Major League Baseball: Royals 4, Tigers 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. For the first time this season, the Royals won a series. They beat the Tigers 4-2 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium in a game that lasted 2 hours and 16 minutes, thanks in part to another sterling outing from starting pitcher Jakob Junis and the speed of second baseman Whit Merrifield.
Merrifield jump-started the Royals offense in the first inning. He rolled a ground ball down the line that would have been an easy out.
Instead, Tigers third baseman Niko Goo-drum deflected it into left field. Merrifield pumped his arms, but his sprint around the bases seemed effortless. He wasted no time coming into the bag at second. He slid the final few feet and was standing to pull off his batting gloves when the throw from outfielder JaCoby Jones hit cutoff man Jose Iglesias.