The Royals are one victory away from tying the record for most consecutive American League Championship Series games. They’ve won nine in a row — two this year, a 4-0 sweep of Baltimore last year and the final three games of the 1985 ALCS over ... the Toronto Blue Jays.
That Blue Jays team, by the way, is one of three out of 25 who failed to win a LCS after taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven format that started in 1985. The others, a group the Royals are hoping to avoid joining, are: The 1985 Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost four straight to St. Louis after leading 2-0, and the 2004 New York Yankees, who lost four straight to Boston after leading 3-0.
“We know that this club is capable of getting on a run and putting together two or three or four wins in a row,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of the Blue Jays. “You have to keep your guard up.”
With a victory in Game 3 on Monday, the Royals would match Baltimore for the most consecutive LCS wins. The Orioles swept the 1969-71 ALCS in three games, missed the postseason in 1972 and won the ALCS opener in 1973 before losing the series to Oakland in five.
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Canadians go to the polls Monday to elect a new parliament, and incumbent Stephen Harper is behind in the polls.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, whose team needs to win four of the next five games to reach the World Series, was asked Sunday how he would handicap Harper’s chances.
“Like ours?” Gibbons quipped before adding, “I don’t know. I don’t get into politics.”
Harper’s Conservative Party is projected to lose seats to the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau, son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
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The Blue Jays were 53-28 inside Rogers Center in the regular season — a .646 clip — and a game under .500 at 40-41 on the road. The Royals seem convinced Toronto can shift into another gear at home.
“I don’t think we’ve seen what they’re going to offer,” left fielder Alex Gordon said. “... they haven’t swung the bats usually what they’re capable of.”
The Blue Jays took three of four from the Royals at Rogers Center, including a 7-6 walkoff victory, from July 30 to Aug. 2, around the time David Price was acquired by trade from Detroit.
“We know how tough this atmosphere is going to be,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “We’ve got a long way to go.”
The Royals acclimated themselves with the artificial surface and the closed roof during a workout Sunday. Hosmer said the ball moves slower on the newest version of the Rogers Center turf and while Lorenzo Cain said balls were “a little bouncy” in the outfield, he said he didn’t think tracking fly balls against the roof was as tough as Tampa’s Tropicana Field, another indoor stadium.