KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals are more than surviving their first early-season test, a rugged three-city road trip that pitted them against baseball's best -- first Atlanta, then Boston, and now Detroit.
The Royals are 3-2 on the trip, and sit atop the American League Central at 10-7.
Yes, it's a little early to start organizing parades through The Plaza. But it's not too early to give the Royals some love for standing toe to toe with the Braves, who had won nine straight before the Royals came to town, and the Red Sox, who had won six straight before the Royals showed up.
The Royals split with the red-hot Braves, then swept the Red Sox in a double-header Sunday to claim the series. It was also the Royals' first double-header sweep at Fenway Park since 1971.
One could even make the case that the Royals should be 4-1 or even 5-0 on the trip: Two bullpen meltdowns led to both defeats, though, to be fair, the bullpen has rescued the Royals plenty of times already this season.