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RF David Lough was 0-for-4 for a rare quiet night in a road game. Over his last 12 road games, Lough is hitting .354 (17-for-48) with two home runs and eight RBI over his last since June 13.

RHP Greg Holland has converted 15 straight saves since May 30. During that streak, he has allowed two earned runs and seven hits while striking out 34 and issuing three walks in 19 innings. Had the Royals been in a save situation, he would have been used for a third straight night.

C Salvador Perez had the night off. He has been dealing with a bruised right shin and took a foul ball off the mask Tuesday.

RHP Ervin Santana, who starts Thursday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium, ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (sixth), road ERA (2.52, third), opponent batting average (.226, seventh) and walks per nine innings (1.83, eighth). Santana is in a four-game stretch of no-decisions after allowing three runs and seven hits over seven innings against the Oakland Athletics. Santana has lasted at least six innings in each start this season, the longest active streak in the majors. Lifetime against the Yankees, he is 5-7 with a 5.89 ERA in 15 regular-season starts. He gave up back-to-back home runs by Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells on May 12 in Kansas City.

DH Billy Butler did not hit a home run in a third straight game. Butler, however, is hitting .385 (10-for-26) over his last seven road games.

RHP Wade Davis suffered his third straight loss and in that span has allowed 17 runs and 16 hits over 13 innings. Davis also allowed his first career grand slam and fell to 3-4 with a 7.71 ERA in nine road starts.

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