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Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say up to 2 million Giants fans could turn out Friday to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade.

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Rex Ryan is calling an audible and going to the bullpen. Uh, no. ”All right, we’re gonna go with that Bumgarner guy, I think,” Ryan joked to open his news conference after practice Thursday.

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By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two people were shot, one was stabbed and around 40 were arrested as celebrations in San Francisco for the Giants victory in the World Series turned violent overnight, police said on Thursday. A number of police officers were struck by bottles while responding to the mayhem and three were taken to local hospitals, one with severe lacerations to his hand, Sergeant Monica Macdonald of the San Francisco Police Department said. …

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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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  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pablo Sandoval put the souvenir in his back pocket, the baseball used in the commission of his 26th postseason hit Wednesday night during Game 7 of the World Series. He put the costume panda head over his own head, a symbol of Sandoval going with the flow after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 and won the World Series for the third time in five years. Sandoval’s double to left in the eighth inning did not figure in the scoring, nor did it make a difference in Series MVP voting for Sandoval or Hunter Pence, who both hit prolifically but couldn’t match the contribution of left-hander Madison Bumgarner. “If not for them, my teammates, we wouldn’t be here,” Sandoval said. “We’ve put in a lot of work together.” Sandoval kept the baseball because it signifies a personal milestone, but it also might be his final hit in a Giants uniform. Sandoval has put in six-plus seasons with San Francisco, and he’s hitting the free-agent market at any moment. The Boston Red Sox are said to be interested, but the Giants are, too. It’s just a matter of general manager Brian Sabean finding the will and the money to compete with the other suitors. Giants’ chief executive officer Larry Baer indicated Sandoval would be a priority. “We’ll do the best we can, and up till now, the best we can has been to secure our guys,” Baer said. “The guys we’ve really wanted to re-sign, we have.”

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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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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This is how Ned Yost wanted it all along. And how he said it would be. After the Kansas City Royals fell in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night, their manager shared a hope — a gut feeling — that his team and its opponent, the San Francisco Giants, would be playing a seven-game Series. Well, after the Royals clobbered the Giants 10-0 on Tuesday night, here we are — for the 37th time in major league history under the best-of-seven format, for the second time in four years and for just the sixth time in 26 years. What a fitting end to the Yostseason. Yost reiterated, after Yordano Ventura tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, and the Royals offense scored seven times in the second inning, that he was certain of victory in Game 6 . “I’ve never been so convicted about a game in my life, seriously,” Yost said. “I’ve never felt more strongly about us winning a ballgame in my life than I did yesterday on this game. I don’t know why. It’s just the confidence I have in these guys, because when you go in that locker room, you see the confidence they have in themselves. I just felt that we were going to win this game and get to Game 7 and see where that takes us. “It’s a good feeling. I didn’t expect to win the game 10‑0. I thought we’d squeak it out, but we’re going to Game 7. That’s all that matters.” That, and winning Game 7. The Giants would seem to have a pitching advantage, with Tim Hudson starting, and Madison Bumgarner waiting in the wings. And the Royals being at home, historically, isn’t any kind of advantage. Over the 36 Game sevens, the home club is 18-18. Yost still likes the comforts of Kauffman Stadium.

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