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A Royal Return from the Break

The first game after the All-Star break looked very bleak for K.C. as they got off to a horrible start with their newly minted Ace, Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke, in 3 short innings of work, managed to give up 7 ER, a staggering 11 hits, and 3 walks. Only 2 of those hits, however, were extra base hits as Quentin had a solo HR and Joe Crede doubled off of the young Royals starter. Kansas City Royals hats & merchandise Billy Butler was the lone bright spot for KC as he belted a 3 run HR off of Mark Buerhle. Jose Guillen, the Royals controversial OF sat out this game with back spasms, which he said started after working out three straight days over the break.

The second game on the South Side proved much better for the Royals. Gil Meche was the story in this one, as he was stellar through 6 1/3 giving up just 1 ER with 6 strikeouts. Perhaps K.C. should not have retooled their rotation and left Meche as the number 1 starter? He certainly proved tonight that he deserved that much. Billy Butler hit his 2 nd HR in 2 games after the break, a pleasant sign for KC in much need of some power, especially with Jose Guillen out again with back spasms. Mike Aviles added a 2 run double for KC, and Jon Buck hit a mammoth blast in the 5 th as this one wasn’t close. Gil Meche got his 7th win of the year as Kansas City won 9-1.

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Sunday saw a great game played between the two division rivals in the series finale in Chicago. The Royals managed to squander not one, but two leads in the game, but went ahead for good in the 8 th inning on Esteban German’s 2 RBI double in the left field corner. German filled in for Jose Guillen for the 3rd straight game. Jose, still struggling with back spasms, did pinch hit in the 8th and quite an eventful inning. Guillen was hit hard on the wrist by a pitch, stole a base, and was driven in by German’s double. Hopefully Guillen returns soon, as the Royals are going to need his offense soon. Ron Mahay and “The Mexicutoner” Joakim Soria were there usual lights-out selves holding off the Sox in the 8th and 9th innings, making up for another poor outing by SP Brian Bannister. The Royals secured their first series victory IN Chicago since 2003, and look to keep their momentum going at home, Monday against Detroit, another division foe.



By Derek Mueller
Kansas City Royals Correspondent

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