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Matchup: Peavy versus Ventura
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A closer look at the World Series Game 2 matchup between Jake Peavy and Yordano Ventura.

Wednesday chat wrap
Click here to check out Wednesday's chat wrap.

Too much Bumgarner for Royals in Game 1
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The legend of Madison Bumgarner continues to grow as the Giants' lefty pitched another postseason gem.

Umm, about that nickname ...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OK, here's the important thing to know: James Shields earned the nickname "Big Game James" in the minor leagues because he was a fan of the Lakers and James Worthy, who went by that moniker.

Checking out the scene at the ballpark
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every World Series has a great pregame spirit, but it was hard to top Tuesday’s atmosphere outside Kauffman Stadium. For one thing, the weather was gorgeous -- sunny and mid-70s, the sort of weather we too rarely see at the World Series.

Matchup: Bumgarner versus Shields
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jerry Crasnick previews Game 1 of the World Series here, Jonah Keri and Ben Lindbergh of Grantland have five keys for each team here and Buster Olney writes about the importance of Madison Bumgarner holding on Royals baserunners here (basestealers were just 7-for-17 against Bumgarner this season, as he's worked to improve in that area).

The wit, wisdom and poetry of Hunter Pence
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Fan favorite Hunter Pence is also an aspiring poet and philosopher. Check out his words of wisdom from Monday's media session.

Ten reasons to love this World Series
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KANSAS CITY -- I know what some of you are thinking: "Hey, aren't you the idiot who just called this the worst World Series ever? So what's up with this piece, pal?

Fun World Series factoids and oddities
Diane Firstman of the wonderful Value Over Replacement Grit blog has her World Series preview up, full of fun and random facts about players on both teams.

Don't forget about underrated Giants pen
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Here's a number that may or may not surprise you. We know how great the Royals' late-inning bullpen group has been all season. Indeed, the Royals are 65-4 when leading entering the seventh inning.

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