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Associated Press:
Bumgarner, Giants Beat Royals 3-2 to Win Series  —  Madison Bumgarner closes it out and the San Francisco Giants hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 for their third World Series title in five years.  —  Alex Gordon hit a two-out single in the ninth inning and went all the way to third …
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David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Even Giants  —  The first and third innings saw the Giants go down in order, and now the fourth inning starts like the second.  Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence both reach, Sandoval on an infield single rather than a HBP.  We'll see if the Giants end up as successful.
Discussion: Royals Review
Rob Neyer / Fox Sports:
GAME 7?  NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING.  —  The confounding thing about Major League Baseball's Biggest Possible Game?  It makes all of us so small, for at least these next few hours.  Afterward, we can all go back to pretending we know everything.  —  Now, though?
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and USA Today
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Oddities Abound in Even World Series  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The historical oddity of this World Series can be measured in the pitch count of Santiago Casilla.  He is the closer for the San Francisco Giants — and a very good one, at that — yet for six games he has hardly been needed.
Dave Cameron / Fox Sports:
ROAD MAPS TO PITCHING SUCCESS IN GAME 7
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell CBSSports.com.  —  Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing to a mega deal, according to people familair with the situation.  —  The Cubs denied that a deal was done in response.
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Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs in talks with Joe Maddon, could have answer by Friday  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the ball in his hands and his team leading the World Series three games to two, Jake Peavy had the starting assignment every pitcher dreams of — a chance to win the series.
ESPN:
Sources: Maddon, Cubs on verge of contract … The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of hiring Joe Maddon as manager, as first reported by CBSSports.com.  —  Two sources familiar with the situation confirmed the agreement to ESPN's Jim Bowden.  However, three team sources told ESPN's Buster Olney …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs To Hire Joe Maddon As Manager  —  The Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their new manager, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link).  Earlier today, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Maddon and the Cubs had been negotiating.  Rick Renteria, who had been serving as manager …
Alex Speier / Baseball America:
2015 Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects With Scouting Reports [VIDEO]  —  Want More?  Complete 2015 Top 10 Prospects Rankings  —  Get it all: Subscribe to Baseball America  —  Go 30 deep: Order the 2015 Prospect Handbook!  —  The Red Sox entered 2014 as defending champions and concluded …
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
Giants, Royals Not Your Normal Wild Card Clubs  —  Whichever team wins tonight's Game 7, there is sure to be mention of how a team that didn't even win 90 games during the regular season is the World Series champion.  —  It will be cited as an example of the randomness of the playoffs.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Dick Kaegel / MLB.com:
Moore dissects moves carrying KC to postseason  —  9/26/14: Dayton Moore, Ned Yost, Billy Butler and the Royals celebrate the franchise's first postseason appearance since 1985  —  After the Royals clinched their first postseason berth in 29 years, MLB.com talked with general manager Dayton Moore.
Discussion: Bleacher Report
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds To Exercise Club Option On Cueto, Buy Out Hannahan And Ludwick  —  2:21pm: The Reds have also declined Ludwick's $9MM option, instead paying him a $4.5MM buyout, Cotillo tweets.  The 36-year-old's down 2014 season made that salary excessive, though the steep buyout tag and Cincinnati's outfield needs …
 
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