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Royals are on the verge of making even more history in World Series

The Kansas City Royals are three wins from something that hasn’t been done in half a century — forget the 29-year drought, the franchise didn’t even exist 50 years ago. The Royals were a game under .500 just three months ago, on July 22. No World Series winner in 50 years has been under .500 as late in a season as these Royals.

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Omar Infante battles through pain and emerges on offense for Royals

Omar Infante’s World Series homer Wednesday night offered a glint of hope for a Royals club always in need of offense. After months of shoulder discomfort and ineffective at-bats, Infante hopes he can again resemble the player the Royals thought they acquired in free agency last winter. “I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills,” Infante said.

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Royals could start Jarrod Dyson in center for game three in San Francisco

The Royals have rolled out the same batting order for all 10 postseason games. But manager Ned Yost dropped a hint Thursday that the outfield alignment could change for game three. Don’t be stunned if Jarrod Dyson starts. He covers more ground than Nori Aoki, and if there’s a switch, Dyson would start in center and Lorenzo Cain would move to right.

Omar Infante battles through pain and emerges on offense for Royals

Omar Infante’s World Series homer Wednesday night offered a glint of hope for a Royals club always in need of offense. After months of shoulder discomfort and ineffective at-bats, Infante hopes he can again resemble the player the Royals thought they acquired in free agency last winter. “I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills,” Infante said.

Omar Infante battles through pain and emerges on offense for Royals

Omar Infante’s World Series homer Wednesday night offered a glint of hope for a Royals club always in need of offense. After months of shoulder discomfort and ineffective at-bats, Infante hopes he can again resemble the player the Royals thought they acquired in free agency last winter. “I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills,” Infante said.

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Don't Kill The Mellinger

Frank White and the Royals: a silly Cold War

This Sam Mellinger column appeared in the July 12, 2013 editions of The Kansas City Star, but it’s just as relevant as the Royals play in the World Series for the first time since 1985. The feud between franchise icon Frank White — who has only recently returned to Kauffman Stadium, as a fan, since his public fallout with the team more than two years ago — and the Royals is petty and unbecoming of each side.

Many happy returns for Missouri’s Marcus Murphy

With a 96-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff against the Gators, Murphy — who owns the most punt-return touchdowns in MU history (four) and tied for the most kickoff returns (three) — moved alone into first place, a record he extended with his third-quarter, punt-return score.

Jake Waters shows that he’s Kansas State’s Mr. Tough Guy

Before Jake Waters began the journey home following a victory at Oklahoma last week, he winced in pain as he spoke with family and friends outside Memorial Stadium. Normally, it would have been a euphoric time for the senior Kansas State quarterback. On this occasion, he was too sore to fully enjoy the victory’s aftermath.

Many happy returns for Missouri’s Marcus Murphy

With a 96-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff against the Gators, Murphy — who owns the most punt-return touchdowns in MU history (four) and tied for the most kickoff returns (three) — moved alone into first place, a record he extended with his third-quarter, punt-return score.

Jake Waters shows that he’s Kansas State’s Mr. Tough Guy

Before Jake Waters began the journey home following a victory at Oklahoma last week, he winced in pain as he spoke with family and friends outside Memorial Stadium. Normally, it would have been a euphoric time for the senior Kansas State quarterback. On this occasion, he was too sore to fully enjoy the victory’s aftermath.

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Royals are on the verge of making even more history in World Series

The Kansas City Royals are three wins from something that hasn’t been done in half a century — forget the 29-year drought, the franchise didn’t even exist 50 years ago. The Royals were a game under .500 just three months ago, on July 22. No World Series winner in 50 years has been under .500 as late in a season as these Royals.

Royals are on the verge of making even more history in World Series

The Kansas City Royals are three wins from something that hasn’t been done in half a century — forget the 29-year drought, the franchise didn’t even exist 50 years ago. The Royals were a game under .500 just three months ago, on July 22. No World Series winner in 50 years has been under .500 as late in a season as these Royals.

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Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Dufner returns from injury at Perth International

Jason Dufner is set to return to tournament play on Thursday at the Perth International after missing nearly three months of golf in which he "totally detached" himself from the sport and didn't watch any of the Ryder Cup on television.

Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

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Vahe Gregorian

With faith that moves mountains, Royals start a sixth-inning landslide

For all the other fascinating flourishes that make up this team, in the end it’s defined by one trait more than anything else: Count them out at your own silly peril. And that explains the fury and the glory of the Royals’ sixth-inning eruption, an inning that didn’t just stem the Giants’ advantage but redirected the trajectory of the series with a 7-2 clobbering.