ST. PETERSBURG -- The Royals might get used to these new lodgings -- they've been living in third place in the American League Central for four days now entering Wednesday's series finale against the Rays.
That comes after spending most of the season in fourth place -- from April 26 through July 27 -- and then dropping into the cellar for a couple weeks. Then the Royals got back to fourth and now third.
Good progress, but as manager Ned Yost put it: "Let's see where we are at the end of September."
Going into Wednesday, the Royals were 12 games under the .500 mark, an oft-stated goal of Yost's.
"Look, from that 12-game losing streak to this point, we've played .500 baseball," Yost said. "So just keep plugging away."
Almost. Since the infamous 12-game skid ended on April 24, the Royals had gone 52-53 before Wednesday.