Giants even Series with comeback win over Royals

Two-run fifth, three-run sixth, four-run seventh turn Game 4 into rout

Giants even Series with comeback win over Royals

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dramatically reversing their offensive fortunes Saturday, the Giants defined the pattern of this World Series. It isn't following any pattern at all.

After mustering four hits the night before, the Giants amassed 16 hits and scored 10 unanswered runs Saturday while thrashing the Kansas City Royals, 11-4, in Game 4 of the World Series. San Francisco, which hosts its final Series game Sunday, forged a 2-2 tie with the Royals in the best-of-seven showdown.

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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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Stow receives heartfelt ovation before 'Play Ball' call

Giants players, San Francisco community continue to rally behind LA beating victim

Stow receives heartfelt ovation before 'Play Ball' call

SAN FRANCISCO -- During the ceremonies prior to Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night at AT&T Park, each Giants player in the starting lineup received a nice round of applause from the sellout crowd as they were announced.

None, however, could touch the heartfelt emotion in the cheers reserved for Giants fan Bryan Stow, when he was handed the microphone to yell, 'Play Ball!'

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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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Mo'ne is money with first pitch to open Game 4

Little League World Series star throws perfect strike; Santana performs anthem with son

Mo'ne is money with first pitch to open Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday's Game 4 of the World Series at AT&T Park featured another star-studded pregame show put on by the San Francisco Giants.

Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis, who became the first female pitcher in LLWS history to throw a shutout, threw a perfect strike -- complete with a celebratory fist pump -- to Giants backup catcher Andrew Susac for the ceremonial first pitch. Davis, along with LLWS champions Jackie Robinson West from Chicago's South Side, were honored on the field in a special pregame ceremony.

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Lindsay Berra 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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Royals challenge, but safe call confirmed on review

Royals challenge, but safe call confirmed on review

SAN FRANCISCO -- Royals manager Ned Yost lost his challenge in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series at AT&T Park on Saturday night, when umpires confirmed a safe call on Salvador Perez's pickoff throw to second base in the first challenge in Fall Classic history.

Joaquin Arias led the inning off with a pinch-hit single off Brandon Finnegan, and he moved to second on another single by Gregor Blanco. But Arias was a little too aggressive with his secondary lead and was almost picked off by Perez at second.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Trout, Stanton win 2014 Hank Aaron Award

Commissioner Selig also presented with honorary award by Hall of Fame slugger

Trout, Stanton win 2014 Hank Aaron Award

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mike Trout of the Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins were named the 2014 winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.

Commissioner Bud Selig made the presentation before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday at AT&T Park.

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Paul Hagen 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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Traveling Bases make final stop during Game 4

Bidding underway for unique memorabilia; proceeds to benefit RBI

Traveling Bases make final stop during Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- They were there for Tim Lincecum's second career no-hitter on June 25 in San Diego, for an Indians triple play on July 1; for Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game in Minnesota, for Javier Baez's home run in his Major League debut for the Cubs on Aug. 5, for Gregory Polanco's five-hit game, for David Ortiz's 30th homer of the season; for the Nationals' 92nd win of the season and Justin Upton's 100th RBI and much, much more.

On Saturday night at AT&T Park, the unprecedented Thirty Base Tour made its final stop as Major League Baseball's three "traveling bases" were used for the fourth through sixth innings of Game 4 in the 110th World Series. Bidding is underway on these three bases, which have been used at all 30 ballparks this season, starting on June 13 in Miami.

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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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MLB, Giants strengthen bond with Boys & Girls Clubs

Youth initiatives highlighted prior to Game 4 of World Series

MLB, Giants strengthen bond with Boys & Girls Clubs

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the 2007 All-Star Game came to AT&T Park, Major League Baseball and the host Giants dedicated a $1 million renovation of the Boys & Girls Club next to Candlestick Park and renamed it the Willie Mays Clubhouse. During Saturday's day-long recognition of youth as the backdrop to Game 4 of the World Series, MLB and the Giants returned to that facility and dedicated a renovated Teen Center as kids continue to benefit from high-profile baseball games here.

