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Third baseman Mike Moustakas is supposed to lead the Royals’ resurgence, but his batting average has dipped below .200. That has led to some speculation that he should go to Class AAA Omaha.

The Royals have said they have exhausted every angle in trying to get his swing going, but they won’t send him down.

“I’m not doing it,” manager Ned Yost said. “Simple as that. I’m not really discussing it. He’s going to stay here right now.”

Moustakas did come through with a three-run double to help the Royals beat Colorado 3-2 on Wednesday. Was it a response to the calls for his demotion? “Zero,” Moustakas said. “I come out every day the same way, trying to help the team win a ballgame. Just because of what happened yesterday doesn’t mean I came out to play harder today. I came out the exact same as I always do. I got a couple hits today, and that’s all that matters.”

While Moustakas is staying in the majors. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar is headed to Class AAA Columbus. He’s talented with a mid-90s fastball. But he’s 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in eight starts and needed 98 pitches to get through four innings on Thursday against Toronto. Trevor Bauer is expected to replace him in the rotation.

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Victor Martinez is helping the Tigers forget about Prince Fielder. The designated hitter entered the weekend leading the American League with a .336 batting average and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .984. What’s really remarkable is that he has nine home runs and eight strikeouts.

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Jose Abreu is hobbled with a sore left ankle, and the White Sox headed into the weekend looking for a way to give him a day off. But how can they keep his bat out of the lineup? Abreu hit his league-leading 15th home run on Wednesday. Abreu is the fourth player to hit 15-plus home runs in his first 42 career games. The others are Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner.