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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants.

A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one.

Instead of panic, it was time for some Panda-monium.

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Royals' middle relievers falter in loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The plan this postseason has been pretty straightforward for the Kansas City Royals: Take an early lead and hand the game over to a terrific trio of hard-throwing relievers.

A four-run third inning provided the lead Saturday night. But starter Jason Vargas got knocked out early and Jason Frasor, Danny Duffy and Brandon Finnegan failed to provide the bridge to the back end of the bullpen in an 11-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the World Series.

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Petit comes up big for Giants again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting "Let's go!"

The right-hander from Venezuela certainly has found his swagger this October as a lights-out long man who delivers in the clutch game after game, inning after inning.

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Royals say Giants made dirt extra muddy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When it comes to the Royals' running game, Kansas City manager Ned Yost thinks the San Francisco Giants are being sticks in the mud.

The area around first base appeared to be a bit mucky for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night. The Royals concluded the dirt was hosed down with extra vigor.

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Bumgarner to face Shields in Game 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When it came down to it, the San Francisco Giants decided that having a fully rested Madison Bumgarner starting one game was preferable than trying to send him out twice on short rest.

So Bumgarner will take his sterling postseason resume into Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night on his usual four days' rest when the Giants take on James Shields and the Kansas City Royals in the final game of the season in San Francisco.

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KC loses first Series replay challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kansas City manager Ned Yost could tell he was going to lose his challenge, even before the umpires got the final word from the replay room.

Yost became the first manager to challenge a call in the World Series under Major League Baseball's expanded review system, asking for another look in Game 4 on Saturday after San Francisco's Joaquin Arias was ruled safe on a pickoff play at second base.

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Stow shouts 'Play ball!' before Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bryan Stow hollered "Play ball!" and the sellout crowd roared.

Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season, did his part to get Game 4 of the World Series started Saturday at AT&T Park.

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Stanton expects to have normal offseason

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton expects to have a normal offseason of conditioning as he recovers from his facial injuries.

Stanton was struck under the left eye by a fastball from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers on Sept. 11, ending his season. He sustained facial fractures, dental damage, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes.

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Royals claim OF Sierra from White Sox

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Making a rare 40-man roster move in the middle of the World Series, the AL champion Kansas City Royals claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

To clear a roster spot, the Royals designated right-hander Liam Hendriks for assignment. Hendricks was acquired from Toronto on July 29 with catcher Erik Kratz for third baseman Danny Valencia, and he has not played since Sept. 23.

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Mets P Familia has hernia surgery

NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has undergone hernia surgery.

The team said Dr. Bill Meyers operated to repair bilateral sports hernias on Friday in Philadelphia.

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