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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alcides Escobar is a maestro with his glove, making the kinds difficult of plays at shortstop that has helped to make the Kansas City Royals one of the best defensive teams in baseball. On Wednesday night, Escobar showed he can swing the bat a bit, too. His two-run double in the seventh inning proved to be the difference in a tense 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. "Hes been very consistent," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Hes always been an important part of our club because of his defence. He saves runs in the field. But when you add offence to that, he becomes a very special player." Eric Hosmer drove in the other two runs for the Royals, whose bullpen blew a 2-0 lead for young starter Yordano Ventura before holding on to beat Toronto with a late rally for the second straight night. Kansas City won the series opener 10-7 behind a six-run eighth inning. Kelvin Herrera (1-1) stranded runners on second and third in the seventh, and Wade Davis struck out Jose Reyes to leave the bases loaded in the eighth. Greg Holland worked around a double in the ninth for his seventh save in seven tries. "You play 162 games. Youre going to see a lot of things happen," Holland said. "The mark of a good bullpen is when you have guys pick each other up when they get in jams." Drew Hutchison (1-2) allowed all four runs on five hits in seven innings for Toronto. The 23-year-old right-hander, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, kept the Royals mostly off balance until Escobar guided his double down the left-field line with two outs in the seventh. Jimmy Paredes and Salvy Perez scored easily to give Kansas City the lead. "I got ahead of him. I went right at him. I thought I made a good pitch," Hutchison said. "Thats a situation where I expect myself to thrive and get the job done, but I didnt." The Royals improved to 14-0 when scoring at least four runs -- they remain 0-12 falling short of that mark. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. Toronto also lost outfielder Melky Cabrera in the sixth inning when he was hit in the left shin by a pitch from Danny Duffy. Cabrera needed to be helped off the field, though X-rays taken at the ballpark came back negative and a team spokesman said he was day to day. The Royals manufactured a 1-0 lead through driving rain in the first inning with a double by Nori Aoki, a sacrifice bunt and Hosmers sacrifice fly. They tacked on another run in the fourth when Hosmer followed a double by Omar Infante with one of his own. As long as Ventura was pitching, it seemed that would be enough. The Blue Jays struggled to catch up to the 22-year-olds triple-digit fastball, managing just two hits over five innings. But they were more successful at avoiding stuff off the plate, driving up his pitch count and forcing him from the game after five innings and 92 pitches. "It was cold out there," Ventura said through a translator, fellow starter Jeremy Guthrie. "Naturally, it was a little more difficult to command." Thats when Royals manager Ned Yost called on Duffy, who hit Cabrera in the left shin with his first pitch. Cabrera dropped to the grass in foul territory and stayed there several minutes, eventually getting helped through the dugout and to the clubhouse by the Blue Jays trainers. Duffy proceeded to walk Jose Bautista on five pitches and was yanked for Aaron Crow, who gave up singles to Edwin Encarnacion and Juan Francisco that tied the game 2-all. Crow finally escaped the inning, and the Royals bullpen held Toronto down the rest of the way. "Its frustrating, but at the end of the day I need to do a better job to give us a chance to win after we came back and scored two runs," Hutchison said. "I was in complete control going into the seventh. It comes down to that its on me and I need to get the job done." NOTES: Toronto left 11 runners on base. ... Bautista finished with 30 walks in April, matching Fred McGriffs club record for a single month. ... Blue Jays INF Brett Lawrie (sore back) was held out of the lineup. Manager John Gibbons called him day to day. ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie starts the series finale Thursday night for Kansas City. LHP Mark Buehrle starts for Toronto. Peter Forsberg Jersey . On Saturday night, Winnipegs strong offense was again accompanied by some fantastic pitching which gave the Fish a commanding victory. Adam Foote Jersey . 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Rob Ramage Jersey . -- On any given day here at his companys Silicon Valley headquarters, Vivek Ranadive is ready to compete against any employee who wants to challenge him to any contest.WINDERMERE, Fla. - Tiger Woods has more comebacks than top 10s this year in golf.He makes his second return to competition Thursday in his Hero World Challenge at Isleworth, an unofficial event of 18 players from the top 50 in the world ranking. The tournament has been seen as the end of a long year for some players, and a launching pad into the new year for others.Woods is somewhere in the middle.He hasnt played since Aug. 9 when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship, choosing to sit out nearly four months to get his body stronger and make sure he is fully recovered this time from back surgery earlier in the year.Woods already passed one test on Wednesday in the pro-am, except it had nothing to do with his swing or his back.It was about his legs. He walked 18 holes of golf.I havent done that since the PGA, he said.Woods recorded a few birdies, a bogey and none of it was meaningful. The best measure is Thursday when the tournament gets underway.Here are five things to look for at Isleworth, the course where Woods spent his first 16 years on tour.THE COMEBACK, PART V: This is the fifth time Woods has come back from an injury-induced layoff, whether it was one month or four months.He tied for fourth at the Masters in 2010 when he returned from the minor physical (car accident) and major emotional (infidelity) wounds. He tied for 37th at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011 after sitting out nearly three months to let his legs fully heal. He missed one month and two tournaments after an injury to his elbow in 2013 and tied for sixth in the British Open. And he missed the cut at Congressional this year after returning from back surgery.THE ODDS: The injury-filled season that allowed Woods to play in only eight tournaments led to his first year that he failed to register a top 10 on the PGA Tour. He gets one last chance at Isleworth to pick up a top 10 in the calendar year.The odds are in his favour because only 18 players are at Isleworth.Woods has won his World Challenge five times, all of them at Sherwood Country Club. But he knows Isleworth even better, havinng once lived across from the driving range.dddddddddddd Woods holds the course record set nearly two decades ago when he shot 59.THE BACK: Woods didnt how any sign of pain when he returned from back surgery in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional in June. He didnt really have any more issues with his back until the final round at Firestone, when he hopped into a bunker from a steep lip and jarred his lower back. Thats when he realized his muscle structure wasnt strong enough, and it led to his decision of taking time off.One positive sign Wednesday was when he hopped off a 4-foot wall behind the 10th tee, then trotted to the clubhouse to use the bathroom. There were no issues.THE SWING: With his health seemingly improved, most of the focus will be on his swing. Woods fired swing coach Sean Foley during his time off and began working with Chris Como, a specialist in biomechanics and listening. Woods had an idea of what he should do with his swing, and he was elated to learn that Como had the same idea.Woods describes it as new, but old, having relied on tapes of his swing dating to when he was an amateur. It looked vaguely familiar to Steve Stricker.Looks a lot similar to early 2000s to me, from the side when I was watching, Stricker said. Looked like the swing was going through a lot freer, like it was on a better path.THE CAMEO: Now you see him, now you dont.Golf Channel has plans for wall-to-wall coverage of Woods playing in the World Challenge. This is the largest media gathering at a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament since the Tour Championship. When he walked off the 18th green after his pro-am, Woods was surrounded by more than dozen reporters.Woods playing golf again is a big deal. Next up is another break.This is the last golf tournament of the year. Woods wont be in Hawaii to start 2015. He has never played the Humana Challenge. He hasnt been to the Phoenix Open since 2001. He is not planning to go to the Middle East. If he sticks to his regular schedule of starting at Torrey Pines, this will be his last competition for two months. 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