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The Royals have moved into first place in the American League Central

Aug 11, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

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It’s August 11th and the Royals are in first place in the American League Central. That’s not a typo.

The Royals won their eighth straight game tonight with a 3-2 victory over the Athletics at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Meanwhile, the Tigers lost 11-6 to the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. As a result, the Royals are now a half-game ahead of the Tigers in the division. It’s quite a turnaround when you consider that they were eight games out of first place on July 21. They have gone 16-3 since.


The Royals and Athletics were tied 2-2 tonight before shortstop Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead single off Sonny Gray in the seventh inning. Yordano Ventura allowed two runs over six innings before Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined for three scoreless innings to lock down the victory. The back end of that bullpen is really something. After making the catch for the final out of the game, center fielder Jarrod Dyson provided the exclamation point by doing a post-victory backflip. Fun times in Kansas City.

The Royals haven’t been to the postseason since 1985. This is the latest they have been in first place in a season since 2003.

  1. sisisisisisisi - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Wouldn’t it be wild to see Oakland and Detroit as wild cards?

    • sisisisisisisi - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Kudos to SungWoo Lee, who threw out the 1st pitch, the Royals have not lost since he arrived to the States -)

      • hojo20 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        Undefeated since he threw the pitch? Ho Lee Fuk.

      • renaado - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:24 AM

        “Undefeated since he threw the pitch? Ho Lee Fuk.”

        Some name you made there Hojo… Not to mention the “Fuk” one was definitely not funny… It ain’t even a term in Hangul writings, but rather seen as an insult. If you’d make a comment like this one then it’d be better if you’re direct to the point, not makin pointless make up names like this one.

      • Wesley Clark - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        @hojo20 – Anonymous racist comment on the interwebs? Check. It is truly amazing the garbage that people will spew when they assume there are no real consequences.

  2. chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Tigers look pretty mortal as of late, we may have an upset in the making

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Weren’t we tied earlier in the season? I can’t remember. I though we were — or close. It drove Joe P to make a homer post. Hmmmm.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Royals were actually ahead for about 36 hours in June. And, you’re just jealous Joe P doesn’t write about your team.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        I thought I remembered that. Thanks.

  4. kansacity88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Holy crap! It really hasn’t sunk in yet! I just don’t wanna have anything happen that’ll screw it up! I’m gonna be sweating bullets the rest if the season! Not shaving this beard and the wife is just gonna have to deal with it!

  5. penguins87and71 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Congrats to the Royals and good luck from a Pirates fan. I hope you guys can break your playoff drought like the Bucs did last year. I’m really pulling for them to win the division, the Royals fans deserve it.

  6. The Bronx Bombers - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    lol @ DetRiot

  7. chiadam - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    If Detroit doesn’t even make the playoffs, Ilitch will probably go insane.

  8. papajack1259 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    I am rooting for KC

  9. pete2112 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    It would be a great story if they could pull off winning the AL central and even if they just hold onto getting a wildcard spot, it’s still very impressive what they’ve been able to do. I’m rooting for them as my Yankees are pretty much toast.

  10. bigmeechy74 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    The only reason to not root for these guys would be if you were born and raised in Detroit. Otherwise it’s impossible to not want them to win

    • moogro - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      This. Baseball is awesome.

  11. insidefastball - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Note to Dyson- The slump prone 4th outfielder: You won a game, not the division. Division rivals tend to remember such foolish antics.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      You seem like a laugh-a-minute type of guy

  12. twinfan24 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Go Royals!

    When my team is out of it, and that is early and often the last few seasons, I tend to cheer for the teams that haven’t been to the playoffs in a while. Pirates the last couple of seasons and Royals this year. Give those players and fans something to cheer about.

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