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|Like the Royals, who are meeting the Giants in the World Series, the 1959 so-called "Go-Go Sox" were built around speed and defense. They had finished 10 games above .500 the year before, exactly like the Royals, and found a winning formula that included a deep starting rotation and the best bullpen in their league.
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|The Royals and Giants, who will meet in the World Series, are proof that it's possible to get on a roll once you survive the Wild Card Game.
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|The Royals haven't run out of ways to astonish the baseball world, as evidenced by Jeremy Guthrie's gutty start and Mike Moustakas' otherworldly defense in a Game 3 victory that has Kansas City one win from a trip to the World Series.
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|They might have been the least appreciated of the 10 postseason teams, but the Royals head toward Tuesday night's Game 3 of the AL Championship Series at 7 p.m. CT on TBS on one of the best runs in the era of expanded playoffs.
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|It never gets routine. But watch the Royals' late-inning relievers hang up enough zeros and it will start to seem routine, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
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|GM Dayton Moore made several moves that helped the Royals ascend to the 2014 ALCS, but two stand above the rest -- trading Cy Young winner Zack Greinke for a package that included Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, and trading top prospect Wil Myers for a package that included tonight's Game 1 starter, James Shields.
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|If this was 1982 or '83, it would have made perfect sense for the Royals to meet the Orioles in the American League Championship Series. That they're back again is only part of why the ALCS should be so much fun.
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|Terrance Gore has turned into the Herb Washington of his generation, a basestealing specialist who epitomizes the speed and maneuverability of the Royals, baseball's hottest team.
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|Every time Ned Yost was asked how his Royals would approach the Angels, he had the same basic answer: Count on pitching and defense, then manufacture some runs. He wasn't playing possum, either. This was truth as he knew it. After all, the Royals are the first AL team to reach the postseason after finishing last in home runs since the 1959 White Sox. Turns out they were saving their strength.
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|Thirty years ago, Royals manager Ned Yost saved a fan's life at Arlington Stadium, or at least he claimed to be a life-saver. It was an early lesson that taught him sometimes, you can defuse public pressure if you're willing to adjust.
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|Even if Game 2 against the Royals on Friday night felt like a must-win situation, it wasn't one. But, man, it sure did feel like one for the Angels.
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|They did it again, didn't they? Those Kansas City Royals surprised us again. But let's make this the last time.
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|Maybe someone has seen a bigger collection of fast, ultra-aggressive baserunners. But it has been a long, long time since anyone topped the most recently updated version of the Royals.
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|When Adam Dunn steps in to face Kansas City's James Shields in the first inning of Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium, he'll end his career-long drought of never playing in a postseason game.
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|During Saturday's 40-minute ceremony to honor the retiring White Sox icon, after a video clip from the 2005 World Series celebration, Jerry Reinsdorf recounted his feelings about Paul Konerko... then gave him a special gift.
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|Not very many people are going to pick the Royals to win it all. But their chances are a lot better than that of a teenage girl from New Zealand winning a Grammy with a song she wrote about a baseball player from Kansas City.
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|Playing the final games of his career this weekend, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko looks back at his ability to play almost every single day as one of his legacies.
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|It fell to general manager John Mozeliak to reconstruct the Cardinals' lineup, and he's done that, even if his two biggest moves weren't exactly popular ones.
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|Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks has proven to be anything but the normal rookie. He lacks the velocity that has become commonplace and may actually be better off without it, as he has learned how to get hitters to beat his sinkers into the ground and pitch in the way that guys like Orel Hershiser and Greg Maddux did.
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|After Adam Wainwright picked up his 20th victory on Monday night, manager Mike Matheny said all you really need to know about why the Cardinals are as dangerous as any team in the National League. "He's right where we need him to be,'' Matheny said.
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