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• Kansas City starters had posted 85 quality starts this season entering Wednesday, tied for second most in the American League behind the Tigers, whose starters have 95.

• Wednesday's series finale in Cleveland was the Royals' 44th game in 44 days. They went 25-18 through the first 43.

• The Royals held a 6-9 mark against the Indians entering the game -- having gone just 2-6 in Cleveland.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.