By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants rode workhorse left-hander Madison Bumgarner all the way to their third World Series crown in five years with a Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Ace starter Bumgarner worked his magic as a reliever this time, coming out of the bullpen to throw five shutout innings and earn the save in a 3-2 win that clinched the best-of-seven Fall Classic. It was the eighth World Series title for the Giants and third in five seasons after victories in 2010 and 2012. …

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Now that the offseason has officially begun, Matthew Pouliot takes a look at the top 150 free agents.

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Well, distraught Los Angeles Dodgers fans, here’s something that might cheer you up a tad bit after watching your bitter rivals win the World Series — the Dodgers are the early favorites to win the 2015 World Series, according to online sportsbook Bovada . The Washington Nationals share that honor with the Dodgers. Both teams, which were knocked out in the NLDS this season, are listed at 15/2 odds. The San Francisco Giants, whose World Series win hasn’t even dried yet, ranked fifth at 12/1. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are just ahead of the Giants, both carrying 10/1 odds. Here’s Bovada’s complete rundown: Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 15/2 Detroit Tigers 10/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 San Francisco Giants 12/1 St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 Kansas City Royals 16/1 Seattle Mariners 18/1 Baltimore Orioles 20/1 Oakland Athletics 20/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 Atlanta Braves 22/1 Boston Red Sox 22/1 New York Yankees 22/1 Cleveland Indians 25/1 Cincinnati Reds 33/1 Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 Texas Rangers 33/1 Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 Chicago White Sox 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 New York Mets 40/1 Chicago Cubs 50/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 San Diego Padres 66/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 Colorado Rockies 100/1 Houston Astros 100/1 Minnesota Twins 100/1 For context’s sake, we’ll point out that the Dodgers topped the list when Bovada released its day-after-the-World Series odds last year too. There were listed at 7/1. The Giants were 18/1. We all know how both of those worked out. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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He keeps a pretty low profile. It’s only on nights like Wednesday, when a party erupts in the clubhouse and the Giants are once again kings of Major League Baseball, that you really zero in on what manager Bruce Bochy has accomplished leading this club. With the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Wednesday’s Game 7, Bochy became just the 10th manager in history to win three World Series titles. The other nine form a legendary list that spans the decades – Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Miller Huggins, Tony La Russa, Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, John McGraw, Casey Stengel, and Joe Torre. All nine are in the Hall of Fame. [RELATED:  Eight World Series items headed to Cooperstown ] Bochy’s three rings tie McGraw for the most won by any Giants skipper. Since taking over the Giants before the 2007 season, Bochy has navigated the path to World Series crowns in 2010, 2012 and now 2014. In the process, the Giants have dispatched 10 consecutive postseason foes. In 2010, they beat the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. In 2012, they took care of the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers. This fall, they toppled the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game, then advanced past the Washington Nationals and the Cardinals before beating Kansas City in seven games for a third championship. Bochy was asked the question that’s likely to generate plenty of debate in the coming days: Are the Giants a dynasty? “The fact that we’re even mentioned like that is an honor,” Bochy said. “We had a couple off-years in there, but you get three (titles) in five years, that says a lot about this club.” Joe Stiglich is CSNBayArea.com’s A’s Insider. Follow him on Twitter  @JoeStiglichCSN .

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message “Go Royals” — the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series. …

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – Probability swung in favor of the Cinderella Kansas City Royals after the American League champions routed the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday to force a deciding Game Seven in the World Series. While the underdog Royals are seeking their first Major League Baseball crown in 29 years against a Giants team looking for a third title in five years, trends favor Kansas City, who will be hosting the Giants in Wednesday’s deciding game. …

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Brandon Crawford thought back to 2002, when he was 15. He’s pretty sure he sat in the stands for a World Series game in San Francisco, though he’s not sure which one. He remembers the Giants leaving town with a 3-2 Series lead, bursting ahead 5-0 in the seventh inning of Game 6 in Anaheim and then losing the title to the Angels in seven games. ”I was depressed for a couple days.” The hometown kid played a key role in moving the Giants within one win of their third title in five years, driving in three runs to back Madison Bumgarner’s four-hitter in Sunday night’s 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals that put San Francisco ahead 3-2.

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Madison Bumgarner lifted the Giants within a win of the championship with the first World Series complete-game shutout in 11 years.

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Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. “Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball’s great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities,” said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. “Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society.” Both have been heavily involved in helping children. Konerko, who retired this season, founded the Bring Me Home Campaign in 2007 with former teammate Jim Thome and their respective wives, and have raised nearly $500,000 for school supplies and back-to-school clothing.

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A Japanese university baseball team extended its own record of futility on Sunday, losing its 86th straight game while finishing a fourth consecutive year winless. The University of Tokyo was beaten 5-0 by Hosei University at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium to prolong a losing streak that dates back to October of 2010. I have no idea what it means to play for a winning team and just hope the players next year can practice hard and make a stronger team.” The University of Tokyo, or Todai as it is more commonly known, is Japan’s premier university and produces many of the country’s top politicians, lawyers and doctors. The last time Todai won a game was in 2010 when it beat Waseda University 4-2.

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