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Jonny Gomes

Royals head into postseason with newfound expectations

The Kansas City Royals were just happy to be invited to the party last year, ending a 29-year postseason drought before squeaking through a dramatic wild-card game against the Athletics. Then they crashed the rest of it by sweeping their way to the World Series. The Royals ultimately lost in seven games to the San Francisco Giants, but that run changed the landscape of baseball in Kansas City. The sad-sack franchise so accustomed to 100-loss seasons had become the game's latest darling, a team that suddenly had belief in itself. One that knew what it took to play winning baseball. "We've been looking forward to this since the end of spring training," Royals manager...