The Kansas City Royals have followed that blueprint to near-perfection, a big reason why the long-downtrodden franchise is leading the AL Central and on the cusp of its first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years. There’s very little room for error when you’re a small-market club,” general manager Dayton Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. Indeed, the notoriously frugal Royals play in a market a fraction of the size of Los Angeles or New York. The Royals’ opening-day payroll?

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After he came within one out of a perfect game last September, San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit said he prayed for another opportunity. Petit didn’t exactly get it Thursday, but he will gladly settle for the next-best thing. Making his first start since July 22 as the rotation replacement for demoted Tim Lincecum, Petit set a major league record for consecutive batters retired while pitching the Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants’ third consecutive win allowed them to take the series 3-1 from the Rockies and move within 4 1/2 games of the idle Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the National League West.

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Rene Rivera started his postgame session with the media Wednesday night talking about Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne. Then the subject came around to Rivera’s offensive role in the Padres’ 3-2, 10-inning win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park. “It’s always fun to contribute to a win,” said Rivera, who tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth with a solo homer off Francisco Rodriguez — denying the Brewers’ closer his 40th save this season. With two outs an inning later, Rivera singled to center off left-handed reliever to drive home first baseman Yasmani Grandal from second and give the Padres their seventh series win since the All-Star break.

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Jeff Locke said the formula for shutting down the St. Louis Cardinals was simple. “Make them hit the ball on the ground,” the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander said. Locke pitched into the eighth inning, getting 15 of his 22 outs on ground balls, and first baseman Ike Davis hit a two-run home run to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday. “He had the ball on the ground the whole time he was out there,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Locke.

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Tyson Ross had another strong game on the mound, and also came through at the plate. Ross gave up a run and four hits over 6 1-3 innings, Abraham Almonte homered and drove in two runs, and the San Diego Padres beat Milwaukee 4-1 on Tuesday night to snap the Brewers’ five-game road winning streak. ”Pitching is No. 1 and tonight was fun.” Ross (12-12), the Padres’ lone All-Star, extended his franchise record with his 13th consecutive quality start. ”He’s growing into one of those pitchers in all of baseball where other players, others coaches, other managers are talking about Tyson as a guy that is becoming a force in National League pitching,” Padres manager Bud Black said.

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The Seattle Mariners rewarded general manager Jack Zduriencik on Tuesday, giving him a multiyear contract extension while the team contends for its first playoff spot since 2001. Seattle went into Tuesday night’s game against Texas in the races for the AL West and the wild-card spots. At 71-59, the Mariners – boosted by the offseason signing of Robinson Cano, plus some recent moves – had already matched their win total for all of last year. ”I’m excited, I’m happy to be here for a few more years,” Zduriencik said.

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One of the talented young players in the well-stocked Chicago Cubs’ farm system is expected to be called up to the big leagues. According to reports, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will join the Cubs before Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 22-year-old Soler is batting .338 this season in the minor leagues with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs’ rookie league team in Mesa, Ariz. Soler was removed from Iowa’s game against Tacoma on Monday night after belting a three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season for the Triple-A team, off Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker.

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Matt Holliday’s two-run single capped a seventh-inning rally and John Lackey pitched one-run ball over seven innings to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Holliday’s hit put the Cardinals ahead 3-1 and came after pinch-hitter Jon Jay’s RBI single tied the game. The left fielder helped give the Cardinals their ninth win in 12 games and allowed them to draw within one game of the Milwaukee Brewers, who played a late game at San Diego, in the National League Central. He has given up two earned runs or less in four of his five starts since being acquired July 31 from the Boston Red Sox in a trade.

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Just about everything is going right for the Kansas City Royals these days. The Royals played their last nine games against teams currently in last place – and they’ll play 10 of their final 33 against last-place Minnesota, Texas and Boston. Manager Ned Yost, however, is taking nothing for granted. Second-place Detroit had to fight back over the weekend just to salvage a four-game split against the Twins.

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The St. Louis Cardinals cooled off at the plate while coming up short in their bid to take over the top spot in the NL Central. Jhonny Peralta might be able to help them get back on track in a matchup he’s thrived in this season. The Cardinals will try to avoid dropping two in a row for the first time in two weeks Monday night as they open a three-game road set against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The defending Central champion, St. Louis (70-59) had a chance to move into sole possession of first place with a win Sunday and a Milwaukee loss to the Pirates (67-63).

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