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Defense, bullpen help Royals to 2-1 lead

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a dominant bullpen and just enough timely hitting.

It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it has manager Ned Yost and his team on top in the World Series.

Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic.

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Rank Name  K
1 D. Price, Det271
2 C. Kluber, Cle269
3 M. Scherzer, Det252
4 F. Hernandez, Sea248
5 J. Lester, Oak220
6 C. Sale, CWS208
7 P. Hughes, Min186
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9 S. Gray, Oak183
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NL Pitcher Strikeouts
Rank Name  K
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1t S. Strasburg, Was242
3 C. Kershaw, LAD239
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5t Z. Greinke, LAD207
5t I. Kennedy, SD207
7 C. Hamels, Phi198
8 T. Ross, SD195
9 A. Burnett, Phi190
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