All hail the Royals?
When the red-hot Royals — 23-6 since July 22 — streaked past the Tigers and into first in the AL Central this month, it was something to shout about in Kansas City. The Royals brought the longest active playoff drought into this season, 28 seasons since winning the 1985 World Series. Some lowlights from the Royals’ 28 years in the postseason wilderness. -COMPILED BY RICHARD McSWEENEY