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World Series Preview and Prediction: Kansas City Royals Vs. San Francisco Giants

October 21st, 2014 at 7:41 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The World Series begins tonight with two well-rested teams – the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants – doing battle at 8:07 p.m. on Fox.

Both teams finished their last series so quickly that they have enjoyed four or five days off before the Fall Classic and can reset their pitching rotations.

James Shields will start Game 1 for the Royals, as the decision to trade young slugger Wil Myers for "Big Game James" can be officially declared a success.

Madison Bumgarner, the MVP of the National League Championship Series will start for the Giants, who will be looking for their third world title in five years.

Look for the long layoff to dampen the Royals' hot streak, and the Giants' World Series experience should carry them to another championship.

Prediction: Giants win 4 games to 2.

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Baseball Playoffs Resume with Doubleheader Today

October 14th, 2014 at 8:12 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Baseball fans who waited through Sunday's football games and last night's rainout in Kansas City will be rewarded today with a double dose of their favorite sport.

The St. Louis Cardinals will visit the San Francisco Giants today at 4:07 p.m. Eastern time for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Kolten Wong's home run in Game 2 evened the series at one game apiece.

John Lackey will start for the Cardinals against the Giants' Tim Hudson. Shelby Miller will draw the start for the Cards in Game 4 tomorrow night, while Ryan Vogelsong will pitch for San Francisco.

In the American League, the Kansas City Royals will take the home field after winning the first two games in Baltimore. They have a great opportunity to close out the series without returning to the Land of Crabcakes.

Wei-Yin Chen will start for Baltimore against the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie.

Prediction: The Royals take care of business at home and eventually meet the Giants in the World Series.

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Cleveland Indians Postmortem: What Went Right and What Went Wrong

October 1st, 2014 at 7:49 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Poor hitting and defense caused the Cleveland Indians to fail in their quest to wrap up their "Unfinished Business" and return to the playoffs.

Still, the team's pitching was outstanding, especially in the second half. Manager Terry Francona had another great year, somehow turning the Tribe's mediocre start into a second straight winning season (85-77).

Corey Kluber could win the Cy Young award. Michael Brantley deserves some votes in the MVP race. Yan Gomes has emerged as one of the top catchers in the league.

However, the Indians need a lot more offensive firepower if they want to play baseball next October. The Tribe has given a lot of money to Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher, and both need to play a lot better next year.

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Cleveland Indians Face ‘Judgment Night’ Against Kansas City Royals

September 22nd, 2014 at 7:34 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

After winning five of their last six games, the Cleveland Indians have set themselves up to chase down the Kansas City Royals in the playoff race.

Tonight, the Tribe must take two wins from the Royals to have a good chance at the postseason.

The first win shouldn't be difficult, as the teams will complete a suspended game from Aug. 31. Cleveland is winning that game by two runs and is two outs away from victory.

If the Tribe can sink that three-foot putt, they have to double down with a win in the regularly scheduled game. Carlos Carrasco will start for the Tribe against Kansas City's Danny Duffy.

If the Indians can pull off both wins tonight, they will trail the Royals by only one game with two more showdowns this week at Progressive Field.

With the Browns in a bye week, this is the Indians' last chance this year to capture the attention of Cleveland sports fans.

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Cleveland Indians’ Playoff Hopes are not Dead Yet

September 18th, 2014 at 8:14 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Carlos Carrasco kept the Cleveland Indians' playoff dreams alive by firing a two-hit shutout against the Houston Astros in a 2-0 win last night.

Carrasco walked one and struck out 12 to improve his record to 8-5 with a 2.65 ERA.

Yan Gomes provided the bulk of the Tribe's offense for the second night in a row. He singled to score Carlos Santana in the fourth and tripled to score Michael Brantley in the sixth.

If Cleveland can win 11 of their last 13 games, the Tribe could make the playoffs. The good news is that the rest of the schedule consists of very beatable teams, along with the Kansas City Royals, whom the Indians are chasing.

Although the Royals are five games ahead, the Indians still have to finish the suspended game in which the Tribe is up by two runs with two outs remaining.

The Tribe finishes the four-game set in Houston tonight. Danny Salazar (6-7) will start for Cleveland against Scott Feldman (8-11).

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