Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Brandon Finnegan could become the first player to appear in a College World Series and the World Series in the same year. However, he's not the first player to appear in a College World Series and be on an active World Series roster in the same season.
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|The Royals will be a challenge for the Giants, who got a firsthand look at their running ability on Aug. 10, when they stole seven bases in a 7-4 victory against the Giants in Kansas City.
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|The Giants advancing to the World Series is fitting. It is, after all, the 20th postseason to include Wild Card teams, and the Giants were the poster boys for the whole Wild Card concept.
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|Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.
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|Looking for their third World Series championship in five seasons, the Giants open the World Series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night with a roster built off past success. The 25-man roster will include nine players who took part in the Giants' championship celebration in 2010.
More»MLB Now looks at how the Giants were constructed|
|Those same Giants who had hit only two home runs combined in their nine previous games this postseason simply overpowered the Cardinals in a victory that allowed them to bring a premature ending to the best-of-seven series.
More»Ishikawa's 'Shot Heard 'Round the World'|
|Giants catcher Buster Posey has made the transition. The shy kid in the corner as a rookie in 2010 has stepped onto center stage. He may not relish the spotlight, but he has learned to accept it.
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|That's twice this postseason the Giants have survived thanks to a wild throw from an opposing pitcher. And that's four one-run victories out of the six postseason wins they have claimed so far. And the bottom line is that it all comes about because the Giants are playing winning baseball. They are able to take advantage of another team's mistakes because they are in position for that mistake to make a difference.
More» Giants on wild Game 3 win over Cardinals|
|Much is made about starting pitchers and the impact that the extra demands of a postseason can have on them. Relievers, however, face the same type of strain. They may not pitch as many innings as a starter, but they pitch more frequently and often in high-stress situations.
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|The betrayal by the Giants' bullpen was the real stunner. There was Sergio Romo giving up that leadoff shot to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth, after the Giants had tied the game in the top of that inning. And that came after Hunter Strickland gave up a go-ahead home run to Matt Adams in the eighth, following Jean Machi surrendering a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras in the seventh.
More» Bochy on his strategy with Strickland|
|Travis Ishikawa did a double take at the lineup card Giants manager Bruce Bochy posted for a Sept. 25 game against the Padres. He was hitting seventh, which was no big deal, but the number "7," denoting left field, was listed beside his name.
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|Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery has learned to enjoy life as an overachiever. "I got this email from a guy in Washington, D.C., the other day," Flannery said on Friday. "He said 'We should have won [the National League Division Series], but we didn't hit.'"
More» Giants punch ticket to the NLCS|
|Adam Wainwright is rested and ready to go in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. He's had a full week off since he last took the mound, in the Cardinals' 10-9 victory over the Dodgers in the opening game of the Division Series. That gives Mike Matheny a chance to be more confident in setting up his rotation.
More»Giants and Cardinals rotations lead the way into NLCS|
|Dan O'Dowd knew it was time to move on. His tenure as the general manager of the Colorado Rockies had reached the end. Jeff Bridich, who had been in the front office for the last decade, most recently as the farm director, was promoted to GM.
More»Rockies GM Bridich chats with MLB Now|
|The Tigers and Dodgers each entered the postseason with loaded lineups and multiple Cy Young Award winners. Unfortunately for both clubs, their season-long bullpen issues proved to be their fatal flaw.
More» Mattingly on Ryu's outing, 3-1 loss|
|It is the "Cardinal Way." And if it rubs some people the wrong way, sorry. The Cardinals aren't apologizing. They don't have to. They do it their way and it works.
More» Matheny praises Cards' homegrown talent|
|John Lackey didn't receive all the buzz when he was dealt at the Trade Deadline; that was reserved for other pitchers. And he didn't receive any buzz entering the NLDS, either. But when all is said and done, Lackey delivers, time and time again.
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|Baseball has changed over time, and nowhere is that more evident than in the composition of a pitching staff -- with which complete games are now an oddity, not an expectation, and managers find themselves questioned more about bullpen moves than any other aspect of the game.
More» Mattingly on why he left Kershaw in game|
|It's that time of year. Greed sets in. The Cardinals showed up at Dodger Stadium for the first two games in the best-of-five National League Division Series wanting to get at least a split so they could negate the Dodgers' home-field advantage. They did it. However, they are not satisfied.
More» Matheny discusses the tough 3-2 loss|
|Matt Carpenter embodies what the St. Louis Cardinals are all about. He's an old-school ballplayer. He's not one of those guys that catches your attention when he walks in the room. By the time he leaves, however, he's made his presence felt. And did he ever make his presence felt with a go-ahead three-run double against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday night.
More» Carpenter bests Kershaw in long at-bat|