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DETROIT -- The Kansas City Royals began the game by hitting for the cycle as a team, then Whit Merrifield nearly did it by himself. Cheap Orioles Jerseys Authentic .Merrifield hit a triple as part of Kansas Citys four-run first inning, and he later added a single and a double in a 12-9 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Royals hit four homers to drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race -- and avoided elimination themselves.I havent played in the playoffs, but that was as close to a playoff atmosphere as Ive been a part of, said Merrifield, a rookie who made his debut for the defending World Series champions in May. (The Tigers are) fighting for a spot, and theyre going to give you your best shot, so youre going to have to play all 27 outs.Kansas City started the game with a single by Billy Burns, a triple by Merrifield and a double by Kendrys Morales before Salvador Perezs two-run homer made it 4-0. It was the first time the Royals first four hitters combined for a cycle since Sept. 30, 2006, also at Detroit.Tigers starter Matt Boyd (6-5) lasted only one more hitter after Perezs homer, giving up another hit before being pulled. The Tigers fell 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot. The loss cut Clevelands magic number to clinch the AL Central to one -- the Indians start a four-game series in Detroit on Monday night.Boyd said he understood 100 percent why he was taken out so quickly.I might have been able to work myself through it, but the margin of error is zero right now, he said. Every run is important right now and so is every game.The Royals led 7-0 after Cheslor Cuthbert and Raul Mondesi hit consecutive homers in the third.Dillon Gee (8-9) got the win in relief, and Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 29 chances. Miguel Cabrera came up as the tying run but lined out to shallow left field to end it.Plate umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Cameron Maybin from the Detroit dugout during that final at-bat.Victor Martinez hit a grand slam for Detroit in the third to make it 7-4, and the Tigers loaded the bases again that inning, chasing starter Edinson Volquez in the process. But Andrew Romines bunt attempt with two outs was fielded easily by reliever Peter Moylan, and the force at home ended the inning.Detroit tried several former starters in long relief -- Anibal Sanchez, Shane Greene and Mike Pelfrey all pitched -- in an attempt to keep the game close, but the Royals kept adding runs. Alex Gordons two-run homer in the sixth made it 11-5.Kansas City let the Tigers creep back into it by the end. Justin Upton hit a solo homer in the seventh, and Detroit also scored two runs on wild pitches, the second of which made it 11-9 in the eighth.The Royals held on, though, and theres still a mathematical chance they can catch the Orioles.Maybin had four hits for the Tigers.VERSATILEMerrifield played first base for the first time this season. Hes also played second, third, left field and right field.Its always fun to switch up the angles for me, see the ball from a different perspective, he said. I got a couple balls. I didnt get to pick one.MARATHONSThe 3-hour, 51-minute game was Detroits longest nine-inning contest of the season. The Tigers played 3:50 against the Royals on Saturday.TRAINERS ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann, who has been dropped from the rotation as he struggles to come back from neck problems, pitched for the first time since Sept. 10. He pitched the last three innings in relief, allowing one run and four hits.UP NEXTRoyals: After an off day Monday, Kansas City starts RHP Ian Kennedy (11-10) against Minnesota RHP Jose Berrios (2-7) on Tuesday night.Tigers: Detroit sends RHP Buck Farmer (0-0) to the mound Monday against Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber (18-9).---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtristerCheap Baltimore Orioles Jerseys . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Cheap MLB Jerseys . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. http://www.cheaporiolesjerseys.com/ . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. Adam Voges leans forward to push Rangana Herath back down the pitch. He does so in a tangle of bat, ball and ground. The delivery sails back towards Herath, who ambles across to grab it - on the bounce, or so everyone assumes. Upon doing so, Herath turns around and offers the gentlest of appeals to the umpire Richard Kettleborough.As the replay is called for, Voges leans on his bat, a picture of unconcern. But whats this? Hes half-volleyed the ball then hit the ground. Its a catch, as the third umpire soon confirms. When the verdict reaches the middle, Voges expression turns thunderous. He swears hes done everything right, and marches off cursing. How the hell did that happen?The