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2016 Schedule
65-60, 3rd in AL Cent
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Brian McRae: Flash once pulled a knife on Bo

In wake of the recent fight between Oakland A's teammates, former Kansas City Royals CF Brian McRae tells a story about a fight between Tom "Flash" Gordon and Bo Jackson.

Lineup: Royals (65-60) vs. Marlins (65-60)

  • 1. Paulo Orlando, CF (R)
  • 2. Christian Colon, 3B (R)
  • 3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (R)
  • 4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  • 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  • 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  • 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  • 8. Raul Mondesi, 2B (S)
  • 9. Dillon Gee, RHP
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Does Perez have best arm at catcher?

Salvador Perez has an absolute cannon behind the plate, often evoking comparisons to the Cardinals' Yadier Molina. Which of the two does Keith Law rank No. 1? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

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Greinke excelled on a struggling squad

Zack Greinke won the AL Cy Young in 2009 after leading the majors in ERA (2.16), He also led the AL in WHIP (1.02) and allowed a career-low 11 home runs ... but the Royals finished 65-97, tied for the worst record in the AL Central and second-worst in the league. Great players on bad teams

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Déjà vu for Yordano Ventura, Royals

With another gem against the Marlins, Ventura's ERA since the All-Star break is at 2.65, a big improvement over his 5.15 mark in the first half. Sounds an awful lot like last year for the right-hander. Five things we learned Tuesday

Defending champs not out of gas yet

The Royals' current nine-game win streak is the second-longest in the last 10 years by a defending World Series champion, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

  • 2009 Phillies - 10 straight wins
  • 2016 Royals - 9
  • 2013 Giants - 8
  • 2011 Giants - 8
  • 2010 Yankees - 8

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No surprise: Royals' bullpen doing work

Royals relievers have not allowed a run in their last 32 innings, the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest by any AL team since the Red Sox's bullpen went 32 1/3 innings without allowing a run in 2004, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Here come the Kansas City Royals

Counted out after an MLB-worst 7-19 July, the Royals have rally-mantised their way back into the wild-card picture with a 16-5 August. That included wins in their last nine games.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Royals have won 9 straight games, the 3rd-longest winning streak by a team this season. It was their 2nd shutout in the last 3 games. They have allowed 9 runs in their last 8 games. Every other team has allowed at least 20 runs in that same stretch. The Royals have 3 shutouts in August after having 3 from April to July.

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Cain drives in lone run to propel Royals (0:19)
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Is Wade Davis' injury a concern?

Davis has been out since July 28 with a right forearm strain and is moving closer to a return. He'd surely give the Royals, who have pushed their way back into playoff contention, a lift once he's back from the disabled list. Crasnick: Injury questions for contenders

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Jason Vargas nears major league return

Jason Vargas was called up to Triple-A on Monday as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. The team expects Vargas to be on the major league roster in September. The Kansas City Star

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Is a Royal baseball's fastest player?

When it comes to speed, Kansas City has two of the game's best options in Jarrod Dyson and Billy Burns. That said, Keith Law opines that another player on the Royals' 40-man roster could be faster than both. Best hitting/speed tools in MLB (Insider)

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Royals must cure road woes (0:53)
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Royals hold steady in Power Rankings

The Royals have won eight in a row and 13 of 15 to suddenly get back in the wild-card race, but our voters aren't budging just yet. Another big week could go a long way toward changing their minds. Week 20 Power Rankings

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Danny Duffy keeps his streak going

Duffy won his 10th straight decision on Sunday and has now gone 14 straight starts without a loss. That ties Rich Gale (1980) for the longest streak in a single season in Royals history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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BBTN: Cardinals' Chances, Cy Young Races

Keith Law talks to Jerry Crasnick & Joe Sheehan about where the Cards & Royals stand down the stretch, who has an edge in the Cy Young races & more. Plus, Todd Radom's trivia.

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Tough road ahead for rallying Royals

Wins in 13 of their last 15 games have put the Royals (64-60) back into the playoff picture. Their upcoming schedule won't be so easy, though. They are slated to face four consecutive teams with winning records.

Stats & Info

Close race for the AL wild card

The Red Sox and Orioles currently hold the top two spots, but the Mariners, Tigers and Royals aren't far behind. With Boston only a half-game back in the East, the Blue Jays are also in the picture.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs49627th
Batting Average.2636th
On Base Percentage.31322nd
Slugging Percentage.39927th
Earned Run Average4.0211th
Quality Starts5710th
WHIP1.2912th
BAA.2499th

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