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Cubs fire Renteria, go after Joe Maddon as manager

Cubs fire Renteria, go after Joe Maddon as manager

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs fired Rick Renteria on Friday to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.

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Cubs fire manager Renteria

Cubs fire manager Renteria

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria after one season to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.

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New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

SAN FRANCISCO | Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It's a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager.

October 30, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Bumgarner, Giants beat K.C. to win World Series

Bumgarner, Giants beat K.C. to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | A giant, indeed.

October 29, 2014 11:45 pm Photos

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Selig's imprint seen in Game 7 of World Series

Selig's imprint seen in Game 7 of World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | For his final game as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Kansas City Royals compete with the high-spending San Francisco Giants for the title.

October 29, 2014 6:00 pm

Jose Canseco accidentally shoots his left hand

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A representative for Jose Canseco says the former major league slugger is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

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New Cubs hitting coach embraces space-age approach

New Cubs hitting coach embraces space-age approach

SCHERERVILLE | If you don't think baseball has become more like rocket science, then you never heard new Cubs hitting coach John Mallee talk about the game.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am

Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night.

October 28, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Free agency looms after World Series concludes

Free agency looms after World Series concludes

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.

October 28, 2014 8:45 pm

Giants beat Royals 5-0 for 3-2 World Series lead

Giants beat Royals 5-0 for 3-2 World Series lead

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

October 26, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Hunter Pence turns World Series into his personal playpen

SAN FRANCISCO | His throwing motion is weird, his swing is awkward, his tongue hangs out when he chases flyballs.

October 26, 2014 8:30 pm Related

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Giants surge past Royals to tie Series 2-all

SAN FRANCISCO | Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium.

October 25, 2014 11:31 pm

Splash shots still define Giants' ballpark

SAN FRANCISCO | Imagine if big league boppers rarely dented the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Or hardly ever hit drives onto Waveland Avenue at Wrigley Field. Or never came close to the B&O Warehouse at Camden Yards.

October 25, 2014 6:15 pm

Royals edge Giants

Royals edge Giants

SAN FRANCISCO | Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series.

October 24, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Perfumed Perez making good scents for Royals

Perfumed Perez making good scents for Royals

SAN FRANCISCO | Salvador Perez is a player who doesn't want to make a stink.

October 24, 2014 6:45 pm

At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park

At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park

SAN FRANCISCO | Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.

October 23, 2014 7:47 pm

The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful

The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.

October 23, 2014 8:36 am

Royals beat Giants to tie World Series 1-all

Royals beat Giants to tie World Series 1-all

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants' brilliant bullpen and even the World Series.

October 22, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines

From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

October 22, 2014 11:00 pm

'85 World Series Royals relishing playoff run

'85 World Series Royals relishing playoff run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

October 22, 2014 8:00 pm

Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals in opener

Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals in opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll.

October 21, 2014 10:45 pm Photos

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Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster

Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

October 19, 2014 5:30 pm

Seasoned Giants meet fresh Royals for World Series title

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.

October 18, 2014 5:00 pm

Royals' run to World Series has Kansas City abuzz

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 …

October 18, 2014 5:00 pm

Giants move a win away from world series

Giants move a win away from world series

SAN FRANCISCO | Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series.

October 15, 2014 11:09 pm

Royals hold off Orioles; finish ALCS sweep

Royals hold off Orioles; finish ALCS sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Crown these Royals the American League champions.

October 15, 2014 6:29 pm

Royals edge Orioles to take 3-0 lead

Royals edge Orioles to take 3-0 lead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | The Kansas City Royals have embraced the bloop, bunt and sacrifice fly all postseason.

October 14, 2014 10:08 pm

Giants beat Cardinals in 10th on Choate wild throw

Giants beat Cardinals in 10th on Choate wild throw

SAN FRANCISCO | A wild pitch, a wide throw and an 18-inning marathon.

October 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Wong homers in 9th, Cards edge Giants to tie NLCS

Wong homers in 9th, Cards edge Giants to tie NLCS

ST. LOUIS | Kolten Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, evening the NL Championship Series at one game each.

