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Vahe Gregorian: Royals back to the future with another great escape

With their 21st comeback win of the season on Friday, the Royals are waking up the echoes of 2014 and 2015. The 5-4 win over Toronto got them back to .500 for the first time since mid-April, and it couldn't have happened without the improbable: Brandon Moss, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon coming through with two outs in the ninth inning to set up Whit Merrifield's walk-off double.

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Vahe Gregorian: Power of imagination stokes surging Royals

Sal Perez had never hit a major-league grand slam until the eighth inning on Wednesday, when he uncorked one to give the Royals a 6-4 win over the Red Sox. That was just one of the improbable factors in the win, including the fact the Red Sox had been 29-0 when leading after seven innings and that the Royals loaded the bases with walks despite having the fewest bases on balls in Major League Baseball. Their ninth win in 11 games suggests the Royals can’t be put in any box.

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Vahe Gregorian: Royals must keep blinders on and live in precious present

By winning 23 of their last 38 games since a 10-20 start, the Royals have revived their season entering their game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. But the optimism is tempered by the constant background drumbeat of the July 31 trade deadline because the Royals have so many potential free agents. What’s to come will be dictated by their trajectory in the weeks to come.

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Vahe Gregorian: Eric Berry offers an example for us all

Safety Eric Berry is the undisputed leader of the Kansas City Chiefs. His return from cancer has given him an almost mystical quality among teammates and fans. His character extends off the field, too, as recently seen in his gesture to feed and pray with three homeless men in Knoxville — the sort of thing he says he’s done often.

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Vahe Gregorian: Royals flip script on Astros

Houston came to town with the best record and offense in baseball — even as the Royals were treading water with the worst record in the American League and its worst offense. But since falling behind the Astros 7-1 on Tuesday, the Royals outscored them 15-5 — including 7-5 on Wednesday, assuring at least a split in the series and climbing out of last place in the AL Central as they move towards .500 and within range of first-place Minnesota.

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Vahe Gregorian: Royals reaffirm shooting victims from India are welcome here

On Sunday, the Royals honored the victims of the Feb. 22 shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe. One Indian-born man died in the attack, another was injured in what is being investigated as a hate crime after the alleged shooter yelled, “Get out of my country.” They have received overwhelming support since, beginning that night with the actions of Ian Grillot, who was shot trying to intervene, and bookended Sunday with the gesture at a proudly American event that tells them they belong.

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Vahe Gregorian: For once, control eludes Bill Snyder

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder is a control freak of epic proportions. But he apparently couldn’t control himself when it came to talking about receiver Corey Sutton’s desire to transfer, invoking two failed drug tests as he spoke of Sutton. Sutton on Friday was granted a release from his K-State scholarship and Snyder apologized.

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Vahe Gregorian: Nothing to be gained by Royals fire sale now

With the Royals sagging in last place in the American League Central and a host of key players set to become free agents, there is a clamor in some circles for them to start selling pieces now and positioning themselves for the future. But the best deals are to be had closer to the July 31 trade deadline, and there’s no reason to make moves prematurely with the Royals no farther out now than they were at this time in 2014 before their run to the World Series.

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Joe Delaney's heroism inspires Shawnee family to name daughter after him

Mark and Kelly Neath named their daughter after Joe Delaney, a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs who drowned trying to save three children in Louisiana in 1983. Delaney Neath is now 15 and wears the No. 37 in all her activities.
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