The Kansas City Royals will try to preserve their slim hopes for a wild-card playoff berth when they open a three-game road series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Kansas City (75-77) is 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins with 10 games remaining in the race for the American League's second wild-card spot. The Royals will aim for their third consecutive victory after posting back-to-back wins over the Toronto Blue Jays, 15-5 and 1-0.
Meanwhile, another Pirates hitter sent chills down his offensive numbers and one of the game's best young talents saw his star dim along with his team's postseason hopes. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox: The potential cornerstone to a future Pale Hose revival woke up on Sept. 10 with a .182 batting average and appeared headed toward a long offseason of debates on whether he would reach his immense upside. Much of his damage came in a weeklong spurt from Sept. 14-21 when Moncada put up a slash line of .407/.448/.741 with a 1.189 OPS.
How the magic numbers for Major League Baseball's division titles look entering play on Saturday, Sept. 23