Royals losers of 16 of 21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After beginning the year on such a promising note, the Kansas City Royals must feel trapped in a cruel and savage time warp.

It's no longer 2009. It's 2005. They're not the sexy pick to win the AL Central any more. They're stumblebums again, hopeless also-rans in the midst of another long, dreary 100-loss season.

In what almost seemed like an act of mercy, the schedule gave the Royals an off day Monday, time to collect their thoughts before launching a 9-game road trip immediately following a 3-game sweep in Kauffman Stadium by the Chicago White Sox. When did that last happen? In 2005.

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