MadBum mastery stacks up with October legends

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 06:22
Madison Bumgarner has done all that could be expected of one pitcher in one postseason. He has created a performance that can fairly be mentioned with some of the best October work in the history of baseball. And in the process, he has placed the San Francisco Giants on the brink of their third World Series championship in the past five seasons.
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Devastated by Taveras' passing, Perez comes up big for Giants

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 06:13
Unable to process it, unable to believe the death of his friend Oscar Taveras, Juan Perez mourned and cried, understanding that steps away, the Royals and Giants were playing Game 5 of the World Series. What Perez could not have anticipated was that he would enter the game and play such a critical role in the Giants' victory.
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Belt beats Royals' shift with first bunt hit of career

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 06:12
Brandon Belt bunted for a single in the second inning of the Giants' 5-0 victory in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. "They were giving me that whole area over there," he said.
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World Series shaken by Taveras' passing

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 05:38
The Giants had just won a World Series game, but there was very little celebrating going on in their clubhouse. The news of the death of Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras wasn't even a few hours old, and Giants players, many of whom learned of it in the middle of the game, were affected.
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Perez delivers for Giants, fallen friend Taveras (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 05:13

Juan Perez heard an upsetting rumor from a baseball official in the dugout during Game 5 of the World Series then hurried up the steps to the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse to listen to the television broadcast for the news. ''I just overheard behind my back, 'Oscar Taveras has had a car accident. He has died,''' Perez said, getting choked up as he recalled the memory still fresh in his head. The left fielder entered as a pinch runner in the sixth inning and broke the game open with a two-run double off the top of the center-field wall in the eighth, helping the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Singles weekend: Giants party without power

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 05:10
The lack of boom-boom of late in this World Series was mentioned to "Bam Bam," aka Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, in the aftermath of Sunday night's 5-0 victory behind Madison Bumgarner. It was pointed out that not one home run was hit in the three games here at AT&T Park -- a World Series rarity that hadn't happened in three consecutive games since way back in 1948.
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G5 FYI: Bumgarner throws first WS shutout in 11 years

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 05:08
Madison Bumgarner continued his historic postseason dominance on Sunday night, leading the Giants to a 5-0 victory in the pivotal Game 5 of the 2014 World Series.
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Cardinals OF Taveras dies in car accident in DR (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 05:06

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete said he was told by the mayor of Sosua that Taveras lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. Edilia Arvelo, 18, who was in the car with Taveras, also died in the accident, said Pesqueira.

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Strong defense has Giants win from Series title (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:59

Pablo Sandoval debuted a leaping, celebratory twirl that came on spontaneously after another dazzling night of defense. Sandoval, MVP of the World Series two Octobers ago, crisply made all the tough plays and emphatically celebrated each triumph in a 5-0 win Sunday night against the Kansas City Royals that gave the Giants a 3-2 World Series lead. ''I just try to celebrate everything out there after a win.'' Sandoval wasn't the only one to show off some snazzy glove work to back Madison Bumgarner. On a team defined by star pitchers and a hard-nosed, unflappable bullpen, San Francisco's steady, slick defense has done so much to get this group on the cusp of another championship.

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Bumgarner, Giants blank Royals for 3-2 Series lead (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:52

With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night for a 3-2 Series edge. Hardly menacing on the mound, Bumgarner was simply untouchable - again. As ''MVP! MVP!'' chants broke out from each packed corner of AT&T Park, Bumgarner finished off the first World Series shutout in 11 years.

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Full of promise, Taveras gone way too soon

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:26
The Cardinals loved him from the moment they laid eyes on him. Oscar Taveras was just a teenager then. One scout compared him to Albert Pujols. That's part of the incomprehensible sadness in all of this, writes columnist Richard Justice.
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Shields' solid start can't save Royals in Game 5 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:25

James Shields became ''Tough Luck James'' in Game 5 of the World Series. Shields bounced back from a shaky start in the Series opener with his best outing of the postseason only to be done in by Madison Bumgarner's brilliance and a few soft hits in Kansas City's 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night. ''Unfortunately, we ran into a really good pitcher today.'' Shields allowed two runs in six innings to take his second loss of the Series and send the Royals back home trailing 3-2. To get a repeat of that comeback, the Royals will need to be better than they were the final two games in San Francisco, when they got outscored 15-0 after taking an early 4-1 lead in Game 4 that had them on the verge of taking control of the Series.

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Baseball Tomorrow Fund celebrates 15 years

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:13
MLB and the MLB Players Association delivered their annual $2.5 million check to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund before Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, the 15th anniversary of the inception of the initiative, which has issued over 800 grants totaling more than $27 million to support youth baseball and softball all over the world.
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Cardinals teammates remember Taveras

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:07
In the hours following the death of Oscar Taveras, the baseball world collectively mourned the loss of the young Cardinals outfielder.
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Shocking tragedy hits Cardinals again

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 03:13
The death of Oscar Taveras on Sunday, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, is the third death of an active player to hit the St. Louis Cardinals in the past 13 seasons. It's a burden no club, no organization should have to bear even once, never mind three times.
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In tribute to Williams, late actor's children throw first pitch

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:40
As part of a pregame tribute to Robin Williams, the actor/comedian, Bay Area resident and longtime Giants fan who died in August, the Giants' organization invited his three children to take part in the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series.
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Singer Aaron Lewis stumbles in national anthem (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There was an error at Game 5 of the World Series even before the first pitch.

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Giants pay tribute to late Robin Williams (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:16

Robin Williams' smiling face, in a variety of his most well-loved characters, adorned the big screen at AT&T in a stirring tribute to the late award-winning actor. Zak Williams, the oldest son of the beloved Academy Award winner and comedian, lofted an emotional ceremonial first pitch to Billy Crystal to start Game 5 of the World Series between Williams' San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night.

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Petit's clutch relief carries Giants bullpen again (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:13

Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting ''Let's go!'' The right-hander from Venezuela certainly has found his swagger this October as a lights-out long man who delivers in the clutch game after game, inning after inning. He did it again Saturday night for the San Francisco Giants, pitching three scoreless innings of relief against the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory that tied the World Series at two games apiece. Petit came oh-so-close to throwing a perfect game in 2013 - now he's a perfect 3-0 this postseason. He entered in the fourth inning of Game 4 with the Giants trailing 4-2 and held Kansas City in check while his teammates rallied.

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