Giants' World Series victory parade slated for Friday

Giants' World Series victory parade slated for Friday

Though the Giants clinched the World Series on the road in Kansas City, fans will have an opportunity to celebrate the 2014 title Friday when the club returns home for a victory parade.

The parade is at noon PT and will be broadcast live on MLB Network with a simulcast streaming on MLB.com.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants' latest title offers questions, answers

Bochy polishes Hall-worthy resume; Romo makes case to return

Giants' latest title offers questions, answers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Should a Fortune 500 company hire Brian Sabean as chief operating officer? Is Sergio Romo really gone? Is Brandon Crawford better than everybody realizes? How will Bruce Bochy look in bronze? What we learned about the Giants -- these issues and others -- during their circuitous yet fascinating route to their third World Series title in five seasons are addressed here.

MADBUM: THE BEST?
Watching Madison Bumgarner top off his record-setting postseason with five shutout innings of relief in Sunday's Game 7 prompted general manager Brian Sabean to say, "Now he's arguably, because of this, the best pitcher in baseball."

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Even better: Giants add 2014 Series title to '10, '12

MadBum, Affeldt star in relief as SF first since '79 to win road Game 7

Even better: Giants add 2014 Series title to '10, '12

KANSAS CITY -- The names roll smoothly off the tongue, for they have become legendary. Willie Mays. Willie McCovey. Barry Bonds. Juan Marichal. Christy Mathewson. Carl Hubbell. Mel Ott. Each occupies a hallowed spot in the pantheon of Giants franchise greats. Add another to this assemblage: Madison Bumgarner.

The 25-year-old left-hander joined this distinguished group Wednesday night by completing a World Series performance that might rank as the finest by a Giant in the club's history. He garnished his victories in Games 1 and 5 with five shutout innings of relief to earn the save in Game 7 to help San Francisco outlast the Kansas City Royals, 3-2. The decision sealed the Giants' third World Series triumph in five seasons.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Too soon to think about future, Panda revels in present

A staple of three Giants title teams, Sandoval is set to hit the free-agent market

Too soon to think about future, Panda revels in present

KANSAS CITY -- There was no way Pablo Sandoval was going to talk much about his impending free agency. Not when the champagne was still spraying and the music was blaring, and he and his teammates were celebrating their third World Series victory in the past five seasons.

It was neither the time nor the place.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Marty Noble

Bumgarner's feat the best in Game 7 lore

Giants lefty brings splendor back to World Series final game

Bumgarner's feat the best in Game 7 lore

NEW YORK -- Beginning with Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning waving grandeur 39 years ago, penultimate games have encroached on the territory that once was the exclusive property of Game 7s. Fisk's home run ended a Game 6, and Reggie executed his hat trick in a Game 6 two years later. The magnificent Mets-Astros struggle in the 1986 National League Championship Series also came with one "if necessary" game on the schedule as did Kirby Puckett's game in '91 and Joe Carter's "touch 'em all" swing in '93. The work of art Tom Glavine inflicted on the Indians in '95 happened when the Braves still had a Game 7 safety net at their disposal. And the Bill Buckner game in '86 allowed the Mets to reach a Game 7 that was touched by anticlimax.

Indeed, more than a few Game 7s have lacked the tension, distinction and splendor those penultimate games provided.

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Marty Noble is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hall-worthy: World Series artifacts sent to Cooperstown

Hall-worthy: World Series artifacts sent to Cooperstown

ALBANY, N.Y. -- One moment in time -- one World Series moment -- can get a player to Cooperstown, even if they never make the Hall of Fame.

Caps worn by 2014 World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner Madison Bumgarner and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, Buster Posey's champagne-soaked jersey and the bats used by offensive stars Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval arrived at baseball's shrine on Thursday, along with the grass-and-dirt-caked spikes Game 7 winner Jeremy Affeldt wore while tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings during San Francisco's third World Series clincher in five seasons.