October 12, 2014 8:30 pm

Royals return home with 2-game ALCS lead over Orioles

Royals return home with 2-game ALCS lead over Orioles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Resilience and perseverance are two traits that have come to epitomize the Kansas City Royals, who've turned into a playoff force with their run of late-inning wins.

October 12, 2014 6:45 pm

Bumgarner tames Cardinals, Giants take Game 1

Bumgarner tames Cardinals, Giants take Game 1

ST. LOUIS | Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Giants combined just enough hitting with a couple of defensive flubs by St. Louis to beat the Cardinals 3-0 Saturday night in the NL Championship Series opener.

October 11, 2014 10:50 pm

Royals beat Orioles for 2-0 lead

Royals beat Orioles for 2-0 lead

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.

October 11, 2014 9:06 pm

John Mallee named Cubs hitting coach

John Mallee named Cubs hitting coach

John Mallee was there when it happened, when a National League pennant was decided at Wrigley Field.

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Royals, Orioles: A study in contrasting offenses

Royals, Orioles: A study in contrasting offenses

BALTIMORE | Speed versus Power.

October 09, 2014 8:30 pm

Giants hold on, top Nationals to advance

Giants hold on, top Nationals to advance

SAN FRANCISCO | Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett's bases-loaded wild pitch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night to return to the NL Championship Series.

October 07, 2014 11:34 pm

Cardinals sink Kershaw again, head to another NLCS

Cardinals sink Kershaw again, head to another NLCS

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.

October 07, 2014 9:28 pm

Diamond Kings to hold annual indoor hitting league

Diamond Kings to hold annual indoor hitting league

ST. JOHN | Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Training Complex is Eric Blakeley's business.

October 06, 2014 10:00 pm

Doug Fister keeps Nationals postseason hopes alive

SAN FRANCISCO | Eye black and uniform still on, Bryce Harper emerged from a different kind of fog than typically seen in San Francisco. This was the celebratory stuff from a Nationals victory party, and he had earned it, all right.

October 06, 2014 10:00 pm

Lackey seems to thrive on big-game pitcher talk

Lackey seems to thrive on big-game pitcher talk

ST. LOUIS | John Lackey stepped to the podium minus the obvious status symbols: his two World Series rings. No reason to brag.

October 05, 2014 8:30 pm

Giants know there's no guarantee with 2-0 lead

Giants know there's no guarantee with 2-0 lead

SAN FRANCISCO | The Giants know how realistic it is to rally in the playoffs.

October 05, 2014 8:30 pm

Royals beat Angels 8-3 to finish off ALDS sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | The Kansas City Royals waited nearly three decades to return to the postseason. Now that they're here, they want to stick around for a while.

October 05, 2014 8:30 pm

Cruz, Orioles beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS sweep

DETROIT | Nelson Cruz, Buck Showalter and an unheralded bunch from Baltimore swept aside Detroit's Cy Young winners.

October 05, 2014 8:00 pm

Giants' Belt ends marathon game with homer

Giants' Belt ends marathon game with homer

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.

October 04, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Orioles rally past Tigers, take 2-0 lead

Orioles rally past Tigers, take 2-0 lead

Down by three runs in the eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles had every reason to believe they could rally against the Tigers.

October 03, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates to advance

PITTSBURGH | Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the…

October 01, 2014 10:00 pm

Epstein sees Cubs competing for division next year

Epstein sees Cubs competing for division next year

CHICAGO | Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season.

September 30, 2014 4:30 pm

White Sox lose to Royals in Konerko's final game

White Sox lose to Royals in Konerko's final game

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 lin…

September 28, 2014 6:47 pm

Rizzo homers, Cubs finish by beating Brewers

Rizzo homers, Cubs finish by beating Brewers

MILWAUKEE | The young Cubs finished 2014 with a flourish.

September 28, 2014 6:14 pm

White Sox honor retiring Konerko with statue

White Sox honor retiring Konerko with statue

CHICAGO | Paul Konerko wasn't quite sure what to expect when the Chicago White Sox honored him.

September 27, 2014 9:53 pm

Cubs offense stymied in loss

Cubs offense stymied in loss

MILWAUKEE | Jonathan Lucroy set a major-league record for doubles in a season by a catcher, and Francisco Rodriguez moved into 10th place on baseball's career saves list in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday night.

September 27, 2014 9:43 pm
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