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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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AL Batting Average
Rank Name  BA
1 J. Altuve, Hou.341
2 V. Martinez, Det.335
3 M. Brantley, Cle.327
4 A. Beltre, Tex.324
5 J. Abreu, CWS.317
6 R. Cano, Sea.314
7 M. Cabrera, Det.313
8 L. Cain, KC.301
9 M. Cabrera, Tor.301
10 A. Eaton, CWS.300
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AL Home Runs
Rank Name  HR
1 N. Cruz, Bal40
2 C. Carter, Hou37
3t J. Abreu, CWS36
3t M. Trout, LAA36
5t J. Bautista, Tor35
5t D. Ortiz, Bos35
7 E. Encarnacion, Tor34
8 V. Martinez, Det32
9t J. Donaldson, Oak29
9t A. Jones, Bal29
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AL Runs Batted In
Rank Name  RBI
1 M. Trout, LAA111
2 M. Cabrera, Det109
3 N. Cruz, Bal108
4 J. Abreu, CWS107
5 A. Pujols, LAA105
6 D. Ortiz, Bos104
7t J. Bautista, Tor103
7t V. Martinez, Det103
9 Y. Cespedes, Bos100
10t J. Donaldson, Oak98
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