Royals fight tooth and nail, fall just short in Game 7

Gordon stranded at third, dashing KC's dream of halting title drought

Royals fight tooth and nail, fall just short in Game 7

KANSAS CITY -- They amazed, energized and captivated a community hungry for postseason baseball after 29 years in the wilderness and, although they couldn't capture the final prize, the Kansas City Royals made it a battle right to end, joining the 1946 Red Sox as the only teams to lose a Game 7 with the tying run just 90 feet from home plate. They yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on Wednesday night as a hopeful crowd of 40,535 rocked Kauffman Stadium.

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who shut out the Royals on Sunday, came back on just two days' rest in the fifth inning and pitched five more scoreless innings in Game 7. He gave up a single, then retired the next 14 batters he faced.

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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Following Gordon's dash, Royals' hopes dashed

Rare opportunity against Bumgarner thwarted in ninth inning

Following Gordon's dash, Royals' hopes dashed

KANSAS CITY -- Sitting at his locker following a gut-wrenching, 3-2 loss in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, having come within 90 feet of scoring the tying run against an otherwise unflappable Madison Bumgarner, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon found himself wishing he was someone else.

"I'm not as fast as Jarrod Dyson," he said of the Royals' speedy pinch-runner. "If I was, I probably would've scored."

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Guthrie's 'small act' meant much for dying Royals fan

KC pitcher reached out to Purtell, who succumbed to cancer before end of Series

Guthrie's 'small act' meant much for dying Royals fan

KANSAS CITY -- The day they buried Dan Purtell, his friends and family gathered in a bar in Binghamton, N.Y. They shared the stories of a life fully but all-too-shortly lived. They cried, they hugged, they laughed and they drank. And then the clock struck 8 p.m. ET, and all eyes turned to the television sets hanging above. And they rooted for the Royals and their hero, Jeremy Guthrie, in Game 7 of the World Series.

It was just two weeks earlier that the Royals had clinched this Series berth. For Dan, a 35-year-old lifelong Royals fan fighting a cruel and unwinnable battle against the cancer that would soon claim him, the moment was bittersweet. Dan turned to his wife, Serena, and had tears in his eyes.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Statcast: Gordon stops 90 feet from tying Game 7

Statcast: Gordon stops 90 feet from tying Game 7

With a little help from Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco, the Royals came oh-so-close to tying Game 7 of the World Series with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Trailing, 3-2, Alex Gordon interrupted Madison Bumgarner's dominant relief outing with a line drive to center that Gordon initially thought was a single when it bounced in front of Blanco, but the ball got past the Giants center fielder.

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Phil Rogers

Royals have no regrets after wild ride ends 90 feet short

Royals have no regrets after wild ride ends 90 feet short

KANSAS CITY -- One question will never be answered.

At the end of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, after a glorious run that started with two remarkable comebacks just to advance beyond the American League Wild Card Game, this one question is all that Madison Bumgarner left the Royals.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals lament missing out on early scoring chances

Opportunities to seize control foiled by Giants' defense

Royals lament missing out on early scoring chances

KANSAS CITY -- One thing an otherwise confident Ned Yost declared in the moments before Game 7, a point that hardly even needed to be raised, was that his Royals would "have to battle" if they found themselves trailing by the time Madison Bumgarner came out of the bullpen.

That's why, amid a stunned home clubhouse still reeling from a season-ending 3-2 loss on Wednesday night, the second, third, fourth and even fifth innings loomed so large. Four consecutive frames with a leadoff batter on base, only two runs pushed across by the Royals' offense.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Free agents Shields, Butler hope to return to Royals

Aoki, Hochevar also prefer to stay in KC; Ibanez, Willingham, Frasor, Downs round out list

Free agents Shields, Butler hope to return to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Pitcher James Shields heads a list of eight potential free agents from the Royals' American League championship club and, in the wake of Wednesday night's World Series loss, he said he'd like to return.

"I had a phenomenal two years -- so far," Shields said. "I'm still a Royal as it is right now, but I definitely would like to come back. ... We'll see what the future holds for me."

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Yost sticks with Game 7 plan on pitching front

KC manager turns to dominant 'pen early, with mainly positive results

Yost sticks with Game 7 plan on pitching front

KANSAS CITY -- More than four hours before Game 7 of the World Series, Royals manager Ned Yost outlined how he planned on setting up what he hoped would be the franchise's biggest win since 1985.

Yost would rely on his starter Jeremy Guthrie for a few innings, then hand the ball off to his triad of unhittable relievers as early as possible. He categorized the strategy as "totally different than anything I've ever done."

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Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Let's watch Billy Butler go first to home on one play

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Let's watch Billy Butler go first to home on one play

Billy Butler didn't show much speed during the regular season this year. He had zero steals (to go along with zero in 2013) and was one of two baserunners to get thrown out at first base by rightfielder Jose Bautista.

But in the postseason, the man they call Country Breakfast has turned on the jets.

