The Royals got the last laugh by taking three of four from Cleveland, but Indian's first baseman Carlos Santana became the first player to ever hit five homers in a series against Kansas City.
The Royals won three straight against Cleveland, before being blown out on Sunday. But consider that two of the Royals wins came after they were being no hit into the seventh on Thursday and from five down on Saturday.
During their five game win streak they won two games, despite scoring just four times between them. Offense continues to be a real concern. With six hits in his last three games, there will be some who say that Billy Butler is finally starting to see the ball, but the truth is, if the month ended today, he'd finish July with virtually the same average he started it with (.272).
Butler has swung the bat well in a couple of games subbing for Eric Hosmer at first base, but he's expected to go back to DH when Hosmer returns to the lineup on Tuesday against the Twins.
Just two games out of a Wildcard spot, the Royals have the benefit of being a very average team in a relatively average league and a very average division. After three with the Twins they do go out west for six against the A's and Dbacks, then come home for seven straight games against current division leaders, but the rest of their schedule is kind and they've played well recently against the rest of the AL Central. It's going to be interesting.
A bogie at 18 cost Woody Austin nearly $9,000 Sunday at the Canadian Open, but his 66 was his best finishing round of his summer and helped him to a 29th place finish. Austin, who owns and operates Willowbend Golf Club is coming off two of his best starts of the year, finishing third at the US Senior Open, then 29th yesterday on the big tour.
Ok, it wasn't Ruth, Gehrig, Wagner, Cobb, Mathewson and the pride of Humbolt, Kansas Walter Johnson-but last weekend's induction of six men into the Baseball of Fame was impressive. Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine were two of the best of their era and Greg Maddux was one of the best of all times. In two of Maddux's best years, 1994 and '95 with the Braves when he posted ERA's of 1.56 and 1.63, former Shocker great Charlie O'Brien was his personal catcher.
In Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa you have the three of the top five most wins in managerial history all going in on the same day. I thought it was interesting that LaRussa said last weekend that players from the 'steroid era' should be let into the Hall of Fame with a dreaded asterisk attached to their name. I don't know about the *, but I don't think you can ignore outstanding players from that era. Their contributions will have to be recognized in some way.
By the way---
Can you guess who has the most wins amongst active managers? I have to admit that I wouldn't have gotten this one on a bet. It's Bruce Bochy of the Giants, by nearly 300 over the Angels Mike Sciocisa. In fact, Bochy, who cut his managerial teeth winning a Texas League title with the Wichita Wranglers in 1992, is now top 20 all-time for major league wins. He already has more career wins than 18 Hall of Famers, including Dick Williams, Earl Weaver, Miller Huggins and Whitey Herzog.