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Twitter Tuesday: the Royals are in the freaking World Series

I’ve typed stories about sports every day for most of the last month or two. Once, I even typed a story about sports the day after a friend’s bachelor party, and did this WITHOUT eating Chipotle. As I type these words, there is a cut on my thumb from the other day, when I was chopping onions.

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Look for our Royals special section in The Star today for a new action figure. Meet the Royals' Three-headed Bullpen monster: Herrera, Davis and Holland. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperRoyals or email them to sports@kcstar.com.

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What you need to know about getting to The K for the World Series

With traffic expected to be congested around the Truman Sports Complex beginning around midday Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging baseball fans to arrive early to Kauffman Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.

Giants outfielder spawns a social happening: #HunterPenceSigns

It began innocently enough, with a tweet sent in early August from a non-descript coffee shop in New York City. Little did Hunter Pence know that this tweet, a line from the TV comedy “Seinfeld” — “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” — would spawn a social-media happening: #HunterPenceSigns.

Prediction: the media will say something inaccurate

Monday might I was watching some baseball panel show and the people on it said they’re preseason predictions had been all wrong. They’d also been pretty much wrong about what was going to happen in the post-season. The host of the show said it was clear that they knew nothing—and then they proceeded to make more predictions. Even though they’re mostly inaccurate, we’re addicted to predictions.

Giants outfielder spawns a social happening: #HunterPenceSigns

It began innocently enough, with a tweet sent in early August from a non-descript coffee shop in New York City. Little did Hunter Pence know that this tweet, a line from the TV comedy “Seinfeld” — “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” — would spawn a social-media happening: #HunterPenceSigns.

Prediction: the media will say something inaccurate

Monday might I was watching some baseball panel show and the people on it said they’re preseason predictions had been all wrong. They’d also been pretty much wrong about what was going to happen in the post-season. The host of the show said it was clear that they knew nothing—and then they proceeded to make more predictions. Even though they’re mostly inaccurate, we’re addicted to predictions.

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Royals’ James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS but is ready for World Series

As the Royals wrapped up their first berth in the World Series since 1985 last week, James Shields was grappling with the effects of a kidney stone, the pitcher told The Star on Monday. Shields will face Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner after 11 days off in game one at Kauffman Stadium (7:07 p.m. Tuesday on Fox). One reason for the length of Shields’ layoff was his condition, which kept him from pitching game four of the ALCS.

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As focus faded and losses picked up in late July, Royals changed their game

The sight unnerved Rusty Kuntz as he entered the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park on July 20. The KC Royals had dropped their third game in a row and fallen below .500 for the first time in a month, but a collection of players were focused on their iPads, playing a game called “Clash of Clans.” A series of meetings followed, and the Royals became more focused and evolved into a well-oiled machine built for October.