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Royals and Athletics go to wild-card game fully armed
Royals and Athletics go to wild-card game fully armed

The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move only two months ago. The results of both will be in the starting spotlight Tuesday night. For the Royals, it's James Shields, the centerpiece of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that finally pushed the long-downtrodden franchise into the postseason for the first time in 29 years. For the A's, it's Jon Lester, the postseason star of the Boston Red Sox last season who was acquired by Oakland at the trading deadline just for this moment. The one-game American League wild-card playoff. The winner advances to face the Angels in a...

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