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New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

With 3rd World Series championship in 5 years, Giants certainly will earn dynasty distinction
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

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

Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday.

Nielsen: 23.5 million saw Game 7 of World Series

Nielsen: 23.5 million viewers watched Game 7 of World Series between Giants-Royals
David Bauder, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.

The Nielsen company said Thursday that more people watched the previous night's contest than any other World Series game since the 2011 Game 7 between St. Louis and Texas (25.4 million).

Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner gives Royals the Bum's rush, wins World Series MVP with 3 gems
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and ruffled the pitcher's long, scraggly locks.

That was way too hairy for Bumgarner. He quickly spun and playfully sparred with the mischief makers.

They were about the only ones who could touch Bumgarner in this World Series.

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series

A giant: Bumgarner comes out of 'pen, San Francisco beats Royals 3-2 for 3rd title in 5 years
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A giant, indeed.

Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to throw five scoreless innings on two days' rest, saving a Series pushed to the limit. And by winning Game 7 on the road, Bumgarner and the Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1/2 decades.

Royals' dream season falls short in World Series

After 29-year playoff drought, Royals fall to Bumgarner, Giants in Game 7 of World Series
Dave Skretta, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon saw the ball skipping past Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco and all the way to the wall, and the Royals' homegrown star put his head down and churned toward third base.

For just a moment, thousands of fans thought he might try to score — one last dash for home, and a tying run for the ages in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the World Series.

Opera star falls after singing anthem at Series

Another anthem stumble at World Series: Opera star sings fine, but trips walking off field
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series.

Opera star Joyce DiDonato did just fine singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 7 Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Game 7 of World Series: 'A gift for everyone'

From jubilation to heartbreak: World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen's brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985.

The flashbacks in San Francisco aren't nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey's game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels.

Record-low TV ratings for a World Series Game 6

Television ratings for Royals' lopsided World Series victory by far lowest ever for a Game 6
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Television ratings for the Royals' lopsided World Series victory were by far the lowest ever for a Game 6.

Kansas City's 10-0 win Tuesday earned an 8.1 rating and 13 share on Fox. That's down 28 per cent from the previous low, an 11.3 for last year's Game 6 between Boston and St. Louis when the Red Sox clinched the title.

The rating peaked with a 9.5/15 from 9-9:30 p.m. EDT as the Royals built a big lead then fell from there.

The 8.1 was the highest of the series, with a chance for a much bigger number for Wednesday night's Game 7.

Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco resting at home after accidentally shooting finger
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A representative for Jose Canseco says the former major league slugger is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Agent Jose Melendez says Canseco was resting at home Wednesday, and friends and family were hoping his finger would respond well to a surgery.

Officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco resting at home after accidentally shooting finger
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A representative for Jose Canseco says the former major league slugger is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Agent Jose Melendez says Canseco was resting at home Wednesday, and friends and family were hoping his finger would respond well to a surgery.

Officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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