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Crown points

• James Shields' three wild pitches in Thursday's game at Detroit tied a club record. It was the 18th occasion, the first since Kyle Davies uncorked three on April 8, 2001, also at Detroit.

• Jeff Francoeur's two assists on the road trip give him 118 for his career, most by any player in the Majors since 2005 when he broke in with the Braves.

• The Royals began the delayed homestand with the American League's third-best pitching ERA, 3.27, and third-best batting average, .268.

• Billy Butler received his trophy for winning the Edgar Martinez Designated Hitter Award as the AL's top DH in 2012 before the game from manager Ned Yost.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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