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• The Royals are jockeying with former Kansas City residents, the Oakland A's, for the top spot in the American League when it comes to outfield assists. The Royals entered Sunday with 28, while the A's ranked second with 26.

• Outfielder Bubba Starling, the Royals' top pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit his second home run in as many games for Class A Burlington of the Appalachian League on Saturday. That gave Starling seven long balls on the season, which started on June 19.

• A night after Donnie Joseph debuted for Triple-A Omaha, the other half of the return in the Jonathan Broxton trade made his organizational debut. Right-hander J.C. Sulbaran pitched four innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, allowing one run on three hits and three walks.

• The Royals are jockeying with former Kansas City residents, the Oakland A's, for the top spot in the American League when it comes to outfield assists. The Royals entered Sunday with 28, while the A's ranked second with 26.

• Outfielder Bubba Starling, the Royals' top pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit his second home run in as many games for Class A Burlington of the Appalachian League on Saturday. That gave Starling seven long balls on the season, which started on June 19.

• A night after Donnie Joseph debuted for Triple-A Omaha, the other half of the return in the Jonathan Broxton trade made his organizational debut. Right-hander J.C. Sulbaran pitched four innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, allowing one run on three hits and three walks.