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Royals fans stay true blue to hometown team

Free rally to celebrate fine season will be held today at Kauffman Stadium

Royals fans stay true blue to hometown team

KANSAS CITY -- Men in crowns, blue-and-gold Mardi Gras beads and blue-and-white wigs, sitting alone in their seats with their head in their hands. Women with Royals jerseys and Royal blue fingernails dabbing their eyes with rally rags. Children, still clutching their, "Let's Go Royals" signs, refusing to leave.

While there will be a free-to-the-public 2014 Season Celebration at Kauffman Stadium at 11 a.m. CT today (gates open at 10:15), the raucous crowd lingered by the Royals' dugout long after the game ended. Many of them begged league officials and media members on the field to send their team out to see them.

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Lindsay Berra is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Duffy reportedly hampered by rib-cage injury

Lefty limited to brief action out of bullpen during Royals' postseason run

Duffy reportedly hampered by rib-cage injury

KANSAS CITY -- It appears that Danny Duffy's mysterious absence from the postseason rotation was injury-related after all.

Duffy was plagued by a rib-cage issue that limited his availability, according to a report by The Kansas City Star.

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Butler wants to continue career with Royals

Club likely to decline his option, but veteran has strong bond with Kansas City

Butler wants to continue career with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- On the eve of the biggest game of his career and the Royals' biggest baseball game in 29 years, Billy Butler had lunch at Oklahoma Joe's -- one of Kansas City's most famous and popular BBQ restaurants.

He dined in, eating his slab of ribs with a side of beans for all to see, while fans snapped and tweeted photos of him. Butler, the longest-tenured Royals player, has become enamored with this team and this city. Hours later, the Giants would win Game 7, 3-2, to secure their third World Series championship in five seasons and force Butler to confront his uncertain future.

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Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Moore: Taste of World Series fuel for return

Proud of growth, maturity, GM to stick with formula that re-established Royals

Moore: Taste of World Series fuel for return

KANSAS CITY -- For the Royals' franchise, this World Series experience meant maturity, both for the players and the organization. Both have moved to a higher echelon in their sport.

"It's the only thing that these players will think about -- getting back to this stage. Because of that, it's going to serve them well going forward," said general manager Dayton Moore. "Once you've tasted the playoffs and then the World Series and a Game 7, the only thing that motivates you is getting back on that platform. So it's served us well."

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Royals tip caps to Giants after Game 7 battle

Bumgarner's stellar relief helps derail KC's bid for first title since '85

Royals tip caps to Giants after Game 7 battle

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' clubhouse was eerily quiet and somber as general manager Dayton Moore went through and hugged each of his players at their locker.

The club's improbable postseason run was over, derailed by a dynasty, as the Giants captured their third World Series championship in five seasons.

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Giants turn two after replay overturns safe call

Hosmer initially ruled safe at first base after headfirst slide, but review shows otherwise

Giants turn two after replay overturns safe call

KANSAS CITY -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out on the winning end of a replay challenge in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

The Royals' Lorenzo Cain led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to right and Eric Hosmer followed with a hard hit grounder up the middle.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Seven-game Series fitting way for Selig to go out

Commissioner reflects on final Fall Classic, Wild Card teams, replay and more

Seven-game Series fitting way for Selig to go out

KANSAS CITY -- It took the full seven games before the 2014 World Series was decided Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. And that was only fitting.

This was the 22nd Fall Classic that Allan H. (Bud) Selig has presided over. And also the last. Selig will step down as Major League Baseball's Commissioner in January, handing the reins to Chief Operating Officer and Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Haul of fame: Series artifacts bound for Cooperstown

Bumgarner's cap, Affeldt's spikes among items to be displayed in Hall exhibit

Haul of fame: Series artifacts bound for Cooperstown

KANSAS CITY -- Artifacts going to the Hall of Fame from the 110th World Series include caps worn by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner in all three of his outings; Buster Posey's jersey and Pablo Sandoval's bat both from Game 7; Hunter Pence's Game 4 bat; Bruce Bochy's cap; and the spikes Jeremy Affeldt wore as the winning pitcher of the Giants' latest World Series clincher, a 3-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Jeff Idelson, president of the Hall, and Brad Horn, vice president for communications and education, were on hand in the victors' clubhouse to secure several artifact donations from the 36th decisive Game 7 in World Series history. It completes a special salute to the world champions in the Hall of Fame's Autumn Glory exhibit, which tells the story of each postseason.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Oct. 29 Ned Yost postgame interview

Oct. 29 Ned Yost postgame interview

NED YOST:  First, let me say, congratulations to the Giants. I mean, that was a phenomenal series. They played great baseball. Madison Bumgarner, man, what can you say about him and their team? That's a special group of guys over there. They've got an outstanding manager, outstanding coaches, and they played the game right. So I just would like to congratulate them on the World Series championship.

Q. Ned, I know obviously it just happened, but is there a way to sort of encapsulate the feeling for how far this franchise has come to finish with the tying run 90 feet away?

