KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first that silenced the crowd at Kansas City’s first World Series game in 29 years, Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball and the San Francisco Giants led the Royals 5-0 after six innings in Tuesday night’s opener.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – What happens on the field during the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals is the central theme for MLB Productions annual World Series Film . But it sometimes isn’t the main focus. The film, which MLB says is the “definitive visual historical document of the World Series each year,” began in 1943 as a way to inform troops overseas fighting in World War II about the baseball they had missed. As MLB took over production of the film in 1998 and the explosion of instant information makes it almost impossible to not access the box score details of a World Series, the production focuses on the stories surrounding each team thanks to nearly unlimited and exclusive access. Producers and camera crews can film right next to the batting cage during pre-game batting practice, have unlimited clubhouse access and have players wired for sound. If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, think of it like baseball’s postseason version of the HBO series “Hard Knocks” or the network’s “24/7″ franchise. “And the foundation of [the access] is the deep relationships that we’ve fostered over the years,” MLB Productions executive producer David Check said before Tuesday’s World Series Game 1 that San Francisco won 7-1. “So you’re not going to hear any in-game wires other than what we’re doing. Or clubhouse access. Or driving to the ballpark with a player, being at the home of a player as he prepares for a World Series game or having a pregame meal.” But in a seven-game series, it’s hard to identify immediately who the eventual champions will be. Executive producer Check said the crew essentially films parallel stories, one from the Royals’ perspective and one from the Giants’, until something defining emerges. “We obviously know the backstories of both teams quite well at this point,” Check said. “We’ve been with both teams in the championship series this year so we’re well-acquainted with their stories. But we have to be nimble. Let’s say, for example, if the Royals steal nine bases tonight. That’s part of their game clearly, and we have to adapt accordingly. And the [Royals'] fan base is pretty charged for a championship … and that’s going to be part of the story we tell. Obviously if the Giants win, that story will be muted to a degree, so we really have to be really nimble and very flexible.” (After all, if your team loses the World Series, you’re probably not going to want the commemorative movie as much as if they win.) A crew was with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Jarrod Dyson as the two rode to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday morning to offer a look at how the two were preparing for their first World Series game. “Letting those guys rap, stop for coffee, and I just kind of threw some questions at them while we were driving to try to generate some conversation between them,” MLB field producer Danny Field said. “And that was really cool because the connection they have with this town is real. And I think they embrace it more than some places. It’s really special.” Since MLB Productions has access to the Fox broadcast of the World Series games, its camera crews have freedom to focus on specific aspects of the games as they’re being played. One camera crew may focus on fans during a particularly tense moment or a speedy baserunner like Dyson who may be trying to steal second base or a player who retreats to the batting cage during an inning to get some practice swings. The crews capture approximately 20 hours of footage from each game, and that’s not counting any interviews with players before or after games. After a postgame meeting and a morning conference call, the footage immediately starts being edited the next day. MLB Productions has just nine days from the conclusion of the World Series to produce the 75-to-95-minute film. And while the story of Game 1 was the Royals’ first loss of the postseason and the dominance of Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the direction of the series could change in Game 2. So the video team is willing to quickly adapt its focus on the characters involved to whatever happens on the field, just like in 2005. While the Chicago White Sox’ sweep of the Houston Astros that season may not have been a thrilling seven-game series, the crew’s access and ability to film almost everything was vital in framing White Sox utility infielder Geoff Blum’s pinch-hit home run in the 14th inning of Game 3. It was Blum’s only career World Series at-bat. “One of my favorite stories is from the 2005 World Series, and the Astros and White Sox, and Geoff Blum is in the batting cage and we just decided to go in and, who knows, he might get an at-bat,” Check said. “And those elements of him honing his swing and getting ready for his one chance was a great setup for what ultimately happened.” – - – - – - – Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

