>>Giants Top Cardinals, Take 3-1 Lead In NLCS
(San Francisco, CA) -- The Giants are one win away from the World Series. They used a three-run sixth inning to push past the Cardinals in Game Four of the NLCS from San Francisco. Buster Posey drove in three runs to carry the Giants, who now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game Five from AT&T Park is Thursday night. Yusmeiro Petit tossed three scoreless innings in relief for the win. Santiago Casilla picked up the save. Jhonny Peralta grounded into a double play and Kolten Wong homered to give the Cards a 4-1 lead in the third inning. Marco Gonzales took the loss in relief.
>>Royals Sweep Orioles To Advance To World Series
(Kansas City, MO) -- The Kansas City Royals are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1985. The Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium to complete a four-game sweep. Jason Vargas and three relievers combined on a four-hitter for KC, which captured the third American League pennant in club history. The Royals scored two runs in the first inning on Eric Hosmer's fielder's choice grounder to first base, with the throw to the plate getting away from catcher Caleb Joseph. Baltimore scored its lone run on a solo homer by Ryan Flaherty in the third. Vargas pitched five-and-a-third innings of one-run ball for the win and Greg Holland closed it out for his fourth save of the series. Miguel Gonzalez was charged with two runs in five-and-two-thirds frames to take the tough-luck loss.
Kansas City remains unbeaten this postseason, having won eight straight. The Royals will play either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic beginning Tuesday in KC. The Royals will have home-field advantage in the World Series after the American League won this year's All-Star Game.
>>Royals' Cain Named ALCS MVP
(Kansas City, MO) -- Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series. He was named the recipient of the reward after helping the Royals advance to the World Series with a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. Cain went 8-for-15 in the four games, with two doubles, an RBI, five runs scored, a sacrifice bunt, a stolen base and numerous defensive gems in the outfield.
>>Rangers Decline Option On Rios
(Arlington, TX) -- Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is heading to free agency. The Rangers have declined their 2015 option on the 33-year-old and will instead pay a one-million-dollar buyout. Rios hit .280 with four homers and 54 RBI in 131 games this past season. He's a career .278 hitter with 165 home runs in 11 big league seasons with the Blue Jays, White Sox and Rangers.