Giants beat Cardinals 6-3 in game five to win NLCS

IN SPORTS IT WILL BE SAN FRANCISCO AND KANSAS CITY IN THE 2014 WORLD SERIES BEGINNING TUESDAY IN MISSOURI. THE GIANTS WON THEIR BEST OF 7 SERIES WITH ST. LOUIS 4 GAMES TO I BY WINNING 6-3 LAST NIGHT IN sAN FRANCISCO. KANSAS CITY BEAT OUT BALTIMORE IN A FOUR GAME SWEEP. THE WORLD SERIES WILL TAKE ON A GEORGIA FLAVOR. TERRENCE GORE,WHO PLAYS FOR THE ROYALS, WAS BORN IN MACON AND RESIDES IN JONES COUNTY. HIS ROYALS TEAMMARE LORENZO GORE IS FROM VALDOSTA. BUSTER POSEY OF THE GIANTS IS FROM LEESBURG. HIS TEAMMATE HUNTER STRICKLAND, A PITCHER, IS FROM THOMASTON AND TIM HUDSON, THE FORMER BRAVE, IS FROM COLUMBUS

Royals sweep into World Series

At least one former Atlanta Braves player is heading to the World Series, and a couple more could be right behind. Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante helped the Royals win the American League Championship Series in four straight games over the Baltimore Orioles, reaching the World Series for the first time since 1985 when George Brett was the star attraction. In the process of winning the ALCS, the Royals extended their post season winning streak to eight straight, a major league record for consecutive post season wins without a loss. The Royals are managed by former Braves coach Ned Yost. In San Francisco, the Giants are one game away from the National League championship after last night's 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Tim Hudson and Gregor Blanco, both former Braves, play for the Giants.

Kansas City, San Francisco win in baseball playoffs

THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LEADING TO THE WORLD SERIES CONTINUES TODAY IN KANSAS CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO. TUESDAY THE ROYALS BEAT BALTIMORE 2-1 AND THE GIANTS TOPPED ST. LOUIS 5-4. KANSAS CITY NOW HAS A 3-0 LEAD OVER BALTIMORE IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE SERIES WITH THE GIANTS LEADING 2-1 OVER ST. LOUIS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. IT TAKES FOUR WINS FOR THE RIGHT TO MOVE ON TO BASEBALL'S WORLD SERIES.

Rain postpones ALCS game in Kansas City, game three is tonight

Rain in Kansas City last night forced postponement of game three of the American League Championship Series. The game has been rescheduled for tonight, where the forecast calls for cold and windy weather, but no rain. The Royals lead the series 2-0 after taking both games in Baltimore over the weekend. An oddity about the series is that Baltimore led the American League in home runs, while Kansas City was last. But it has been the home run that put the Royals in the driver's seat for games three, four and five at home.

Cardinals homers tie NLCS at a game each with Giants

The St. Louis Cardinals hit four solo home runs last night, the last one a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth, to even the NLCS at a game each with a 5-4 win over the Giants. The Cardinals scored first on a 3rd inning homer by Matt Carpenter and increased the lead to 2-0 with a run in the fourth. The Giants scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-2 lead before the second of the Cardinal's solo shots, a 7th inning pinch hit by Oscar Tavares, tied the game again. Matt Adams hit one out in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead, but closer Trevor Rosenthal couldn't protect the lead, allowing the tying run to score from second base on a wild pitch. That set the stage for second baseman Kolten Wong, who sent the crowd home happy with a walk-off homer. Atlanta fans who might be watching Tuesday afternoon's game three in San Francisco will get a look at former Brave Tim Hudson, who gets the game three start for the Giants. The game has a television-dictated 4:07pm starting time.

Cardinals reach NLCS fourth straight year with win over Kershaw, Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw is the likely Cy Young Award winner in the National League, or perhaps the Most Valuable Player. But during the NL divisional series against the Cardinals, Kershaw couldn't get out of the seventh inning. Kershaw gave up eleven runs in his two starts during the series, both losses, with nine of the eleven runs coming in the seventh inning! Last night, the Dodger lefty with the unorthodox delivery, was brilliant through six innings before giving up a 3-run home run to St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams in the seventh inning without retiring a batter. Adams' shot lifted the Cardinals to the NL championship series for the fourth straight year. They will host the Giants in a best-of-seven beginning Saturday. Adams' hit came with Matt Holliday and Jonny Paralta on base. Rookie reliever Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals first round draft pick in 2013, was the winning pitcher, his second win of the series.

