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Royals Connect With Us at Our Core

Hampton Stevens, The Atlantic

Know Who'll Win Series? You're Lying

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

Series-Bound Yost Getting Last Laugh

Phil Rogers, Sports on Earth

Working Hard at Being Offended

Jeff Miller, Orange County Register

Royals in Series - and K.C. in Frenzy

Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

No baseball team had ever started a postseason with eight straight wins. The 2014 Royals just did. Breaking a record set by the 1976 Reds and 2007 Rockies, Kansas City won its ei...(full article)

Not many remember, but the Giants visited Kansas City during the regular season, playing the Royals in an inter-league series in early August. The Royals swept, overcoming a comple...(full article)

KANSAS CITY -- All around him was chaos, yet Ned Yost may have been the calmest man at Kauffman Stadium.   When Mike Moustakas threw across the infield to send the Royals to the W...(full article)

He is a late-inning replacement and pinch-runner, who, in a pinch, actually hasn’t been much of a runner, at all. For all the noise about Kansas City’s speed, particula...(full article)

Forty thousand people standing and screaming have only seen this kind of party in other cities, so they’re not going anywhere. Not anytime soon. Fireworks explode over the scor...(full article)

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