With the Royals having bludgeoned my hope nearly to death with that abysmal 6 - 23 stretch (or whatever it was--the prospect of actually looking that up is simply too depressing), it was becoming hard to motivate myself to write about the Royals.Over that span of games, the Royals played embarrassingly bad on seemingly every front. Defensively, the Royals were throwing the ball all over the field, allowing runners to advance on ill-advised throws that were variously deemed errors or otherwise. The offense scuffled to put anything together. The bullpen imploded early and often.Of course, there was management. Luis Hernandez pinch-hit for Tony Peña, Jr. despite the fact that Mark Teahen and Mike Jacobs sat on the bench at his avail. And TPJ had managed to get a hit earlier in that...

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