nearly did it.
10/30/2014 | KC has no regrets regarding tough call by third-base coach
Though fans may always wonder if Alex Gordon could have scored in the ninth inning of Game 7, in the end, the difference is that one team had Madison Bumgarner and the other didn't, not that third-base coach Mike Jirschele didn't bet the season on one throw of the dice.
10/30/2014 | Free agents Shields, Butler hope to return to Royals
Pitcher James Shields heads a list of eight potential free agents from the Royals' American League championship club and, in the wake of Wednesday night's World Series loss, he said he'd like to return.
10/30/2014 | Following Gordon's dash, Royals' hopes dashed
Unwilling to go down without a fight against a dominant Madison Bumgarner, the Royals got exactly what they needed when Alex Gordon reached third base on a two-out single and an error in the ninth inning of Game 7. But as he did throughout the World Series, Bumgarner recovered to thwart the Royals' last-gasp rally.
10/30/2014 | Royals tip caps to Giants after Game 7 battle
The Royals' clubhouse was eerily quiet and somber as general manager Dayton Moore went through and hugged each of his players at their locker. The club's improbable postseason run was over as Madison Bumgarner and the Giants earned a 3-2 win in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
10/30/2014 | Duffy reportedly hampered by rib-cage injury
It appears that Danny Duffy's mysterious absence from the postseason rotation was injury-related after all. Duffy was plagued by a rib-cage issue that limited his availability, according to a report by The Kansas City Star.
10/30/2014 | Haul of fame: Series artifacts bound for Cooperstown
Caps from Madison Bumgarner and Bruce Bochy, a bat from Pablo Sandoval and spikes from Game 7 winning pitcher Jeremy Affeldt were among the final artifacts that representatives from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum curated in the celebratory Giants clubhouse after their 3-2 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.
10/30/2014 | Seven-game Series fitting way for Selig to go out
It took the full seven games before the 2014 World Series was decided Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. And that was only fitting. This was the 22nd Fall Classic that Allan H. (Bud) Selig has presided over. And also the last. Selig will step down as Major League Baseball's Commissioner in January, handing the reins to Chief Operating Officer and Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.
10/30/2014 | Guthrie's 'small act' meant much for dying Royals fan
The day they buried Dan Purtell, his friends and family gathered in a bar in Binghamton, N.Y. They shared the stories of a life fully but all-too-shortly lived. They cried, they hugged, they laughed and they drank. And then the clock struck 8 p.m. ET, and all eyes turned to the television sets hanging above. And they rooted for the Royals and their hero, Jeremy Guthrie, in Game 7 of the World Series.
10/30/2014 | Royals thank KC faithful at Kauffman Stadium
Barely 12 hours had passed since the Royals' first postseason team since 1985 had absorbed a tough 3-2 loss to the Giants in World Series Game 7. But an estimated 15,000 fans piled into Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning to say thanks to the Royals. Mostly, though, the team thanked the fans.
10/30/2014 | Yost sticks with Game 7 plan on pitching front
More than four hours before Game 7 of the World Series, Royals manager Ned Yost outlined how he planned on setting up what he hoped would be the franchise's biggest win since 1985.
10/30/2014 | Butler wants to continue career with Royals
Billy Butler, Kansas City's favorite adopted son, with the nickname "Country Breakfast," stares down impending free agency this winter. The Royals almost certainly will not pick up his $12.5 million option for 2015, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.
10/29/2014 | Oct. 29 Ned Yost postgame interview
Royals manager Ned Yost addressed the media following Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City.
10/29/2014 | Giants turn two after replay overturns safe call
Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out on the winning end of a replay challenge in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Royals' Eric Hosmer dove headfirst into first base trying to break up a double play in the third inning, and he was ruled safe by umpire Eric Cooper. But after a two-minute, 57-second review, the call was overturned and Hosmer was ruled out.
10/29/2014 | Royals' Game 7 hero Saberhagen gets call for first pitch
The Royals, perhaps attempting to recapture some of that Game 7 magic, contacted Brett Saberhagen in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's Game 6 and asked him to throw out the ceremonial pitch for Wednesday night's finale. Saberhagen said yes without hesitation.
10/29/2014 | Fan Cave winners wrap up memorable season at Game 7
After watching 2,430 regular-season games plus All-Star Week and a postseason culminating in a World Series Game 7, four MLB Fan Cave Dwellers were each presented with $5,000 and a thanks from Major League Baseball in a pregame field ceremony on Wednesday night before the Giants and Royals met at Kauffman Stadium.
10/29/2014 | Kansas City police officer honored with Legacy Seat
James Cisneros works off-duty security for the Royals and was stationed in the bullpen during Games 1 and 2. He assumed that his assignment would be the same for Game 7, but on Tuesday afternoon, he got the call telling him that he would have the honor of sitting in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat instead.
10/29/2014 | Starters providing relief in Game 7 not uncommon
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.
10/29/2014 | Royals fight tooth and nail, fall just short in Game 7
They amazed, energized and captivated a community hungry for postseason baseball after a 29-year lapse and, although they couldn't capture the final prize, the Kansas City Royals made it a battle right to the end. They yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, in Game 7 on Wednesday night as a hopeful crowd of 40,535 rocked Kauffman Stadium.
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