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In honor of the Royals, Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar reached base on a swinging bunt

In the 2014 postseason, the Royals became somewhat famous for their speed on the basepaths and willingness to bunt. Those two aspects of baseball, somewhat discounted in recent years, helped propel them to the American League pennant.

In 2015, the Royals are back -- this time, however, they don't need to rely on small ball for their success and, despite losing to the Blue Jays, 7-1, in Game 5 of the ALCS, are still just one win away from their second World Series appearance in a row. Toronto, on the other hand, may be stealing from the Royals' old bag of tricks in an attempt to get back into the series.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning of Wednesday's Game 5, Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar didn't exactly bunt -- although, the result was essentially the same:

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It wasn't technically a bunt, but the Rogers Centre turf slowed the ball down enough to ensure that Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez had no play. Ultimately, Pillar's speed was just too much to catch up with.

We like to think Pillar was simply honoring the Royals and their contributions to the bunt art form.