Royals return home for last shot at fairytale ending

Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:57pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The World Series heads back to Kansas City for another helping of baseball American League style and the Royals hope that familiarity will revive their Cinderella story.

The Royals, who opened their first postseason appearance in 29 years with a record eight consecutive wins, are now one loss away from elimination in the best-of-seven championship against the San Francisco Giants.

But Tuesday's Game Six and, if necessary, Wednesday's Game Seven, will be at Kauffman Stadium in front of success-starved Royals fans with designated hitter (DH) Billy Butler back in the lineup to beef up the attack.

Since taking a 4-1 lead in the third inning of Saturday's Game Four, the Royals have been outscored 15-0 over the next 15 innings and are in dire need of an offensive spark.

Butler had only one at-bat, as a pinch hitter, in the three games played under National League rules, which prohibit the use of a DH, in San Francisco.

"Any time you can get Billy back in the lineup it's huge for us," said Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. "He's a great hitter and brings a lot to the table for us."

First baseman Eric Hosmer said the home effect he believed had helped the Giants win the last two games of the series would now swing to the Royals' favor.

"They give us a lot of energy," Hosmer said about the Royals fans. "We feed off of them back home."   Continued...

Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals infielders from left Eric Hosmer , Alcides Escobar , Jayson Nix and Mike Moustakas wait during a pitching change against the San Francisco Giants in the 8th inning during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports