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This World Series is for overachievers

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is hitting .326 this postseason as he chases his third championship ring in five years. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Neither the Royals nor the Giants won 90 games this year but both teams caught fire in the playoffs.

Ned Yost’s Royals open the World Series at home on Tuesday night. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Royals are the toast of Kansas City

Kansas City sports fans can ignore the NFL for a while. The World Series has come back to town.

James Shields needs to keep his head in Game 1 to match up with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

WORLD SERIES NOTEBOOK

Royals need James Shields to be game

In three starts this postseason, Shields has given KC just 16 innings while allowing 10 runs.

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, the MVP of the ALCS, is batting .353 in the playoffs after hitting .301 during the regular season.

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Who will stay hot, Royals hitters or Giants pitchers?

The Royals are on fire at the plate while Giants pitchers are exceeding expectations.

Yoenis Cespedes AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Jay-Z’s company

Adam Katz had represented Cespedes since the outfielder defected from Cuba in 2012.

Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96

The righthander, a native of Northbridge, pitched in three seasons during World War II with the Red Sox and Phillies.

Chili Davis agrees to become Red Sox hitting coach

Davis, coming back after formerly coaching in Pawtucket, also was interviewed by the Yankees and had interest from the Rangers.

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Jake Peavy predicts fast turnaround for Red Sox

Now in the World Series with the Giants, Peavy believes the Red Sox will bounce back nicely next season.

Madison Bumgarner tabbed for Game 1 World Series start

Bumgarner will take the hill Tuesday night in Kansas City when the World Series kicks off.

Past Red Sox games

Chris Young scored in the seventh inning on a double by Jose Pirela.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 5

Red Sox end season on a losing note

The Red Sox won the ceremony, as they so often do. But then as they so often did during this sidetracked season, the Sox then lost the game.