The Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Wednesday to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985, when they defeated St. Louis 4 games to 3.
The Royals swept the Orioles 4 games to 0 in the American League Championship Series and are the first Major League Baseball team to win its first eight games of a single postseason.
The Cardinals are battling the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series, which the Giants lead 3 games to 1. The Giants won 6-4 on Wednesday night. They can clinch the N.L. pennant with a win Thursday night.