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Royals return home, backs against wall
World Series Royals G Heal 1
Kansas City Royals look on during Game 5 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, in San Francisco. - photo by Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals turn to a 23-year-old rookie to save their season, but not just any 23-year-old rookie: the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues. Yordano Ventura gets the ball Tuesday night with the Royals trailing 3-2 in the World Series, the same position they were in when they sent Charlie Leibrandt to the mound against St. Louis 29 years ago. Kansas City won 2-1 that night on pinch-hitter Dane Iorg's two-run single in the ninth after a blown call by first base umpire Don Denkinger, and the Royals went on to blow out the Cardinals 11-0 a day later for their only title.