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Royals in 1st; playoffs next?
Do not adjust your Internet settings. The Kansas City Royals really are in first place on Aug. 11, after beating the Oakland A's for their eighth straight win -- their 16th win in the past 19 games -- while the Detroit Tigers lost their third in a row. The Royals, in first at the latest point in a season since 2003, once again are aiming to end their nearly three-decades-long playoff drought. The Tigers, meanwhile, were eight games ahead of the Royals less than a month ago and saw their onetime ace leave after just one inning Monday. What will happen?
Will Verlander bounce back?
A rough outing Tuesday night capped a miserable August for Justin Verlander, as he dropped to 12-10 with a 3.73 ERA. More troubling? He's winless in his past four starts and the Tigers are 13-15 in games he's started. But there's good news: With the Tigers a near-lock for the playoffs, Verlander has time to figure things out. And the stats show he's done it before: Verlander is 9-4 in August the past four seasons, but 13-1 in September in the past three. Will he bounce back in time to help Detroit in the playoffs?
Yu Darvish vs. Justin Verlander
Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander will face off on Thursday as the Rangers host the Tigers. Both pitchers have excelled this season, with Verlander sporting a miniscule ERA and Darvish coming within one out of throwing a perfect game. Who will prevail when these two pitching titans face off? Could this matchup be a playoff preview?