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9/29/2014 | Shields: Royals' maturity, drive pushed them into postseason

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 Downs, told the Royals how outsiders viewed them.


9/29/2014 | Royals need to solve nemesis Lester to advance

By earning their first postseason berth since 1985, the Royals turned the previous 28 years of unpleasant history into background noise. For the season to continue, Kansas City must overcome more unpleasant history, this time against Oakland starter Jon Lester.


9/29/2014 | Finnegan, Gore are living dream rookie seasons

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


9/29/2014 | Royals feeling need for speed in Wild Card lineup

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.


9/29/2014 | Royals' Wild Card roster likely to be bench heavy

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.


9/29/2014 | The 'Yost Way' paying dividends for Royals

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 led this team into the promised land.


9/29/2014 | Constructing a winner: Royals

Here's a look at how the Kansas City Royals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.


9/29/2014 | October Confidential: A's

How do you beat the Athletics? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the AL Wild Card winners.


9/29/2014 | A's-Royals Wild Card Game: Did you know?

The Royals and A's will square off tonight at Kauffman Stadium in a win-or-go-home AL Wild Card Game. Here's what you ought to know about the matchup:


9/28/2014 | Aces Shields, Lester to tangle as playoffs return to KC

Following 28 long years without the thrill every team covets every year, Kansas City will host its first postseason game since 1985, an October journey that ended with the only World Series title in 59 years of Major League Baseball there. The Royals will host the A's at 8:07 p.m. ET tonight on TBS, featuring a marquee mound matchup between right-hander James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) and A's left-hander Jon Lester (16-11, 2.46 ERA).


9/28/2014 | Position by position breakdown: A's-Royals

It's a matchup that was up in the air until late in the afternoon on the final day of the season, and it will be the first playoff action fans are treated to this October. The American League Wild Card game (Tuesday night at 8:07 ET on TBS) is here, ready to open the 2014 postseason.


9/28/2014 | Three keys for Royals to win AL Wild Card Game

Kansas City makes its first postseason appearance since 1985. Oakland squeaked into the second Wild Card spot on Sunday, securing its third straight trip to the postseason. Here are the three keys to the Royals winning their first playoff game in nearly three decades.


9/28/2014 | Royals enjoy 2014 success against A's, with one exception

The Royals won five of seven meetings with the A's heading into the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night in Kansas City. The two losses, however, were against Oakland's starter in the game, Jon Lester.


9/28/2014 | KC hosting 'Take the Crown Rally' Monday at Kauffman Stadium

On Monday, fans will have the opportunity to meet select members of the Royals' organization, many of whom were integral in bringing Kansas City its first postseason appearance since 1985. The Royals announced the "Take the Crown Rally" event scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT at Kauffman Stadium.


9/28/2014 | No Central tiebreaker, but KC hosts Wild Card Game

Sunday's regular-season finale against the White Sox, which turned out to be a 6-4 Royals victory at U.S. Cellular Field, became rather meaningless in the large scheme of things. Now all the preparations are for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game against the A's (7:07 p.m. CT, TBS), the Royals' first postseason game since 1985.


9/28/2014 | Start times announced for potential tiebreaker game

Major League Baseball on Sunday announced the start time for a potential tiebreaker games to be played on Monday, Sept. 29, as well as the 2014 Wild Card Games.


9/28/2014 | Escobar first KC shortstop to play all 162 games

Alcides Escobar on Sunday became the first shortstop in Royals franchise history to play all 162 games at the position in a season.


9/28/2014 | Colon rejoins Royals, reinstated from disabled list

Infielder Christian Colon rejoined the Royals on Sunday and was reinstated from the disabled list.


9/28/2014 | Shields to start AL Wild Card Game against A's

James Shields will be pitching for the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game against the A's on Tuesday night (7:07 CT, TBS), in Kansas City.


9/27/2014 | Royals miss chance to tie up AL Central

Danny Duffy got off to a rocky start and the Royals never recovered in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night in Chicago. The Royals will enter the final day of the regular season one game behind the Tigers, who also lost, for first place in the American League Central.


9/27/2014 | Yost loses challenge in first inning

Royals manager Ned Yost has a good record in replay challenges this season, but he lost on a first-inning play on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field when White Sox speedster Adam Eaton was ruled safe at second and the ruling stood.


9/27/2014 | Konerko congratulates Royals on season's success

Retiring White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko took time to recognize the Royals as he made his farewell address to White Sox fans during a ceremony before Saturday night's game.


9/27/2014 | Five reasons the Royals can win the World Series

The Royals won't be satisfied with just getting to the postseason for the first time in 29 years. No, they want to win the World Series, and here's how they can get that done.


9/27/2014 | Willingham refutes report of retirement

Royals outfielder and designated hitter Josh Willingham shot down a published report from St. Paul, Minn., that he is "100 percent retiring."


9/27/2014 | Royals enjoy celebration, return focus to work

The party was on but there was still work to be done, so the Royals approached their postseason clinching celebration of Friday night and Saturday morning in moderation, according to manager Ned Yost.




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