Kansas City Royals
Verlander pitched his final regular season start of 2014 better than he had pitched all season.
The Indians began the week with improbable odds of making the playoffs.
The Indians waited more than three weeks to gain a little ground on the Royals. They gave it right back in a few hours.
It was 1-1 in the sixth when a line drive and a wild throw led to an appeal toss and a pair of umpire discussions that wound up ruling a Royals runner had left third base too soon.
A combination of 19 hits and seven scoreless innings from Justin Verlander helped the Tigers jump 1.5 games ahead of the Royals in the Al Central Division.
Liam Hendriks’ abbreviated start forced Royals relievers to work six innings, and that didn’t work out very well.
Jarrod Dyson loves to boast about what speedy base runners can do.
The Kansas City Royals have not been to the playoffs in 29 years and are skidding towards a 30th straight season.
When the Kansas City Royals look at the AL Central standings Saturday morning, they will be looking up at the Detroit Tigers for the first time in more than a month.
When you are managing a team in playoff contention for the first time in decades, you are bound to be second-guessed by fans whenever your team struggles.