Royals clinch first playoff berth since 1985

The Royals on Friday night topped the White Sox by a score of 3-1 and in doing so secured their first trip to the postseason since 1985.

The Royals' win paired with the Tigers' loss to the Twins (MIN 11, DET 4) means that Kansas City is still alive in the AL Central: they're one game back with two to play. Mostly, though ... 

If paces hold, the Royals will host the AL wild card game against the Athletics, who need one more win or one more Seattle loss in order to clinch the other wild card spot. However, if the Royals are able to overtake the Tigers and win the division, then they'll face the Orioles in the ALDS. 

Greatly aiding the Royals' cause this season was a 19-10 mark in August, part of a second-half run that saw them play .606 ball after the break. The Royals' 88 wins on the season is their most since they went 92-70 in 1989. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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