By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO – With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night for […]

By Dionisio Soldevila Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a […]

San Francisco's Hunter Pence hits an RBI double to score Joe Panik during the seventh inning of Game 4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO – Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium. Sandoval’s single set up the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run […]

By Janie McCauley AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO – Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas […]

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game […]

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday […]

Oscar Pistorius, right, prepares to be led out of court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray Associated Press PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot […]

Kansas City's Eric Hosmer watches during baseball practice Monday in Kansas City. The Royals will host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series tonight. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By Ben Walker Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 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 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Dave Clark will tell you there’s nothing like October baseball. The 52-year-old Shannon native experienced the thrill of autumn baseball on Thursday night as his team, the Detroit Tigers, played at the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of the best-of-five American League Division Series. “It’s beautiful here today,” said […]