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MLB Hands Out First 2014 Awards

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Tonight is Game 7 of the World Series, so we’re this close to seeing either the Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy as champions. But Major League Baseball has a lot of end-of-season awards to hand out and they started over the weekend.
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Royals? Giants? SI Kids Picks the 2014 World Series!

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The World Series begins tonight in… Kansas City? In one of the more improbably match ups, the Kansas City Royals will meet the San Francisco Giants for the 2014 MLB championship. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Kansas City before the series moves to the Bay for Games 3 and 4.

Part of what makes this World Series so unlikely is that both teams were Wild Cards. The Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates to get to the divisional round, while the Royals squeaked past the Oakland A’s in an extra-innings thriller. Neither team won 90 games in the regular season, but in the postseason they have been dominant.

The Giants swept the Washington Nationals then defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in five games to win the National League pennant. The Royals, meanwhile, have been utterly dominant. They swept the Los Angeles Angels — the team with the best record in baseball this season — and then swept the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League crown. Kansas City is 8-0 this postseason, something no other team has accomplished in major league history.

So what does this mean for the World Series? At the very least, it should be a close one. The Giants are looking for their third championship in five years, while the Royals really want to win their first title since 1985. There will also be plenty of Hunter Pence signs in the crowd and sneak-attack bunts on the field (at least from the bunt-happy Royals). And it should be unpredictable.

But let’s try to predict it anyway! The editors of SI Kids weigh in on who they think will carry off the Commissioner’s Trophy as MLB’s 2014 champions!

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Giants Walk Off with National League Pennant

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It was the Shot That Shook the Bay.
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Royals Sweep Orioles to Reach World Series

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Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were three outs away from losing to the Oakland A's in the American League Wild Card Game. Today, they're four wins from a World Series title.

Last night, the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, to complete a sweep of the O's in the American League Championship Series and earn a trip to the World Series. It's the Royals' first trip to the championship round since 1985.
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Giants top Nationals in Longest Postseason Game in MLB History

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The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals met in DC for Game 2 of their National League Division Series. When the contest began on Saturday evening, no one could have expected it would end Sunday night and go into the record books as the longest playoff game in Major League History.

The Giants and Nats finished 9 innings of baseball tied 1-1. Extra inning after extra inning went by with the score unchanged. And then, in the top of the 18thSan Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt drove a home run into the second tier stands at Nationals Park, putting the Giants up 2-1.
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Giants Stomp Pirates in NL Wild Card

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Exactly one year after Pirates fans turned PNC Park into a black hole of sound that utterly consumed the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants came to town and cast an eerie silence over the ballpark.

The Giants walloped the Pirates, 8-0, in a lopsided National League Wild Card victory that sends them to the NL Divisional Series round where they’ll face NL East champs the Washington Nationals.
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Royals Top A’s in Wild AL Wild Card

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After 29 years of waiting for the playoffs, what’s a couple extra innings' wait for a win?

The Kansas City Royals played their first postseason game since 1985 last night, hosting the Oakland A’s in the American League Wild Card Game. It took 12 innings, but the Royals came out on top, 9-8, earning a trip to Los Angeles to play the Angels in the AL divisional series.
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