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- David Brown at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Cops love baseball too. Just like the rest of the community felt the excitement of the Kansas City Royals being in the playoffs Tuesday night for the first time in 29 years, so did the Kansas City (Mo.) police. One problem, of course: It's hard to depend on criminals also catching Royals Fever so thoroughly that they forget to commit crimes so law enforcement also can enjoy the game.
But, in case local scofflaws were feeling the least bit civic, the KCPD took to Twitter in the late innings of Kansas City's 9-8 victory against the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game:
We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We'd like to hear the @Royals clinch this.
One of the greatest tweets of all time. The best part, aside from the half-joking audacity and sass, is the "really." We really need this, you guys. It wasn't an unreasonable request, given:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
This probably wasn't how Adam Dunn imagined things would go.
Dunn was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 as Oakland looked to add postseason power. It was going to be the slugger's first time in the playoffs in his 14-year career. He finished the regular season with 2,001 MLB games played, the most of any active player who hadn't been to the postseason. His chance, finally, was here.Tue, Sep 30Oakland8 - 9Kansas CityGame Recap
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
There's no doubt the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco have taken two vastly different roads to reach the 2014 NL wild-card game.
For the Pirates, there are 20 years of futility now firmly placed in the rearview mirror. The satisfaction of a winning season and simply making the postseason in 2013 has given way to desires of winning their first World Series championship since 1979. For the battled-tested Giants, they've been there and done that twice since 2010, but the hunger for a third championship is strong.
The Pirates appeared in the first NL wild card game in 2013, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 at PNC Park. The Giants, on the other hand, haven't played in a one-game playoff. If Pittsburgh has one edge, as slight as it might be, that one-game experience could be it. That said, this is about the most unpredictable scenario any team can face — just ask the Royals and the A's. No matter the path they've taken, the pressure on each is the same. It's win-or-go-home.Wed, Oct 15:07 PM PDTSan Francisco at PittsburghPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Arrowhead Stadium receives lots of attention for being the loudest place in sports when the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs play there. As the Oakland Athletics found out Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game, the ballpark across the parking lot at the Truman Sports Complex can get deafening enough to affect the outcome of a baseball game, too.
A's outfielder Sam Fuld credited Kansas City fans with an assist after neither he nor Jonny Gomes could catch Eric Hosmer's fly ball in the 12th inning that turned into a triple and sparked the Royals' final comeback in a rollicking 9-8 victory that sent them to the AL Division Series.Mon, Sep 29New England14 - 41Kansas CityGame Recap
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Salvador Perez just needed to take a pitch.
A player not known for his patience at the plate, Perez was especially antsy in the late innings of Tuesday's wild-card win against the Oakland A's. With the Royals trailing 7-6 with one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth, Perez, the Royals' All-Star catcher, was facing the A's Luke Gregerson.
Gregerson, a righty reliever who relies primarily on his slider, attacked Perez with the pitch. Perez was more than willing to go after it. Gregerson threw three straight sliders and Perez chased all three, unable to lay off the last one before it bounced in the dirt. Perez was the second out and the Royals didn't score again in the inning.
After Kansas City tied it in the ninth inning, Perez was up with Eric Hosmer on third and two outs in the 10th. He fouled the first pitch and swung at the second, grounding out softly to second.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Ned Yost escaped with his job still in tact Tuesday night, after his Kansas City Royals came back three times to beat the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game.
For a while, it didn't look like Yost would be so lucky. He took out starting pitcher James Shields in the sixth inning, handing the ball to rookie flame-thrower Yordano Ventura to make his first career postseason appearance against A's slugger Brandon Moss, who had launched a two-run homer earlier in the game.
Taking out Shields was a questionable move to begin with, since he had only thrown 88 pitches. But bringing in Ventura, a starter who threw 73 pitches Sunday, was befuddling. The Royals had plenty of relievers Yost could call on, even other starters probably better suited for the moment.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Royals pitcher James Shields had his goggles perched above his head taking questions away from the fray of the celebration in the clubhouse. He was already drenched, but it was a smart move to escape the mess for a minute.
It's an oversimplification to say the Kansas City Royals' trade for Shields before the 2013 season was for games like Tuesday night's wild-card eliminatorbetween the Oakland A's and Royals. But the Royals knew what Shields' role would be after he logged seven straight 200-plus-innings seasons and six postseason starts with the Rays.
Earlier in September, the Royals shuffled the pitching rotation to ensure the man with the "Big Game James" nickname would be lined up to pitch the franchise's first postseason game in 29 years.
That he did. And while Shields left the game with the lead in the sixth inning, he ended up with a no-decision as the Royals came back three times to win 9-8 in 12 innings.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics put the wild in wild card Tuesday night. At the end, Kansas City was going crazy once again, celebrating like they haven't in 29 years. The Royals won a five-hour, 12-inning game on Salvador Perez's walk-off single that went down the third-base line, just under the glove of A's third baseman Josh Donaldson.
The A's blew it three times — including a 7-3 lead in the eighth and ninth innings, and a 8-7 lead in the 12th. The Royals scored twice in the 12th to overthrow the A's and win 9-8. Now Kansas City will face the Angels in the ALDS, giving more life to their first playoff berth in 29 years.
• Salvador Perez found sweet redemption in the 12th. He was 0-5 in the game before that, including a crucial strikeout in the eighth inning that stopped a Royals rally.
• Eric Hosmer's 12th inning triple — just out of the reach of two Oakland outfielders — got the Royals going in the final inning. He eventually scored the tying run and finished the night with three hits.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – During Tuesday night's wild card game between the A's and Royals, the TBS camera briefly focused on a Royals fan who was holding a sign with an interesting proposition.
If the Royals won the game, the man she was with would buy her a real, live puppy.
The offer quickly went viral on the Internet and the puppy was often mentioned during a classic game that the Royals would end up winning 9-8 in 12 innings.
While the Royals were leading by a run at the time she was on camera, the Royals soon gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and trailed the game 7-3. The woman's hopes for a puppy were looking bleak.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oakland A's catcher Geovany Soto left the game with what the team said was a left thumb injury after a play at the plate with the Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer in the first inning.
Hosmer attempted to score after A's pitcher Jon Lester picked off Billy Butler at first base. As Butler got into a rundown, Hosmer broke for home and was tagged for the third out of the inning.
The tag from Soto was high up on Hosmer's body and Soto's glove ricocheted off Hosmer.
Soto batted in the top of the second inning and struck out looking. He was replaced by Derek Norris behind the plate. Soto, who was acquired from the Rangers in August, hit .262 with a .354 on-base percentage and a .357 slugging percentage in 49 plate appearances with the A's.
His absence may hurt the A's most defensively. The Royals have the most stolen bases in baseball, and Soto caught nine of 17 baserunners stealing against the A's this year. Norris has thrown out 12 in 72 stolen base attempts against him. Norris also had never caught Jon Lester, who the A's acquired before the trade deadline from the Boston Red Sox.
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