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Royals built wisely through the draft and solid pitching acquisitions
Royals built wisely through the draft and solid pitching acquisitions

It has been a long, strange trip for Dale Sveum, from taking the blame for the Chicago Cubs' woes to watching a young Kansas City Royals lineup grow up overnight into the surprising team that leads the Baltimore Orioles, 2-0, in the American League Championship Series. It was a little more than a year ago that Sveum was walking home from Wrigley Field after being fired the night before as Cubs manager by team President Theo Epstein, who said that Sveum's "tough love" approach wasn't working with the young players. During the walk, Sveum got a phone call from Royals Manager Ned Yost, an old friend whom he had replaced as manager in Milwaukee with 12 games...

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