(AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have spent the last month looking like a team that's poised to give contenders fits down the stretch.
That's just what the woeful Minnesota Twins have done to them.
The Royals can finish August with the AL Central's best record if they can finally figure out the visiting Twins on Friday night and record a season high-tying fourth straight win.
Kansas City (59-71) was 18 games under .500 through July, but it's 17-11 in August after finishing a sweep of playoff-contending Detroit with Thursday's 2-1 win.
The Royals have been at their best this month within the Central. They're 10-1 against their rivals after going 13-23 within the division during the season's first four months.
Kansas City won all three games against the Tigers by one run, improving to 23-16 in such situations.
"Close ballgames, high intensity in the ninth inning, so it was a good team win - all three of them," said left fielder Alex Gordon, who homered Thursday and is hitting .417...