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Royals beats Giants 7-2 to tie World Series 1-all

Royals beats Giants 7-2 behind big hits from Perez and Infante, tie World Series 1-all
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

Big Game Giants: Bumgarner dominates, San Fran roughs up Royals 7-1 in World Series opener
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.

It might as well have been 100 with the way MadBum and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series.

Yearwood, Santana to perform at World Series

Trisha Yearwood, Carlos Santana, others set to perform national anthem during World Series
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series.

Major League Baseball says Yearwood will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the national anthem with his son before Game 4 on Saturday at the AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Giants fan who caught home-run ball gives it back

Giants fan who caught home-run ball sending team to World Series gives it to player who hit it
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - A lifelong San Francisco Giants fan had a piece of team history in his hands after Thursday's game: the walk-off home-run ball that sent the Giants to the World Series.

Then he gave it back.

Frank Burke, who owns a transmission repair business in Oakdale told the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/1yLewi0) that he wanted the hitter, Travis Ishikawa, to have the ball.

"Ishikawa is the guy who hit the ball," Burke said. "I'm just the lucky guy who caught it."

Giants fan who caught home-run ball gives it back

Giants fan who caught home-run ball sending team to World Series gives it to player who hit it
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - A lifelong San Francisco Giants fan had a piece of team history in his hands after Thursday's game: the walk-off home-run ball that sent the Giants to the World Series.

Then he gave it back.

Frank Burke, who owns a transmission repair business in Oakdale told the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/1yLewi0) that he wanted the hitter, Travis Ishikawa, to have the ball.

"Ishikawa is the guy who hit the ball," Burke said. "I'm just the lucky guy who caught it."

Fight breaks out near AT&T Park after Giants game

Person suffers broken nose during fight near AT&T Park after Giants game
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police say a person suffered a broken nose and a gunshot went off during a fight near AT&T Park after the Giants' victory.

The fight around 10 p.m. Thursday involved a group of people and occurred a few blocks from the park. Officer Gordon Shyy says the group scattered when someone fired a shot.

Police did not find a gunshot victim at the scene and do not think anyone was struck by the bullet.

One person was taken to a hospital with a broken nose. It was not clear what sparked the fight or whether it had any connection to the game.

Fight breaks out near AT&T Park after Giants game

Person suffers broken nose during fight near AT&T Park after Giants game
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police say a person suffered a broken nose and a gunshot went off during a fight near AT&T Park after the Giants' victory.

The fight around 10 p.m. Thursday involved a group of people and occurred a few blocks from the park. Officer Gordon Shyy says the group scattered when someone fired a shot.

Police did not find a gunshot victim at the scene and do not think anyone was struck by the bullet.

One person was taken to a hospital with a broken nose. It was not clear what sparked the fight or whether it had any connection to the game.

Ishikawa's 3-run HR sends Giants to World Series

Giant swing: Ishikawa hits 3-run homer in 9th, sends SF to World Series with 6-3 win vs Cards
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - It was the Shot That Shook the Bay.

Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night.

These every-other-year Giants will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wins NLCS MVP

MadBum is an MVP: San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner wins NLCS honour
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The big man they call MadBum is a playoff MVP.

Madison Bumgarner was chosen Most Valuable Player of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night following his latest display of post-season poise for the San Francisco Giants.

The 25-year-old lefty tossed eight solid innings in Game 5 and took home the prize after San Francisco rallied for a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Travis Ishikawa's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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