KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
ChiWS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Date of game: 9/26/2014

Recap: Chicago WSox vs. Kansas City

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The last time the Kansas City Royals made the playoffs, they won the World Series.

That was nearly three decades ago.

Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler each drove in a run during a three- run first inning, and that's all the Royals would need as they clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 1985 with a 3-1 win over Chicago on Friday.

Jeremy Guthrie (13-11) was sharp in seven scoreless innings, limiting the White Sox to four hits and walk with six strikeouts. Guthrie improved to 3-1 over five starts against Chicago this season.

Kansas City clinched at least a spot in the AL wild card, but trails Detroit by just one game in the AL Central with both teams having two games left.

"I live within my own heart," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "I know what these guys can do. I don't need somebody to tell me what they can do or what they can't do. I've been telling you guys for two or three years that this is a club that has the opportunity to go the playoffs and win a world championship. I believed it."

Hector Noesi (8-12) was handed the loss after he went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits.

Alexei Ramirez drove in the lone run for the White Sox, who have lost four straight.

"It's special for them," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "They should be proud of it. This has kind of been a few years in the making with that crew."

Aoki opened the scoring with an RBI triple and Cain followed with a run- scoring single for a 2-0 lead. Following Eric Hosmer's strikeout, Cain stole his 28th base of the season and Butler stroked an RBI up the middle to give the visitors a three-run cushion.

The Royals' offense seemed content with letting Guthrie work from there, as the right-hander surrendered a two-out single to Jose Abreu in the first, then didn't allow another hit until the fifth.

Chicago's offense finally struck in the eighth.

Wade Davis struck out Marcus Semien looking to open the inning and Adam Eaton ripped a triple to center. Ramirez proceeded to single him in the following at-bat, but Davis settled down to get Abreu and Conor Gillaspie on strikes to end the inning.

Greg Holland needed just 11 pitches in the ninth to convert his 46th save of the season and send Kansas City into the postseason.

Game Notes

Holland needs one more save to tie his career high set last season ... Cain has an eight-game hitting streak ... KC has taken seven of eight at U.S. Cellular Field.

Two Payton Award winners on Hall of Fame ballot

Former Walter Payton Award winners Archie Amerson and Michael Payton are among the FCS players eligible for induction into the 2015 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Holland, Kimbrel named MLB's top relievers

Right-handers Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves were named Wednesday as the top relief pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Thunder exercise options on Lamb, Adams, Roberson, and Jones

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised club options on guard Jeremy Lamb, center Steven Adams and forwards Andre Roberson and Perry Jones on Tuesday.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.