These players and 11 pitchers, including closer Perkins, led the AL to a 5-3 win over the National League in the major league all-star game on July 15 in Minnesota, enabling the Royals to have home-field advantage the World Series that starts Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep in the AL Championship Series and reach the World Series for the first time since 1985.
The Royals will host either St. Louis or the San Francisco Giants, who posted a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS.
Kansas City has won all four of its home games in these playoffs after going 42-39 during the regular season. The Royals were 47-34 on the road.
The Giants, who won the second wild-card spot in the NL, were 43-38 on the road this season and are 4-1 in the post-season away from AT&T Park.
St. Louis was worse away from Busch Stadium in the regular season at 39-42.Suggest a correction