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First-place Royals? Better start to believe it

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

When the Royals rolled out of bed Tuesday morning and glanced at the standings, they saw something that hadn't been the case since many of them were in junior high school.

Kansas City was sitting atop the AL Central and the playoffs were closer than opening day.

After they won their eighth straight game Monday night, against AL West-leading Oakland no less, the Royals assumed control of their division at the latest point in a season since 2003.

Perennial powerhouse Detroit had been relegated to second place, at least for a day, and an entire city that has been starved for winning was able to relish the moment.

Walkup sales at Kauffman Stadium are booming. In the past, the Royals were happy to get 10,000 fans on a Tuesday night in August.

But officials are expecting up to 25,000 for Tuesday night's campaign.

"It's a good time to come to the ballpark," said Curtis Yates.

Some are joking about keeping South Korean uber-fan SungWoo Lee in Kansas City until the end of the season since he's been an incredible good luck charm for the Royals since arriving in the United States.

Royals player Billy Butler shared some BBQ with Lee. He said the fan atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium is amazing.

"The fans here are extremely loyal and they deserve this," Butler said. "They're just as excited and we are too.

Pitcher Danny Duffy said it's a fun ride.

"It's amazing," he said. "I'm really proud of the way our fan base has reacted."

Some fans were disappointed that even more didn't show up Tuesday night to cheer on the first-place Royals, saying it should be a sell out on an August night with relatively cool temperatures.

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