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Kris Medlen

Same Bunch Of Royals Heading To World Series? Think Again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Luke Hochevar was a member of the Kansas City Royals who advanced to the World Series a year ago. He was in the dugout for every playoff game, took part in all the champagne celebrations, got an American League championship ring after the season.

He never threw a single pitch, though.

That makes this year's return to the Fall Classic so much sweeter. Now recovered from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him last season, Hochevar has been able to contribute to the success of the club that made the reliever the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006.

"It feels great. There's no other way to explain it," Hochevar said. "To experience it last...