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This Date In Royals History: September 15, 1995

1995: Kevin Appier turned in a dominant pitching performance, handcuffing the Angels for nine innings as the Royals cruised to a 5-0 victory at Anaheim Stadium. Appier allowed just three singles and a walk in the shutout. He struck out 13 hitters as he improved his record to 14-8 and his ERA to 3.91. The Royals got to Angels starter Jim Abbott in the second for two runs. Joe Vitiello led off the inning with ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 14, 1983

1983: Don Slaught hit a pinch-hit single to push the winning run across in a 14-inning, 1-0 marathon win for the Royals over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Slaught’s single scored Hal McRae, who had tripled off Angels reliever Rick Steirer with one out in the 14th. Steirer intentionally walked Willie Aikens, then was removed from the game for Bob Lacey, who allowed the game-winning hit. The pitchers’ duel w ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 13, 1973

1973: The Royals built a 5-0 lead, then hung on during a furious rally to take a 5-4 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Angels starter Rich Hand held the Royals to three singles and a walk through four innings, but Kansas City picked up two runs in the fifth. Steve Hovley started the inning by reaching on an error on shortstop Rudy Meoli. Fran Healy bunted Hovley to second. Frank White walked. A Cookie ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 12, 1989

1989: Pat Tabler homered in the bottom of the ninth to give the Royals a 6-5 win over the Rangers in a back-and-forth game at Royals Stadium. The Royals trailed 5-4 entering the ninth, with Rangers starter Nolan Ryan still in the game. But Frank White led off with a double. The Royals sent Bill Buckner up to pinch-hit for Rey Palacios; Texas countered with left-handed reliever Kenny Rogers. The Royals then ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 11, 2009

2009: Two outfield assists from David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo’s 12th-inning home run gave the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Olivo’s home run, his 19th of the season, came with one out in the inning off Indians reliever Jose Veras. It broke a 1-1 tie that had lasted since the seventh inning. Both starting pitchers were in command for much of the game. Royals starter Zac ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 10, 1985

1985: Charlie Leibrandt baffled the Angels for nine innings while three different Royals hitters drove in two runs in Kansas City’s 6-0 win over California in an AL West showdown at Anaheim Stadium. Leibrandt earned his 15th win of the year by holding the Angels to three hits—all singles—and two walks. He also induced three double plays, meaning he faced just 28 batters in the game, one over the minimum. Me ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 9, 1969

1969: Dick Drago scattered six hits in a complete-game effort, while Bob Oliver drove in both runs in the Royals’ 2-1 win over the A’s at the Coliseum in Oakland. The A’s could only manage one unearned run  against Drago, who picked up his ninth win of the season. The right-hander allowed just six singles and one walk while striking out three. Oakland scored its only run in the first inning. With one out, M ...

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This Date In Royals History: September 8, 1997

1997: The Royals broke out the long ball to build an early 7-1 lead, and coasted to a 9-2 win over the Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Seattle held a 1-0 lead after Royals starter Jim Pittsley battled his control in the first inning. He walked Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, then threw a wild pitch that moved the runners up a base. Cora scored on an Edgar Martinez groundout. But the Royals quickly took the lead in ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 7, 1980

1980: Willie Aikens collected three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Royals to a 6-4 win over the Indians at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Aikens gave the Royals an early lead with a two-run home run in the first inning off Indians starter Wayne Garland. Hal McRae had singled with two outs to get the slugging first baseman to the plate. Cleveland got one run back in the bottom of the first off Roy ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 6, 1992

1992: George Brett’s inside-the-park home run capped the Royals’ comeback in a 3-2 win over the White Sox at Royals Stadium. Kansas City trailed 2-1 as they entered the bottom of the seventh. Chicago starter Kirk McCaskill had held the Royals to five hits in the first six innings, but the White Sox went to their bullpen, bringing Roberto Hernandez into the game. With one out, Curtis Wilkerson doubled before ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 5, 2003

