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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Kansas City Royals struggled again last week only winning two of their six games. They started the week on the road against the Minnesota Twins. The Royals won one game in the three game series. The weekend series was on the road against the Chicago White Sox. They lost two of the three games in the series. The Royals current record is 27-68. They are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in baseball.

Salvador Perez will be the American League starting catcher for the fifth season in a row. Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos was the winner of the fan vote but needed to be replaced after he suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday. Perez is the only Royal on the All-Star roster this season. It is the first time since 2012 that the Royals will only have one representative on the team. Perez has a .250 batting average and one home run in five All-Star appearances.

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Whit Merrifield was considered one of the snubs for the All-Star game roster. He is in the top five in the American League in doubles and stolen bases. He would have been able to provide depth at second base and in the outfield. Second base is one of the most competitive positions in the American League. Jose Altuve, Jed Lowrie and Gleyber Torres were all named to the All-Star game. Merrifield has had a strong season but did not make the All-Star roster because of the exceptional talent at the position around the league.

Jorge Bonifacio has played well since he returned to the team on June 29th. Bonifacio was suspended to start the season. This season he has a .306 batting average and one home run. He should see a lot of playing time because of the injury to Jorge Soler. Bonifacio could have a big impact on the Royals this season and in the future.

The Royals will have a break for the All-Star game until Friday. Their only series this week will be at home against the Minnesota Twins. The Royals are 3-3 against the Twins this season. Alex Gordon will be a player to watch in the series. In 27 at bats against the Twins this season he has a .333 batting average and one home run. The Royals will look to get back on track after the all-star game.

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