KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Salazar has no idea why he seems to handle the Kansas City Royals so easily.Perhaps its because hes such an aggressive pitcher and they have such an aggressive lineup.The Indians right-hander went right after the Royals in his third outing against them this season, shutting them down into the seventh inning in leading Cleveland to a 7-3 victory.They like to swing a lot, said Salazar (11-3), who tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings against Kansas City in a 7-1 victory in early May, and allowed one run over eight innings in a 6-1 win last month.You really have to mix your pitches.He did that nicely, striking out seven and walking one over 6 2/3 innings.He did a really good job of keeping them off the scoreboard, for the most part, Indians manager Terry Francona said. We really needed that bounce-back win.Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer in the first off Brian Flynn (1-1), and Carlos Santana drove in two runs off long reliever Dillon Gee, as the Indians snapped a five-game skid at Kauffman Stadium.Francisco Lindor added a solo shot in the ninth for Cleveland.Youre facing an All-Star pitcher in Salazar, said Royals manager Ned Yost, who skippered the winning club last week. Hes not an All-Star for nothing. Hes tough.The Flynn-Gee combo got the call for the Royals in place of ineffective fifth starter Chris Young. Flynn lasted 2 2/3 innings in his first start since August 2014, while Gee went the next 5 1/3 innings.Then again, Cy Young would have had a tough time matching Salazar on another hot, humid night.He didnt allow a runner past first base through the first five innings, striking out Alex Gordon twice along the way. He seemed to falter in the oppressive weather in the sixth, when Salvador Perez drove in a run and Kendrys Morales scored on a wild pitch, but managed to escape the inning.He gave up a sacrifice fly in the seventh before Kyle Crockett finished the inning.Salazar pitched with the lead the entire way after Napolis homer in the first inning, his 21st of the year just skirting inside the left-field foul pole. But the rest of the Indians offense came from the same kind of small ball that carried the AL Central-rival Royals to the World Series title last season.They scored a run in the second on a single, a walk and two sacrifices. The division-leaders added three more in the fifth on a double, three singles, a walk and a fielders choice.It was a nice way to rebound after Cleveland blew a late lead in a 7-3 loss the previous night,I was really pleased the way we handled it, Francona said.STATS AND STREAKSIndians OF Erik Gonzalez had a single in the third for his first career hit. ... Salazar has won seven straight, a career best. ... Lindor has hit 24 career homers. Nineteen have been solo shots. ... Gee matched the longest relief outing of his career.HOT SEATSYost and Francona both said they may change up their lineups for the series finale on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees for the afternoon start with a heat index well into triple digits. Were going to see tonight who needs a break, Yost said.TRAINERS ROOMIndians: OF Michael Brantley will have an MRI on Wednesday after experiencing pain in his right shoulder. He had surgery last November and played in only 11 games this season before landing back on the DL. Brantley has been on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron since July 11.Royals: RHP Kyle Zimmer, one of the clubs top prospects, has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and will miss the rest of the season. The former first-round draft pick will have surgery in the coming weeks. The Mets Matt Harvey had surgery for the same condition Monday.UP NEXTThe Royals Ian Kennedy is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in daytime starts this season. He goes against fellow right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who is 4-2 with a 1.94 ERA in seven road starts. Ken Boyer . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Tim McCarver . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/ . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. Lou Brock . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors. Tony La Russa .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team.Leicester City winning the Premier League could be footballs biggest story, according to Jamie Carragher. A Jamie Vardy double secured Leicesters 2-0 win over Sunderland and sent the Foxes 10-points clear of second-placed Tottenham, before Spurs narrowed the gap to seven points with an emphatic 3-0 win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Super Sunday.Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes Leicester will hold on to lift the Premier League title and eclipse Nottingham Forests European Cup-winning side. Jamie Vardy scored two goals in Leicester’s 2-0 win away to Sunderland to edge them closer to the title Is it the biggest story weve seen in football? Theres obviously Nottingham Forest when they went on to win European Cups and I think its safe to say we wont see Leicester do that, Carragher said. Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri said he is only focused on what his side are doing But the days of someone coming up or a smaller team winning the league was more likely to happen in the 60s, 70s, 80s.The top four was normally set in stone, certainly when I was playing. No one ever made a fist for that. This, to think where theyve come from, could be the biggest story in football weve ever seen. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyyce said Jamie Vardy was the difference Ranieri said before the game this could happen in 50 or 60 years time.dddddddddddd The chances of seeing something like this again? I think it could be double that.Leicesters win at the Stadium of Light guaranteed them a top-four spot just 12 months after they flirted with relegation to the Championship. Vardy scored two second-half goals at the Stadium of Light Graeme Souness said Leicester now had one hand on the trophy and their success would inspire other clubs mount title challenges of their own in the future.Its the most incredible story in the Premier Leagues history, Souness said. Vardy celebrates his second goal against Sunderland Such a small team getting themselves so far in front, being top of the league for so long, playing with great resilience, not always easy on the eye to watch.The type of football you thought was a thing of the past where its get the ball forward as quickly as you can for a striker who at 29 is very unusual in that he wants to run in behind all the time. Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher take a look at why Sunderland are deep in relegation trouble A year when all the big teams have tripped up I think it is the most interesting, fascinating Premier League ever and I think theyve won it now.I think it is the most wonderful thing for football, it gives everyone out there whos not a big boy, not one of the big boys, think we can do that. They wont, but they will think they can. Alan Smith joins Patrick Davison to reflect on Leicesters 2-0 victory at Sunderland Also See: Vardy edges Leicester closer Ranieri: Everything in our hands Leicester stats ' ' '