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79-77, 3rd in AL Cent
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Royals hold steady in Power Rankings

The Royals are aiming to finish above .500 for the fourth straight season, which the franchise hasn't done since it had six such seasons in a row from 1975-80. Still, missing the playoffs will hurt for the defending World Series champs. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Royals set a dubious record

Following homers by Victor Martinez and Justin Upton on Sunday, the Royals have allowed 201 HRs this season. That's the most ever by a team that won the World Series the previous year, breaking the mark of 200 by the 2006 White Sox, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Sunday's longest home runs

Lost in the shuffle of a benches-clearing incident between the Pirates and Nationals, Jung Ho Kang and Jayson Werth both hit deep blasts in the game. Corey Seager's 414-footer came with the Dodgers down a run in the ninth, allowing them to come back and clinch the NL West.

Gordon hits two run HR in sixth (0:22)

Lineup: Royals (78-77) at Tigers (83-71)

  • 1. Billy Burns, CF (S)
  • 2. Whit Merrifield, 1B (R)
  • 3. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  • 4. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  • 5. Paulo Orlando, RF (R)
  • 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  • 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  • 8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
  • 9. Raul Mondesi, 2B (S)
  • SP: Edinson Volquez, RHP
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Saturday's longest home runs

Nelson Cruz's monster 454-foot blast at Target Field led the way on Saturday. Kendrys Morales' 433-footer was No. 30 on the year, while Trey Mancini's 432-foot homer was his third in as many career starts. Maikel Franco and Stephen Piscotty round out the list.

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Royals scratch Salvador Perez

Perez (knee) was in the starting lineup before being replaced by Drew Butera. Manager New Yost told reporters the 26-year-old is cleared to play, but the team is giving him a day off.

How could Chase Vallot impact the Royals?

There aren't too many questions about his bat, but Vallot, a catcher, has a long way to go defensively. His hitting could carry him, even if he changes positions. Is Vallot poised for a breakout season with the Royals in a few years? Future breakout rookies (Insider)

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Tigers poised to pounce in wild-card race

With the Orioles having a rough time against the Red Sox, the Tigers could take advantage of a three-game set against the woeful Twins to claim the second wild-card spot. The Astros won on Tuesday to keep pace, but their odds still took a dip.

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Ventura hit hard but goes the distance

Yordano Ventura pitched all nine innings against the White Sox in Monday's win despite allowing nine hits and three runs. The last Royals pitcher to allow at least nine hits in a complete-game win was Paul Byrd, who gave up 10 hits in a 5-3 victory on July 18, 2002, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Hosmer historically owned the White Sox

Eric Hosmer drove in 23 runs vs. the White Sox this year, the second-highest RBI total against a team for a Royals player in a single season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. George Brett holds the record for Kansas City, having totaled 24 RBIs against the Rangers in 1985.

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Monday's longest home runs

Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Marlins' lineup with gusto, launching a 466-foot blast against the Nationals. Willson Contreras wasn't far behind with a 458-footer, while the ball was flying out of Kauffman during a matinee between the White Sox and Royals.

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Royals slip in Power Rankings

A five-game losing streak that included a four-game sweep at home to the A's, in which they were outscored 43-12, essentially knocked the Royals out of the wild-card race. Better luck next year, Kansas City. Week 24 Power Rankings

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No beating Danny Duffy at home

Duffy, who has won each of his seven home decisions this season after Sunday's 10-3 victory, is the first Royals pitcher to begin a season 7-0 or better at Kansas City since 1989, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Tom Gordon won his first eight home decisions, the first seven of which were as a reliever, that year.

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Sunday's longest home runs

Carlos Correa's first homer since Aug. 26 and 20th of the season was a no-doubter, traveling 448 feet to pace the competition on Sunday. Justin Upton and Alex Gordon also eclipsed 440 feet, while Mark Trumbo's blast was No. 43 on the year.

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Tigers, M's pushing for wild-card spot

Both Detroit and Seattle won on Sunday, while Toronto lost in Anaheim. The Blue Jays will travel to Seattle to play the Mariners in a huge series starting Monday. The Astros aren't far off the pace, but the Yankees and Royals have tough odds to overcome.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2627th
On Base Percentage.31326th
Slugging Percentage.40224th
Earned Run Average4.2218th
Quality Starts67Tied-18th

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