Updated 07:26 AM EDT, Wed, Jun 23, 2021

Kansas City Royals Schedule & Roster 2014: Team to World Series After 29 Years

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The Kansas City Royals are now heading to the World Series after edging out the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Wednesday at the Kauffman Stadium.

The new American League champs scored all their runs in the initial inning without the ball going beyond the infield, in what USA Today noted is the Royals way. Stellar pitching and defense helped them snatch the win.

The team will bat for a World Series title next Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals, appearing for the first time since 1985, when it won against the Cardinals, the report noted.

CNN said the Royals have done well from 1976 to 1985, with an assembly of the best hitters and pitchers -- but the 1985 Fall Classic win would be their last appearance, the baseball world relegating them to a noncontender afterwards.

Until now.

According to ESPN Go, the Royals will have days to watch as the two teams claim that spot beside it in the World Series scoreboard, after making history as the first team to get to the World Series matches with an eight-game winning streak.

"It's an unbelievable accomplishment to get where we are, and we want to enjoy this," general manager Dayton Moore said in the dugout about the gap for some R&R, as quoted by the report. "But our guys will be ready to compete."

That's one thing to be sure of in a season that has witnessed big money teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers eliminated early and dark horses like the Oakland A's fall short, ESPN Go said.

The confidence comes from extreme commitment on the defensive end, another official told ESPN Go.

"We knew we had a good defensive team going into the year, but in the last two weeks they've raised it to another level... I think the defense became contagious. It was just one guy outdoing the other," said assistant general manager J.J. Picollo.

CNN agreed, noting there might not be a hit the Royals can't pick. To take home that point, it cited the Alex Gordon catch, which had him slam into the wall just to catch the ball. Add that defense to the fact that Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland allowed two runs in 16 innings, for an ERA of 1.13, and the win is in the bag, the report said.

It's been 29 years since the Kansas City team took part in a Fall Classic game and no one is going to not like it if they win.

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