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Paul Post is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Daniel Bryan celebrates the Giants' WS win

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Daniel Bryan celebrates the Giants' WS win

The Giants adopted Daniel Bryan's "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chant early in the year, but it really picked up steam when Hunter Pence gave an end-of-the-season speech so good it probably could have converted Dodgers fans. Bryan himself led the chant before Game 3 of the NLDS. The Giants lost that day, but they went on to win it all, and Bryan celebrated much as you would expect. 

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Giants garner 13 GIBBY Award nominations

Posey, MadBum among those cited in 11 different voting categories

Giants garner 13 GIBBY Award nominations

You don't make a run to the World Series without a few spectacular hitters, pitchers, leaders, performances, moments and storylines along the way. That was certainly the case for the Giants this season, which is why they're so well represented in this year's nominations for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.

The Giants have 13 nominations overall in 11 different categories, and they're one of only three teams with a candidate for MLB MVP (Buster Posey), Hitter of the Year (Posey) and Pitcher of the Year (Madison Bumgarner). But, in true San Francisco fashion, it's not just about those two stars.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phish honors Giants while playing in San Francisco

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Phish honors Giants while playing in San Francisco

Everyone in San Francisco was celebrating the Giants' third World Series win in five seasons on Wednesday night. The team, the fans, the people of San Francisco, Dick Vitale ...

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Text messages that Bumgarner's dad MAY have sent

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Text messages that Bumgarner's dad MAY have sent

Michael Powell of the New York Times recently traveled to the small Appalachian town where generations of the Bumgarner family were born and raised to speak with Madison's father, Kevin. This was how Powell was greeted after the Giants won Game 7

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Anthony Castrovince

MadBum seals MVP with outing, postseason for the ages

After tossing two shutouts this October, Giants' ace saves Game 7 with five scoreless frames

MadBum seals MVP with outing, postseason for the ages

KANSAS CITY -- The volume rose here in those fleeting moments before the final out. Alex Gordon had hustled three-quarters of the way around the bases on the ball that skipped away from Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco. So he was standing on third, and the Royals' faithful were standing on their feet at Kauffman Stadium. A Royals team that has sometimes seemed made of October magic was 90 feet from a tie in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series.

But Big Country, Madison Bumgarner, was on the mound. And those 90 feet were a country mile.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Watching the Giants is watching history unfold

Watching the Giants is watching history unfold

KANSAS CITY -- The premier baseball team of the current millennium is the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants are once again at the summit of the baseball world by virtue of their third World Series championship in five seasons. The 2014 edition was completed on Wednesday night with a heart-pounding 3-2 victory over the Royals.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants were prepared to use 'pen however necessary

Going to Affeldt, Bumgarner early in ballgame wasn't a surprise

Giants were prepared to use 'pen however necessary

KANSAS CITY -- Once Madison Bumgarner entered World Series Game 7, he did not speak to anyone about his workload. When Bumgarner consulted pitching coach Dave Righetti, the two discussed only strategy -- at least until Bumgarner walked off the mound after the eighth. At that point, he needed to do nothing more than glance at Righetti.

"You're in," the pitching coach told him, before Bumgarner nailed down the final three outs of the Giants' 3-2 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pence, Panda leave marks on Series record book

Pence, Panda leave marks on Series record book

KANSAS CITY -- Hunter Pence stood in a storage room in the back of the visitors' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night, rummaging through a box of bats as a World Series-clinching party in the room outside continued. Jeff Idelson, the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, looked on expectantly.

Pence drew out a bat with a Day-Glo green taped handle and handed it to Idelson. Pictures were quickly snapped to commemorate the moment.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Bumgarner makes October his time

Left-hander wills Giants to third World Series title in five seasons

Bumgarner makes October his time

KANSAS CITY -- He would not let his team lose. That's Madison Bumgarner's legacy in this World Series. Every once in a while, a player rises to the highest level on the largest stage by seizing the moment and making it his own.

