Although they’ve put some life into their slim playoff chances with outstanding pitching, the Cleveland Indians could have a tough time getting their offense on track in Minnesota. The resurgent Indians hope to keep shaving games off their postseason deficits as they go after their fourth straight victory Friday night against 15-game winner Phil Hughes and the Twins. Cleveland (79-73) appeared to be all but done after a four-game losing streak dropped it 7 1/2 games behind Central-leading Detroit and six back of Kansas City for the second wild-card spot. The Indians, however, have since won three in a row behind a pitching staff that has allowed just three runs over 31 innings.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar stood in front of his locker after hitting a home run that helped boost the Royals to a victory over the White Sox, and glanced at a TV screen hanging to his left.

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There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless.

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One swing by Conor Gillaspie ended long shutout streaks for Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis. Both relievers gave up runs for the first time in nearly three months as the Kansas City Royals’ dominant bullpen was touched up Tuesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Davis replaced Herrera with two on in the seventh inning and walked Jose Abreu to load the bases for Gillaspie, who cleared them with a triple to right-center on a 2-2 pitch to give Chicago a 7-5 lead. Also snapped was Davis’ shutout streak of 31 2-3 innings, a club record for a reliever, with the first run charged to him since June 25.

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(Adds late games) Sept 15 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Monday’s Major League baseball games – - – - Nationals 4, Braves 2 Right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to help Washington to a win over the Atlanta Braves and reduce the Nationals’ magic number for winning the National League East to two. The Nationals (86-63) could clinch their second division title in three years by beating Atlanta on Tuesday. Atlanta (75-75) have lost four successive games. Atlanta starter Ervin Santana (14-9) threw six solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.

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This was one of those wins that playoff-caliber teams have to eke out. And as weird as it may seem still, when we’re talking about the Kansas City Royals, we’re talking about a team that has every intention of playing in the postseason. If that happens, Monday night’s win may be one of those signature moments that makes the postseason DVD. The Royals beat the White Sox 4-3 , earning a walk-off win after scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth. The Royals had lost five of seven and slipped out of first place in the AL Central. They’re owners of the second AL wild card and 1 1/2 back in the division, keeping pace with the Detroit Tigers who also won in the ninth inning Monday night. One win doesn’t get a team back on track, but it sure can help. Especially after Royals manager Ned Yost bumbled away the game Sunday by not using his best pitchers in the game’s biggest moments. The managerial call this time around was simpler and less controversial — put fast guys on the bases and have them run.

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Steve Pearce may be the perfect embodiment of Baltimore’s surprising year. The 31-year-old first baseman had never played more than 61 games in a season until 2014, but his 17 home runs – 13 more than his previous career high – have helped put the Orioles on the verge of an AL East title. ”It always had a good feel to it, Steve being on the club,” manager Buck Showalter said. I’ll be ready, appreciate the opportunity, it’s an honor to be in the big leagues.”’ Pearce made his major league debut in 2007 with Pittsburgh, and he’s also played for Houston and the New York Yankees, but he’s never hit like this.

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Daniel Nava of the Boston Red Sox handed the Kansas City Royals a major setback to their playoff aspirations Sunday. But did the Royals, who haven’t reached the postseason since winning the World Series 29 years ago, have to be so darned helpful to him? With several better options seemingly available, Royals manager Ned Yost used right-hander Aaron Crow to face Nava, a switch-hitter, with the bases loaded and Kansas City leading by a run in the top of the sixth inning. Nava turned on the first pitch, a 93 mph fastball on the inside corner, and crushed it to right for a grand slam. The Royals lost 8-4 and, with the Detroit Tigers beating the Cleveland Indians, fell 1 1/2 games back in the American League Central. Why was using Crow a bad idea?

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After losing a series to the team they’re chasing in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals can’t afford to drop another to a last-place club. With a chance to end the weekend alone atop the division, the Royals aim to salvage a split of this four-game set with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Four home games against last-place Boston gave Kansas City a golden opportunity to strengthen its grip on first place in the Central after it dropped two of three at Detroit to cut its lead to one game. They bounced back with a 7-1 victory Saturday behind Jeremy Guthrie’s eight innings of three-hit ball and their best offensive showing in nearly a month.

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