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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 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.

It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it has manager Ned Yost and his team on top in the World Series.

Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic.

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Maddon opts out, won't return to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Joe Maddon's highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over.

After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club - a prospect the manager apparently found too difficult to resist.

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Judge halts NJ sports betting plan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. He said the leagues have shown that they would be irreparably harmed if the state's casinos and racetracks were permitted to allow sports betting.

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Yost: Bullpen not 'sissies,' workload OK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Royals manager Ned Yost thinks he has a tough bullpen, filled with relievers capable of throwing multiple innings on consecutive nights.

"We don't feel that they're soft. We don't feel like they're sissies," he said after Kansas City beat San Francisco 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead.

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Back in Bay Area, KC's Guthrie delivers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jeremy Guthrie walked onto the field in the middle of the first inning, got behind the mound and saw what he described as a "sea of orange."

After pitching for two colleges, three minor league teams and four major league clubs, after finishing with a losing record in five of his first six big league seasons, after enduring four consecutive last-place finishes, he had made it to baseball's pinnacle: the World Series.

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Finnegan passes big test in Series debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Finnegan passed his biggest test yet.

Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old reliever trotted into a troubling seventh inning, got two key outs and helped the Kansas City Royals hold off San Francisco 3-2 Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series.

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Early run comes back to haunt Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After the long wait to finally get to the World Series, it was the first pitch of the game that helped put Tim Hudson in a hole San Francisco could never overcome.

Kansas City's Alcides Escobar doubled on Hudson's first offering and came around to score on a pair of groundouts that helped the Royals beat the Giants 3-2 in Game 3 of the Series on Friday night.

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Wainwright has minor elbow surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) After getting a second opinion, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had what the team described as minor elbow surgery on Friday.

The operation was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow, according to the Cardinals. The 33-year-old Wainwright is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks.

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Tigers' Cabrera has ankle surgery

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers say slugger Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture.

The team announced Friday that the surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months.

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Konerko, Rollins share Clemente Award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins were picked Friday as the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award.

The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

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