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Royals face elimination, they’ve been there before — For the first time since their first playoff game, the Royals face elimination. Another loss ends the season, just as it did in the one-game AL Wild Card shootout with the Oakland A's a month ago. The Royals survived that night in improbable fashion, and it will take something special to become the World Series champion.

Alex Gordon’s, Eric Hosmer’s first World Series hits are huge — Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer ended a combined zero-for-17 skid in the sixth inning Friday, and that's how the Royals put together the rally that carried them to a 3-2 victory over the Giants and a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

Royals’ Alex Gordon not discouraged by mini-slump in playoffs — The Royals are 9-1 in the postseason. Just think how much better they'll be when Alex Gordon gets back on track. Since his game one ALCS home run against the Orioles, Gordon is zero for 15 with seven strikeouts.

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @rustindodd: Bill Self just confirmed that Conner Frankamp is leaving Kansas. More to come.

Oct 30, 2014

Last World Series TV note. KC's 58.3 G7 rating 3rd highest of any market on record: Phoenix 62.3 G7/2001 and Boston 59 G4/2004

Oct 30, 2014

Also, Game 7, at 15.2 rating nationally, was highest rated World Series game since Game 7 of 2011 #Royals

Oct 30, 2014

Official numbers out later, but Game 7 did 58.3 rating/77 share in KC, peaking at 64.1/83. At 1 pt, 8.3 of 10 KC tvs were on #Royals

Oct 30, 2014

25 years in KC for me, have never seen this city/region more jazzed for a team. Give KC hope it will give you its heart #Royals

Oct 30, 2014

.#Royals scored 4 in 8 innings off Bumgarner in reg season. But he's a playoff marvel. #Giants are 11-3 in his games. Stud

Oct 30, 2014

Final WS thots. Game4, when #Royals didn't score T5 after Hosmer leadoff 2b, series momentum shifted. Win G4, not sure there's a G7

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jeff_rosen88: Word. RT @drgooch41: "Almost Home." It's been a fun 30-day run with the #Royals. Fun ride. Here's the @KCStar A1.

Oct 30, 2014

Among the amazing #Royals things this season, 86.1 innings from Wade Davis and 85 from K Herrera w/out serving a home run

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