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Royals hold off Orioles; headed to first World Series since ’85 »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals […]

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Royals edge Orioles to take 3-0 lead in ALCS »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas had his eye on the ball from the moment it left Adam Jones’s bat, tracking it against the bright lights of Kauffman Stadium. When it settled into his glove and he tumbled into a dugout suite, a dozen fans were waiting to […]

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Gordon-led Royals beat Orioles 8-6 in ALCS »

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By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Alex Gordon had already compiled a career’s worth of playoff memories when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game. Given the Kansas City Royals’ success rate in extra innings this postseason, what happened next was almost inevitable. Gordon homered to […]

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Butler, Gordon relish Royals’ postseason success »

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KANSAS CITY Mo. (AP) – They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led the Kansas City Royals back to the […]

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Royals beat Angels to finish off ALDS sweep »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave. They […]

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Royals beat Angels in 11, lead ALDS 2-0 »

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eric Hosmer got his souvenir home run ball back while he stood on the field for a postgame interview, Angel Stadium’s silence broken only by a small band of blue-clad fans chanting “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” Hosmer savored the moment, realizing that almost nobody expected the […]

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Moustakas’ HR in 11th puts Royals past Angels »

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Mike Moustakas smacked a high fly into right field in the 11th inning, the Kansas City Royals’ No. 9 hitter had no idea whether it had enough juice to get out of the Big A. “I knew I hit it pretty good, but that […]

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Royals beat A’s in AL wild-card thriller »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in. It had been 29 years since the Royals […]

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Royals end regular season with win over White Sox »

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By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Moments after Detroit secured the AL Central title, Kansas City manager Ned Yost started pulling some of his regulars from the lineup. It was finally time to start preparing for the playoffs. Kansas City’s chance for a division crown was erased by Detroit’s victory on Sunday, and the Royals […]

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Royals clinch playoff spot with win over White Sox »

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By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) – The mob arrived as soon as Salvador Perez squeezed that final foul popup, officially bringing Kansas City’s playoff drought to an end. Yes, the Royals are going back to the postseason. Kansas City clinched a playoff spot Friday night for the first time in 29 years, […]

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Royals close in on playoffs, beat White Sox »

Lorenzo Cain's infield single  drove in the game-winning run in the Royals 4-3 victory over Chicago Monday night. (Photo: Chris Vleisides)

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Whether it’s through a wild card or the AL Central title, Lorenzo Cain doesn’t care how the Kansas City Royals reach the playoffs. He just wants to get there. Eric Hosmer homered and drove in two runs, Cain had four hits and scored twice, and the […]

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Royals lose to Indians, lose ground in Central »

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Royals can almost touch the postseason. It’s taunting them, teasing them, their first trip into October in 29 years is just one win away. “We’re close,” designated hitter Billy Butler said. So close. Kansas City lost ground in the AL Central race but stayed safely […]

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Royals roll on, shut down Indians »

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) – With another win, the Royals stepped closer to history and a playoff berth. They’ve got a much bigger goal in mind. Rookie Yordano Ventura blanked Cleveland’s punchless offense for seven innings as Kansas City kept pressure on first-place Detroit in the AL Central with a 7-1 […]

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