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The Mo'ne Masterpiece

BY ALBERT CHEN

P. 4

Kobe In Twilight

BY CHRIS BALLARD

P. 48

After underperforming for most of the year, Billy Butler's bat has, like the hopes of Royals diehards, come alive in August.

The ROYAL Treatment

September Is Coming, and for the First Time in Nearly 30 Years It Will Matter in Kansas City

BY BEN REITER

P. 36

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SI HAS REGIONAL COVER THIS WEEK: CHARLIE RIEDEL/AP (ROYALS)