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June 16, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/16

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
The second-place Royals have a message for the first-place Tigers: Look out below.

Kansas City is riding the longest active winning streak in the majors at seven games, after taking two against the Yankees, two against the Indians, and three against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Ned Yost’s squad hovered around .500 for the first two months of the regular season, then slipped to four below (26-30) on June 1. Since then, the Royals are 11-2, and they’ve held opponents to two or fewer runs in four of their last six games.

As the Royals got hot, the Tigers got cold. Detroit enjoyed a season-high seven-game lead on May 18, then dropped seven of eight to allow its American League Central challengers—the Royals included—to tread water or catch up. The Tigers awoke to take three of four at the turn of the month, but they proceeded to lose eight of 10 and nine of 12 right after that, just as the Royals turned the corner. Brad Ausmus’ bunch took the last two games of its weekend series versus the Twins to fend off Yost’s club for now, but the Royals kept pace by sweeping the White Sox.

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