Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. | This Midwestern city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for most of the past three decades, bad baseball has exploded into a sea of blue as long-suffering Royals fans suddenly find their team at the center of the sports universe.
San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco catches a fly ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday to end the top of the fifth inning during Game 5 of baseball's NL Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3, and advanced to the World Series. (AP Photo/St. L…
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost watches batters during baseball practice Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are to host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants pinch-runner Joaquin Arias celebrates as he scores the first of three runs on a walk-off three-run home run by Travis Ishikawa in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of baseball's NL Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Sa…
Kansas City Royals' Norichika Aoki, from Japan, gets ready to bat during baseball practice Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are to host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer gets ready to bat during baseball practice Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are scheduled to host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain gets ready to bat during baseball practice Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are to host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Crown these Royals the American League champions.
The Giants' Brandon Crawford scores the game-winning run on a sacrifice bunt by Gregor Blanco past Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate during the 10th inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO | A wild pitch, a wide throw and an 18-inning marathon.
BALTIMORE | The Kansas City Royals prefer to simply savor their exceptional performance at Camden Yards rather than ponder the historical ramifications of where it's gotten them.
The Royals' Terrance Gore scores on a double by Alcides Escobar during the ninth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles on Saturday in Baltimore.
St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate after their 3-2 win over Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Tuesday in St. Louis as Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, looks on.
ST. LOUIS | Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm — and he didn't really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter's box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base.
WASHINGTON | Brandon Belt and the rest of the San Francisco Giants did what they do so well in October: They never give in, they never give up, and they win. Simple as that. No matter what it takes — or how long.
Tigers pitcher David Price throws during practice in preparation for today's Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Baltimore the best-of-five games series 2-0.
CHICAGO | Paul Konerko waved his cap to one more adoring crowd. The reserved slugger popped out for a curtain call when the standing ovation just kept going. He lingered on the field after the game, exchanging high-fives with the fans who lined the field to grab one more moment with the reti…
PITTSBURGH | The Cubs' century-plus failure to win the World Series will go on for at least one more year.
The Cubs' Matt Szczur, right, Mike Olt (30) and Chris Valaika (4) walk off the field after Szczur hit into a triple play during the fourth inning Sunday in Pittsburgh.
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