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Royals' success in one-run games much improved this season

The Royals took three one-run affairs from the White Sox over the weekend. They are baseball's most improved team this year in games decided by a single run.

Something will have to give in this series, as the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals have the two best marks against division opponents in the AL.

The Tigers boast one of the best stables of right-handed hitters around, while the Royals' left-handed swingers have gotten the job done all year long.

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When these teams last met just a few days ago, Ian Kinsler sent the Detroit fans home happy with a two-run walkoff home run. Kinsler has post one of the highest career slugging percentages versus the Royals among active players.

Kendrys Morales ranks in the top five in the AL in both doubles and RBI, as he has become only the fourth Royals in history with at least 30 doubles and 80 RBI through the season's first 110 games.

Johnny Cueto has made seven straight starts without allowing a home run, the second-longest streak of his career.