Bumgarner did just that Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series as the Giants defeated the Royals, 3-2, to win their third championship in five seasons. Remember this performance. Remember it and embrace it. Roll it through your heart and mind during the winter months ahead when Spring Training seems so far away.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Morse saves best for last with Series-winning RBI

Morse saves best for last with Series-winning RBI

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Morse made the most of his role as designated hitter for the Giants in the four games at Kauffman Stadium during the World Series, particularly in the Game 7 clincher over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Morse drove in a couple of runs, the first on a second-inning sacrifice fly and the second on a fourth-inning single that proved to be the Series-winning RBI in a game the Giants won, 3-2, to capture their third World Series title in the past five seasons.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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San Francisco treat: Third title just as sweet

Giants' clubhouse kicks off celebration with 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' chants

San Francisco treat: Third title just as sweet

KANSAS CITY -- It's always a little odd when a road team clinches the World Series. The stands get very quiet, but what's going on on the field is pure chaos -- players piling on each other, hugging, yelling, celebrating, while 40,000 fans watch in relative silence.

That was the scene at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night. Pablo Sandoval caught the final out -- a popup by Salvador Perez -- in foul territory and laid flat on his back in sheer ecstasy, while teammates, some jumping over him, rushed onto the field to celebrate the Giants' 3-2 victory in Game 7.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants write their own history against all odds

Bochy's bunch unfazed by tough task of winning Game 7 on road

Giants write their own history against all odds

Giants manager Bruce Bochy knew the odds were stacked against his team entering Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. Most of the recent history pointed toward a Royals' victory -- and Bochy and the Giants couldn't hide from it.

They heard the numbers and the statistics repeatedly following the team's Game 6 loss Tuesday night and again leading up to Game 7.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hudson's first taste of postseason celebration is sweet

Hudson's first taste of postseason celebration is sweet

KANSAS CITY -- Postseasons are nothing to new to Tim Hudson. He's played in seven of them, beginning in 2000 with the Oakland A's. But postseason celebrations? He had never been a part of one -- until Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium after the Giants beat the Royals, 3-2, in Game 7.

The Giants may have won three World Series in five seasons, but this was Hudson's first. Six prior trips to the playoffs, six exits in the Division Series -- four times with Oakland (2000 to 2003), twice with Atlanta (2005 and 2010).

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Smallville: Giants show off fundamentals on big stage

Smallville: Giants show off fundamentals on big stage

KANSAS CITY -- The back fields of Spring Training in March are a long way from the spotlight of the World Series in October, but a concept drilled into the minds of the Giants' hitters every day during those endless workouts in Arizona wound up paying huge dividends on the game's biggest stage. The mantra: Find a way to get that man in from third.

It's simple, really, yet not that easy to execute. It's Baseball 101, and the Giants passed that course with flying colors in wrapping up their third World Series title in five seasons with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 over the Royals on Wednesday night.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants execs savor fitting end to title quest

Baer, Sabean laud team that tallied record 12 wins to claim World Series

Giants execs savor fitting end to title quest

KANSAS CITY -- Maybe, Larry Baer figured, this was the way it had to be.

Baer, the Giants' president and chief executive officer, was seated behind home plate Wednesday night, watching the team he has loved since boyhood approach its third World Series conquest in five seasons. Except maybe the approach had hit a roadblock. With two outs, nobody on base in the ninth inning and the Giants leading Game 7 of the Series, 3-2, Alex Gordon kept Kansas City's hopes alive by singling to center field, where the ball skipped past Gregor Blanco and skittered to the wall. Left fielder Juan Perez had trouble picking up the ball, enabling Gordon to reach third base.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Panik doesn't panic on crucial double play

Giants second baseman's glove flip derails potential rally in Game 7 victory

Panik doesn't panic on crucial double play

KANSAS CITY -- When he takes ground balls during batting practice, Giants second baseman Joe Panik always practices flipping one or two with his glove towards second base on the off chance that he might have to actually do it in a game at some point.

Of course, he's never practiced it while diving and laying flat on this stomach, but really when is that ever going to come up in a game? Turns out the answer was at a key moment Wednesday night in the Giants' 3-2 victory in Game 7 of the World Series.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Did you know? Panda's mark among Game 7 intrigue

Did you know? Panda's mark among Game 7 intrigue

The Giants capped off a back-and-forth 2014 World Series with a 3-2 victory over the Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

From Giants ace Madison Bumgarner continuing to make history (this time out of the bullpen) to Pablo Sandoval completing a record-setting postseason of his own, Game 7 of the 2014 Fall Classic provided plenty more material for the baseball annals.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Did you know: Bumgarner makes history

Did you know: Bumgarner makes history

Madison Bumgarner completed his dominant 2014 postseason in historic fashion on Wednesday night, locking down a scoreless five-inning save to seal the Giants' third World Series title in five seasons.

