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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 24: Norichika Aoki #23 of the Kansas City Royals grounds out against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 24, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Could Favorable Schedule Help Royals?

Just about everything is going right for the Kansas City Royals these days.

97.1 The Ticket–08/25/2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 12:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers grounds into a fielder's choice in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during inter-league play at PNC Park on August 12, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Victor Martinez Bothered By Negativity Of Tigers Fans: ‘They Think We’re Playing Little League Teams’

“It bothers me because people think that we’re playing Little League teams out there,” Martinez said.

CBS Detroit–08/13/2014

BOSTON, MA - JULY 19:  Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals scores as Christian Vazquez #55 of the Boston Red Sox misses the tag in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jarrod Dyson Back Flips After Kansas City Takes Over The Central [VIDEO]

There’s definitely a reason to celebrate in Kansas City right now.

97.1 The Ticket–08/12/2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 8: Pitcher Jason Vargas #51 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after being taken out of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a game on July 8, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Royals’ Hosmer Back In Lineup, Vargas Improving

Left-hander Jason Vargas peered toward the plate, wound up and delivered a fastball with total confidence, and Eric Hosmer took a massive cut with just as much certainty in his swing.

97.1 The Ticket–07/30/2014

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 24: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians catches a wild throw at second base over the top of a sliding Gerardo Parra #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourteenth inning at Chase Field on June 24, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Parra was safe and Arizona won 9-8. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Indians Ride A Marathon Roller Coaster In Loss

The Cleveland Indians took a marathon roller coaster ride in Arizona.

97.1 The Ticket–06/25/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 22: Danny Valencia #19 of the Kansas City Royals steps on third for the force out on Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners on Willie Bloomquist's sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Royals Swept By Mariners, Now Face Dodgers Aces

When a club is struggling to hit, as are the Kansas City Royals, it probably would prefer not to face a pair of aces in the next two games.

97.1 The Ticket–06/23/2014

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates scoring the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on the J.D. Martinez #28 sacrifice fly to right field during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on June 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

With Emergence Of J.D. Martinez, Pending Return Of Dirks, Who’s The Odd Man Out?

To add a player to the 40-man roster, the Tigers will have to drop one, obviously.

CBS Detroit–06/20/2014

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers bats during the first inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on June 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 4-3.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ausmus Says Too Much Hitting Work Could Be Adding To Offensive Woes

The Detroit Tigers took what manager Brad Ausmus called a “baby step” in the right direction Thursday, defeating the Kansas City Royals and snapping a three-game losing streak.

CBS Detroit–06/20/2014

BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the dugout during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Despite Another Loss, Ausmus Will Steer Clear Of Drastic Lineup Changes

“If you’re managing a struggling team and you do something radical … you kind of lose some of the players,” Ausmus said.

CBS Detroit–06/18/2014

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated in the dugout after scoring when third baseman Leury Garcia #28 of the Chicago White Sox made an error on a ball hit by Lorenzo Cain during the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on June 14, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian  Kersey/Getty Images)

Tigers Look To Recapture Comfortable Division Lead In Series With Royals

Winners of seven straight and 12 of their last 16, the Royals trail the Tigers by just a game and a half in the division standings.

CBS Detroit–06/16/2014