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The Kansas City Royals practice during the 2014 World Series Media Day at Kauffman Stadium on October 20, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Source: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Royals, Giants Ready To Get World Series Started

Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

10/21/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with fans after their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the series in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Royals Will Be Fan Favorites In World Series

The Giants beat the Cardinals to make the World Series. But baseball fans outside of San Francisco will be rooting for the Royals.

10/17/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the series in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Kansas City Royals’ Streak May End In World Series

The Royals reach their first World Series since 1985 with 8 straight American League playoff wins, beating the Athletics, Angels and Orioles.

10/16/2014

Juan Perez #2 of the San Francisco Giants slides home safely as catcher Tony Cruz #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals is unable to catch the ball in the sixth inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Giants Beat Cardinals 6-4, Move One Win Away From World Series

Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October – even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.

10/16/2014

The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Source: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Royals Headed To First World Series Since 1985

James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile.

10/16/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants is removed from the game in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: NLCS Could Go Seven Games This Year

In the NLCS, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are evenly matched. Baseball fans should hang on and enjoy the ride.

10/15/2014

Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals catches a foul ball hit by Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 14, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Royals One Win Away From First World Series Since 1985

Mike Moustakas had his eye on the ball from the moment it left Adam Jones’s bat, tracking it against the bright lights of Kauffman Stadium.

10/15/2014

Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates in the 10th inning before he scores the game-winning run against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 14, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Error In 10th Gives Giants 2-1 NLCS Lead

A wild pitch, a wide throw and an 18-inning marathon

10/15/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13: Rain collects on seats in the stadium to postpone Game Three of the American League Championship Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on October 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Predicting The World Series Matchup

The Royals lead the Orioles 2-0. The Cardinals and Giants are tied at one game. What’s the chance of each possible World Series matchup?

10/14/2014

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: Joaquin Arias #13 of the San Francisco Giants breaks his bat in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Wild-Card Teams Dominating MLB Postseason

The Royals and Giants, both wild-card teams, could each make the World Series. The top MLB regular-season teams are out, again. Is this good for baseball?

10/13/2014

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