Royals beat Blue Jays, at .500 for first time since April

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Well, this gerrymandered lineup nearly did it in an interim pinch on Friday, until a 4-1 lead with two out in the ninth collapsed into a 5-4 loss.

Junis allowed a leadoff single to Jose Bautista to open the game, but got out of trouble with an unconventional double play, striking out Russell Martin as Royals catcher Salvador Perez caught Bautista trying to steal. Alcides Escobar singles to right center field. And Whit Merrifield gave them the win with a walk-off two-run double.

With two singles in his pocket, Smith doubled in the eighth off southpaw reliever Scott Alexander, although on that occasion Toronto was unable to bring Tulowitzki home from third - the Jays went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

With their 10th win in 12 games, the Royals improved to 36-36. Toronto is 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.

With a raw major-league debutant.

At three games back of Cleveland in the division and two games off the pace for the second AL wild card, the Royals can't be thinking of themselves as sellers right now. "That's why you play the game".

That doesn't mean some tough calls don't remain for general manager Dayton Moore. Kansas City has now won nine of its last 11 games to get to.500 on the season. Then, Brandon Moss walked with two outs.

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The ROA ratio is calculated by comparing net income to average total assets, and is expressed as a percentage. The Ulysses Management Llc holds 100,000 shares with $21.37 million value, down from 160,000 last quarter.

Hosmer, Cain, Escobar, Moustakas and suddenly phenomenal starter Jason Vargas will all be free agents at the end of the season.

This one left a mark that isn't likely to go away for a while.

Now nothing is simple.

Shortly after being selected by the Royals, Johnson signed on with the club. Or they could try to ride a group of proven winners and deal away the remaining prospects in the organization to bolster them in their quest for another World Series title. For so many teams, the decisions will be clear.

4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. The lineup is averaging 5.5 runs per game in June.

The Royals aren't getting much respect.

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