Making the event even more memorable for the kids who call the Willie Mays Clubhouse a home away from home, MLB and Church & Dwight Co. hosted a Team Smile event. Hundreds of children were provided with $150,000 worth of free preventative care and education, and if necessary, follow-up dental treatment. This follows the Team Smile dental screening event at a Boys & Girls Club in the Twin Cities during All-Star Week this summer.

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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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MadBum refutes report of Game 4 demand

MadBum refutes report of Game 4 demand

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rumors began swirling Friday night during Game 3 of the World Series that Madison Bumgarner would start Game 4 on Saturday, amid a Peter Gammons report that Bumgarner told teammates: "My pitching tomorrow is not an issue. I am. I will not take no for an answer."

As was the plan all along, Ryan Vogelsong started Game 4 for the Giants on Saturday, with Bumgarner starting Game 5 on Sunday. And Bumgarner is perplexed as to why anyone ever thought anything differently.

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Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

Mutual respect on display as Aaron honors Selig

Mutual respect on display as Aaron honors Selig

SAN FRANCISCO -- Theirs is a friendship built on respect and trust and values. And their mutual love of baseball. Always baseball. Here's the best part. After 57 years, Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Henry Aaron are as close as ever.

So there they were Saturday afternoon sharing a touching moment that spoke volumes about their relationship. It caught Selig by surprise, brought emotions bubbling near the surface.

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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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New WS gear player tested, fan approved

Wear the same hoodies, T-shirts and caps as the Royals and Giants

New WS gear player tested, fan approved

KANSAS CITY -- Welcome to the 110th World Series. Fitting for a first-of-its-kind Fall Classic matchup, there is a fresh and must-have look being modeled by the players themselves on the field for Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium, and now it can be yours.

Orders for the new line of Royal oKCtober and Orange October apparel are underway exclusively at the MLB.com Shop and at the Royals Majestic Team Store and Giants Dugout Store, respectively.

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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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Mo'ne Davis' World Series first pitch was a laser

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Mo'ne Davis' World Series first pitch was a laser

If you know anything about Mo'ne Davis, you know that she doesn't shy away from the big stage. And in the world of baseball, there's no bigger stage than the World Series.

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MLB.TV streaming World Series for first time

MLB.TV streaming World Series for first time

KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday's 7-1 Giants victory over the Royals in Game 1 was the first live stream of a World Series game in the U.S., representing a milestone in Major League Baseball broadcast delivery and allowing fans to watch on the go with an MLB.TV subscription.

Each Giants-Royals game televised by FOX in the 110th Fall Classic is also available live online and via mobile to existing MLB.TV subscribers at no additional cost, and for those who want to get in on the action, at just $9.99 with no blackout restrictions.

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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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Fowler joins MLB team for All-Star Series in Japan

Astros outfielder joins teammate Altuve for five-game set, two exhibitions

Fowler joins MLB team for All-Star Series in Japan

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler said Saturday he had accepted an invitation to play for the MLB team during the 2014 "All-Star Series," which is a five-game set against Japan's national team next month in Japan.

Fowler was invited by the Major League Baseball Players Association to join the tour, which includes Astros teammate Jose Altuve. Fowler hit .276 with a .375 on-base percentage, eight homers and 35 RBIs in his first season with the Astros.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

Potential destinations for Maddon intriguing

Former Rays skipper likely to have plenty of options for 2015 season

Potential destinations for Maddon intriguing

Attention, Starbucks customers in Chicago.

Please be on the lookout for a middle-aged man in stylish horn-rimmed glasses. He may be dressed like a character in "Mad Men," but he is a master of disguises who could attempt to look like a member of Country Joe and the Fish, Johnny Cash or Al Czervik, the character Rodney Dangerfield played in "Caddyshack."

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Phil Rogers 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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Meggie Zahneis

Moose, Royals embracing underdog role

Thrilled to have chance to win title for KC, longtime teammates

Moose, Royals embracing underdog role

SAN FRANCISCO -- These days, Mike Moustakas is quick with a smile and even quicker with a fist bump.

