covering college sports for The Kansas City Star.

Royals’ style of play conjures spirit of Negro Leagues baseball — From his seat at Kauffman Stadium, when the Royals blur around the bases, Bob Motley returns to his days as an umpire in the Negro Leagues and sees Kansas City Monarchs, Birmingham Black Barons and Chicago American Giants.

In September, Big Papi inspired the Royals — Red Sox star David Ortiz bounced on the field as a sharp dressed man about three hours before Tuesday's game one of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Ortiz's appearance brought to mind a conversation that he had with Royals broadcaster Joel Goldberg on the Red Sox's trip to Kansas City in September.

In ALCS-clinching win, Royals play small ball again — In Anaheim, Calif., and Baltimore, the Royals flexed their muscles knocking the ball over the wall. In Kansas City, they returned to their seasonlong identity of manufacturing runs. Wednesday's American League Championship Series-clinching 2-1 victory matched the score of Game 3, and on both days the Royals scratched and clawed for their offense.

Jason Vargas delivers Royals’ best effort in series by starter — Jason Vargas became the fifth pitcher in postseason history with at least two starts and a minimum of 10 innings pitched to allow five or fewer hits in both starts.

With runs scarce, Billy Butler makes sure that the Royals get theirs — Billy Butler owns a deceptive postseason battling line.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive announces his retirement — SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday that he will retire July 31, 2015. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.

Mississippi native Jarrod Dyson plants the state football flag in Royals’ clubhouse — Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson doesn't get to watch much college football, but he's happy to see the major schools in his home state of Mississippi climb the polls. Mississippi State is No. 1 for the first time, Ole Miss is third in both major wire service rankings.

Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie gets game three start in ALCS against familiar opponent — The Royals have named Jeremy Guthrie their ALCS game three starter against the Orioles, the organization where Guthrie spent more years and pitched more games than any other, making the apperance all the more special to him.

Royals’ four-extra inning home runs in the postseason is a baseball record — According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Inc., the Royals' four extra-inning home runs in the postseason are the most of any club in baseball history. The 2011 Rangers hit three.

Orioles decide to start Bud Norris for game two against the Royals’ Yordano Ventura — The Royals announced Yordano Ventura as their ALCS game-two starter on Tuesday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter took his time announcing his starter but finally settled on Bud Norris.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @AlexPavlovic: Strickland said that was just a moment of miscommunication. He was mad at himself, thought Royals said something.

Oct 22, 2014

.#WorldSeriesGame2 goes to #Royals 7-2. Series heads to SF tied 1-1. 1st time in 3 WS since 2010 #SFGiants didn't lead 2-0

Oct 22, 2014

RT @KCStar: Watch Giants’ pitcher Hunter Strickland yell at Salvador Perez, Perez react:…

Oct 22, 2014

Royals CrownVision just show what I assume was a live shot of Power & Light District crowd.

Oct 22, 2014

Sounds nuts with all that's happened in 6th, but Hosmer showing patience & walk on 3-2 pitch as inning's second hitter was big

Oct 22, 2014

Best AB for Sal Perez since his last one against the A's.

Oct 22, 2014

Billy Ballgame with second RBI single for #Royals 3-2, B6, 0 outs

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