Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|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.
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|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.
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|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|
|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|
|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|
|If we can remove ourselves from the reality of how it ended, we can reflect on the A-mazement of what has transpired in Oakland over the past three years. But of course, it's not that easy for the A's or their fans, writes columnist Anthony Castrovince.
More» A's put up a five-spot in the 6th inning|
|Recently dismissed manager Ron Gardenhire was not/is not the only thing standing between Minnesota and a return to top-of-the-American-League-Central status. The Twins are a team in transition, and they have been for some time.
More»Ryan talks about dismissing Gardenhire as manager|
|Sunday was a captivating capper to a Major League season that kept us guessing all the way until the final outs were registered.
More» Zimmermann completes no-hitter|
|This weekend, it's not "Aye, aye, Captain," but "Goodbye, Captain" for Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko. It's a salute to two stars and an acknowledgement that a relic of a role in Major League clubhouses and dugouts has almost been put out to pasture.
More» Konerko honored before the game by Yankees|
|October won't be a forgiving time if the Tigers' bullpen pieces don't align properly.
More» Nathan earns his 33rd save in a 3-2 win|
|This game -- and the people who play it -- will surprise you. That, ultimately, is what we love about it. Let's look at the remaining contenders and the stretch-run surprise guys who are leading their final playoff push.
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|From the crazy to the comical to the unforeseen to the illustrative, here is a list of statistics that have caught our eye this year.
More» Blackmon goes 5-for-5 with homer in Rox win|
|The Orioles and Nationals were the first two teams to clinch their divisions. What will it take for them to meet for the World Series championship?
More»Nationals, Orioles celebrate feat dating back to 1969|