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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. Juan Cuadrado Juventus Jersey . - Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in. It had been 29 years since the Royals played a post-season game a€” three decades spent mostly as a laughingstock. But on Tuesday night, already drenched in victory champagne, the young first baseman felt as if the whole world had watched their coming-out party. This team showed a lot of character tonight, Hosmer said. We werent going to quit. Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game. Quite a start to October baseball a€” even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the As lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000. It was the final collapse in a season that looked so promising this summer. This will go down as the craziest game Ive ever played, said Hosmer, who sparked the final Royals rally with a one-out triple. This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season. Making their first post-season appearance since winning the 1985 World Series, the Royals are sticking around. Theyll open their best-of-five Division Series on the road Thursday night against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels. After falling behind by four runs, the Royals raced back with their speed on the bases a€” they led the majors with 153 steals this season. Kansas City swiped seven in this one to tie a post-season record previously shared by the 1907 Chicago Cubs and 1975 Cincinnati Reds, according to STATS. The biggest one came in the 12th. Hosmer scored the tying run on a high chopper to third by rookie Christian Colon, who reached safely on the infield single and then stole second with two outs. Perez, who was 0 for 5 after squandering two late chances to drive in key runs, reached out and pulled a hard one-hopper past diving third baseman Josh Donaldson. Colon scored easily, and the Royals rushed out of the dugout for a mad celebration. Sitting upstairs in a suite, Royals Hall of Famer George Brett put his hands on his head in near disbelief at the frenzied and jubilant scene that was unfolding below. It was unbelievable, Perez said. The As raced out to a 7-3 lead by the sixth inning, but the Royals countered with three runs in the eighth. Nori Aokis sacrifice fly off Sean Doolittle in the ninth forced extra innings. Kansas City squandered chances in the next couple of innings, as midnight came and went on the East Coast and the tension continued to build. Rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, just drafted in June, pitched two scoreless innings but walked Josh Reddick to start in the 12th. Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo delivered an RBI single off Jason Frasor to put the As ahead 8-7, but Hosmer hit a drive high off the left-centre wall against Dan Otero for a leadoff triple in the bottom half, and Colon drove him in with a bouncer that barely travelled 50 feet. That set the stage for Perez, who lined a pitch from Jason Hammel down the third-base line. They finally got ahead there in the 30th inning or whatever it was, said Brandon Moss, who drove in five runs with two homers for Oakland. That was definitely the best baseball game Ive ever been a part of. The long-suffering Royals hadnt played in the post-season since beating St. Louis in the 1985 World Series, and the excitement the permeated the city might best be summed up by a statement posted by the Kansas City Police on Twitter in about the 10th inning: We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. Wed like to hear the Royals clinch. For the As, it was a stunning and heartbreaking finish. They had the best record in baseball before wilting in the second half, and needed a victory on the final day of the regular season just to squeeze into the playoffs. Oakland had chances to put all that in the past. Instead, the season ended abruptly for a team that has failed over and over again in the post-season. Its kind of a microcosm of the year that we had, Doolittle said. A much-anticipated pitching showdown between Oakland ace Jon Lester and Kansas City counterpart James Shields instead turned into a high-scoring game and a battle of attrition between bullpens. It was absolutely epic, Shields said. You dont write a story like that. Doolittle tried to save it for Oakland in the ninth, but he gave up a bloop single to pinch-hitter Josh Willingham. