Why the Giants will win the World Series

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

You can't teach experience.

Why the Royals will win the World Series

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Wade Davis was a throw-in in the deal that sent James Shields to Kansas City from Tampa Bay back in December of 2012.

Finnegan learns fast: from school to World Series

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Betty Finnegan made the 5 1/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing his first summer as a professional baseball player on the Double-A team after helping pitch TCU into the College World Series.

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance.

Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air.

Bumgarner gets the call for the Giants in Game 1

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner has logged 249 innings already this season on his brawny left arm with the Giants making their third deep postseason run in five years. Given that number, manager Bruce Bochy was asked today whether he'd felt the need to check on Bumgarner before naming him the Giants' starter for the opening game of the World Series.

Denkinger's miss revisited as Series returns to KC

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He'll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days.

Moustakas goes all out to help Royals reach the World Series

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

The eyes have it.

Royals' postseason win streak could be one for the ages

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

When last seen in the World Series 29 years ago, the Royals' de-facto MVP was Don Denkinger, a major league umpire whose blown call at first base helped them avoid losing in six games to the Cardinals.

Tim Lincecum waits his turn, still yet to pitch

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday's workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi's locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever.