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Royals streak into rematch against Oakland at Kauffman Stadium

The Kansas City Royals’ Alcides Escobar (right) advanced to third base past the tag of the Oakland Athletics’ Josh Donaldson in the fifth inning on Aug. 3. The Royals won 4-2.
The Kansas City Royals’ Alcides Escobar (right) advanced to third base past the tag of the Oakland Athletics’ Josh Donaldson in the fifth inning on Aug. 3. The Royals won 4-2. The Associated Press

The matchup is scintillating. Oakland possesses the best record in baseball. Kansas City possesses the longest ongoing winning streak, a seven-game jaunt that has brought them within a half-game of the Tigers in the American League Central.

It is also a lively rematch. These two teams played a trio of interesting games during the first weekend of August. Now they will lock horns again.

Here are the pitching matchups for these next four days at Kauffman Stadium:

Monday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Yordano Ventura (9-8, 3.47 ERA) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.87 ERA).

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-9, 4.35 ERA) vs. LHP Jon Lester (12-7, 2.44 ERA).

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.: LHP Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.68 ERA) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (13-4, 2.73 ERA).

Thursday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP James Shields (11-6, 3.25 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 2.91 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

The Royals battered Tim Lincecum, ripped off their seventh consecutive victory and moved to within a half-game of Detroit.

Jarrod Dyson stole three bases, part of a teamwide heist of seven, their most in a game since 1998.

“Crazy is here,” writes Sam Mellinger. So there is that.

A child fell down yesterday.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

47.8 percent.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“Calm // Breathe” by Code Orange Kids

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