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Jeff Pearlman
June 12, 2000
June 1, 2000 Royals 13, Red Sox 11
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June 12, 2000

In The Box

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June 1, 2000
Royals 13, Red Sox 11

A game in which Boston shuts down Kansas City's running game should be an easy win for the Red Sox, right? Entering their series with Boston last week, the Royals led the American League with 52 steals and an 89.7% success rate. How to explain K.C.'s win last Thursday, only the seventh game this year in which the Royals had a runner caught stealing, and the first in which they had two cut down?

As unlikely as two K.C. runners getting nailed—Joe Randa at home on a double steal in the second in the fifth—was the collapse of Boston's defense, the league's second best going into the game. The Sox made four errors, including two in sixth inning, in which they gave up nine runs, four unearned.