Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KC Cornerstones: Hosmer, Moustakas Proving Value in Postseason

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KC Cornerstones: Hosmer, Moustakas Proving Value in Postseason

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Usually where there's one, there's the other.

Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. The two longtime Kansas City Royals poster boys, who for years embodied hope for the future under Dayton More, locker next to each other in the KC clubhouse and on occasion give joint postgame interviews.

So perhaps it's fitting Hosmer, KC's left-handed hitting first baseman, and Moustakas, the team's left-handed hitting third baseman, are powering the Royals through the playoffs and reaching their potential at the same time. Through four postseason games, the dynamic duo has come up clutch on several occasions at the plate and in the field, and right now they are the two biggest reasons why the Royals are in American League Championship Series for the first time since 1985.

"Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, these kids are all stepping up big time and putting us in the position that we're in now," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I mean, we're going to go to Baltimore and fight for the American League. There's two teams left standing and it's going to be a great series."

Hosmer and Moustakas both homered in the Royals' 8-3 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night at Kauffman Stadium. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Halos in the American League Division Series, and though there isn't an MVP for the ALDS, Hosmer definitely played like one. His two-run blast in the 11th inning of Game 2 lifted the Royals to a win, and his homer in Game 3 gave the Royals some breathing room in the series clincher.

Hosmer, the No. 3 pick in the 2008 draft, will have to play pretty well in the ALCS to top what he has done through the team's first four postseason games. Hosmer is hitting .500 (7 for 14) with two homers and five RBIs. He also has a double, a triple and five walks.

"As an offense, I think we've been doing a good job staying aggressive in that zone and not going outside of it and getting good counts," Hosmer said. …

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