(Reuters) – List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball’s World Series. 2014 – Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 – Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 – David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 – Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 – Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 – Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 – David Eckstein (St. …

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message “Go Royals” — the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series. …

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Now that we’re preparing for a World Series Game 7 , now that the 2014 World Series has been pushed to its limit, things make a lot more sense. All along, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals seemed like two teams that were very evenly matched. Plus, they both have a notable history in Game 7s. The Royals won a Game 7 in 1985 to capture their first, last and only World Series (they won Games 6 and 7 at home too). The Giants, meanwhile, will be playing in their fifth Game 7. They’re 0-4 in those previous games, dating back to their first Game 7 in 1912. Their most recent loss was 2002 against the Angels. That’s not the only way history is against the Giants. A road team hasn’t won a World Series Game 7 since 1979 when the Pittsburgh Pirates did it. Past Game 7 performances, though, aren’t a valid indication of anything that will happen during Wednesday’s contest. They’re just fun to examine. So if we’re going to talk Game 7 history, we figured we should also look back at some of the most memorable Game 7s throughout history. This will be the 37th World Series Game 7 in MLB history and the first since 2011 when the Cardinals beat the Rangers. There have been a number of great ones over the years, but we picked memorable ones. This isn’t a ranked list. Just seven that we remind you about as the Royals and Giants prepare to tussle one last time.

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are bringing back much of manager John Gibbons’ coaching staff for next season.

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The Atlanta Braves hired Kevin Seitzer from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach. Atlanta also named Jose Castro as assistant hitting coach. Walker was assisted by Scott Fletcher this season as the Braves finished a disappointing 79-83.

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By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were selected as American League and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, Major League Baseball said on Saturday. The award, established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record, recognizes the top offensive performer in each league and is voted on by fans and a panel of Hall of Fame players. The 24-year-old Stanton batted .288 with 31 doubles, 37 home runs, 105 RBIs and 89 runs scored despite missing Miami’s final 17 games due to injury. Retiring commissioner Bud Selig was also presented with an honorary Aaron Award, in recognition of 22 years leading the organisation.

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By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were selected as American League and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, Major League Baseball said on Saturday. The award, established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record, recognizes the top offensive performer in each league and is voted on by fans and a panel of Hall of Fame players. The 24-year-old Stanton batted . …

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Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar had run-scoring hits off Jake Peavy, and the Kansas City Royals took a 2-1 lead over San Francisco after three innings Wednesday night as they tried to even the World Series at a game apiece. Gregor Blanco started the game with a home run for the Giants off hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura, but the Royals came back with runs in the first and second innings to take their first lead of the Series. After the ceremonial first pitch from retired Royals star George Brett, Blanco drove Ventura’s eighth pitch, a 98 mph fastball, into the Kansas City bullpen for his first home run since Sept. 22.

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The San Francisco Giants already possess a notable home-field advantage because of the unique layout at AT&T Park. For Game 3 of the World Series, it appeared the grounds crew was looking to give them an even greater advantage by watering down the infield to an almost excessive level in an attempt to slow down the Kansas City Royals’ enormous speed advantage on the bases. In the end, it would become more of an afterthought than an advantage after the Royals won the game 3-2 and grabbed a 2-1 series lead, but the overly saturated infield dirt was easily noticed and its effects were often discussed during the early innings. Giants grounds crew spent entire October water allotment on the infield; I just saw a sea lion surface to Panik’s right — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) October 25, 2014 Pretty cool that McCovey Cove was relocated in about 400 feet for this game — Bryan Kilpatrick ⚾ (@purplerowBK) October 25, 2014 Giants grounds crew trying to turn the dirt into mud to slow the Royals. Cain and Dyson still flying home to first in under 4.0 seconds. — Ben Badler (@BenBadler) October 25, 2014 The grounds crew here cleaning up the over-watered infield between innings. Sloppy track surely aimed at KC base-stealers. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 25, 2014 The gamesmanship involved is clear, but this is far from an original tactic. In one instance back in 2011, New York Mets manager Terry Collins accused the Atlanta Braves of watering down the infield to slow down Jose Reyes. After Reyes slipped three times on the bases, Collins filed a complaint with the league because he considered the conditions a safety issue, in addition to an advantage for the Braves.  The league didn’t act then, and there’s nothing in the rules now that prohibits San Francisco from creating such an advantage. It’s akin to teams growing or cutting the infield grass to capitalize on a team strength or an opponent’s weakness. It’s a tactical move, and as long as it doesn’t create an obvious hazard for the players, it’s all fair.  Though the Royals didn’t attempt a stolen base for the second game in the series, the muddy track proved to be no advantage to San Francisco. Alcides Escobar scored easily from first base on Alex Gordon’s sixth-inning double in their biggest test on the bases. That would prove to be a key moment in Kansas City’s one-run victory.  In another key moment, San Francisco’s Hunter Pence was cut down stealing in the second inning. So maybe it even backfired to some extent. Regardless of the infield conditions, there was nothing San Francisco could do to offset Lorenzo Cain’s continued stellar play in the outfield, or Kansas City’s dominant bullpen once the late innings rolled around. Though Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post does have one suggestion for the former.  The Giants’ grounds crew should consider covering the outfield grass with rubber cement. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 25, 2014 Anything to eliminate those fantastic jumps Cain gets on seemingly every fly ball. Also, for whatever it’s worth, the tarp is now covering the infield with rain in the forecast for early Saturday. They want it muddy, sure, but apparently they don’t want Saturday off.  Tarp on infield at AT&T Park. #SFGiants #KCRoyals #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/LBXVcIimFN — Steve Kroner (@SteveKronerSF) October 25, 2014 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece. A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.

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