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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 — nearly 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 weren’t 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. (Photos: Ed Zurga/Getty Images, Jeff Roberson/The Associated Press, Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cutting back musical montages just one of the changes Rogers will introduce to Hockey Night in Canada: Rogers Sportsnet unveiled its new Hockey Central Studio on Tuesday. It features nine sets and includes the largest television studio monitor in Canada.Rogers has already introduced a handful of changes in the way it will deliver hockey to Canadians. In March, the company announced it was nudging long-time Hockey Night host Ron MacLean into a secondary role to clear room for George Stroumboulopoulos.Musical montages will not feature as prominently on Hockey Night in Canada this season as editorial control of the show shifts to Rogers Communications Inc., though executives with the company say the pre-game features will not disappear entirely. (Photo: CNW Group/Sportsnet)

Cutting back musical montages just one of the changes Rogers will introduce to Hockey Night in Canada: Rogers Sportsnet unveiled its new Hockey Central Studio on Tuesday. It features nine sets and includes the largest television studio monitor in Canada.

Rogers has already introduced a handful of changes in the way it will deliver hockey to Canadians. In March, the company announced it was nudging long-time Hockey Night host Ron MacLean into a secondary role to clear room for George Stroumboulopoulos.

Musical montages will not feature as prominently on Hockey Night in Canada this season as editorial control of the show shifts to Rogers Communications Inc., though executives with the company say the pre-game features will not disappear entirely. (Photo: CNW Group/Sportsnet)

'You can’t even dream this stuff up': Derek Jeter had a hard time stepping into the batter’s box in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the fans over the past two weeks and all the final moments at home in a 20-season career, the always cool captain of the Yankees was about to break down.

“I almost started crying driving here today,” Jeter said Thursday night after New York’s 6-5 win over Baltimore. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job of controlling my emotions throughout the course of my career. … Today I wasn’t able to do it.”

What he was able to do was give New York one more amazing moment in a career full of them, driving in the winning run in the ninth with — what else? — an opposite-field single to right field.

Even though he was playing the first game of his career at Yankee Stadium with the team eliminated from the playoff race, Jeter leaped high with both arms raised after touching first base and was embraced by his teammates.

The 14-time All-Star then lingered on the field, seemingly not wanting to give up the only job he ever hoped to have — shortstop for the New York Yankees. (Photos: Elsa/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Bill Kostroun/The Associated Pres, Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press)

A runner eases down after finishing at Newmarket racecourse on September 25, 2014 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

A runner eases down after finishing at Newmarket racecourse on September 25, 2014 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria Urkiaga (R) vies with Rayo’s Portuguese forward Lica during the Spanish league football match Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid on September 24, 2014.  (Photo: Dany Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria Urkiaga (R) vies with Rayo’s Portuguese forward Lica during the Spanish league football match Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid on September 24, 2014.  (Photo: Dany Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

A swimmer from Macao competes in the free combination synchronized swimming event final during the 2014 Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center in Incheon on September 23, 2014. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

A swimmer from Macao competes in the free combination synchronized swimming event final during the 2014 Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center in Incheon on September 23, 2014. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! Rickie Fowler of the United States shows off his new hairstyle during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 22, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! Rickie Fowler of the United States shows off his new hairstyle during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 22, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens fans exchanged their jerseys of former running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Following a video that surfaced of Ray Rice knocking his then fiancee Janay Rice unconscious in an New Jersey Casino elevator, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. The Baltimore Ravens offered fans an option for a free exchange of their Ray Rice uniforms for another Ravens player. (Photos: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel poses during a photo shoot at training camp in Toronto on Thursday September 18, 2013. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)As the Leafs open training camp, here are some key questions they’ll need to answer.

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel poses during a photo shoot at training camp in Toronto on Thursday September 18, 2013. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

As the Leafs open training camp, here are some key questions they’ll need to answer.

It was only a question of when, and against whom, and with six home games this week, it was a safe bet the Baltimore Orioles would tie up their championship in a bow for the legions of orange-clad partisans who cheer them on at Camden Yards.A remarkably balanced and resourceful team, the Orioles won their 90th game against the Blue Jays on Monday night. On Tuesday, more than 35,000 expectant fans came out to experience a celebration. They started the party in the first inning and the merriment mounted apace. By the fifth, the fans were on their feet and cheering at the end of each inning, counting the outs required for the Orioles’ first American League East title since 1997.The final score was 8-2, and the suspense was minimal. Baltimore led 4-2 after two and held that edge into the seventh, but it never felt that close. The Blue Jays obliged a hometown script. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press)

It was only a question of when, and against whom, and with six home games this week, it was a safe bet the Baltimore Orioles would tie up their championship in a bow for the legions of orange-clad partisans who cheer them on at Camden Yards.

A remarkably balanced and resourceful team, the Orioles won their 90th game against the Blue Jays on Monday night. On Tuesday, more than 35,000 expectant fans came out to experience a celebration. They started the party in the first inning and the merriment mounted apace. By the fifth, the fans were on their feet and cheering at the end of each inning, counting the outs required for the Orioles’ first American League East title since 1997.

The final score was 8-2, and the suspense was minimal. Baltimore led 4-2 after two and held that edge into the seventh, but it never felt that close. The Blue Jays obliged a hometown script. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press)