AL Central Update: Indians and Naquin down Royals, Tigers fall to Twins

Indians 11 @ Royals 4

The Indians throttled the Royals this afternoon in Kansas City, beating them by a score of 11 to 4.

Ian Kennedy surrendered a solo home run to Jason Kipnis in the top of the first and Tyler Naquin did the same in the third to give the Tribe a 2 to 0 lead. Naquin would go on to have a career day, finishing 3 for 4 while  blasting another home run and a double in the game while totaling six RBI’s.

Carlos Carrasco led the Indians on the hill, going six innings while only allowing one hit and striking out six in the winning effort.

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Twins 4 @ Tigers 1

The Twins were able to take two out of three from the Tigers with a vintage performance from Joe Mauer this afternoon. Mauer went deep in the first inning and made a tremendous over the shoulder catch in foul territory.

The game was tied going into the top of the ninth until Max Kepler took Francisco Rodriguez deep. Eddie Rosario followed up with a two run homer in the same inning, to give the Twins a 4 to 1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Kintzler allowed to baserunners in the final frame but ultimately secured the save.

Reaction

In what proved to be a pivotal three days in the AL Central (games in July MATTER), the Indians stood tall. By bouncing back from a tough loss earlier in the week, the Indians were able to take the series in Kansas City and extend their lead over the Tigers to 7.5, and Royals to 9.

The Indians need to make a move, and if Andrew Miller should be their guy. Although the Indians historically shy away from big moves at the deadline, this needs to be the time to pull the trigger on a deal that could move them up into the upper echelon of the American League come October.

The Tigers blew a great opportunity at home here and wasted a quality start from Justin Verlander. Verlander went eight innings, only allowing two earn runs while striking out nine. The Tigers head to the South Side of Chicago for a four game set with the White Sox tomorrow. Another series like this could have them selling next week.

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