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July 11, 2012 5:35 AM

Now back to the real world: Royals are woeful 37-47

Positives first: Maybe the Kansas City Royals are going to build off all the All-Star Game hoopla and get back into the race to win the Central Division title in the American League. Negatives now: That's going to be tough to do, because KC is a woeful 37-47 after the first half of the season, 9.5 games out of first place. And the team was really, really trying to come into the Midsummer Classic break with a winning record and failed to do that. The Royals have the 24th worst record in baseball. And the 14-23 win/loss showing at Kauffman Stadium is the worst home record in the game. But it's baseball, hope springs eternal, and maybe the pitching staff will turn around, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and the other hitters will really turn it on, and the Royals will have a fantastic second half. One thing seems sure: KC fans still like this team. Attendance is up for the year, and Kauffman Stadium looked like an exceptional place to play a professional baseball game during the recent All-Star Game festivities. I know I will be going to more games in the second half. I just hope to see some additional victories on the field. Yael T. Abouhalkah

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