10/23/2014 | Strickland owns actions, ready for next chance
Admittedly, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland didn't sleep very well after a nightmarish Wednesday night in Kansas City. A day later, back in his home clubhouse in San Francisco, a remorseful Strickland was ready to put it behind him.
10/23/2014 | Rags-to-riches story for Giants' pitching staff
When manager Bruce Bochy came to San Francisco prior to the 2007 season, he made the unorthodox move of keeping longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti on staff. Eight seasons later, their marriage is thriving.
10/23/2014 | Panda represents Giants as Gold Glove finalist
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who sustained a 73-game errorless streak this season, was named a finalist at his position on Thursday for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National Leaguers.
10/23/2014 | With no DH, Giants look for Morse to adjust on bench
Travis Ishikawa knows the pitfalls of what Michael Morse is dealing with right now, himself having once been relegated from the starting lineup to a pinch-hit role, but that doesn't mean the Giants' current starting left fielder has much advice to impart to his teammate who spent much of the regular season there.
10/23/2014 | Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams
Neither the Royals nor Giants won 90 games in the regular season, but that shouldn't matter in determining a World Series champion.
10/23/2014 | Band of brothers: Team-first mentality the key for Giants
The Giants are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Put them up, man-for-man against some other teams, and maybe the other guys seem more impressive. But put the Giants together and they're in the World Series for the third time in five years.
10/23/2014 | Lincecum undergoes MRI; Bochy remains optimistic
A day after Tim Lincecum left Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium because of tightness in his back, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was decidedly upbeat about the extent of the injury, which occurred during the veteran right-hander's first outing of the postseason.
10/23/2014 | Giants' success a testament to Sabean's blueprint
A ballclub's general manager is often referred to as its architect. In that sense, Brian Sabean has built something enduring in San Francisco, at least as much as the fragile nature of the game's success allows him to do.
10/23/2014 | In first five years, Posey evoking legendary backstops
It doesn't take an expert in the art of catching to realize that Buster Posey is a special player off to a rare start to his Major League career. Two World Series rings with a third hanging in the balance are testament to his leadership qualities, both behind and beside the plate. Doesn't take a genius to figure out that's something special, something historic after just five years.
10/23/2014 | Oct. 23 Bruce Bochy workout day interview
Giants manager Bruce Bochy meets the media on the eve of World Series Game 3.
10/23/2014 | Oct. 23 Tim Hudson workout day interview
The Giants' Tim Hudson meets the media a day before starting Game 3 of the World Series.
10/23/2014 | Baer's bond with Giants runs deep
The Giants were Larry Baer's first job after college in 1980, and since returning in 1992, he has methodically risen through the organization. Now he's the man ultimately responsible for one of baseball's most respected franchises. But Baer's real love of the Giants goes back to his boyhood.
10/23/2014 | Gold Glove Awards finalists revealed
Three players at each position in each league were named finalists for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Thursday.
10/23/2014 | Panda extends streak, but he'd rather have a win
When Pablo Sandoval doubled to lead off the fourth inning of Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series, he extended his postseason streak of reaching base safely to 25 games, which ties him with Boog Powell for the third longest in history. But even though he is proud of the streak, it is meaningless to him because of the end result.
10/23/2014 | Tightness in back curtails Lincecum's return to action
Tim Lincecum waited an entire postseason to make an appearance for the Giants, and when it finally happened, the outing lasted all of 23 pitches, as the right-hander was forced to leave Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series after his back tightened.
10/23/2014 | Giants relievers unable to execute Bochy's plan
The Giants' bullpen combined to give up five runs on five hits, allowing the Royals to coast to a 7-2 win Wednesday night that evened the best-of-seven World Series at a game apiece. It was Hunter Strickland who was right in the middle of it all.
10/23/2014 | Peavy settles in until finding trouble in sixth
What made Jake Peavy's struggle in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Game 2 loss odd is that he had thrown only 57 pitches up to that point, settling down on the score sheet despite some hard-hit balls.
10/23/2014 | Homers continue to be Strickland's nemesis
Hunter Strickland may have three-digit velocity. He may have terrific potential. But his time is not the 2014 postseason, particularly the 2014 World Series. You can tell, because he keeps giving up home runs -- five of them in 5 1/3 innings over seven postseason appearances.
10/23/2014 | Blanco survives battle with Ventura, hits leadoff HR
Gregor Blanco was not thinking home run when he led off Wednesday night's Game 2 of the World Series against Yordano Ventura, especially as the at-bat wore on. "You're just trying to survive," Blanco said after the Giants' 7-2 loss to the Royals evened the Fall Classic.
10/23/2014 | Giants, Royals set to adjust for Game 3 in San Francisco
Are you starting to understand why so many people thought this was such an intriguing World Series matchup? Yes, the Giants have Madison Bumgarner, and he's an ace among aces at the moment. But there's only one of him. And as the 2014 Fall Classic shifts to San Francisco, it's become increasingly clear that successful mid-game strategizing is ultimately going to dictate the outcome.
10/23/2014 | Five things we learned from pivotal sixth inning
By the time the sixth inning was over, Kelvin Herrera had thrown a 101-mph sinker, Billy Butler had given a curtain call after a single, the benches had cleared, Omar Infante had gone deep and four Giants relievers had been summoned, all pretty much in vain. So yeah, the sixth inning was a bit wild Wednesday night.
10/23/2014 | Statcast: Pence slips, but still beats Escobar's throw
When the Giants' Hunter Pence hit a ground ball into the hole in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, it provided another highlight-reel opportunity in Game 2 of the World Series. But as Statcast tracking technology shows, the numbers were working against Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
10/22/2014 | Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?
In a postseason filled with one-run games and extra-inning contests, each of the first two games in the World Series has been decided by at least five runs. That hadn't happened in nearly 80 years. Here's a look at some of the other interesting facts and figures to come out of Game 2.
10/22/2014 | Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding
Omar Infante hit a homer, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily braced for a skirmish that never occurred. After the Royals' 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, everyone was still confused.
10/22/2014 | Tale of the tape: Royals-Giants, Game 3
Here's a breakdown of the pitching matchup for Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park between the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie and the Giants' Tim Hudson.
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