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Royals Move Single-A Minor League Team To Lexington

The Kansas City Royals will no longer have their Single-A affiliate in Kane County, Ill., as the team announced Thursday that distinction will now belong to the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League through the 2016 season.

Affiliated with the Houston Astros since their inaugural season in 2001, Lexington, Kent., provides the Royals with it's first team in the South Atlantic League since the 2000 season. "We're very excited, we've wanted to be in this league for a long time," said Scott Sharp, Royals director of Minor League operations, in a team statement.

"I have had the fortunate experience of getting to work with the Kansas City Royals the past five seasons through our ownership stake in the Omaha club," said Legends president Andy Shea. "Every single occasion has been the ultimate professional encounter. This is a fantastic fit for Lexington, Whitaker Bank Ballpark and the Lexington Legends."

The Kane County Cougars are now the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs