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• Major League Baseball's highest-attended pre-Memorial Day weekend in history -- 1,652,935 tickets were sold for 45 games -- got some help from Kansas City, where 85,397 fans flocked to the Royals' three-game Interleague series against the D-backs. Add Thursday's attendance against the Orioles, and the Royals averaged 28,368 for their last four home games.

• Tim Collins, who struck out five of six batters on Tuesday, was leading American League relievers with 30 strikeouts through Sunday. The Royals also led all AL teams with 138 strikeouts by relievers.

• The Royals are scheduled to get an up-close-and-personal look at Andy Pettitte, who returned to the Yankees from retirement, on Wednesday night. Pettitte is 13-3 with a 3.48 ERA against the Royals in his career.