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Butler recalls midseason meeting as catalyst

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The turning point of the Royals' 2014 season came just after the club had come out of the All-Star break and registered four straight losses. So Raul Ibanez, who was part of the Royals' losing history during his Kansas City stay of 2001-03, figured a p... Read More »

Lineup breakdown: A’s-Royals, AL Wild Card Game

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Here's a look at the starting lineups for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game (8 p.m. ET, TBS) between the A's and Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Read More »

Royals place premium on bats for Wild Card roster

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A nine-man pitching staff, including three starters in addition to James Shields, was included on the roster announced by the Royals for the American League Wild Card Game against the A's. Read More »

Numbers favor Aoki, Reddick against WC aces

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With aces on the mound and two strong bullpens, the AL Wild Card Game has all the makings of a low-scoring affair -- one favorable matchup might be enough to swing the outcome. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the numbers that could make an ... Read More »

Gordon embodies Royals’ rock-solid tenacity

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Alex Gordon is the embodiment of the Royals' toughness. In addition to being an excellent player, he's the spiritual leader of a team that has finally reached postseason status. "I try to go about my business in the most professional way and I think gu... Read More »

Proud Royals fans ‘Rally’ around hometown team

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A crowd of 5,000 filed into Kauffman Stadium on Monday to watch the Royals work out and take batting practice in the "Take the Crown Rally" event. It was an unusual scene for a fan base that will experience postseason baseball for the first time in nea... Read More »

Shields: Royals’ maturity, drive pushed them into postseason

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The Royals' turning point, James Shields says, came after the All-Star break and the four losses that started the club's second half. There was a players pow-wow in Chicago and two recently-arrived players, outfielder Raul Ibanez and pitcher Scott Down... Read More »

Royals need to solve nemesis Lester to advance

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By earning their first postseason berth since 1985, the Royals turned the previous 29 years of unpleasant history into background noise. For the season to continue, Kansas City must overcome more unpleasant history, this time against Oakland starter Jo... Read More »

Finnegan, Gore are living dream rookie seasons

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Even in their wildest fantasies, Royals rookies Brandon Finnegan and Terrance Gore could never have foreseen their meteoric, unfathomable rise through the organization. Read More »

Royals feeling need for speed in Wild Card lineup

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Putting speed at the top of the lineup has worked well for the Royals in the last 15 games of the season, so manager Ned Yost figures he'll stay with it for the Wild Card Game against the Oakland A's on Tuesday night. Read More »

Royals’ Wild Card roster likely to be bench heavy

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The Royals haven't set their roster for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game yet, but it's sure to be a bit light on pitchers and heavier than usual on bench players. Read More »

The ‘Yost Way’ paying dividends for Royals

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Ned Yost, in his five seasons as Royals manager, has been vilified for a multitude of presumed sins -- he mishandles pitchers, he bunts too much, he doesn't pinch-hit enough, he looks grumpy for goodness sake! So Yost must feel vindicated now that he's... Read More »

Voting underway to decide Hank Aaron Awards

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Voting is underway through Sunday exclusively at MLB.com to help decide the 16th annual winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given by "The Hammer" himself during the upcoming 110th World Series to the outstanding offensive performer in each league. Read More »

Constructing a World Series team: Royals

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Here's a look at how the Kansas City Royals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its AL pennant-winning team. Read More »

October Confidential: Angels

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How do you beat the Angels? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the AL West champions. Read More »