Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series in KC Has a Different Feel

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series in KC Has a Different Feel

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KANSAS CITY * For the first time in 30 years, or since the final game of the 1985 World Series, the Cardinals and Kansas City Royals are battling as first-place teams, each entering the weekend series with the best record in its league. And Royals manager Ned Yost said could he feel a different buzz.

"There's a lot of history here between the two clubs and a lot of it came from 1985. But it's fun to be able to at least be competitive with them," said Yost.

"We had some good series with them last year. At the end of the year, we finally proved we were a championship caliber team. My feeling is that there are two championship teams going at each other for three games."

For much of the teams' interleague history, there have been as many Cardinals fans or more than Royals fans at Kauffman Stadium because the Cardinals were winning and the Royals weren't.

Yost said he had been just happy that there had been big crowds.

"I didn't care if there was a lot of red here. It didn't upset me," he said.

"But I don't think that's going to be the case tonight, tomorrow or the next day. You're going to be seeing a whole lot of blue in this stadium."

Besides two championship-caliber clubs, Yost said that the best two catchers in baseball will be on hand in the Cardinals' Yadier Molina and the Royals' Salvador Perez.

"I would take either one of them," said Yost. "I think they're both special. I've always had a lot of respect for and admired Yadier Molina from the first time I saw him. The first I saw Sal, I said, 'Here comes another Yadier a guy who can catch and throw and be an offensive force.'

"You've got two Gold Glovers and All-Stars who are run producers. They don't come around very often."

Former catcher Mike Matheny, the Cardinals' manager, said a lot players today go about their jobs trying not to make a mistake. Perez and Molina, he said, "are two fearless players who don't see the game through those eyes. They see it through, 'What do I have to do to make a difference?'"

The Royals' bullpen had the lowest earned run average in the majors at 1.61 entering Friday's game, with the Cardinals second at 2. …

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