For the first time since 1985, the Royals advanced to the World Series, completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory. Greg Holland’s retired J.J. Hardy on a groundout with the tying run on first in the top of the ninth to punch Kansas City’s ticket to the Fall Classic.

For the first time since 1985, the Royals advanced to the World Series, completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory. Greg Holland’s retired J.J. Hardy on a groundout with the tying run on first in the top of the ninth to punch Kansas City’s ticket to the Fall Classic. The Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins to open the playoffs this year.

As has been the case through much of the postseason, the Royals proved opportunistic in their ALCS victory. Kansas City scored its two runs in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice and error when Jonathan Schoop’s attempt to cut down a runner advancing from third with one out was kicked out of the glove of catcher Caleb Joseph by Alcides Escobar. Both Escobar and Nori Aoki scored on the play. From there, starter Jason Vargas limited the O’s to one run in 5 1/3 innings, while the bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland delivered 3 2/3 shutout innings, thanks in part to more spectacular defense from the Royals.

Kansas City will now wait to see if it will remain in-state to play the Cardinals in a potential rematch of the 1985 World Series (won by Kansas City in seven games) or if they’ll take on the Giants.

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According to Mike Napoli, the first baseman will be undergoing Bimaxillary Advancement surgery in order to help alleviate his long-standing battle with sleep apnea. (To read more on the operation, click here.)

According to Mike Napoli, the first baseman will be undergoing Bimaxillary Advancement surgery in order to help alleviate his long-standing battle with sleep apnea. (To read more on the operation, click here.)

The procedure is slated to be performed Nov. 4.

“I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career,” Napoli wrote in a text to WEEI.com. “I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done.”

Despite significant injuries to his finger, toe and back, Napoli will not undergo any other surgical procedures other than the one to correct his sleep disorder.

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According to a major league source, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo has been told he is longer under consideration for the Texas Rangers managing job.

According to a major league source, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo has been told he is longer under consideration for the Texas Rangers managing job. Also being told they were no longer under consideration for the position was former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora.

Lovullo is still being considered by the Minnesota Twins for their vacant managerial position.

The Red Sox bench coach has interviewed for three managing jobs this offseason, having also met with the Houston Astros prior to the hiring of A.J. Hinch.

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According to an industry source, the Red Sox wil begin interviews this week of both internal and external candidates for the position of their lead hitting coach.

According to an industry source, the Red Sox wil begin interviews this week of both internal and external candidates for the position of their lead hitting coach. The initial candidates who are scheduled to be interviewed include Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers (who served on the big league staff this summer while hitting coach Greg Colbrunn recovered from a brain hemorrhage), Double-A hitting coach Rich Gedman and Angels hitting coordinator Paul Sorrento (who served as the Halos’ interim hitting coach while hitting coach Don Baylor was sidelined by surgery). The Sox are considering an interview of one additional internal candidate, while the team plans to add to the list of candidates going forward.

The Sox are searching for a hitting coach after Colbrunn stepped down following the year. Colbrunn is deciding whether to seek a job closer to his year-round home in Charleston, S.C., or to take the year off.

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