Royals lose, out of wildcard race

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SEATTLE — Well, it was fun while it lasted, and it lasted right up until the final week of the season.

The Royals lost 6-0 to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night, officially eliminating the Kansas City club from participating in Major League Baseball’s postseason. With Cleveland’s win over the Chicago White Sox (the Sox lost 17 of 19 to the Indians this year), and the Texas win over Houston (the Astros have lost 12 straight overall), the Royals ended the night 5 games back in the wildcard race with just 4 games remaining on their schedule.

Wednesday’s shutout loss, coupled with Tuesday’s 4-0 setback, means the Royals have been held scoreless in their last 18 innings. The Royals wind up their 2013 season by playing a 4-game series in Chicago against the White Sox starting Thursday night.

A side note to the Royals 75th loss of the season: Royals General Manager Dayton Moore telling the Kansas City Star prior to the contest that he wants manager Ned Yost back for next season.

“Ned and I made an advance decision a month or so ago that anything we would discuss would be after the season, and we’ve held to that,” Moore said. “But Ned has done a terrific job, and I definitely want him back. We’ll sit down and talk about it. Contractually, Ned’s up, and we’re going to work together” to negotiate a new deal. “It goes without saying that I want him back.”

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