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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Before Wednesday night time’s recreation, Ron Gardenhire had a chat with JaCoby Jones.

After hitting so properly over the previous three weeks, Jones was moved up 9 spots in the batting order towards the Royals, all the best way up to leadoff.

Permanent? To be decided. A chance, with Niko Goodrum out? Absolutely.

Gardenhire’s message was easy: Don’t change a factor.

Jones listened.

Leading off the highest of the eighth inning, Jones walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Dixon to offer the Tigers a 3-2 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Jones walked, Christin Stewart doubled and Nicholas Castellanos walked, loading the bases with no one out. After Miguel Cabrera struck out wanting, Dixon hit an extended fly ball to proper area, simply scoring Jones from third base.

Detroit Tigers middle fielder JaCoby Jones (21) celebrates after hitting a double towards the Kansas City Royals through the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, June 11, 2019. (Photograph: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports activities)

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Left-hander Daniel Norris took a no-decision, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. Norris was solid — he struck out six batters and walked two.

After the Tigers took the lead in the eighth, Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth for his American League-leading 20th save.

The Tigers and Royals finish their three-game series in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday.

Here are three observations from the Tigers’ 3-2 win over Kansas City:

1. Norris’ night: Similar to Spencer Turnbull on Tuesday night, Norris didn’t have much trouble with the Royals — except on the basepaths. They ran wild on him, stealing four bases, but Norris was able to escape damage. He twice pitched out of two-out, multiple men on base situations and was particularly impressive in the fourth inning, striking out the side. Jorge Soler drove in a pair of runs against him, but Norris did a nice job.

2. Just enough: Again, the Tigers didn’t do much offensively, but they were rewarded with situational hitting. Cabrera opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field in the first inning, they took the lead back on back-to-back doubles by John Hicks and Ronny Rodriguez in the fourth, and pulled ahead on Dixon’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Dixon just missed a bigger hit: The ball died right before the right field fence. It wasn’t spectacular, but the Tigers got the job done.

3. In the eighth: Jimenez, who had been temporarily removed from his set-up man role for a second time this season recently, was back out there. For Gardenhire, it’s impossible to fully stay away from Jimenez, especially with an under-manned bullpen facing a bullpen day on Saturday. Jimenez was impressive, throwing mid-90 mph fastballs and sharp…