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Not much could make a man feel worse after attending the funeral for his nephew who was killed in Iraq, but the Kansas City Royals are somehow managing to make manager Buddy Bell's life more miserable. The Royals have lost 18 straight games, just three away from the all-time record. They're off today, which makes this Thursday less fun. No chasing history; we can't help but wonder what lifelong Royals fan Bill James thinks about all this.

Royals Lose 18th In A Row [KC Star]