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  • 31 Jul
    DETROIT -- The Kansas City Royals probably would have won this game without Wade Davis -- but having their closer back on the mound was still a comforting sight.Davis pitched a perfect ninth inning in his return from a strained forearm, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Saturday night. Davis was activated from the disabled list before the game, and Kansas City went ahead and used him in a non-save situation.It felt really good, Davis said. Felt smooth, felt easy -- a little bit erratic as far as where the ball is going, but other than that, it felt pretty good.Salvador Perez singled, doubled, scored a run and drew two of Kansas Citys seven walks. The Royals scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Pelfrey, who didnt make it out of the second. Every hitter in Kansas Citys lineup scored exactly once except right fielder Paulo Orlando.Danny Duffy (5-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for Kansas City. He struck out seven and walked one.Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, but the Tigers were facing a significant deficit before they even came up to bat for the first time. Pelfrey (2-9) allowed five runs, four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.I was terrible. Didnt get ahead, and half the guys I faced either got walks or hits. I was terrible, Pelfrey said. This games on me. I put the bullpen in a bad spot, I put the offense in a bad spot, and I take full responsibility for it. I was terrible. I got what I deserved.Pelfrey actually retired the first batter of the game, but the next six Kansas City hitters reached base. Alex Gordon opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single, and Pelfrey then hit Orlando to force in another run. Cheslor Cuthberts RBI single made it 3-0, and Christian Colon brought home another run with a groundout.After allowing a single and two walks in the second, Pelfrey was pulled with the bases loaded and two outs. Reliever Dustin Molleken immediately threw a wild pitch that made it 5-1.Kinslers two-run homer in the third cut the lead in half, but the Royals added three more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Colon, Jarrod Dyson and Eric Hosmer.WAITING HIM OUTThe Royals arent a team that walks much, but they adjusted when it became clear Pelfrey was having control problems.We put in some good at-bats there in the first inning, Hosmer said. A lot of guys toned down the aggressiveness a little bit, wanted to see some pitches.TRANSACTIONThe Tigers optioned OF Steven Moya to Triple-A Toledo after the game. Theyll have OF Justin Upton back from the bereavement list for Sundays game against Kansas City.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: Davis hadnt pitched since June 30. ... Manager Ned Yost said OF Lorenzo Cain (left hamstring strain) might go out on a rehab assignment next week.Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (right oblique strain) is expected to begin rehab work with Toledo next week. ... RHP Jordan Zimmermann (right neck strain) said hell probably throw a bullpen session Monday.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Yordano Ventura (6-7) takes the mound in the series finale Sunday. Hes 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his career against the Tigers.Tigers: Rookie RHP Michael Fulmer (9-2) tries for his 10th consecutive start allowing one earned run or fewer.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Cheap Balenciaga Shoes China . PAUL, Minn. Wholesale Shoes China Store . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. http://www.cheapshoeschinaonline.com/ . -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. Cheap Saucony Shoes China . 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Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, Australias leading fast bowlers, had a combined tally of 31 wickets at 25.71. Each teams spinners took seven wickets collectively, at 50-plus averages (52.42 for Australia, and 58.14 for South Africa). Fast bowlers accounted for more than 85% of the total wickets for each team.82 Total wickets taken by the fast bowlers in the series. There have been only three three-Test series in Australia in which fast bowlers have taken more wickets, and all of them were between 1979 and 1982; two of those featured West Indies. 5 Hundreds for South Africa, out of the six in the series. Australias only centurion was Usman Khawaja, while five batsmen got hundreds for South Africa - Dean Elgar, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Stephen Cook. (Click here for South Africas batting and bowling stats, and here for Australias.) 41.25 The average partnership for South Africas fifth to eighth wickets; for Australia, the average for those wickets was only 17.15. 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In contrast, the success rate was only 50% for Aleem Dar (six out of 12), and 68.75% for Nigel Llong (11 out of 16).5 Number of times Hazlewood dismissed Hashim Amla in this series, the most times a bowler got a batsman out. The next highest was Starcs four dismissals of Cook, conceding only 43 from 134 balls. Elgar struggled against Starc as well. There were five instances of a bowler dismissing a batsman three or more times in the series, and they were all by Starc or Hazlewood.97 Runs scored by de Kock against Nathan Lyon, the most by any batsman against a bowler in the series. Lyon didnt dismiss de Kock even once, though he had him in some trouble in Adelaide. There were only two other instances of a batsman scoring 50-plus runs against a bowler without being dismissed - Warner against Rabada, and Bavuma against Starc. ' ' '