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Royals edge Mariners, 6-5, in 12

September 24, 2013

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Wild card glance

AMERICAN LEAGUE

W L Pct WCGB

Tampa Bay 87 69 .558 —

Cleveland 86 70 .551 —

Texas 85 71 .545 1

Kansas City 83 73 .532 3

New York 82 74 .526 4

Baltimore 81 75 .519 5

Monday’s Games

Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4

Texas 12, Houston 0

Kansas City 6, Seattle 5, 12 innings

Tuesday’s Games

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 6:05 p.m.

Toront at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.

Houston at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

— Alex Gordon threw out a runner at the plate in extra innings and scored on Salvador Perez's two-out double in the 12th to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Monday night.

Kansas City moved within three games of idle Cleveland for the second AL wild card with six remaining. Texas is a game behind the Indians.

Gordon saved the Royals in the 10th inning, when his one-hop throw to Perez from left field cut down Kyle Seager for an inning-ending double play.

Greg Holland walked the first two batters in the 12th, then retired three straight to end it.

Gordon drew a leadoff walk from Lucas Luetge (1-3) in the top of the 12th and Emilio Bonifacio sacrificed. Eric Hosmer popped out before Johnny Giavotella walked.

Comments

stevieboy 1 year, 2 months ago

7 games out of first place and people are excited?...the wild card in baseball is nothing more than a prop to generate more revenue..

tecuani 1 year, 2 months ago

So what? In the 19 years the wild card has been around, six wild card teams have won the World Series, and five teams have made it but lost. I think it goes without saying that the wild card is needed to help adjust for the marathon of a season that is pro baseball.

Jeff Cuttell 1 year, 2 months ago

Tell that to the 5 Wild card teams that have won the World Series in the last 19 years. 26% of the time.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 2 months ago

With our remaining schedule, this team will realistically win 87-88 games this season. If my history is accurate, that would make this Royals team the winningest Royals team in 25 years. Playoffs or no playoffs, this is an exciting team to watch (the 1989 team won something like 92 games).

webmocker 1 year, 2 months ago

stevieboy 6 hours, 41 minutes ago "7 games out of first place and people are excited?...the wild card in baseball is nothing more than a prop to generate more revenue.."

By stevieboy's standards, we are arguably 11 games out of first place, as the American League playoffs are also presumably nothing more than a prop to generate more revenue. Until 1969, the World Series was a one round event with the American League regular season champion playing the National League regular season champion.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 2 months ago

I believe fans also have a very large reason to be optimistic about this team and its future, regardless of whether we sneak into the wild card spot or not, given that one of the key pieces to this puzzle from day one, Mike Moustakas, had a season that can be described as being as bad as could have ever been imagined. He will finish the season hitting in the low 230's with the kind of power numbers you'd expect from a middle infielder, not a corner infielder. If Mike Moustakas is able to perform at even league average next year and the other pieces of our puzzle perform as they have this season, you are looking at a team that very realistically sets the franchise single season win record.

WarHawk78 1 year, 2 months ago

Way to go Royals! I am still on your band wagon!

Royals 1 year, 2 months ago

Best season in years. Next season should be even better.

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