Ervin Santana's post-All-Star break pitching is a big reason why the Kansas City Royals are in the playoff hunt.
Alexei Ramirez has been on a tear lately, but the Chicago White Sox have little left to aim for other than to play spoiler.
Santana takes the mound for Kansas City against the visiting White Sox on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.
The Royals (64-59) are all but out of the AL Central race after losing three of five to Detroit to fall 8 1/2 games behind the Tigers. Saturday and Sunday's losses were blown opportunities after Kansas City swept Friday's doubleheader.
"We had a chance to win the series," manager Ned Yost said after Sunday's 6-3 setback.
A wild-card spot is still attainable for the Royals, who haven't made the playoffs since 1985.
Santana (8-6, 3.19 ERA) has been one of the AL's best this year, posting a career-low ERA in his first season with Kansas City. He's been especially good since giving up se...