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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts.

The Royals will send out rookie Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing right-hander from the Dominican Republic who grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez and now talks to him just about every day. San Francisco will counter with veteran Jake Peavy, the hired gun from Mobile, Alabama, who helped Boston win the World Series last year.

"A lot of energy, I think, on both sides," said Peavy, pointing out perhaps the one thing they have in common. "We'll have our work cut out for us, for sure."

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Dodgers' Haren has left shoulder surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday.

The team said the 30-minute procedure on Haren's non-throwing shoulder was to clean out bursitis and the AC joint.

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Twins decline RHP Burton's $3.6M option

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on reliever Jared Burton, who gets a $200,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency after the World Series.

The 33-year-old had a stellar 2012 season for the Twins, posting a 2.18 ERA in 64 appearances with an opponent batting average of .186. But he regressed the last two years, with his walks going up and his strikeouts going down.

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Padres fire hitting coach Plantier

SAN DIEGO (AP) Phil Plantier is the latest hitting coach to be fired by the San Diego Padres.

Plantier was dismissed Wednesday after three years on the job.

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Beaten Giants fan continuing to recover

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 beating by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans, is cracking jokes, fist-bumping and hoping to one day discard his walker and run on his own.

His remarkable progress was displayed Tuesday during an interview with ESPN at his parents' home, where the family watched Game 1 of the World Series between the Giants and Kansas City Royals. The Giants won, 7-1.

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Giants end Royals' run, roll in Game 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.

It might as well have been 100 with the way MadBum and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series.

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Pence's 1st-inning homer sparks Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Hunter Pence most definitely found the right place.

A day after saying he hadn't been sure until this year that the Royals played in Missouri rather than Kansas, Pence jolted Kauffman Stadium with a two-run, first-inning homer that quieted the crowd and sparked the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 win in Tuesday night's World Series opener.

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KC can't recover after Shields struggles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals had adopted the scrappy, intense attitude of Royals starter James Shields during their thrilling postseason run. They followed his cue on Tuesday night, too.

It just happened that Shields was tight from the very first pitch.

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DEA arrests alleged MLB PED supplier

MIAMI (AP) U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday arrested a South Florida man suspected of manufacturing and supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs to clinics that distributed them to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.

A DEA criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges Paulo Berejuk with conspiracy to distribute testosterone. An initial court hearing for Berejuk was delayed until Thursday, and his attorney and family members declined comment.

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Phils keep RHP Jerome Williams for $2.5M

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams. He made 11 starts overall.

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