The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn’t what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise’s championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals’ story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1.  Though it wasn’t quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time:  In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It’s not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October.  • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco’s rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate. 

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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.

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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.

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(Reuters) – List of winners in Major League Baseball’s World Series: 2013 – Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 – San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 – St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 – San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 – New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 – Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 – Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 – St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 – Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 – Boston Red Sox 4, St. …

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The Braves are expected to now focus their search on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore.

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DENVER (AP) — New Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich is a Harvard graduate who looks at baseball from more of an analytical angle.

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It seemed clear by the end of the 2014 season that changes were needed in the leadership of the Colorado Rockies. The team played well for the first six weeks of the season, then was utterly atrocious afterward, finishing 66-96. Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies’ star, said publicly on a couple of occasions that he was tired of losing . Trade rumors circulated. Fans got upset . The losing kept happening.  Finally, on Wednesday, the change came: The Rockies announced that Dan O’Dowd, their GM since 1999, had resigned.  Bill Geivett, the assistant GM and head of major-league operations, had stepped down too. The Rockies quickly named O’Dowd’s replacement,  Jeff Bridich, previously the team’s senior director of player development. More from The Denver Post : Bridich, as farm director, has been O’Dowd’s right-hand man with the Rockies. Bridich, 37, a former player at Harvard, has been with the club over 10 seasons, the last three as director of player development. Walt Weiss, according to a major league source, will remain as manager of the Rockies. “We are very fortunate to have an extremely bright, energetic and talented group of individuals currently within our own organization that are ready and eager to utilize their skills and experience,” Rockies owner Dick Monfort said in a statement. “I know Jeff is anxious to begin working on the goal of putting a championship team on the field that the Rockies staff, our fans and our region deserve.” About Bridich, Geivett told The Denver Post: “I believe there is great synergy with Jeff and the other members of the front office that will be very positive for the organization.” The Rockies went 1,129-1,302 during O’Dowd’s tenure. They made it to the World Series in 2007, but went to the postseason only one other time (2009). With O’Dowd at the helm, they were more likely to finish near the cellar. They finished fourth or fifth in the NL West 11 times. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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NEW YORK (AP) — From April to September, from Boston to Seattle, people sat down night after night after night to watch their hometown baseball team more than everything else on television.

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Seth Trachtman highlights the hottest hitters over the past week using the Season Pass player rater.

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Some have jumped higher to rob another of a home run, but few have done so while on the run like outfielder Brandon Barnes did for the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on Tuesday night. And fewer still can say they called it before it happened. Barnes’s running, leaping catch to keep Rene Rivera of the San Diego Padres in the ballpark highlighted a 3-2 victory for the Rockies . It also showed off Barnes’s psychic abilities. Colorado’s had a lousy season (aside from their 16-12 record in April) but this was a fun win, just its 66th overall. The Rox led by a run in the bottom of the eighth when Rivera lined a hanging slider from Luke Ottavino deep to left. Barnes’s route was shaped, sort of, like the number seven — back to the fence and then over several feet, jumping and clipping the padding along the way, which made him twirl and fall to all fours on the warning track. Barnes quickly stood up, howled and beat his chest. 

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