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.