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10/9/2015 | 3 keys to KC taking ALDS lead

The Royals fought their way back to a 5-4 win on Friday to even the ALDS at 1-1 going into Sunday's Game 3, at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network at Minute Maid Park. So now, what has to happen for the Royals to grab a 2-1 series lead?

10/9/2015 | Cueto gets stronger later, keeps KC in it

Johnny Cueto, the Royals' big acquisition at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seemingly gave Kansas City exactly what it needed -- a horse at the top of the rotation that could not only carry the team to the regular-season finish line, but also pick it up in big games in October. Like, for example, its 5-4 win over the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

10/9/2015 | Big hit for Zorilla helps KC win thriller

Ben Zobrist's clutch hit helped the Royals rally from a three-run deficit, and it proved to be the game-winner in Friday's 5-4 win, which evened the ALDS at 1-1.

10/9/2015 | In tough spot, KC shows playoff mettle

It turns out that the Royals have not run out of postseason mojo, after all. Postseason play has a way of turning around within minutes, if not seconds. Welcome to Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Royals and the Astros.

10/9/2015 | Astros, Royals seek upper hand in ALDS Game 3

The scene moves to Houston, with neither the Astros nor the Royals completely satisfied, or completely out of sorts. The Astros won the opener of this American League Division Series on Thursday, but the Royals came from behind to win Game 2 on Friday. The series will resume with Game 3 at Minute Maid Park on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

10/9/2015 | Escobar makes Astros' shallow outfield pay

It finally happened. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar burned the Astros' shift-happy, shallow defense.

10/9/2015 | Royals roar from behind with pair of late rallies

After Astros lefty Scott Kazmir held them in check for 5 1/3 innings, the Royals rallied for two runs in the sixth to tie the score at 4 and went ahead in the seventh on Ben Zobrist's RBI single in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

10/9/2015 | After challenge, Escobar safe on bunt

The Royals benefited from an overturned call in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, successfully challenging a call at first base on a bunt attempt by Alcides Escobar.

10/9/2015 | Zobrist caps rally, Royals even ALDS at 1-1

Ben Zobrist singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning off Astros reliever Will Harris, scoring Alcides Escobar, and the Royals' bullpen tossed three scoreless innings in a pulsating 5-4 win on Friday at Kauffman Stadium as Kansas City evened the American League Division Series at 1-1.

10/9/2015 | Spelling Bee champ tosses Game 2 first pitch

Given that Vanya Shivashankar knows the pressure of having to spell "scherenschnitte" in front of a live and national television audience, it's safe to assume that throwing out a ceremonial first pitch in front of a packed Kauffman Stadium probably wasn't that nerve-racking.

10/9/2015 | Veteran Volquez out for 1st postseason victory

Fresh off the first 200-inning season of his career, Edinson Volquez will take the mound in Game 3 of the ALDS opposite Astros ace Dallas Keuchel on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park on MLB Network.

10/9/2015 | Royals have no plans to adjust approach

Despite the success that the shift-happy Astros have had against the Royals in the regular season (four wins in six games) and in Thursday's Game 1 win, Ned Yost won't alter his lineup, and his team won't adjust its approach at the plate.

10/9/2015 | Astros, Royals stick with same starting lineups

The starting lineups for today's game between the Astros and Royals at Kauffman Stadium have been revealed. There are no changes from Game 1, won by Houston, 5-2.

10/9/2015 | Cueto, Royals out to knot ALDS vs. Kazmir, Astros

Here are three essential components for the Royals to bounce back and win Game 2 (Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) of the American League Division Series against Game 2 starter Scott Kazmir and the Astros: 1. Johnny Cueto. 2. Johnny Cueto. 3. Johnny Cueto.

10/9/2015 | Morales, Young shine, but can't carry KC

If you looked at the splendid performances of two Royals on Thursday night, you would have sworn that Kansas City had won the opener of this American League Division Series. Those two -- Chris Young and Kendrys Morales -- were terrific. But they didn't get much support and so their performances were not rewarded as the Royals fell to the Astros, 5-2, in Game 1.

10/9/2015 | Grieving Young puts pain aside to help Royals

It has been a difficult stretch for Royals right-hander Chris Young lately. Young's father passed away less than two weeks ago. A day after his father's death, Young went out and threw five no-hit innings, playing because he thought his father would want him to be with his team.

10/9/2015 | 3 keys for Royals to even ALDS

Being down one game in a Division Series is not an insurmountable deficit, or at least so said Royals manager Ned Yost. But the previous eight teams to win Game 1 of the American League Division Series have all gone on to win the series. So how do the Royals break that trend?

10/9/2015 | Astros-Royals ALDS Game 1: Did You Know?

The Astros were unfazed by a rain delay on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium, remaining unbeaten this postseason with a 5-2 win over the defending American League champion Royals in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. Here are some stats and facts you should know from Game 1.

10/9/2015 | Oct. 8 Ned Yost postgame interview

Royals manager Ned Yost meets the media after Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

10/8/2015 | Astros back McHugh to take Game 1 in KC

Right-hander Collin McHugh tossed six strong innings, and George Springer and Colby Rasmus each homered as the Astros stunned last year's American League pennant-winning Royals, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

10/8/2015 | Morales in Royals record books with 2-HR Game 1

With two solo homers against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh in Thursday night's 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales became the third player in franchise history to record a multihomer game in the postseason.

10/8/2015 | Zobrist's wife sings anthem at ALDS Game 1

Julianna Zobrist has performed the national anthem several times throughout her husband Ben's baseball career, which means two things: She's an extremely gifted singer whose presence is welcomed before big games, and, judging by the path Ben Zobrist's career has taken him in the last couple of years, she's used to belting it out in new, and maybe unfamiliar, surroundings.

10/8/2015 | Ventura likely to start a potential Game 4

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was going to be an option for a potential Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Monday, and with a start shortened by rain in Thursday night's 5-2 Game 1 loss, it almost guarantees he'll get it.

10/8/2015 | Cueto's struggles with Royals put firmly in the past

When the Royals acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds on July 26, they figured they were getting a surefire ace they could lean on down the stretch and into the postseason. But it didn't quite work out that way, as the right-hander uncharacteristically struggled, going 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts with Kansas City.

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