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Imagine if big league boppers rarely dented the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Or hardly ever hit drives onto Waveland Avenue at Wrigley Field. Or never came close to the B&O Warehouse at Camden Yards.

Some extra postseason pillow time has Brandon Crawford and the San Francisco Giants dreaming about another World Series championship.

Driving along I-57 in the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle he just bought at a car dealership in New Lenox, Joe Maddon commented to his passenger how much he loved coming to Chicago.

Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him.

Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious.

SAN FRANCISCO-This was a chess match as much as it was a World Series game, with relievers pitching in situations they're not used to, one getting the first at-bat of his career and the Kansas City Royals drastically changing their lineup to handle the ballpark.

SAN FRANCISCO-The noise after Friday's last out at AT&T Park was an unusual one, not heard on those premises for a very long time.

SAN FRANCISCO-The San Francisco Giants stood at their lockers late Friday night and went back through the nitty-gritty of the individual matchups that got away in a 3-2 loss to the Royals. They talked at length about the belief that they can come back and pointed out that they have a history of doing it.

SAN FRANCISCO - Zack Greinke asked out of Kansas City four years ago. He was in the prime of his career. He would not sign a new contract with the Royals because he wanted to win and, as he told anyone who asked, he did not believe the Royals could win.

All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a dominant bullpen and just enough timely hitting.

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