Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) drops a throw to second in an attempt to pick off Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) in the second inning during Thursday's baseball game on September 11, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) drops a throw to second in an attempt to pick off Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) in the second inning during Thursday's baseball game on September 11, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JOHN SLEEZER
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) drops a throw to second in an attempt to pick off Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) in the second inning during Thursday's baseball game on September 11, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JOHN SLEEZER
Judging the Royals

Judging the Royals

Lee Judge shares insights from KC's major-leaguers.

The Royals have to pitch and defend or they don’t win

September 12, 2014 12:09 AM