Time to Panic About Soria - Rangers Edge Royals 7-6

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 29: Danny Duffy #23 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

On the same day the Star runs a piece on the struggles of Joakim Soria, the Closer Formerly Known as the Mexicutioner blew his fourth save of the season in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers. Soria again struggled with his command, falling behind Nelson Cruz 3-1 before Cruz golfed a low breaking ball in a majestic arc over the left field fence. The Rangers then sent the slow-footed Mike Napoli on a hit-and-run that somehow managed to not end in disaster as Elvis Andrus drilled a ball down the right field line. A perfect relay likely nails Napoli at home, but the Royals showed how much they miss Ross Gload and Jason Kendall, and Napoli was safe for a walk-off win for the Rangers.

In future news, Joakim Soria has been placed on the 15 day disabled list with "a dead arm." The Royals have acquired [insert former Braves pitcher here] for cash considerations.

Other stuff:

Aaron Crow showed he is human by giving up a two-run home run to Michael Young on a belt-high fastball.

Zack Greinke has passed the torch to Danny Duffy in "guys that pitch really well, but has his team conspire to deny him the win." Kevin Appier approves.

Chris Getz's triple was just his fifth extra-base hit this season, one fewer than Kila Kaaihue.

Hos was 0-5 with three LOB . Its probably time to trade him to see what we can get for him and promote Clint Robinson.

This is probably a pivotal week for the Royals. If they don't get well with some home cooking, we're probably looking at our last chance of being semi-relevant for the year.

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