Excitement grows as Royals chase wild card - KCTV5

Excitement grows as Royals chase wild card

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

It's just a sea of blue outside Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, and it's a sellout crowd.

Saturday was a gorgeous day; people are excited and standing between both the K and Arrowhead Stadium right now. It's easy to see why.

It's the first time in a decade both of the teams have been winning at the same time.

Fans before Saturday's game against the Rangers said they're pumped up about both teams, but the day is really all about the Royals and their playoff push. They're coming into the game 2 1/2 games back from a wild card spot and playing the Rangers, one of the three teams ahead of them in the race.

The Royals won the first game in the series Friday night, so Saturday and Sunday are critical in the last home series before the Royals finish out the regular season on the road.

The sellout crowd is a sign fans are ready to support their guys until the end.

"You're going to get pumped if the Royals are in contention come late September, so it's just exciting," said Matt Herring.

"It's exciting," said Matt Moedritzr.

The game started at 6:10 p.m.

Toby Cook, a spokesperson for the Royals, said right before the show they had a few single tickets left, but they were going fast and were mainly standing room only for anyone still coming out, looking for a ticket.

Besides the Royals and the Chiefs, Sporting KC is also having a season that's making fans proud.

Kansas City's Saturday win propelled it to a tie atop the Eastern Conference standings with the New York Red Bulls, who host FC Dallas on Sunday.

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More on the playoff chase:

By The Associated Press

The Yankees kept pace in the AL wild-card race in grand fashion and Kansas City walked off with a win that knocked Texas from the top spot. Rain helped Cleveland advance in the standings, while Cincinnati and Tampa Bay needed extras for crucial wins. A quick look at baseball's playoff picture:

IN THE DIVISION: A night after clinching their first postseason berth since 2009, the Boston Red Sox wrapped up their first AL East title since `07 with a 6-3 win over Toronto. ... The Atlanta Braves hung around the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley field after lowering their magic number to one for clinching the NL East for the first time since 2005 with a 9-5 win over the Cubs to see if Washington would lose. The Nationals didn't cooperate, though. They beat Miami 8-0 behind Jordan Zimmermann's two-hitter. Washington trails the Pirates and Reds by five games in the NL wild-card race.

GRAND FASHION: Alex Rodriguez set the grand slam record with No. 24, passing Lou Gehrig by hitting a tiebreaking slam in the seventh inning of a 5-1 win over San Francisco. The Yankees won for just the second time in seven games and trail Cleveland by 3 games for the second AL wild card

EXTRA WILD: Baltimore and Tampa Bay needed 6 hours, 54 minutes -- a record for both teams -- to settle a matchup between division rivals and wild-card contenders. David DeJesus gave the Rays a 5-4 win with a single in the 18th inning, keeping Tampa at the top of a crowded AL wild-card race. ... The Reds took advantage of an error by Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer with two outs in the ninth inning to score three runs then Joey Votto homered in the 10th off Kyle Farnsworth, lifting the Reds to a 6-5 victory and into a tie with Pittsburgh atop the NL wild-card race.

WHATEVER IT TAKES: The Indians moved into one of the two AL wild-card spots when they beat Houston 2-1 in a rain-shortened game. The game was delayed for 1 hour, 9 minutes before the umpires decided to call it after 6 1/2 innings. Cleveland moved ahead of Texas when Neftali Feliz walked Kansas City's Alcides Escobar with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. With the 2-1 victory, the Royals pulled 2 1/2 back of Cleveland for the final spot.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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