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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Moustakas was in a slump and Justin Verlander, of all people, helped him snap out of it. Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a game-winning home run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers and Verlander. Moustakas was hitless in 10 at-bats and in a 3-for-20 slide. His home run to right in the fifth snapped a 5-5 tie, while the three-hit game was his first since May 8. "Theres a great pitcher on the mound and he doesnt make too many mistakes," Moustakas said. "I got a pitch I could handle and didnt miss it." Verlander (10-7) had not lost to the Royals since Sept. 9, 2009, but gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings. "It was not good at all," Verlander said. "I walked guys and they scored runs. I wasnt able to execute. I was just all over. I wasnt in sync. Ive got to find it. I had three or four games before the All-Star break where I thought I had it back, but I didnt feel in sync tonight. Hopefully Ill get it back." It was the seventh time in 21 starts that Verlander failed to make it into the sixth inning. "I would say over the course of the season up to this point, and theres still a lot of season left, his performance hasnt been quite as consistent as in the past," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Its just not what you expect of him, which is a little unfair because of what you expect of him." Perez drove in a run in the first with a sacrifice fly and stroked a two-run double in the third. Jeremy Guthrie (9-7) picked up the victory, surrendering five runs on 10 hits and two walks in six innings. "The bullpen won the game despite me trying to give it away," Guthrie said. Aaron Crow, the fourth of five Kansas City pitchers, pitched out of danger in the eighth inning. Alex Avila led off with a single, his third hit, and pinch hitter Don Kelly walked. After Austin Jackson bunted them both over, Crow retired Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera on ground balls to third base to strand them. "Im trying to put everything behind me and they both hit balls right at Moose (Moustakas)," Crow said. "I got the ball down on Cabrera and he hit it on the ground. You dont want to walk him to load the bases with Prince (Fielder) on-deck." Hunter and Cabrera are a combined 0 for 14 off Crow. "We were not going to give in to Cabrera," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Wed either walk him or make perfect pitches. Crow made the perfect pitches." Greg Holland worked the ninth to collect his 24th save in 26 chances, although he yielded a one-out double to Victor Martinez off the right-field wall. "Soon as he hit it, I was praying it would stay in the park," Yost said. "I thought it had a chance to go out. Im just glad it didnt." Martinez stood at the plate for a couple of seconds to admire his work before taking off and just making it to second. "I thought I had that ball and then I saw it go down," Martinez said. Fielder and Martinez stroked RBI-singles in the first as the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Royals seized a 5-3 lead in the fourth when Chris Getz drove in a run with a fielders choice grounder, while Verlander walked Eric Hosmer with the bases loaded. Avila drove in two runs with a two-out fifth inning single to tie the score at 5-all. Getz, who was recalled Friday from Triple-A Omaha, suffered a mild medial strain of his left knee in the fifth inning while trying to field Fielders smash grounder. He was replaced by Elliot Johnson. Yost said Getz is "not a DL (disabled list) situation, more like a day-to-day situation." NOTES: Royals RHP Felipe Paulino, who threw a 45-pitch bullpen session, is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game Monday. Paulino, who remains on the disabled list after having Tommy John surgery last year, said the elbow is fine, but he has been setback by a sore shoulder. ... 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In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. HOUSTON -- The quizzes began early.Houston Texans head coach Bill OBrien and offensive coordinator George Godsey sent Brock Osweiler?to the front of the team meeting room to stand on stage with five linemen during the first week of the teams offseason program. The offensive players he would soon lead sat in oversized office chairs behind rows of ascending desks. Oversized game photos adorned the walls on either side.Godsey and OBrien called out a play, and the dress rehearsal began. Osweiler barked out cadences for the room to hear, just like he would in a game. When he got it wrong, good-natured cat calls followed. But he didnt get it wrong often.I remember the first time that we did it, which was at the beginning, Texans coach Bill OBrien said. He had it.Most of the time, Osweilers response showed a mastery of the four pages of cadences he had been asked to learn before he set foot in the building for offseason meetings. Most of the time, Osweiler showed his commitment to the great expectations facing him.It has to work. The Texans are counting on him. The fates of general manager Rick Smith and OBrien are tied to Osweiler -- to whom they paid $37 million guaranteed and $72 million over four seasons -- whether their owner admits it or not. And Osweiler is counting on himself. He brims with confidence that hell bring the Texans exactly what they need to give their superlative defense a worthy complement.Its exciting. Its a new challenge, Osweiler said. Its something to wake up for and chase after, just to learn this new offense. ... Thats the playbook, thats getting to know your teammates. Understanding the ins and the outs and the operation and style of this building and how our strength staff operates.Its like the first day of school and going to a new school. Whos going to be my new best friend? Whats our teacher like? I cant wait to see the playground, maybe our weight room and cafeteria.To make this work, Osweiler has to know everything about the Texans offense. He has to master the contents of a 4-inch-thick binder that is the work of generations of brilliant coaching minds. That process began as soon as he walked out of the building for the first time March 10, armed with a tablet filled with film and terminology. It continued on a field at Arizona State, where his new teammates joined him. It crystallized over weeks of study in the facility during the Texans offseason program and in his office at his new Houston-area home.Indoor and outdoor learningThat first day marked a rare time that Osweiler followed instead of led.This is where we sit, a fellow quarterback told him. Osweiler followed his backups,?Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden, into their unassigned seating arrangement in the team meeting room. It ensured that the receivers, including Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins, sat right behind him.By then, Osweiler had memorized the basic information section of the Texans playbook, which includes four pages of cadences, and also huddle instructions, explanations of how the play is called, personnel groupings, the names of motions and shifts, and defensive terminology. The most extensive part of the playbooks opening section explains all the Texans formations. Its 18 pages.If you asked a player, thats probably one of the hardest things to learn, OBrien said. We probably have more formations than most any offense.They dont expect to spend more than a week on that.Since he signed March 10, Osweiler set daily goals for himself. One day, he challenged himself to learn all the Texans cadences. Another day, he tried to learn all the empty formations. He would say a formations name out loud, then draw it until he got it right.The receivers showed up in late March on Osweilers invitation to Arizona State, as did Savage. They ran routes, and he threw to them. Sometimes, they taught Osweiler a route signal, then surprised him later with a quiz.Whats the signal for a quick out?Whats the signal for an in-cut from the slot?He was like a student from the jump, receiver Cecil Shorts said. Very professional. I can see what he learned from 18 [Peyton Manning].Those extra sessions continued in Houston. Even when throwing at the Texans facility wasnt allowed, the group would get together somewhere off-site. Once the offseason program began April 20, finally Godsey and OBrien could help.One thing that weve learned as coaches: Were teachers, OBrien said. Hes the quarterback. If Im just talking to him, eventually theyll just see my mouth moving. Blah blah blah. We want them to get up there and actually do it.The coaches had Osweiler draw formations on a board in the Texans quarterback room, an often dimly lit space with walls covered completely in whiteboard. They showed a cut-up of film from one of the past seven years and asked Osweiler to identify the protection and middle linebacker.In the team meeting room, they practiced the cadences on stage. TThey asked Osweiler to explain what he expected from his teammates and from a defense on certain plays.ddddddddddddWhereas last years starting quarterback,?Brian Hoyer, might have given a less robust answer, Osweiler sometimes stood up, his 6-foot-7 frame overpowering the room, and verbally diagrammed an entire play. Sometimes in team meetings, he closed his eyes to imagine the play unfolding.If he sees something that he knows he can help us out with, then hell speak out, Hopkins said. Hes not the QB thats going to hold his opinion.Sometimes he turned around to Hopkins, who sat behind him, just above his left shoulder.Therell be times where hell probably say, Hey, Brock, I need you to do this for me, or Ill say, Hey, Hop, I need you to do this for me, Osweiler said. But for the most part its, Hey, Hop, whatd you see there? or Hey, Brock, whatd you see there? ... We work together, and its a partnership.Its also a partnership between Osweiler and the coaching staff. They want to call the plays the quarterback is most comfortable with, so theyll sometimes alter details to suit him.I see him as a colleague, and so we talk about things to, one, help him understand where this word or what the genesis of the term or situation were in, Godsey said. But theres also a little bit of information Im receiving from him that may enhance our own particular way of calling things. That I enjoy.When the on-field work began in organized team activities, Osweiler tested himself. He could see the offense he studied so long unfold. He could make the mistakes he hoped to not repeat in games, then talk with his teammates in the field about them.He had good days and bad days. During one practice, he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, and he chased the defensive back all the way to the other end zone. What was important then -- and will still be important in training camp -- is that hes learning.OTA days ended around 3 p.m., and Osweiler often stayed later to watch that days practice film. Each night, he went home to study for the next days practice. When he felt comfortable with what he learned, usually between 8 and 9 p.m., he called for his wife, Erin.My wife will act as the offensive coordinator at times during the evening, Osweiler said. Ill have her read the full play to me. Ill sit there and try to picture it, spit it back out to her, make sure Im verbalizing it the right way so that when I step into the huddle the next day in practice, things are coming out clear.Veteran wantedFor a rookie quarterback to come in and be able to run this offense would be extremely difficult, OBrien says. First of all, theyre getting adjusted to pro football. The time, totally different. From 7:30 in the morning to 5:30 at night, its all football. They have to get adjusted to that, get adjusted to a new city.Then they have to learn this. Some colleges dont even have a playbook.Sitting in the quarterbacks room, wearing Texans warm-ups, OBrien lifts a copy of the Texans playbook and flips through the pages to emphasize their number. This is the physical version of the digital playbook Osweiler and his teammates have.Colorful tabs separate the pages in the binder that holds a playbook whose roots go all the way back to Ron Erhardt, the offensive coordinator who helped Bill Parcells win two Super Bowls. It passed down to Bill Belichick, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and OBrien, among others. Now Godsey is adding to it. One personnel grouping is named Detroit because Belichick concocted it while coaching in Detroit. There are others created for former Patriots players. In their first season with the Texans, OBrien and his staff added a personnel grouping that could get running back Arian Foster on the field as a receiver.It makes for a complex system designed to maximize a teams roster. It also gives the quarterback near complete control at the line of scrimmage. That means he has to know the offense so well that, ideally -- and its a lofty ideal -- he never runs a bad play.Gary Kubiak, the Broncos head coach since 2015, runs a more streamlined offense, with less complication at the line of scrimmage. The quarterbacks in his system typically have less responsibility before the snap.But the Texans playbook is not completely foreign to Osweiler. The Broncos drafted him in 2012, a season after McDaniels was fired as their head coach, and some similarities remained with coordinator Mike McCoy and then-quarterbacks coach Adam Gase, both of whom worked under McDaniels.It might have been too much for a rookie. Thats part of the reason the Texans were delighted when that rare thing happened: A veteran quarterback they liked hit the market.So far, Osweiler has rewarded their faith, but the quizzes arent over yet. ' ' '

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