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was sacrificed to second and then brashly stole third, allowing him to score on Aokis deep fly to right field. It was the third time in the last three seasons that Doolittle has blown a post-season save. Thats the most incredible game Ive ever been a part of, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Our guys never quit. We fell behind there in the fifth inning, sixth inning. They kept battling back. They werent going to be denied. It was just a great game. UP NEXT Yost has refused to discuss who he might pitch in the opener against the Angels. The two best bets are vastly different options: Danny Duffy is a young, hard-throwing lefty who plays on passion, Jeremy Guthrie is a cerebral right-hander who relies on guile. TRAINERS ROOM Oakland C Geovany Soto left the game after hurting his left thumb tagging Hosmer at the plate to end the first inning. Post-season BLUES The As havent won a playoff series since sweeping Minnesota in the 2006 ALDS. Weve had our ups and downs, catcher Derek Norris said, especially in the playoffs. Federico Bernardeschi Juventus Jersey . The Goldeyes (10-7) lost 4-1 to the Saltdogs (8-9) Sunday afternoon before 5,834 sizzling fans at Shaw Park. The loss drops Winnipegs record to 3-4 during this past weeks seven-game homestand. Paulo Dybala Jersey . Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes. He was headed for his fourth triple-double of the season, but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score. Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points for Chicago, going 5 for 6 on 3-pointers, Carlos Boozer added 18 points, D.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Isaiah Thomas thrust both arms in the air and started back down the court, his 3-pointer having just essentially clinched a victory.A lot of players are celebrating at Madison Square Garden these days, and none of them are Knicks.Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday.It was the seventh straight home loss for the Knicks, who havent won at MSG since beating Philadelphia on Nov. 22. New York has lost four straight overall and is 5-24.I can just see it out there on the court, that we dont believe in ourselves to be able to go down the stretch and win basketball games, Carmelo Anthony said.Markieff Morris added 19 points for the Suns, who won their second straight after a six-game skid. They got 57 points from their point guard trio of Bledsoe, Thomas and Goran Dragic.Thats the strength of our team, Thomas said. When were playing at a high level that gives us the best chance of winning.Thomas made a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, giving Phoenix the lead for good and triggering an 8-0 burst. Marcus Morris made another and Alex Lin tipped in a miss for a 75-68 lead, and the Knicks were playing catch-up from there.Anthony had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks after missing a game with a sore left knee, but he was on the bench for a rest when the Suns surged into the lead in the 3:18 before he re-entered.Theres really no excuse for that, Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. That group that started the fourth quarter, we talked about if we win the fourth quarter, we win the game, and those first few minutes of the fourth quarter were probably the worst stretch of the game.Jose Calderon added 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Amare Stoudemire while already playing without the injured Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.New York got within three points headed into the final 3 minutes, but Thomas made a free throow, Markieff Morris nailed a jumper and Thomas followed with a 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 95-86 with 1:34 to go. Miralem Pjanic Jersey. Carmelo for that stretch there, I dont know what he scored, three or four straight times. Youre going, OK, hes going to be a handful in there, and thats the time of the game that he likes to get going, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. But again, every time we seemed to match it with something.Phoenix burst out to a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter before Calderon steadied the Knicks with a couple of 3-pointers. New York cut it to three after one and surged to a seven-point lead in the final minute of the second before taking a 47-44 advantage to halftime.Markieff Morris then scored 12 in the third quarter to keep Phoenix within a point headed to the final 12 minutes.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix is 6-1 on the road against Eastern Conference teams. ... Markieff Morris, who picked up two technical fouls and was ejected from Wednesdays loss in Charlotte, got called for another after the first half ended Saturday. Anthony shot it before the second half started.Knicks: The Knicks were playing the first of three straight day games. They visit Toronto on Sunday afternoon and are home to face Washington in a noon tip on Christmas. ... Shumpert said he doesnt need pain medication for the shoulder he dislocated Dec. 12 at Boston, just ice. The Knicks said after the injury that he would be re-evaluated in three weeks.TRIPLE THREATBledsoe and Thomas carried the load while Dragic shot just 4 for 11, but Thomas knows it can go another way the next game. We know that one night it might not be your night or it might be your night, just go out there and play the same way, he said.AND NOT MUCH BETTER ON THE SECOND NIGHTThe Knicks fell to 0-7 on the first night of back-to-back games. They are 1-5 on the second.UP NEXTSuns: Visit Washington on Sunday.Knicks: Visit Toronto on Sunday. Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Disocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '