The Royals receive an opportunity to restart an impressive streak Saturday that was snapped in their last series.
Kansas City had claimed its previous eight series before splitting with Colorado on Thursday. A 6-3 win over the Rangers on Friday means a victory Saturday would clinch the series for KC, and mark the beginning of a new streak.
Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie looks to build off the Royals' recent success, as they enter Saturday 23-6 in their last 29 games and lead the Tigers by 2 1/2 games in the American League Central.
Guthrie earned a win last Sunday as Kansas City blew out the Twins, 12-6.
The right-hander allowed four runs in seven innings, but his most impressive feat came when rain forced a delay of nearly an hour in the bottom of the fourth inning. It did not faze Guthrie as he went back out for three more innings despite the delay.
"Obviously the big lead early was huge for us," Guthrie said. "It allowed me to just really go out there and attack, and not worry too much about stuff out there, the way the offense was going."
Nick Tepesch rivals Guthrie on the mound for the Rangers. Tepesch has thrived this season at Globe Life Park in Arlington, sporting a 3.40 ERA in seven starts at home, compared to a 4.97 ERA in nine road games (eight starts).
Tepesch has been solid of late, posting a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts.
"It's just a matter of being consistent from one outing to the next and continuing to do what I've been doing in the last few. I'm just trying to roll with what I've been doing," Tepesch said.
Royals: Mulling September options
September callups aren't far off and the Royals are assessing what they might do.
"We're looking for specifics -- maybe guys that can come up and pinch-run, maybe a bat off the bench if we need it," manager Ned Yost said. "We're not going to bring up a bunch of guys just to bring up a bunch of guys. We're going to bring up guys that can fill a need."
They're looking at various pitchers and position players but one specialist that might merit attention is outfielder Terrance Gore, a lightning-fast runner. With Jarrod Dyson getting more starting assignments or late-inning defensive roles, he's been largely taken out of the pinch-running equation.
Hence Gore is being looked at in that context. For Class A Wilmington this year, he stole 36 bases in 40 attempts and, called up to Triple-A Omaha, he's 8-for-11.
"We just don't want a bunch of guys sitting around doing nothing," Yost said. "We just want guys that fit what you're going to be able to use."
Rangers: Schieffer to be honored Saturday
Former team President Tom Schieffer will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Schieffer was instrumental in the 1994 opening of The Ballpark in Arlington. The stadium, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was renamed Globe Life Park in Arlington before the season.
"I am really excited about it," Schieffer said. "I am amazed at the number of people who have commented on it. It is really heartwarming that people want to honor you."
• Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is closing in on Hall of Famer Wade Boggs on the career home runs list. Gordon is two behind Boggs' total of 118. The special significance is that's the all-time high for a Nebraska native.
• Kansas City is 5-2 on its nine-game road trip thus far.
• Adrian Beltre has now collected three straight multi-hit games after he smacked a single and a double in Friday's loss. He also has 11 hits in his last six games.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.