From his shutout in the National League Wild Card Game to his overpowering effort out of the bullpen in Game 7 of the World Series -- and everywhere in between -- Bumgarner placed his name all over the postseason record books.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants fans gather for another championship party

Thousands watch Game 7 at San Francisco's Civic Center

Giants fans gather for another championship party

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Pablo Sandoval collapsed to the ground, the Giants' third World Series title in five seasons nestled securely in his glove, the throng of Giants fans watching the club's 3-2 victory over the Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night on a big-screen TV nearly 1,800 miles away at San Francisco's Civic Center jumped up and down in celebration.

Well, almost all of them, at least.

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Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants' three titles include nine constants

Giants' three titles include nine constants

KANSAS CITY -- With Wednesday night's 3-2 victory in Game 7, the Giants became the first club to win three World Series titles in a five-year span since the Yankees won four from 1996 to 2000.

And while the Giants' roster has changed throughout those five seasons, nine names have remained a constant, driving this extended postseason success.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Haul of fame: Series artifacts bound for Cooperstown

Bumgarner's cap, Affeldt's spikes among items to be displayed in Hall exhibit

Haul of fame: Series artifacts bound for Cooperstown

KANSAS CITY -- Artifacts going to the Hall of Fame from the 110th World Series include caps worn by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner in all three of his outings; Buster Posey's jersey and Pablo Sandoval's bat both from Game 7; Hunter Pence's Game 4 bat; Bruce Bochy's cap; and the spikes Jeremy Affeldt wore as the winning pitcher of the Giants' latest World Series clincher, a 3-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Jeff Idelson, president of the Hall, and Brad Horn, vice president for communications and education, were on hand in the victors' clubhouse to secure several artifact donations from the 36th decisive Game 7 in World Series history. It completes a special salute to the world champions in the Hall of Fame's Autumn Glory exhibit, which tells the story of each postseason.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Final out takes Giants outfielders off the hook

Bumgarner picks up Blanco, Perez after misplay on Gordon's ninth-inning hit

Final out takes Giants outfielders off the hook

KANSAS CITY -- The baseball bounced clear past Gregor Blanco, a miracle-in-the-making for the millions of Royals fans waiting nearly three decades for a spark. It scooted to the wall, where Juan Perez kicked it far enough away for Alex Gordon to race to third. "Oh my God, this is happening," Blanco thought to himself Wednesday night as the Royals gasped for one last breath in World Series Game 7.

Then Madison Bumgarner popped up Salvador Perez, transforming what could have been one of the most memorable World Series gaffes in history into a footnote. The Giants won, 3-2. No one flinging champagne in the postgame clubhouse was more relieved than Blanco.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Shop makes it easy to dress like a champion

MLB.com Shop makes it easy to dress like a champion

KANSAS CITY -- World Series champions gear is once again available for Giants fans at the MLB.com Shop, and CEO Larry Baer was wearing some in the champagne-soaked clubhouse late Wednesday night and predicting that sales will be "off the charts" for the newest look of success.

"When you walk down the streets in San Francisco, there was all sorts of Giants merchandise even before we got into this postseason," Baer said amid the celebration din. "I had a friend text me from Disneyland a week or two ago, and he said, 'There's more Giants merchandise in Disneyland than all the other teams combined, including the L.A. teams.' So the fans have been unbelievable, and now they have more merchandise to get."

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giants turn two after replay overturns safe call

Hosmer initially ruled safe at first base after headfirst slide, but review shows otherwise

Giants turn two after replay overturns safe call

KANSAS CITY -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out on the winning end of a replay challenge in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

The Royals' Lorenzo Cain led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to right and Eric Hosmer followed with a hard hit grounder up the middle.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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