Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Eric Skoglund delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Eric Skoglund delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Gene J. Puskar AP
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Eric Skoglund delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Gene J. Puskar AP

Blair Kerkhoff has covered sports for The Kansas City Star since 1989.