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Nearly 50 Games Into the Season

By Tim Pafford

        As the season sees itself continue on, the Royals have been holding their own.  They currently sit perfectly at a .500 record this season.  This is still the strongest they have been in a very far reach to any fan's memory.  But this is where the real tests start.
       Last night the Royals lost by the largest run deficit since their struggles from a year ago.  And they did it at home.  Just like they did to the Twins in July of last year.  The Royals are still struggling to beat the team on top of their division.  Something all teams (who want to seriously compete) need to do.
        We now see that three star players from the minors are coming up.  Eric Hosmer has been up for a few weeks now and is proving that he is  a team player.  He has shown he deserves to be on a major league team with both his abilities with the bat and the glove at 1st base.
        Everett Teaford is getting his first taste of pitching in the majors tonight, just as Danny Duffy will tomorrow against the Texas Rangers.  These replacements are to assist in the damage injuries have started to take on the starting rotation for the Royals.
        Bruce "Juice" Chen was put onto the disabled list due to left arm tightness.  The tightness, plus a lack of taking chances of harming the only Royals' starter with a good win-loss ratio, Ned Yost has put the "Juice" out of the rotation for a few weeks.
        To add even more pain to the starting rotation, Kyle Davies was taken out of  the 1st inning of last night's game due to shoulder soreness.  It is still not confirmed how extensive the potential injury is.  But it was stated that he was scheduled for MRIs today for a definite answer.
      What will set the Royals as a team that will compete this year, and into the future, will be the test of how well they handle the new vacancies.  Will those called on fill the shoes of those with experience?  Will they exceed exceptions?  Will the Royals see themselves still fighting to achieve a post-season birth?  Or will they see themselves self-destruct in the later months of the season just as fans have seen them do in too many recent years?  

       I root for success!  

  I want to see it!!

Let's go, Royals!!!

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