Rarely since its last playoff appearance in 1985 have the Royals played meaningful baseball in September. Usually when summer turns to autumn, the team has been fighing to avoid last place and often failing in that task. And even in 1985, the Royals didn’t enter September in first place. The last time that happened was 1982, and the team got chased down by the Angels. It’s taken more than three decades but the Royals are back on top entering baseball’s home stretch.
After sitting out four games to rest his inflamed right shoulder, Royals second baseman Omar Infante returned to the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Indians. Infante tested his arm by playing catch before the game.
No one knows better than George Brett and Frank White what it takes to make it into the postseason. Both were part of all seven of the Royals’ playoff runs, peaking (and ending) with the 1985 World Series title.
To make room for the arrival of infielder Jayson Nix, the Royals optioned backup utility man Christian Colon to Class AA Northwest Arkansas. Like Aaron Crow, similarly shipped out this week, Colon can rejoin the big-league team on Tuesday.
Seattle catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero was involved in a squabble with a Mariners’ cross-checker during a minor-league game Thursday in Boise, Idaho. Although no punches were thrown, an ice-cream sandwich apparently was.
Only 13,847 fans showed up for Alex Gordon’s MVP moment on Tuesday night. During a telephone conversation with The Star on Wednesday morning, general manager Dayton Moore expressed both support his manager and appreciation for his fanbase, which has not seen a playoff team since 1985.
Tuesday’s game, which the Royals won 2-1 over the Minnesota Twins, drew a 7.1 rating, reaching 67,000 households. The peak numbers were 8.7 and 82,000. Tuesday’s game on Fox Sports 1 was No. 1 in prime time in Kansas City