Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|We have never seen anything quite like Madison Bumgarner on this postseason stage and in this Fall Classic. The Giants claimed their third title in five seasons in a 3-2 Game 7 victory in which Bumgarner cemented his obvious, unanimous claim to the Most Valuable Player Award.
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|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.
|The Royals got all they wanted in this inning and on this night. Game 6 was essentially over not long after it started, as Kansas City's seven-run second paved the way to a 10-0 victory that gave the club its ticket to Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium.
More» Royals open floodgates with seven-run 2nd|
|The Royals have remained confident in the face of a 3-2 deficit as the World Series has shifted back to the land of BBQ and big dreams. Here are five reasons not to count them out.
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|The lack of boom-boom of late in this World Series was mentioned to "Bam Bam," aka Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, in the aftermath of Sunday night's 5-0 victory behind Madison Bumgarner. It was pointed out that not one home run was hit in the three games here at AT&T Park -- a World Series rarity that hadn't happened in three consecutive games since way back in 1948.
More» Giants take early lead with run in 2nd|
|The middle innings are everything in this Series, and those innings have largely been left to the relievers. The Giants' bullpen has accrued 14 2/3 of the 35 innings pitched. Royals relievers have worked 17 2/3 of 35 -- the 12th-most all-time through four games of a World Series. Breaking down the managerial decisions is interesting, but ultimately it all comes down to who is or isn't executing in those middle innings.
More» Petit is enjoying a scoreless postseason|
|Neither the Royals nor Giants won 90 games in the regular season, but that shouldn't matter in determining a World Series champion.
More»Royals and Giants prepare for Game 3 duel|
|John Hart seemingly has it all. Great family, great golf swing, great clothes, great tan, great legacy in the front-office fraternity. And up until recently, he had great flexibility to enjoy all of these things at his own pace. But Hart also has great baseball insight and a great competitive fire. And these are the traits his good friend John Schuerholz leveraged in convincing Hart to take on this greater role and greater challenge with the Atlanta Braves.
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|The fruitlessness of speculation at this stage is well-established by these Royals and Giants. Not only have they beaten the odds by becoming the first two Wild Card teams of the Wild Card Game era to advance to the World Series, but they've done it in dominant fashion, with a combined postseason record of 16-2, the best ever for two World Series participants.
More»Bullpen plays pivotal role in World Series showdown|
|Because the San Francisco faithful have been preoccupied with other matters the last few weeks, we thought it might be beneficial to provide a refresher on the Royals and how they got to this stage for the first time since 1985.
More»Royals return to the WS for the first time since 1985|
|Don't blame the Orioles for losing this American League Championship Series. Just acknowledge that timing is everything, and they, like the Angels and A's before them, were simply on the wrong side of history.
More» Jones thanks the fans for their support|
|Everything Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson said prior to Game 3 -- about this AL Championship Series not going back to Baltimore and about the Orioles having to embrace their fate as second fiddles, should they go down 3-0 -- is on the verge of proving prescient. For the O's, that's the annoyance served as a side dish to their adversity.
More» Schoop plays carom, nails Escobar at second|
|There have been 20 playoff games played so far, and only six of them have seen one or both starting pitchers record an out in the eighth inning. In fact, Madison Bumgarner alone is responsible for three of the 13 times a starter has lasted at least seven innings.
More» Holland fans Pearce for 2-0 series lead|
|The industry expectation is that, one of these days, Sandy Alomar Jr. will get his shot at a full-time managerial gig. But that chance won't be with the Arizona D-backs in 2015.
|The Orioles may be facing a 2-0 hole against the Royals in the ALCS, but center fielder Adam Jones believes they will rally.
More» Orioles look to bounce back in Game 3|
|The Orioles, the darling underdogs of the American League, got out-Cinderella-storied by the Wild Card Royals in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards.
More»Royals break through with clutch homers in extras|
|The Royals have stolen many a heart in their ascendance to the American League Championship Series, and they've also stolen many a base.
More»Royals steal 12 bases through four postseason games|
|Dan Duquette, sporting a black hoodie sporting the word "October," can wear this item proudly. He's earned it, just as he's earned the right to an "I told you so" directed at the many in and around the industry who questioned the O's decision to pluck him out of the Major League ether and install him in the general manager's chair three years ago.
More»GM Duquette joins The Mad Dog on High Heat|
|J.D. Martinez has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. But credit for his transformation from a waiver-wire pickup to one of the keys to Detroit's lineup must be divided among several people.
More» J.D. Martinez swats a three-run home run|
|It is a statement about the state of this Tigers bullpen that the only approval its members are receiving these days comes from the shouting mouths and clapping hands of the opposition's fans.
More» Ausmus on the 7-6 loss to Orioles|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|