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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals had mixed results last week losing their first series and winning their second. They started their week on the road against the Detroit Tigers. The Royals lost the series 2-1. It was their first series loss since May. The Royals weekend series was at home against the Minnesota Twins. The Royals won that series 2-1 and won their makeup game from April. Overall, the Royals had a good week despite losing their first series.

 

The Royals moved up in the division and wild card standings this week. They own second place as they hurdled the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central. The Cleveland Indians lead the division with a record of 44-39, but only by 1/2 game ahead of the Royals. The Royals have also improved in the wild card standings. The Royals are now solely in the #2 spot in the American League wild card race. The New York Yankees are in the first Wild Card spot, and only 1/2 game ahead the he standings.

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Throughout the week the Royals made some key roster moves. They designated right-handed pitcher Seth Maness for assignment and moved Luke Farrell to the 40-man roster. Farrell made his major league debut on Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. He pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs. He received a no-decision in the game because of the Royals comeback. The Royals also placed Matt Strahm on the 60-day disabled list. Strahm suffered a patellar tendon tear on Saturday. They called up Al Albuquerque to fill his spot in the bullpen. The roster moves this week will have a big impact on the starting rotation and bullpen.

 

The All-Star game is next week and the Royals had two players selected to the All-Star rosters. Salvador Perez was named the starting catcher for the American League. It will be his fifth All-Star Game appearance. Last year he had a two-run home run against former Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto. Jason Vargas was also named to the All-Star Game roster. It will be his first appearance. Vargas has the lowest ERA and most wins in the American League.

The Royals will have two important west coast match-ups in their final week before the All-Star break. They will start the week on the road against the Seattle Mariners. The Royals will face former outfielder Jarrod Dyson who has 19 stolen bases this season, the is third most in the American League. The Royals weekend series will be against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Royals are scheduled to face Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. Kershaw is tied with Jason Vargas for the most wins in the MLB and has the second highest ERA in the National League. It will be important for the Royals to finish the first half of the season strong before heading into the All-Star break.

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