Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/11/13
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The Kansas City Royals haven't had too much trouble with any opponent lately. That doesn't figure to change during a visit from the NL-worst Miami Marlins. Wade Davis will try to lead the Royals to their 17th win in 20 games with another strong outing in Monday night's series opener. Kansas City (61-54) has boosted its chances of ending a 28-year playoff drought with an 18-5 record since the All-Star break. The Royals bounced back from a 5-3 loss to visiting Boston on Saturday by holding on for a 4-3 victory the next day. They scored all the runs they would need in the first three innings, and Alex Gordon hit his third homer in five games in the last of those frames. The win kept Kansas City within one-half game of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and 4 1/2 back of Oakland in the race for the final wild-card berth. "We're playing great baseball right now. We just have to maintain our focus on that," manager Ned Yost said. Davis (5-9, 5.42 ERA) will try to keep the Royal...
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