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Royals fall to Detroit 3-2 after controversial call and missed opportunities

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez was ruled out on convoluted sixth-inning play and the Royals lost 3-2 to Detroit in what could have been pitcher James Shields’ last game at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals now trail the Tigers by two and a half games in the American League Central.

Vahe Gregorian

This loss is a tough one for the Royals to swallow

It’s a matter of debate whether the 10-1 loss to the Tigers on Friday was more deflating than the bizarre encore Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. But the flat voices and bewildered undertone in the clubhouse Saturday suggested this one would be a chore to shrug off, especially as time shrivels away.

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Crazy, confusing play costs Royals in loss to Tigers

Maybe the only person in Kauffman Stadium who didn’t see Salvador Perez tag up from third base on a line drive that turned into a throwing error was Hernan Perez, a September call-up who was paying attention. It took a Royals run off the board and the Tigers went on to win 3-2