2003: The Royals’ offense pounded out 15 hits while Brian Anderson tossed a complete-game shutout to help Kansas City keep pace in the AL Central race with a 5-0 victory over the Angels at Edison Field in Anaheim. Oddly, 14 of the Royals’ hits were singles; the only extra-base hit was Angel Berroa’s solo home run in the fourth inning. Every Royal except Raul Ibanez had at least one hit. The Royals got their ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 3, 1977

1977: Dennis Leonard struck out nine batters in a complete-game effort, while the Royals took advantage of two Brewers errors to score two runs in a 3-2 win at Royals Stadium. Leonard outdueled Milwaukee starter Lary Sorensen to pick up his 15th win of the season. Both pitchers threw complete games. Leonard allowed just six hits and no walks; Sorensen gave up five hits and a walk while striking out four. Ka ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 2, 2007

2007: The Royals scored five runs in the second inning, and with Brian Bannister in command, cruised to an 8-1 win over the Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Facing Twins starter Boof Bonser, who had worked around a two-out single in the first, the Royals started hitting the ball over the place. Alex Gordon led off with a home run. Shane Costa and John Buck followed with singles. Joey Gathright picked ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 1, 1970

1970: The Royals scored four runs in the seventh to back Wally Bunker’s exceptional start and take a 4-0 victory over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Bunker earned the win by shutting out the Angels on just four hits, all singles, and three walks. He also struck out four. The first three Angels hitters reached on a single and two walks, but a double play turned the inning around. Bunker retired 20 of the las ...

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This Date In Royals History–August 31, 1988

1988: Charlie Leibrandt outdueled Greg Swindell, scattering seven hits over nine innings in the Royals’ 1-0 win over the Indians at Royals Stadium. Leibrandt picked up his 10th win and his second shutout of the season as he held Cleveland to seven singles. The Indians did not have a runner reach third base despite picking up two singles in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings. Leibrandt retired the final fi ...

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This Date In Royals History–August 30, 1982

1982: Dennis Leonard survived giving up 11 hits, and Willie Wilson’s four hits and a George Brett home run powered the Royals past the Rangers, 8-3, at Royals Stadium. Leonard pitched a complete game, allowing those 11 hits but no walks and striking out five. He mitigated the damage by picking off Billy Sample in the first inning, and getting Sample to ground into a double play in the third after Texas had ...

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This Date In Royals History–August 29, 1972

1972: The Royals rode a four-run outburst in the third inning to a 6-4 win over the Brewers at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Kansas City grabbed a 2-0 lead  in the second inning. Facing Brewers starter Gary Ryerson, Carl Taylor and Lou Piniella singled with one out. A wild pitch scored Taylor, with Piniella advancing to third. After a Paul Schaal walk, Bobby Knoop singled to score Piniella. The Brewers cut t ...

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This Date In Royals History–August 28, 1995

1995: The Royals tallied three times in the seventh inning to earn a comeback 4-3 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York. The winning rally started with Michael Tucker, who homered leading off the inning against Yankees starter Jack McDowell to cut the New York lead to 3-2. David Howard followed with a walk, but a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout left him at second with two outs. Tom Goodwin rescu ...

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This Date In Royals History–August 27, 2009

2009: The Royals belted four home runs, three of them two-run shots, in an 8-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle. Three of the home runs came against Mariners starter Doug Fister. Brayan Pena started the scoring in the second inning, as he homered down the right-field line with Alberto Callaspo on base. The Royals’ second home run happened in the fifth, a solo shot by Yuniesky Betancourt to l ...

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This Date In Royals History–August 26, 1993

1993: The Royals collected only five hits, but made the most of them in a 3-0 win over the Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Kevin McReynolds hit a solo home run and Mike Magnante pitched seven shutout innings to help the Royals stay close in the division race. McReynolds’ home run, his eighth of the season, came in the bottom of the second against Twins starter Willie Banks. Banks had retired the first five hitte ...

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