In other words, he's a pretty happy guy.

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Meggie Zahneis, winner of the 2011 Breaking Barriers essay contest, earned the job of youth correspondent for MLB.com in the fall of '11. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals find basepaths in SF to be 'extra wet'

Royals find basepaths in SF to be 'extra wet'

SAN FRANCISCO -- When a team can run the bases like the Royals, sometimes the going can get a bit soft and muddy on the road. So it seemed to manager Ned Yost in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at AT&T Park.

"Yes, in some places," Yost said before Game 4 on Saturday in response to a question about the issue. "And yes, I thought it was little extra wet around first. When [Mike Moustakas] or somebody got on ... and he dove back into first base, he came up extremely muddy. I thought it was a little damper than normal, yes."

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Dick Kaegel 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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Bochy goes with Perez over Morse in left field

Giants manager: 'We're going to go with our stronger defense'

Bochy goes with Perez over Morse in left field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Citing Michael Morse's lack of recent activity in the outfield, Giants manager Bruce Bochy bypassed the slugger in selecting San Francisco's left fielder for Game 4 of the World Series today (4:30 p.m. PT air time on FOX, 5:07 p.m. first pitch) and opted for Juan Perez instead.

With left-hander Jason Vargas starting for Kansas City, Bochy wanted to replace left-handed-swinging Travis Ishikawa with a right-handed batter. Morse and Perez were the lone options for Bochy, who said, "We're going to go with our stronger defense."

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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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The World Series gear that the pros are wearing

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The World Series gear that the pros are wearing

There are no World Series guarantees. The Royals went 29 years without one. Before the Giants started a run of three World Series trips in five years in 2010, they had only gone to two since 1954. You can spend your entire life waiting for a World Series that never comes, so when your team does make it, you'd better savor it. 

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Tracy Ringolsby

Royals' triumvirate in rare postseason company

Royals' triumvirate in rare postseason company

The Royals' late-inning bullpen trio is living up to the advanced billing. Closer Greg Holland earned his record-tying seventh postseason save in Friday's 3-2 victory against the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park, leaving him in a position to break the record before the World Series ends.

Holland currently shares the top spot with Brad Lidge of the 2008 Phillies, Robb Nen of the '02 Giants, Troy Percival of the '02 Angels, Koji Uehara of the '13 Red Sox and John Wetteland of the 1996 Yankees.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Check out the new KC dugout phone: cups and string

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Check out the new KC dugout phone: cups and string

The Royals have a new dugout phone thanks to the ingenuity of Scott Downs, the Royals' reliever turned communications expert: paper cups and string

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Fall Bombers: Yankees' prospect trio powers up

Judge, Bird, Austin homer in lopsided AFL win for Scottsdale

Fall Bombers: Yankees' prospect trio powers up

Scottsdale's lineup had a distinctly Yankees look Saturday with Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin hitting consecutively in the heart of the order. For good measure, Dante Bichette Jr. was also in the lineup, hitting seventh.

Judge, Bird and Austin, the Yankees' Nos. 5, 11 and 15 prospects, lived up to the Bronx Bombers nickname and powered Scottsdale to a 12-3 victory at Glendale. Each homered and scored two runs in the win.

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

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Robertson, Olson, Powell star as Solar Sox top Saguaros

Robertson, Olson, Powell star as Solar Sox top Saguaros

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A trio of Athletics prospects gave Oakland fans a glimpse of the future on Saturday as they led the Mesa Solar Sox to a comfortable 14-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.

All selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Daniel Robertson (34th overall), Matt Olson (47th overall) and Boog Powell (20th round) combined to go 11-for-16 with seven RBIs. The trio also drew a pair of walks, stole a base and scored six runs.

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

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Prospect Dozier has hot bat as DH in AFL win

Prospect Dozier has hot bat as DH in AFL win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hunter Dozier got a day off his feet Saturday, but he made sure to pack his bat. Dozier, the No. 86 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, served as the designated hitter for Peoria and he delivered two doubles in a 6-3 victory over the Salt River Rafters.

