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Royals beat Tigers for 7th straight win

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DETROIT (AP) The Kansas City Royals are keeping the pressure on in the AL Central, and manager Ned Yost has no big secrets to offer about their impressive winning streak.

"There's no key to staying in it. You just keep playing good," Yost said. "If there was a key to staying in it, then we would stay in it forever. You just play good. That's all you do."

Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch of the game, and the Royals led the rest of the way, beating the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Kansas City, which was 7-16 at the end of April, is 1 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland.

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