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Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Tigers game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Tuesday night’s Royals-Tigers game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.

The K Zone

Royals’ magic number: 20

The Kansas City Royals beat the Tamp Bay Rays on Saturday night, and with that victory and the Minnesota Twins’ 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros, their magic number was reduced to 20.

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Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night. Gomes was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

Sam Mellinger

Alex Gordon will return to a stronger Royals team than the one he left

The Royals have played the last 48 games over 54 days without Alex Gordon, their best player, hardest worker and most admired teammate. Gordon is likely to return to the Royals on Tuesday. If not, then almost certainly this week. And we can check “long-term injury to the best player” off the list of things that could sink what could be a historic Royals season.

Judging the Royals

Here’s why Kendrys Morales didn’t run to first base

The hitter’s reaction tells you whether he thinks a ball is fair or foul; he’s looking right down the foul line and has the best view. I don’t doubt that some hitters are smart enough to try to mislead umpires by their reaction; you see guys pretend to foul a ball off their foot when it missed hitting them by six inches, but if Kendrys Morales was acting, he deserves an Academy Award. He stood at home plate looking like a guy waiting for a bus — or an umpire to get the call right.