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Weekend Rumblings - News for September 26, 2015

Division winners, the Royals are.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for September 26, 2015

You can pick up your American League Central champions gear right now!

Academy Sports + Outdoors said its Overland Park, Olathe, Belton and Topeka stores will reopen to sell the championship merchandise.

Boxes of the Royals American League Central Championship T-shirts have arrived at the stores. The stores will remain open until the last customer is served or the championship gear is sold out.

The company said new shipments will arrive daily as long as there’s a demand for the products.

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Lee Judge discusses what the Royals should aim for in the rest of the division.

The Royals have 10 games left in the regular season. They’ve got a spot in the playoffs secured, but are still battling the Toronto Blue Jays for home-field advantage and home-field advantage could turn out to be a big deal. If Kansas City has to play a series in a smaller ballpark — one that favors home run hitters more than fly ball pitchers — an extra game at home could be huge.

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At Royals Authority, Craig Brown has a great piece looking at the division-clinching game and this year.

Fitting it was Davis, whose arrival in Kansas City, along with James Shields, heralded these new Royals. It signaled that they were no longer content with being the mediocre team. With their young talent coming through the pipeline in Phase One of The Process, it was time to compliment that talent to get the team to the next level. The Royals have had difficulty developing starting pitching. They dipped into their farm system to grab some by other means. Fans howled. The Royals preached patience and stressed they did, in fact, have a plan.

The plan has been a resounding success. Since the start of the 2013 season, no team in the AL has won more games.

Bryce Jones of Kings of Kauffman talks about the Tommy John procedure and recovery after Greg Holland's diagnosis.

The ulnar collateral ligament joins the humerus (the long bone that goes from the shoulder to the elbow) to the ulna.  The ulna is one of two of the bones in the lower arm.  If your arm is down and the face of your hand is forward, the ulna is the bone in your forearm that is closer to your body. A ligament is a fibrous connection that join bone to bone.

During the operation, holes are drilled in the ulna and humerus bone near the elbow.  They take a non-critical tendon from the other arm or somewhere else (such as the palmeris tendon in the forearm). The surgeon weaves it between the holes in humerus and ulna bones and it is then anchored.  The ulna nerve can  be moved to reduce pain.

We're a few days away from the celebration, but it's still great to relive. Check out the Royals section of the Kansas City Star online for a lot of really great content.

The highlight of the celebration, however, is this instant classic.

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Other items of interest

The Kansas City Royals clinch the AL Central.

The American League Central Division is owned by the Royals.

It's been a long time since the Royals last clinched their division.

Kansas City wins the division, shocking 85 out of 88 ESPN 'experts.'

People were very happy that the Royals clinched their division.

Weekend classic

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