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Tom Verducci's World Series preview
2:41 | MLB
Tom Verducci's World Series preview
Monday October 20th, 2014

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that his team started to believe in themselves in the 8th inning of the AL Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle

The Royals entered that inning trailing 7-3 and with Jon Lester still on the mound for the A's. Kansas City scored three runs in the eighth, chasing Lester from the game, then tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. 

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After Oakland scored in the top of the 12th, the Royals rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning, winning on a single by Salvador Perez

The win kicked off an eight-game winning streak by Kansas City to reach its first World Series since 1985. The Royals became the first team to win the first eight games of a postseason, and Yost became the first manager to win his first eight playoff games. 

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On the way to the World Series, Kansas City swept both the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. 

The Royals will now face the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game, the Washington Nationals in the NLDS and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. 

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Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night in Kansas City. 

- Molly Geary

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