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The AL wild-card race is a historic mess. The Royals could take advantage

The Kansas City Royals entered Monday, August 21 with a 62-61 record and a 22 percent chance to make the playoffs, including 21.1 percent to snag an American League wild-card spot. Nine teams are fighting for two spots, all within 7 1/2 games of each other. To gaze at the collection of teams hovering around .500 is to see opportunity: If ever there was a season to sneak into the postseason with a record just above .500, this could be it.

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Royals manager Ned Yost isn't giving up on AL Central race

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost says he isn't watching the AL Wild Card race; he's still setting his sites on the AL Central Division title. The Royals entered August 21 trailing the Cleveland Indians by 6 1/2 games.
John Sleezer and Rustin Dodd The Kansas City Star
Royals manager Ned Yost isn't giving up on AL Central race 1:36

Royals manager Ned Yost isn't giving up on AL Central race

Ned Yost says Alex Gordon wasn't benched, just got days off to work on swing 2:48

Ned Yost says Alex Gordon wasn't benched, just got days off to work on swing

Jason Hammel praises Cam Gallagher 0:36

Jason Hammel praises Cam Gallagher

Royals' Ned Yost on AL Central: 'We're a good seven days out of being in first place' 0:52

Royals' Ned Yost on AL Central: 'We're a good seven days out of being in first place'