October 20, 2014 8:00 PM

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.

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