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Though off roster, Ibanez grateful for chance

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Raul Ibanez is not on the Royals' American League Division Series roster, but he is with the team back at Angel Stadium. Ibanez, 42, began the season with the Angels as their designated hitter but was released on June 21 after 57 games. He was hitting ...

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MLB personalities make ALDS predictions

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The Wild Card round is in the books, and it's time to turn our attention to the Division Series. But who will win? MLB.com staff members -- including studio analysts, columnists and editors -- shared their predictions for the results of both ALDS.

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Tale of the tape: Game 1

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A closer look at Thursday's matchup between the Royals' Jason Vargas and the Angels' Jered Weaver in Game 1 of their American League Division Series.

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Royals’ offense masters art of playing small ball

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Although some analytics-driven folks may cringe when manager Ned Yost bunts or steals with so few outs to work with, there's no denying he has the perfect team with which to play small ball. That won't change when the Royals take on the Angels in Game ...

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Brett sees hungry Royals peaking at right time

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In his 21 big league seasons, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett played in seven postseasons, two World Series and 13 All-Star Games, but he called the Royals' Wild Card win "the best game I've ever seen."

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Road weary Royals glad to make trip to ALDS

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Playing in a Wild Card Game does not lend itself to easy travel for a team fortunate enough to win and advance to the next round. The Royals found themselves in that position with extra factors involved that resulted in arriving at their Southern Calif...

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Royals-Angels ALDS: Did you know?

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When the Angels take on the Royals in the American League Division Series, it'll be a contrast of styles: big market versus small market, home runs versus stolen bases, halos versus crowns. Let's take a look at what you need to know about the ALDS matc...

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Vargas gives Royals veteran presence in Game 1

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The Royals are going with left-hander Jason Vargas against the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night. Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 on Friday, followed in Sunday's Game 3 by James Shields.

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Yost goes with Ventura in Game 2

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Royals manager Ned Yost said he plans to pitch rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Angels on Friday night in Anaheim.

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KC tabs Vargas, followed by Ventura, Shields

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The Royals are going with left-hander Jason Vargas against the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night. Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 on Friday, followed in Sunday's Game 3 by James Shields.

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