The Playoff Race: Competitors Close on Kansas City Royals


Not only did the Kansas City Royals lose to the Rangers 3-1 Sunday afternoon, Detroit, Seattle, Cleveland and New York all won. In short, it wasn’t exactly a good day for  Royals fans.

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Kansas City finished their 9 game road trip in Texas, blowing the chance to sweep the Rangers in Arlington for the first time in 11 years.

While Jason Vargas gave a game performance, allowing only 2 earned runs in 6 innings despite struggling with his command,  the Royals offense failed to do its part. The only run they could muster against Scott Baker, who came into the game with a 5.74 ERA, was Billy Butler‘s solo home run (9).

Eric Hosmer is scheduled to get an x-ray on the stress fracture in his right hand. If he is cleared, he can begin swinging a bat on Monday. Even then, he is likely two weeks away from taking the field.

While it will be a bit of a puzzle to fit him back into the lineup after the acquisition of Josh Willingham, the Royals could use a healthy Hosmer for the final playoff push.


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The Tigers beat up on the Twins 13-4 on Sunday behind 4 RBI’s apiece from Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez. Max Scherzer was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, recording his 15th win (against 4 losses) despite allowing 3 runs in only 5.0 innings. The win allowed the Tigers to close to within 2 games of Kansas City in the Central.

Cleveland also won, bringing them to 6 games back. Rookie Trevor Bauer notched his 5th win with 6.0 shutout innings against Houston in a 3-1 Indians’ victory.

They aren’t going away quite yet.


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The Mariners and Yankees both won to gain a game on Kansas City. Seattle defeated Boston even though the Red Sox knocked out starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the 3rd inning by coming back from an early 5-3 deficit to win 8-6. Dustin Ackley powered the Mariners’ comeback with a single, double, triple, 3 runs scored, and 1 RBI.

The Royals now hold a slim, 1-game margin over the Mariners for the 2nd wild card spot.

The Yankees have won 4 straight to right their ship after a bad streak. New York defeated the hapless White Sox 7-4 to finish off a series sweep. Brian McCann struck the big blow, hitting a 3-run shot (15) in the 10th inning to power a Yankee walkoff win.

The Yankees play a 1-game rainout makeup game at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. It will be Derek Jeter’s last regular-season appearance in Kansas City.

The only team that trailed KC that lost on Sunday was the Blue Jays, who dropped a game to Tampa Bay 2-1 in 10 innings.