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ICYMI: Stories from The Star’s playoff special section

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer answered questions during a press conference before Thursday's ALDS baseball game on October 9, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer answered questions during a press conference before Thursday's ALDS baseball game on October 9, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Here’s the thing about the Major League Baseball playoffs: With some many games in such a short amount of time, it’s difficult to find the time to read everything that’s been written. And there have been some fantastic reads.

This is to help you easily find the stories you may have missed when you have some down time. Here are the stories that ran in The Kansas City Star’s special section ahead of the playoffs.

After the Royals lost Game 1 to the Astros 5-2, they discussed the frustration of not being able to break through on offense but also were confident they'd be back for Game 2 at 2:45 Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

From Sam Mellinger: Lorenzo Cain is tired and his feet hurt — and you shouldn’t believe him

From Vahe Gregorian: With growing pains behind him, Yordano Ventura is an ace again

From Andy McCullough: The conversation that led Ryan Madson back to baseball

From Rustin Dodd: No one can answer why Royals do so well with Alcides Escobar batting leadoff

From Blair Kerkhoff: The Astros lost 100 games just two years ago, but took fast track to playoffs

The Star's Andy McCullough breaks down the key developments out of the Royals' 5-2 loss to the Astros in Game 1 of their AL Division Series on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium, including Yordano Ventura's short start, the Royals' quiet bats and the im

Laurence Leavy, aka "Marlins Man," describes how he came up with the idea for the Royals new hand signal.

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