Settling the Score: Monday’s results

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Royals 4, Tigers 0

Johnny Cueto made his Royals home debut Monday night and threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout against the Tigers in front of 36,000 fans at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto struck out eight, walked zero, and threw 86 of 116 pitches for strikes to extend the Royals’ winning streak to four games.

Oh, and then there’s this from the Associated Press recap:

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.

“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an illegal pitch.”

It’s called The Cueto Wiggle and we’re all familiar with it, Brad.

Kansas City now has a 12-game lead in the AL Central and a 13.5-game lead over third-place Detroit.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Monday …

White Sox 8, Angels 2

Orioles 3, Mariners 2

Mets 4, Rockies 2

Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 3

Nationals 8, Dodgers 3

Padres 2, Reds 1

Justin Turner could be headed back to disabled list

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list after aggravating a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers, David Vassegh reports. Turner initially suffered an adductor muscle injury before the All-Star break. He pinch-hit on Saturday and started Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 11. However, he lasted only three innings before exiting the game.

Turner, 33, didn’t make his season debut until May 15 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game in mid-March. In 192 plate appearances this season, Turner is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

The Dodgers have been starting Max Muncy at third base in Turner’s place and that figures to be the case should Turner need to go on the disabled list. The club also recently acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. He could potentially play some third base while Turner is out.