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'Country Breakfast' delivers for K.C.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Under the worst-case scenario, Game 2 of the World Series might have been?? Billy Butler's final home appearance in a?? Kansas City Royals??uniform. But he did his part to postpone the offseason??planning and try to ensure the World Series will return to Kauffman Stadium next week for a Game 6 and possibly a Game 7. Butler asserted himself in a big way in Kansas City's 7-2, series-evening victory Wednesday night. First, he delivered an RBI single off?? San Francisco Giants??starter?? Jake Peavy to pull the Royals even after?? Gregor Blanco's leadoff homer in??the top of the first inning. Then he singled off reliever Jean Machi to drive in Lorenzo Cain and break a 2-2 tie in the sixth, spurring the Royals on to a five-run outburst against the San Francisco bullpen. It was a gratifying evening for the man Kansas City fans fondly refer to as "Country Breakfast.'' Butler even popped out of the dugout after his...
Hunter Strickland's explosive October
KANSAS CITY -- From baseball's unwritten rule book: Rule 8.61: "If you are a rookie pitcher, do not mouth off to an opposing player on national television when trailing in a World Series game." "(a) Especially if you have less than 15 innings of major league experience." "(b) And you just gave up your fifth home run of the postseason." "(c) And the home run was to Omar Freaking Infante." "(d) Seriously. Don't do it.'' Poor Hunter Strickland. Two months ago, pretty much nobody outside of the San Francisco Giants' scouting department knew about him. He was pitching in Double-A Richmond when the Giants called him up at the end of August. He pitched all of seven innings in the majors before the postseason began. And there he was on the field in the World Series on Wednesday night, shouting at the Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, clearing the dugouts and exploding the Twitter-verse. As...
Scott: Kobe has 'shown me enough'
ONTARIO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is sitting out the rest of the preseason, coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. Bryant did not play in the Lakers' 94-86 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Lakers also face the Sacramento Kings on Friday. "I just think he needs some rest," Scott said before Wednesday's game. "I think he's shown me enough. I think we're all pretty happy with where he is." Scott was especially pleased with Bryant's conditioning in the team's previous two preseason games, as Bryant played 32 minutes in the Lakers' 98-91 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday and 34 minutes in the team's 114-108 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. "I think each game I wanted to see if he just got stronger," Scott said. "That's why the last couple games I've been playing him more in the second half -- later in the second quarters and later in the...
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Royals Take First Battle of Bullpens From Giants
Royals' bullpen blanks Giants in 7-2 victory that evens World Series as it shifts to Bay Area
The Write Way: KC Coach's Lineup Cards Are Artful
Handwriting on the wall for Royals: Bench coach Don Wakamatsu's lineup cards are works of art
AP Source: Goodell Told to Testify in Rice Appeal
AP source: Arbiter rules NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice's appeal
Broncos Have Bad Memory of Chargers
Broncos fear no team, yet get a bit queasy when Chargers are opponent
NBA: Dante Cunningham Struggles to Clear Name
NBA free agent Dante Cunningham struggles to clear name after domestic violence charge dropped
Massive Cheating Scandal at UNC Involved Athletes
Massive cheating scandal at UNC scandal included athletes, fake classes and automatic grades
Vols, Wolverines out to Flip Trends Against Rivals
Tennessee, Michigan out to flip recent trends in rivalry games
No. 9 Georgia to Ask for Gurley's Reinstatement
No. 9 Georgia seeks reinstatement of running back Todd Gurley, will file request with NCAA
Tony Gonzalez Enjoys Talking Football, Too
Tony Gonzalez says he has no regrets about walking away from NFL career
Next Women's World Cup a Big Chance for US Soccer
Women's World Cup next summer another chance for US soccer fanaticism to take hold
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