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Royals taste October defeat, but insist it won't linger

Royals taste October defeat, but insist it won't linger

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 22, 2014

Twenty-three days passed between losses by the Kansas City Royals, a stretch that began with them cast as America's underdogs, and finished with many wondering if they were invincible.

Eight consecutive playoff wins vaulted the Royals into their first World Series in 29 years, but seven innings of dominance from Madison Bumgarner put them in an immediate hole. The San Francisco Giants' 7-1 victory in Game 1 Monday night put a significant dent in the Royals' chances against a club that's won two of the past four World Series titles.

If there was any doubt, now the Royals - and their opponents - have confirmation that they aren't a playoff machine, that they're vulnerable and can fail in key spots and, in fact, can be beaten.

So how, then, will they respond to a taste of defeat after close to a month without it?

Well, three decades as playoff spectators certainly gives them experience in the art of the bounce back. They'd certainly like to believe as much, anyway.

"The younger, core dudes that have been in this organization have felt losing. A lot," says pitcher Danny Duffy, who pitched three innings of relief after starter James Shields couldn't record an out in the fourth inning.

"The fact we have done that has really been vital for us, because we know how to bounce back. And we know not to get down."

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