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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday's workout.

"I can't believe that just happened, dude," pitcher James Shields razzed.

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Bumgarner, Shields square off in Game 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A six-pack won't be enough for Madison Bumgarner if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series.

The Giants ace chugged four beers after beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, upped the count to five following the NL Division Series clincher against Washington and six when San Francisco won the NL Championship Series over St. Louis.

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Bullpen keys Giants' run to World Series

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance.

While players with catchy nicknames like the Panda, the Freak and MadBum, and shiny trophies like former NL Rookie of the Year and MVP Buster Posey get most of the accolades, a quartet of relievers has played almost as big a role in putting the Giants in position to win a third World Series title in five years.

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Finnegan goes from CWS to World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Betty Finnegan made the 5 1/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing his first summer as a professional baseball player on the Double-A team after helping pitch TCU into the College World Series.

They had checked into a Holiday Inn and left for the ballpark when her cellphone rang, and she saw Brandon Finnegan's number flash.

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Korean Royals superfan to attend Series

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) A die-hard long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run is headed for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985.

A group of American fans helped Sung Woo Lee arrange a visit to Kansas City in August so he could watch a Royals game in person for the first time. By the time Lee returned to Seoul, the Royals, perennial also-rans, had won nine out of 10 games and rose to first place in their division.

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Bogar won't return to Rangers' staff

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tim Bogar, who filled in after former Texas manager Ron Washington resigned and was a finalist to replace him, will not be on the Rangers' coaching staff next season.

General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that he and new manager Jeff Banister had discussions with Bogar in recent days and "decided that it is best for us to go in another direction."

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Injuries to Wainwright, Wacha minor

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jon Jay will undergo left wrist surgery later this week, the lone major medical issue facing the St. Louis Cardinals coming off a fourth straight NL Championship Series.

MRI exams on Adam Wainwright's sore elbow and Michael Wacha's shoulder both came back clean, and the team anticipates they'll be 100 percent for spring training. Those two and six-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who missed seven weeks with a torn thumb ligament and had his postseason cut short by an oblique injury, are expected to benefit most from rest.

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SF radio bans Lorde's 'Royals' for WS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The popular song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

Two San Francisco radio stations say they won't play the song during the duration of the World Series. A Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the Grammy-winning track every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the first day of the series.

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Ump Kellogg crew chief for World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jeff Kellogg will be the umpire crew chief for the World Series, and four other umps have been picked to work the event for the first time.

Major League Baseball announced the crew Monday, a day before San Francisco and Kansas City meet in Game 1.

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Reds to replace 3B coach Smith

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have decided to replace third base coach Steve Smith. The rest of the staff is expected to return following a rough season.

Smith joined the Reds last season. He worked in the Mariners' system with Bryan Price, who was promoted to manager last season. The Reds did not announce his replacement on Monday.

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