Kansas City Royals' Greg Holland celebrates after the Royals' 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo)
Kansas City Royals' Greg Holland celebrates after the Royals' 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo)
Kansas City Royals’ Greg Holland celebrates after the Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (USA Today) — Ned Yost sounded like he was basking in the comfort of a two-game lead. Yet, he won the battle of urgency Tuesday and has his relentless Royals one game from the World Series.

No surprise the Baltimore Orioles had to try whatever they could to avoid the brink of the offseason but the process and result became hauntingly familiar, a 2-1 Kansas City victory and a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.

The running story that has shaped this series from the beginning – the running of the Royals – was at the heart of Tuesday’s winning run.

And Kansas City pulled it off without stealing a base or trying anything resembling gambling on the base paths.

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