Royals clinch playoff spot with win over White Sox

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Friday, September 26 2014 Sep 26, 2014 Friday, September 26, 2014 11:03:41 PM CDT September 26, 2014 in Baseball
By: The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Kansas City's long postseason drought is over.

The Royals clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 29 years, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night behind seven scoreless innings from Jeremy Guthrie.

Kansas City secured at least a wild card and ended the longest active postseason drought among the major North American sports leagues. Not since George Brett led the Royals to a World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 had they reached the playoffs.

Small-market Kansas City endured more than its share of losing in recent years. But it contended into September last season and kicked down the playoff door on Friday.

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