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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 nearly three decades of frustration and disappointment that have relentlessly engulfed the Kansas City Royals organization were finally lifted on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. With a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Royals completed a surprising sweep and clinched their first trip to the World Series since George Brett manned the hot corner, Bret Saberhagen toed the rubber and Dick Howser sat in the dugout perch back in 1985. It was a moment 29 years in the making, and it couldn’t have been any sweeter for those who have represented and supported the organization through the lean years that immediately followed their greatest season. The process hasn’t been an easy one, but along the way it’s presented years of hope, only for hope to fade just as quickly. The 2014 team was different though, because this team didn’t wilt under expectations. Instead, they built on 86 wins in 2013, they competed head-to-head with the heavily favored Detroit Tigers right until the regular season’s final day in the American League Central. And along the way they earned a spot in the AL wild card game. Once there, they refused to be denied of their opportunity to rewrite history and bring postseason joy back to Kansas City. It’s a great story that still awaits its perfect ending. But before that ending can be written, we’re going to take a look at some of the key moments and contributors that have helped them arrive at the cusp of immortality. The comeback The great story nearly ended before it could truly pick up steam. In the American League wild card game, Kansas City trailed the Oakland A’s 7-3 in the eighth inning and 8-7 in the 12th, but managed to come out ahead thanks to their fearless, resilient and relentless approach to the game. They haven’t slowed down since, and with the ALCS sweep over Baltimore, Kansas City became the first team in MLB history to begin a postseason with eight straight victories.  A world-class bullpen Every winning team has a strong foundation. For the Royals, it figuratively begins and literally ends with a world-class bullpen that consistently shortens the game to six innings. Closer Greg Holland, set up man Wade Davis, and seventh inning stalwart Kelvin Herrera are all workhorses that have embraced and excelled in their 2014 roles, which has made manager Ned Yost’s job a little easier. Together, they allowed just 29 earned runs in 204 1/3 innings during the regular season, good for a 1.27 ERA. That’s a half-run better than Clayton Kershaw’s 1.77 ERA in 198 1/3 innings, and we know no one wants to face Kershaw with the game on the line. In the postseason, the trio has been even better, posting a 1.05 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. They are nightmare fuel for opposing managers, and they change the way each game is shaped. Speed never slumps During the regular season, the Royals stole an MLB leading 153 bases. That’s 15 more than the second-place Dodgers and 40 more than the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants combined. But it’s not just about a stat, it’s about applying pressure and forcing the issue, which Kansas City does better than anyone by a wide margin. Yost uses his speedsters in a way that opponents can’t gameplan to keep them off the bases, and once they’re on base, any lapse on defense can lead to chaos. Just ask the Chicago White Sox.  Defensive wizardry Another trait that has yet to let Kansas City down is its defense. Their 104 errors were ninth in baseball, but they’re an aggressive team that’s willing and able to sell out on plays most teams would never have been in position to make. We’ve seen their excellence on display time and time again, especially from their outfield during this postseason run. Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Nori Aoki have all made multiple spectacular catches that were difference makers in tightly contested games. In other words, hitting it where the Royals ain’t is almost impossible. Postseason home runs While speed and defense has carried them throughout, only recently has Kansas City flexed its muscles. They were the only team to hit under 100 home runs (95) during the regular season, yet they’ve already hit eight in eight postseason games. That includes four in extra-innings. Mike Moustakas hit an 11th-inning game-winner in ALDS Game 1 against the Los Angeles Angels. Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the 11th inning of Game 2. In the ALDS, Alex Gordon and Moustakas each homered in the tenth inning of Game 1. It’s worth noting all four came on the road. Timing is everything, and the Royals have shown that their timing is impeccable. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bench coach Tim Bogar, the Rangers’ interim manager for the final 22 games after Ron Washington’s sudden resignation, is among three finalists for the Texas manager’s job.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have interviewed interim manager Tim Bogar for the job as Ron Washington’s full-time replacement.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says the Chicago White Sox will retire Paul Konerko’s No. 14 and indicates they will erect a statue of the slugger at some point.

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Although he faltered in the rotation early in the season, Carlos Carrasco has been one of MLB’s best starters since the Cleveland Indians gave him a second chance.

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