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Royals manager Ned Yost enjoying first playoff run as manager

Manager Ned Yost the Kansas City Royals celebrates on the field after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 to sweep the ALDS.
Manager Ned Yost the Kansas City Royals celebrates on the field after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 to sweep the ALDS. (Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Before he brushes his teeth in the morning these days, Royals manager Ned Yost reminds himself of one thing.

"Before I even get out of bed, I tell myself, 'Let's have fun today,'" Yost said. "Remember where you're at and let's have fun."

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These are the best of times for Yost, in his fifth season in the Royals' dugout. He's the first manager to lead the franchise the postseason since Dick Howser and the 1985 World Series championship team.

Yost owns his share of rings as a member of the Atlanta Braves' staffs from 1991 through 2002, but his first managerial tenure in Milwaukee ended two weeks before the end of the 2008 regular season with the Brewers losing ground in the playoff chase.

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