Dozier scored twice in the victory for the Javelinas, and his two doubles raised his Arizona Fall League batting average to .184 through his first 13 games. Dozier, the fourth-ranked prospect in the Royals' farm system, generally plays third base but was happy to have a day from defense Saturday.

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Spencer Fordin 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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Kivlehan keeps hits coming after giving up football

Mariners' No. 6 prospect shines in AFL following strong Double-A debut

Kivlehan keeps hits coming after giving up football

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- So far, the greatest challenge in Patrick Kivlehan's baseball career has been finding a position. Kivlehan, the No. 6 prospect in Seattle's organization according to MLBPipeline.com, has hit at every stop of the Minor Leagues and has made up for lost time spent playing football.

Kivlehan has primarily played third base during his Minor League apprenticeship, but he moved into a utility role last year that saw him play first base and the outfield. The 24-year-old said Friday that third base is no longer his best position, but he also said he's willing to play anywhere on the field.

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Spencer Fordin 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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Fresh from campus, Finnegan making history

Rookie southpaw's shutdown effort sparks Royals' victory in Game 3

Fresh from campus, Finnegan making history

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the seventh inning of a one-run game on Friday night, Royals left-hander Brandon Finnegan strolled to the back of the mound, removed his cap, wiped his forehead and looked out at the right-field foul pole -- the same sequence he follows every time he prepares to face opposing hitters.

The 21-year-old, who was pitching for Texas Christian University in June, made history as the first to play in both the College World Series and the Major League World Series in the same year.

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Aaron Leibowitz 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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Miggy's ankle surgery reveals foot fracture

Tigers slugger will 'probably be pretty much inactive' according to GM

Miggy's ankle surgery reveals foot fracture

DETROIT -- For the second consecutive offseason, Miguel Cabrera will be working his way back from surgery. The latest surgery was more complicated than originally hoped.

As expected, Cabrera underwent surgery to remove the bone spur in his right ankle that had been bothering him for months. He also had a procedure to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone near the top of his right foot, an injury that hadn't been known.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB pays tribute to Gwynn before Game 3

MLB pays tribute to Gwynn before Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball honored the late Tony Gwynn prior to Game 3 of the World Series between the hometown Giants and Royals on Friday at AT&T Park.

Gwynn passed away on June 16 at the age of 54 after a lengthy battle with salivary gland cancer. The three-minute tribute, part of the Stand Up To Cancer proceedings, included a highlights video from Gwynn's 20-year career, all of which was spent with the Padres. The ceremony was attended on the field by several members of the Gwynn family, including his four grandchildren and widow, Alicia, plus Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.

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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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Mike Bauman

Playoff-tested Giants have time to right ship

Struggling to score runs, San Francisco has pedigree to rebound, turn Series around

Playoff-tested Giants have time to right ship

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have seen this before, this being a stretch when enough runs couldn't be bought, borrowed, leased or imported.

But they have also survived these stretches to find themselves in the World Series for the third time in five years. So this is no time to abandon hope.

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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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MLB pauses during Game 3 to Stand Up To Cancer

Fans, players, umpires, broadcasters show placards in support of fight against disease

MLB pauses during Game 3 to Stand Up To Cancer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brothers Travis and Cameron Newton of Sacramento, Calif., were standing beyond the left-field bleachers Friday night inside AT&T Park, wearing "Team Delaney" T-shirts and holding up "I STAND UP FOR ____" placards with the name "Delaney" written on them in marker.

Delaney is 3, and she is fighting a good fight against brain cancer.

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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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Pence uses glove/tongue to make great catch

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Pence uses glove/tongue to make great catch

Lorenzo Cain ripped a line drive into the right-field corner during the fourth inning of World Series Game 3 on Thursday night. It looked like Hunter Pence might not be able to catch up to it, but then he stuck out his tongue and the ball sailed into his glove.

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