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Associated Press:
Giants' Bullpen Melts Down in 7-2 Loss to Royals  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Giants manager Bruce Bochy signaled to his bullpen and got no relief.  Over and over.  —  While the Kansas City Royals showed off their late-inning heat, San Francisco's relievers melted down.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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Associated Press:
Giants rock Royals in World Series opener  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.  —  It might as well have been 100 with the way Bumgarner and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series.
Chris Haft / MLB.com:
Lefty 3-0 in Fall Classic; SF wins 7th straight in Series, snaps KC run
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Toronto Sun:20 minutes ago
SPORTS BLUE JAYS  —  KANSAS CITY -  —  The fact that Adam Lind had the highest batting average in the game amongst left-handed hitters has not been overlooked.  —  The Blue Jays first baseman/DH hit .354 (91-for-257) with six homers, 40 RBIs and a .942 OPS.
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Ben Nicholson-Smith / Sportsnet.ca:
Bautista: 50-50 chance Cabrera returns to Jays  —  Melky Cabrera will hit free agency in a matter of weeks, but Jose Bautista says the Toronto Blue Jays still have a good chance at re-signing the switch-hitting left fielder.  —  “He's going to see what he can get out there and I guess …
Discussion: CBSSports.com
Chris Iott / MLive.com:   Torii Hunter likely to continue baseball career in 2015: ‘I really want to play with the Tigers’
Pete Caldera / NorthJersey.com:
Yankees' CC Sabathia ready for a heavy workload in 2015  —  NEW YORK - As the World Series plays on, CC Sabathia's October baseball consists of twice-weekly throwing sessions at Yankee Stadium and unlimited thoughts of 2015.  —  Three months after his season-ending right knee surgery …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers' 12-hour marathon meeting gives Jeff Banister chance to fix flaw in organization  —  Here are 10 things you might not know about newly hired Rangers manager Jeff Banister.  —  of  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — With baseball in bloom just yards away on a delightful Tuesday in the desert …
Discussion: ESPN
Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Padres dismiss hitting coach Plantier  —  9/29/14: Padres executive vice president and GM A.J. Preller discusses the 2014 season and looks ahead to the offseason and beyond  —  SAN DIEGO — The Padres have relieved Phil Plantier of his hitting-coach duties, a baseball source told MLB.com on Wednesday.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins Decline Jared Burton's Option  —  The Twins have declined their $3.6MM club option on right-hander Jared Burton, director of communications Dustin Morse announced (on Twitter).  Burton will receive a $200K buyout and hit the open market this winter.  —  Burton, 33, came to the Twins prior …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
D-Backs prospect Peter O'Brien used to catching flak  —  The skeptics are not new, and Diamondbacks prospect Peter O'Brien has heard what they have to say.  They don't think he can catch in the major leagues.  O'Brien answers their doubts with an anecdote from his past.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and MLB Trade Rumors
Evan Drellich / Ultimate Astros:
Trey Hillman gives Royals GM Dayton Moore credit for KC's success  —  If Trey Hillman had it his way, he'd be watching a World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Royals — the teams that most recently let him go.  —  Hillman, hired to be A.J. Hinch's bench coach with the Astros …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Claim Jackson Williams From Rockies  —  The Angels announced (Twitter link) that they have claimed catcher Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies.  As MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez explains (also on Twitter), the Angels' 40-man roster is full, but Williams will head directly to the 60 …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Jordan Bastian / MLB.com:
Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Tribe fans' questions  —  9/26/14: Cody Allen induces a groundout to earn the save as the Indians earn a tight 1-0 victory over the Rays  —  What kind of relievers do you think Cleveland will be interested in this offseason?  And will Cody Allen still be the relief ace?
James Wagner / Washington Post:
Palm Beach County approves funding for Nationals-Astros spring training complex but without a site  —  After years of searching for a spring training alternative to Viera, the Nationals took their most promising step yet in securing a partnership with a municipality in Florida.
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csnwashington.com:
Palm Beach approves funding for Nats spring complex
Discussion: HardballTalk and Amazin' Avenue
Alexis Brudnicki / Baseball America:
Pace-Of-Play Initiatives Get Mixed Reviews In AFL  —  MESA, Ariz.—Major League Baseball is using the Arizona Fall League to test methods to speed up the game, and players so far are mixed about the results.  —  The pace-of-play initiatives are being tested during games at Salt River Fields …
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Teddy Cahill / MLB.com:
Astros prospect throws five shutout innings, now at 12 consecutive in Fall League play
Discussion: HardballTalk
 
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