Voges story this morning was equally true for Australia in this match. In terms of preparation, personnel, mental and technical approach, they thought they had Sri Lanka covered, and the pattern of play on day one suggested as much. But from a moments miscalculated aggression by the captain Steven Smith on the second morning, a horrible realisation dawned on the touring team, much as it did on Voges. They did not have Sri Lanka covered, they were not fully equipped for the task, and their approach to the conditions and their opponent did not stand up when required.Notably, this is Smiths first defeat as Test captain, ending a honeymoon period that spanned six matches at home and a successful effort to adapt in New Zealand. But more notably Australias defeat was their seventh in consecutive Test matches in Asia, a streak spanning back to the start of the infamous 2013 tour of India. Over that period, Cricket Australia have spent many thousands of dollars on gearing their players towards better performances in the region. They have changed coaches, selectors and captains; they have employed a host of consultants, even Muttiah Muralitharan; and they have tried to replicate Asian conditions with expensive spin pitches at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.For all that, the teams results suggest they are no closer to solving the Asian riddle than they were three years ago. In India they were beaten badly, by a team featuring Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. In the UAE they were stopped by Pakistans twin batting pillars Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, then routed by a quality spin bowler in Yasir Shah. But in Sri Lanka it was the little-known pair of Kusal Mendis and Lakshan Sandakan who confounded Smiths men, providing ideal counterpoints to the more estimable skills of Herath. By any measure, whether it be rankings, income or experience, Australia should have won this Test comfortably.Test cricket is currently in the throes of a debate about context and meaning. The context to Sri Lankas victory came from the fact they had not beaten Australia for 17 years, a 1999 victory the only time they had come out on top in 33 years of contests between the two nations. Wholesale Orioles Jerseys. It also came from financial comparisons between Cricket Australia, a mighty conglomerate with cash reserves in excess of A$50 million and annual revenue of A$380.9 million for the last financial year, and SLCs US$16.5 million debt for the construction of a little-used stadium at Hambantota.But history and money make little difference if a bowler puts the ball in the right place, and the batsman fails to deal with it. Smiths stumping was profligate in the manner of a billionaire lighting up a cigar with a $100 bill, and within the space of three days it had led to the sight of a hamstrung Steve OKeefe trying to help Peter Nevill survive in the hope of fifth-day rain - but unlike the first four days, those showers never actually arrived. The lower orders dead bats raised a world record 25.4 overs without a single run scored, a landmark that left many to wonder what the earlier hurry had been. OKeefes effort was laudable given his injured state; several fully fit batsmen in the viewing area needed to show similar levels of care and attention.Smith defended his choice of shot in the first innings, with the caveat that he had executed it poorly. But he agreed that Nevill and OKeefe had shown the sort of resolve required of others. I think with the batters probably a bit of discipline, he said. I was really proud of the way Peter Nevill and Steven OKeefe fought hard at the end, it wasnt easy, some balls were skidding, some were spinning, but it was difficult and they found a way to get through it.From the batters point of view we need to find a way to be successful in these conditions, we let the spinners into the game a lot more than we probably should have. Rangana got the majority of his wickets on the inside of the right-handers bat and the outside of the left-handers, so we have got to find a way to play that a lot better in Galle.To Smiths credit, he too showed evidence of learning and adaptation in crafting Australias only half-century of the match on the final day. Rather than charging down the wicket in search of sixes, he skipped forward to pierce gaps through the leg-side field, and contented himself with ones and twos rather than clumping boundaries. For a time that method appeared to be working, and Mitchell Marsh also showed signs of permanence. But then came a pair of Herath deliveries skidding into the stumps, and failed efforts to get bat to ball.So instead of leading Australia to victory, Smith wandered off the field and sat in the stands for his first defeat. How the hell did that happen? The same way it always seems to these days. 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