|The beauty -- or the agony, if you're a Royals fan -- is that we'll never know. We'll never know what would have happened if Kansas City third-base coach Mike Jirschele had sent Alex Gordon home with two outs in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's World Series Game 7.
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|Every once in a while a player rises to the highest level on the largest stage by seizing the moment and making it his own. Madison Bumgarner did just that.
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|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.
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|The Giants winning three World Series in five seasons is not exactly the same as the Yankees winning five straight from 1949 to 1953, but that era and this one don't much resemble each other. The current era is one of parity in baseball. Winning three World Series in five seasons is not supposed to happen. So when it does, we are witnessing history.
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|More than a few Game 7s have lacked the tension, distinction and splendor that legendary penultimate games provided. And then the Giants and Royals struck a mighty blow for Game 7s Wednesday night, reclaiming for the final scheduled game a sense of supremacy.
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|We have never seen anything quite like Madison Bumgarner on this postseason stage and in this Fall Classic. The Giants claimed their third title in five seasons in a 3-2 Game 7 victory in which Bumgarner cemented his obvious, unanimous claim to the Most Valuable Player Award.
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|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.
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|That this World Series will deliver a Game 7 just feels right. This is how this baseball season had to end. The Royals and Giants have already given us a compelling six games, transforming the Fall Classic into a showcase for two gifted teams that have done themselves proud.
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|The Royals got all they wanted in this inning and on this night. Game 6 was essentially over not long after it started, as Kansas City's seven-run second paved the way to a 10-0 victory that gave the club its ticket to Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium.
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|Kansas City's three shutdown relievers -- all of whom have better stuff than most closers -- could work four innings in tonight's Game 7, maybe even more. That's a huge edge for the Royals, even if the Giants do use Madison Bumgarner out of their bullpen, but hardly the only one. Here are nine more.
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|Here are 10 reasons why the San Francisco Giants will win Game 7 and the 2014 World Series tonight.
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|Through the years, Game 6 of the World Series has had an almost mystical ability to thrill us and chill us and etch itself into our hearts and minds. Now we've got another, coming up tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
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|Self-confidence. Not cockiness, but self-confidence. That's what the good pitchers bring to the mound. They believe they can get hitters out. They believe the guy with the bat in his hand is trying to take food off their table. Self-confidence is what I've observed so far in Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan.
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|While the Royals have never experienced as much urgency to win a game as they will tonight, when a win over the Giants gets them to the deciding game of the World Series and a loss sends them home, they can draw on a wealth of experience from playoff series in the Minor Leagues.
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|The words were so perfect, so poignant, so timeless. When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny finally composed himself enough to express his grief through a statement regarding the death of gifted St. Louis prospect Oscar Taveras, he spoke of more than just the moment.
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|When I was little, I dreamt of being the first female to suit up and play Major League Baseball. This past weekend, I met the girl, Mo'ne Davis, who gave me hope that someday, it just might.
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|I had wanted to meet with Tony Clark since my becoming MLB's first ambassador for inclusion. I know how important it is for the players to believe in what we are trying to accomplish, and Tony is vital in that process.
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|Everybody, everybody, everybody talks about the three fellows at the back end of the Kansas City bullpen. And they deserve all the attention, not to mention the "oohs" and the "aahs" for their high-octane, super-charged stuff. On the other hand, operating with just a bit more subtlety, but with every bit as much success, we find the members of the San Francisco Giants bullpen.
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|Former Royals manager Dick Howser left an impression on his players and fans in Kansas City with his personality and results, including the 1985 World Series title.
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|The lack of boom-boom of late in this World Series was mentioned to "Bam Bam," aka Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, in the aftermath of Sunday night's 5-0 victory behind Madison Bumgarner. It was pointed out that not one home run was hit in the three games here at AT&T Park -- a World Series rarity that hadn't happened in three consecutive games since way back in 1948.
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|The Cardinals loved him from the moment they laid eyes on him. Oscar Taveras was just a teenager then. One scout compared him to Albert Pujols. That's part of the incomprehensible sadness in all of this, writes columnist Richard Justice.
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|Madison Bumgarner has done all that could be expected of one pitcher in one postseason. He has created a performance that can fairly be mentioned with some of the best October work in the history of baseball. And in the process, he has placed the San Francisco Giants on the brink of their third World Series championship in the past five seasons.
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|The death of Oscar Taveras on Sunday, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, is the third death of an active player to hit the St. Louis Cardinals in the past 13 seasons. It's a burden no club, no organization should have to bear even once, never mind three times.
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|The Giants are close now, close enough to feel it and taste it and imagine it. This could again be their moment. As usual, they're at their best in games like this, when the lights are bright and the stage large. Only thing is, there's a teensy bit of history on the Royals' side. Actually, it's more than a teensy bit.
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|James Shields' performance this October wasn't the kind any pitcher dreams about, but the right-hander, whose time in Kansas City may soon be over, accomplished what he was acquired to do.
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|This is how it had to go, right? The Giants and Royals are simply too evenly matched, too talented and too tenacious for anything less. In that way, this World Series is delivering chills and thrills and spills.
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|The middle innings are everything in this Series, and those innings have largely been left to the relievers. The Giants' bullpen has accrued 14 2/3 of the 35 innings pitched. Royals relievers have worked 17 2/3 of 35 -- the 12th-most all-time through four games of a World Series. Breaking down the managerial decisions is interesting, but ultimately it all comes down to who is or isn't executing in those middle innings.
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|Giants manager Bruce Bochy made the intelligent decision by sticking to his rotation plan for Game 4, keeping ace Madison Bumgarner on regular rest for Sunday night's fifth matchup in the World Series.
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|If the Giants go on to win their third World Series since 2010, Kansas City fans will look back at how the Series turned after Jason Vargas lost track of the count when he batted with the bases loaded in the four-run third inning during Game 4 on Saturday night.
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|It is Lorenzo Cain's blazing speed on the basepaths, and in the outfield, that has longtime scout Art Stewart and every Kansas City fan who was alive to see the Royals' World Series win in 1985 comparing Cain to then-center fielder Willie Wilson.
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