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DETROIT -- No doubt about it, Emilio Bonifacio has put some bounce into the Royals' lineup since he took over the No. 2 spot on Aug. 23.

Prior to Friday night's game against the Tigers, Bonifacio had hit in the two-hole in 19 games, in which the Royals went 13-6. Bonifacio had a .329 average with a .383 on-base percentage and scored 15 runs. He's also had six of his 13 Royals steals in that span.

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"He's added some dimensions to it, for sure," manager Ned Yost said. "Created more run-scoring opportunities for our run-producers, has really been swinging the bat great, getting on base, been a bit of a catalyst for us at the top of the order."

Bonifacio had a .218 average when he was acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays.

"He was swinging at a lot of pitches," Yost said. "Pete [hitting coach Pedro Grifol] got him right from the beginning and got his game plan in order, and he's done a real nice job of adhering to it."

Bonifacio, who played the outfield and third base right after being acquired, has been the primary second baseman since assuming the No. 2 position in the batting order.

"He's a guy that definitely loves to play every day," Yost said.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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