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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Kansas City Royals struggled this week losing both of their series. They started the week on the road against the Baltimore Orioles. The Royals won the first game 15-7 but lost the last two games in the series. Their weekend series was on the road against the Cleveland Indians. The Royals started the weekend strong with a 10-9 victory but lost the final two games in the series. The Royals are 13-29 this season and 6-6 in the month of May.

The Royals are in fourth place in the American League Central. The Cleveland Indians lead the division with a record of 20-19, 7.5 games ahead of the Royals. The Chicago White Sox are at the bottom of the division with a record of 10-27, 1.5 games behind the Royals. The division has been tight so far this season but the Cleveland Indians are starting to separate from the other teams.

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Salvador Perez has been strong since returning from his injury late last month. He has a .278 batting average and five home runs in 20 games. Last week he hit three home runs against the Orioles and Indians. Perez missed the beginning of the season due to a tear in his knee. Salvador Perez is a big part of the offense and he has been strong to start the 2018 season.

The Royals have been one of the strongest defensive teams to start the season. They have a team fielding percentage of .987, which is the fourth best in the American League. All of the Royals regular starters have a fielding percentage over .974. Jon Jay and Salvador Perez both have a perfect fielding percentage. The Royals are not only consistent in the field but they also have range. They rank in the top half of the American League in Ultimate Zone Rating. The Royals have struggled to start the season but their defense has been strong.

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The Royals have a six game home stand next week. The first series will be against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Royals were 4-3 against the Rays last season. Whit Merrifield will be a player to watch in the series. Last season he had a .280 batting average and three home runs against the Rays. The Royals weekend series will be against the New York Yankees. Last season the Royals were 2-5 against the Yankees. Rookie Gleyber Torres is off to a hot start with the Yankees. The second baseman has a .319 batting average and three home runs in 20 games. The Royals will have two good tests against American League East opponents this week.

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