From The Editor:

San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy walks out to the bullpen to warm up before Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from their own. The World Series suddenly had some life. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth, and the Royals' cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check for a 7-2 victory that evened the Series and spiced things up as it shifts to San Francisco for three games.


Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:39 am

Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler answers a question during a news conference before Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A big-and-burly thumper still has a place on these flash-and-dash Kansas City Royals, it seems. Especially if he can deliver clutch hits in the World Series, the way Billy Butler did Wednesday night. Butler stroked a hard, RBI single in the first inning that his team desperately needed, then lined a loud, tiebreaking single in the sixth to send the Royals past the San Francisco Giants 7-2, tying things up at one game apiece. ''I felt like definitely it was a must-win for us,'' Butler said.


Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:12 am
Banished to the bullpen and absent from the mound since the regular season, Tim Lincecum returned Wednesday night with the Giants trailing the Royals by five runs in the seventh inning. After retiring five straight batters during San Francisco's 7-2 loss in Game 2 of the World Series, Lincecum left in the middle of Salvador Perez's eighth-inning at-bat due to tightness in his lower left back. ''We're just going to treat it, see how it feels tomorrow,'' Lincecum said. ''But right now it feels pretty stiff.'' The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner went 2-0 as the Giants beat Texas in the 2010 Series for their first title since 1954.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:03 am

Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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. A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.


Posted: October 23, 2014, 3:41 am
Phil Plantier is the latest hitting coach to be fired by the San Diego Padres. The Padres hit .226 last year, worst in the big leagues. Manager Bud Black said he and general manager A.J. Preller decided that the Padres needed ''a new voice'' at hitting coach. Black said the Padres hope Plantier remains with the organization in some capacity.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 3:33 am
CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten by two Dodger fans three years ago outside Dodger Stadium put up his hands and fingers, fist-bumped his mom and talked about his goals in a display of his progress during a new interview aired Wednesday morning.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 5:18 pm

San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez celebrate after Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 7-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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


Posted: October 22, 2014, 5:32 am

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Hunter Pence most definitely found the right place.


Posted: October 22, 2014, 5:09 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Posted: October 21, 2014, 10:29 pm
MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday arrested a South Florida man suspected of manufacturing and supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs to clinics that distributed them to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.
Posted: October 21, 2014, 7:12 pm

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