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Oscar Taveras’ death overshadows Giants’ Game 5 win

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor, The Sports Network Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Francisco Giants moved one step closer to their third World Series title in five years on Sunday. But, whatever transpired on the field seemed a bit inconsequential to what happened down in the Dominican Republic earlier in the day, as St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras ... Read More »

Bumgarner’s shutout has Giants on brink

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Madison Bumgarner and a singles-happy lineup moved the San Francisco Giants within one win of a third World Series title in five years. Bumgarner sparkled in a four-hit shutout to beat fellow ace James Shields for the second time in the series and the Giants hit 11 more singles in a 5-0 win over the ... Read More »

And the pendulum swings back toward San Francisco

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor, The Sports Network Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – How many times can the pendulum swing in one World Series? Kansas City entered the Fall Classic with more momentum than any team in the history of baseball. Then Madison Bumgarner happened. The Royals then put that behind them and showed exactly why they were in this spot, ... Read More »

Single-happy Giants beat Royals to tie Series

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Francisco Giants delivered plenty of big hits to tie the World Series. Big blows? Didn’t see many of those, but these Giants are used to winning any way they can. Pablo Sandoval knocked in the go-ahead runs with a single in the sixth inning on Saturday night and the Giants scored seven unanswered ... Read More »

Should Giants give Bumgarner the ball in game 4?

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor, The Sports Network Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Kansas City Royals came to San Francisco with one goal in mind. Get the series back to Kauffman Stadium. Mission accomplished. Kansas City jumped out to a three-run lead, then its filthy bullpen did the rest, as it held on for a 3-2 win over the San ... Read More »

Mets name Long hitting coach

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Mets named Kevin Long as the club’s new hitting coach on Thursday. Long served as the Yankees’ hitting coach for the past eight seasons. He helped the team lead the majors in runs scored three times during that span. “Kevin’s experience, success and wealth of knowledge make him the perfect fit as our ... Read More »

Royals follow familiar script to even series

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor, The Sports Network Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are in the World Series because of their bullpens. In Game 2 on Wednesday one of those units delivered, the other did not and now the best-of-seven set will head to the Bay Area tied at a game apiece. Kansas ... Read More »

Royals beat Giants in Game 2, tying Series

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – The Kansas City Royals needed a big inning and got it. A day after beginning their first World Series in 29 years with a whimper, the American League champions produced a bang. Omar Infante’s two-run homer punctuated a five-run sixth inning that propelled the Royals to a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in ... Read More »

Big Game Bumgarner delivers in Game 1

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor, The Sports Network Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – One pitcher came into the World Series with a reputation for pitching well in big games. The other was James Shields. San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner continued to cement his status as the best postseason pitcher in baseball on Tuesday, as he gave up one run over seven ... Read More »

Royals, Giants set to kick off 110th Fall Classic at Kauffman

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Kansas City Royals are back in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. If they want to nail down their first title since that 1985 season, though, they’ll have to get past a team in the San Francisco Giants who will be vying for their third World Series championship in five years. Kansas City ... Read More »