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27,497 people showed up at Kauffman Stadium tonight for a ballgame and a fireworks show. Their team was shut out and the fireworks show was canceled. There aren't too many occasions in which teams think it appropriate to offer everyone a free ticket to another game, but if this isn't one of them, I don't know what to say. You know how sometimes high school girls like to test their boyfriends by intentionally making them really upset to try and find out how committed they are? I think the Royals have been doing that to their fan base for like 13 years.

Biggest Contribution: Jarrod Washburn, +23.2%
Biggest Suckfest: Jose Lopez, -7.8%
Most Important At Bat: Beltre double, +12.3%
Most Important Pitch: Teahen walks, -4.8%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): +31.8%
Total Contribution by Position Players: +17.2%
Total Contribution by Opposition: +1.0%

(What is this chart?)

Now for a site update - I'm going to be in Boston all weekend for a friend's wedding, starting tomorrow (and I need to start packing now and get some sleep since it's a dreadfully early flight), and I won't be back until late Monday night. So don't look for too much material during the Oakland series. If that gets you down, though, just remember that despite the ugly few days in KC, we've actually gained some ground on the Angels. 3.5 back now, two in the loss column. This race is just starting.