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Aaron Crow gazed at the landing spot in the visitors' bullpen for a few seconds before he looked away. He had just thrown the pitch that on Sunday sunk the Royals, a fastball that Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava whacked for a grand slam.
Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano rounds the bases against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Seattle.
The Royals will try to get on the board in their four-game series against the Red Sox on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, as they continue to jockey for playoff positioning with the Tigers in the American League Central and others in the Wild Card races. Kansas City has dropped the first two games of this set and all five in the season series to Boston, allowing the Tigers to take a half-game lead in the AL Central with their win on Friday.
Royals closer Greg Holland is ready to resume pitching, manager Ned Yost said before Friday night's game against the Red Sox. "What we're going to do with him is look for a little lower-leverage situation his first time out.
SEPTEMBER 11: Jemile Weeks #7 of the Boston Red Sox falls on top of Norichika Aoki #23 of the Kansas City Royals at second base while trying to turn a double play during the 5th inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium on September 11, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Unsurprisingly, Koji Uehara has been removed from the closer role and Edward Mujica has inherited the ninth inning. If Mujica cannot handle the gig, which is unlikely , Junichi Tazawa would be the first alternative.
10, 2014. . Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez watches his run scoring single to left during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept.
With the Royals trying to avoid a sweep in their biggest series in years, the 32-year-old right-hander delivered. "You don't earn a nickname like 'Big Game James' for nothing," manager Ned Yost said.
He was brought here for nights like this, for games in the wind and the rain in enemy territory, for moments when the Royals season appears imperiled. James Shields revived his club and returned them to sole possession of first place in the American League Central - and all it took was seven spotless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.
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Torii Hunter had two of his three hits in a six-run third inning and Detroit beat Kansas City 9-5 Monday to move within a game of the American League Central-leading Royals. "I thought there was going to be more energy in our ballclub today , because we're looking up at the Royals in the standings and this is our chance," the manager said after the win.
Kansas City Royals' Terrance Gore, left, and Alex Gordon are doused by teammate Salvador Perez after a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.
Royals closer Greg Holland , who was held out of the weekend series at New York, was to test his right elbow in a bullpen session before Monday's opener at Comerica Park. Holland has not pitched since last Wednesday because of a tight right triceps.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 04:32 pm
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