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Royals behind steals pace of last season

Royals behind steals pace of last season

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Royals behind steals pace of last season
KANSAS CITY -- With 11 stolen bases in the four games prior to Friday night, the Royals stood tied for sixth in the American League with 76, same as their opponent, the Rangers.

Kansas City's leaders are Jarrod Dyson with 20 and Alcides Escobar with 19.

Last season the Royals, led by Escobar's 26, finished second in steals among AL teams with 153, just two behind league-leading Tampa Bay's 155.

But this year, the Royals are well behind that pace. A year ago after 104 games, the team had 102 steals or 26 more than this year's total.

"We got to the point last year where nobody paid attention to us and we took advantage of it," manager Ned Yost said. "This year they're playing a lot closer attention to us, so we're trying to be opportunistic. We're not just running to run, or to steal a base. Dyson can do that, [Chris] Getz can steal a tough base, Esky can steal a tough base but everybody else, we're really picking our spots."

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