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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura's defining moment in the 2014 postseason could have easily occurred in the American League wild-card play-in game, when he pitched in an unfamiliar role out of the Kansas City Royals' bullpen and gave up a potentially crushing homer to the Oakland A's Brandon Moss. It was the type of confidence-sapping failure on a grand stage that could have haunted him for a while. At the very least, it prompted a few Internet alarmists to mention Salomon Torres, the former Giants prospect who experienced the mother of all meltdowns on the final day of the 1993 season. Future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez was Ventura's champion and biggest advocate on that evening, tearing into Royals manager Ned Yost for putting the kid in such a difficult spot and giving Ventura the equivalent of a personal pep talk on national TV. It wasn't your fault, Martinez told Ventura. Keep your head up and things will...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The door swung open, and Kevin Durant rolled in -- literally, on a scooter -- to speak with the media for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. "It's definitely a different experience for me," Durant said Tuesday. "I've never been injured before, but the Thunder's been great to get me to the best surgeon, and rehab has been going well so far. Everything is progressing, and I'm looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better." Durant, 26, is taking an optimistic view, looking at the injury as an opportunity for teammates to develop, while also using it to grow his own leadership skills. "I feel like Nick Saban, just rolling around in my scooter from court to court giving advice and trying to help out as much as I can," he said. "I'm looking at the positive side of it. It's a win-win, basically, because I'm learning a lot while I'm out about the game, and my teammates...
KANSAS CITY -- Has a World Series ever been won in the first inning of Game 1? OK, the correct answer is no, even though the 2007 Rockies might not be so sure about that. But what are we to make of that moment in the first inning Tuesday night, when Hunter Pence sent a baseball flying through the electrified Kansas City night, flying over the center-field fence and finally coming to earth in front of a sign that said, "Hunter Pence thinks we're in Kansas"? We don't know, obviously, what's to come in this World Series. But it felt like more than just one swing of the bat. It felt like more than just a two-run homer that turned a 1-0?? San Francisco Giants ??lead into a 3-0 Giants??lead only five batters into this World Series. As you listened to the pandemonium of a fired up, packed house at Kauffman Stadium transform into what-just-happened confusion, it was hard not to wonder if the course of the 110th World Series...
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