San Francisco beats Nationals to reach NLCS

The San Francisco Giants scored the go-ahead run on a seventh-inning wild pitch, and held on to advance to the NL championship series with a 3-2 win over the Nationals. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong allowed just one run in five and a third innings, but it was Georgia native Hunter Strickland who was in the right place at the right time to pick up the pitching victory. Strickland worked just the seventh inning, allowing the Nationals to tie the game at 2-all, but was the pitcher of record when the go ahead run scored in the bottom of the inning. Strickland, who is from Thomaston, was paired with Georgia native Buster Posey of Leesburg, the Giants catcher. The Giants will now face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL championship series, beginning Saturday in St. Louis. Bryce Harper had a double and home run to account for both of Washington's runs against five Giants pitchers.

Nationals avoid sweep with win over Giants, Cardinals top Dodgers

While the American League divisional series were settle by three game sweeps, the National League is still playing, with Washington avoiding a sweep by beating the Giants in San Francisco last night 4-1. The win was aided by a throwing error by losing pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the Nationals' 3-run seventh inning. Bryce Harper added an insurance run with a solo home run in the top on the ninth, and San Francisco scored its only run in the bottom of the ninth. In St. Louis, the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers with a 3-1 win after the teams split the two games in Los Angeles over the weekend. Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals the lead with a solo home run in the third. The Dodgers scored their only run to tie the game in the sixth on a triple by Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez' RBI single. Kolten Wong delivered what proved to be the winning hit with a seventh inning 2-run homer. Both NL series are now 2-1. Both series resume tonight in St. Louis and San Francisco.

Royals, Orioles sweep into AL championship series

Two major league baseball playoff teams have been swept in best-of-five division series, and another is on the verge. Yesterday in the American League, Baltimore completed a sweep of the Tigers with a 2-1 win in Baltimore after taking the first two games in Detroit. Nelson Cruz hit a 2-run homer off loser David Price in the sixth inning to account for Baltimore's runs. Detroit's only run came in the bottom of the ninth when the Tigers battled back. They had the tying run on second base and the winner on first with one out, but Hernan Perez grounded into a game-ending, and series ending, double play. In Kansas City, the Royals celebrated their first sweep of a playoff series since 1980 with an 8-3 clincher over the LA Angels. Only four members of the current Kansas City team were even born the last time the Royals swept. Tonight in San Francisco, the Giants will try to complete a sweep of the Nationals after winning both games in Washington. Doug Fister will take the mound for the Nats hoping to avoid the sweep, while the Giants counter with Madison Bumgarner, who won 18 games during the regular season. The Dodgers and Cardinals play tonight in St. Louis after splitting the two games in Los Angeles. Hyun-jin Ryu pitches for the Dodgers, John Lackey for the Cardinals. By the way, those Royals who were born before 1980 are pitchers Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Jeremy Guthrie, and outfielder Josh Willingham. 40-year old Raul Ibanez was not included on the playoff roster.

Baltimore, Kansas City win AL playoff openers

Baltimore broke open a close game last night with eight runs in the eighth inning to take a 1-0 lead in their AL division series with the Tigers. The Orioles led just 4-3 before the big inning propelled them to a 12-3 win. Detroit starter Max Scherzer was charged with seven hits and five runs and took the loss. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman got the win. All of Detroit's runs came on solo home runs, back-to-back by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the second off Tillman, and Miguel Cabrera off Darren O'Day in the eighth. In Los Angeles, the Royals took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five with the Angels when Mike Moustakas hit a solo home run in the top of the eleventh inning off reliever Fernando Salas for a 3-2 win. Solo home runs by David Freeze and Chris Iannetta off Baltimore starter Jason Vargas produced the Angels' only runs. Four games are on tonight's playoff schedule, Detroit at Baltimore and Kansas City at Los Angeles in the American, San Francisco at Washington and St. Louis at Los Angeles in the National.

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