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Behind Brian Bannister, Royals Steal a Win Against Rays

Well, at least Bob McClure can appreciate Brian Bannister's start today: he got a mythical pitcher win, thanks to a fluky four run "outburst" from the Royals offense, which was mostly fueled by errors and infield hits.

Bannister delivered another strong start -- 7 IP, 5 Hs, 0 BBs, 7 Ks, 0 Rs -- and now owns a 3.59 ERA. Last season, Bannister managed to post a 3.46 ERA... in Omaha. After another week of great quotes, Bannister remains (seemingly) the most self-aware guy in the organization, as well as one of the smartest. He's made adjustments, taken criticism, investigated issues on his own, the whole package. Instead of "trusting the process" and telling everyone how great he is and how much people liked him in the past, he made changes, and may be even better than he once was.

And after another two-inning save from the once a week closer, maybe Trey Hillman's even growing a bit as well. Two guys outta three ain't bad.