August 15, 2013 10:42 PM

After a dreamy few weeks, reality is on Royals’ doorstep

The Royals started their potentially season-defining five-game series against the division-leading Tigers here with a whimper, a 4-1 loss on Thursday that pushes them to 51/2 games back of a playoff spot. They’ve now scored — hold on, grab a calculator — three runs in their last three games which makes May seem much more recent than it did last week.

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