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Royals' Game 7 hero Saberhagen gets call for first pitch

Asked late in Game 6 to do the honors, star of 1985 World Series finale immediately said yes

Royals' Game 7 hero Saberhagen gets call for first pitch

KANSAS CITY -- Bret Saberhagen worked nearly half of his Game 7 start in the 1985 World Series with an 11-run lead, but there was no discussion about taking him out early.

Saberhagen tossed a five-hit shutout over the Cardinals in the championship clincher, a game that was essentially over after the Royals scored six times in the fifth inning, adding to the five they scored in the second and third frames.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Trip down memory lane for 1985 champion Royals

Saberhagen, White, Biancalana see similarities to this year's squad

Trip down memory lane for 1985 champion Royals

KANSAS CITY -- There's nothing like a first World Series appearance in 29 years to bring players from the championship team of 1985 back to Kauffman Stadium.

Fittingly, Bret Saberhagen, who pitched the Game 7 shutout to finish off St. Louis in 1985, was scheduled to throw out the first pitch on Wednesday night. He was at Tuesday night's 10-0 blowout victory over the Giants, which brought back memories of his 11-0 win in the '85 finale.

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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lindsay Berra

Kansas City police officer honored with Legacy Seat

In coincidental twist, Cisneros once provided security for O'Neil

Kansas City police officer honored with Legacy Seat

KANSAS CITY -- One way or another, Officer James Cisneros of the Kansas City Police Department was going to be at Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.

Cisneros works off-duty security for the Royals and was stationed in the bullpen during Games 1 and 2. He assumed that his assignment would be the same for Game 7, but on Tuesday afternoon, he got the call telling him that he would have the honor of sitting in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat instead. Once the cat was out of the bag, the Royals canceled his shift.

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Lindsay Berra is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Father and son return to World Series after 29 years

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Father and son return to World Series after 29 years

As Royals fans have proven, it's never too soon to take your baby to a baseball game. One fan went into labor during Game 1 of this year's World Series and brought her newborn to Game 6. But another parent, who brought his two-month-old son to the Fall Classic, had to wait a bit longer between visits.

"We had him out here in '85 and we are out here in 2014," said the father, "and we are going to take it." 

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Modern Family message for Royals fans at Game 7

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Modern Family message for Royals fans at Game 7

Game 7 of the World Series means that everyone's pulling out all the stops. The rally caps are on, Madison Bumgarner is ready out in the bullpen for the Giants, and the Royals have gone back to the star-power well for one last push for postseason excitement.

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Royals force Game 7 as bats erupt, Ventura cruises

KC posts seven-run second, while rookie blanks Giants for seven

Royals force Game 7 as bats erupt, Ventura cruises

KANSAS CITY -- Maybe it was the passion in the home crowd. Maybe it was more magic from the Royals' bag. Maybe it was the spirit of 1985. Whatever it was, it worked magnificently for the Royals and Yordano Ventura as they forced a Game 7 in the 110th World Series.

Ventura pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits, and Kansas City scored early and often as the Royals rambled to a 10-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 on Tuesday night with 40,372 revved-up fans at Kauffman Stadium. So it will be winner-take-all on Wednesday (6 p.m. CT air time on FOX; 7:07 first pitch) as the Royals seek their second World Series championship and the Giants their eighth.

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Yost drinks black coffee, doesn't have to use alias

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Yost drinks black coffee, doesn't have to use alias

The Royals love their coffee. On Tuesday, we brought you the story of Katelyn Jamison, a barista at Kansas city mainstay eggtc. who got to take in the heroics of Game 6 from a prime seat in the K thanks to a generous tip from Josh Willingham's wife, Ginger.

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Statcast: Cain's bloop single breaks open Game 6

Statcast: Cain's bloop single breaks open Game 6

The Royals didn't exactly tear the cover off the ball in the second inning on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, but that didn't prevent a seven-run outburst that set up a 10-0 victory over the Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

One of the not-so-big blows came from Lorenzo Cain, who went to the plate with the bases loaded, one out, and a 2-0 lead. Cain greeted reliever Yusmeiro Petit by blooping a 2-2 pitch into shallow center field, dropping in front of Gregor Blanco. Mike Moustakas scored easily from third, and Statcast tracking technology shows that Alcides Escobar zipped around from second at a high speed of 19.3 mph to cross the plate without a throw. Meanwhile, Nori Aoki reached 19.8 mph while charging from first to third, soon scoring on a double by Eric Hosmer.

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Ventura pays tribute to Taveras with outing

Tosses seven shutout innings two days after friend dies in Dominican

Ventura pays tribute to Taveras with outing

KANSAS CITY -- Yordano Ventura entered the biggest start of his life wearing a tribute to a friend who had his life cut tragically short, and the young Royals right-hander wore his emotions on his cap: RIP OT #18. Ventura's friend, Oscar Taveras, was on his mind, but his focus was obviously on the job at hand.

"From the minute that I found out about Oscar, I said this game was going to be dedicated to him," said Ventura, who threw seven shutout innings for the Royals in Game 6 of the World Series just two days after top Cardinals prospect Taveras, 22, his friend and fellow native of the Dominican Republic, and Taveras' girlfriend, 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, were killed in an auto accident.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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