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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes made their big off-season move before the free agency period started, trading for a playmaking centre to replace the one they lost. Once they could sign free agents, the Coyotes filled a couple of holes. Arizona signed centre Joe Vitale to a three-year contract and goalie Devan Dubnyk to a one-year deal on Tuesday, adding depth two days after trading for centre Sam Gagner. "This was pretty much what we hoped to get accomplished," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. Arizona initiated a buyout of Mike Ribeiros contract on Friday after last years big signee didnt pan out in his one season in the desert. The Coyotes quickly filled his spot, landing Gagner and right wing B.J. Crombeen on Sunday in a trade that sent a draft pick to Tampa Bay. Adding Vitale gives Arizona a gritty faceoff specialist who can offset the loss of Jeff Halpern and possibly anchor the fourth line. Vitale spent his first four NHL seasons in Pittsburgh, scoring eight goals with 27 assists in 163 career games. "We like the energy and physicality that hes going to bring," Maloney said. "Were all about details. Hes got a lot we like." Arizona had little shot of re-signing backup goalie Thomas Greiss, who signed with Pittsburgh so he could have a chance at more playing time. The Coyotes took a little bit of a risk in signing Dubnyk. He was Edmontons starter to start last season, but was traded to Nashville and eventually ended up in Montreals system after being waived. The Coyotes are hoping to resurrect his career behind goaltending coach Sean Burke, who had success with two other big goalies, Ilya Bryzgalov and current starter Mike Smith. "You look at our history, weve had good luck helping that bigger goalie find his game," Maloney said. The Coyotes are still in talks with right wing Radim Vrbata. 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Detroit remained six games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and dealt the third-place Royals a setback in the post-season race. Kansas City is one of several teams hoping at least to catch Tampa Bay for a wild card. Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. Three relievers finished. Joaquin Benoit worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got the final four outs for his 19th save in 19 chances. Bruce Chen (7-3) allowed five earned runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. "They had a really good plan going in. They were hacking early," Chen said. "They prepared themselves really well." The Royals, who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 1985, fell 3 1/2 games behind the Rays after this series against the leaders in Kansas Citys division did not start well. Kansas City fell behind 6-1 in the fifth, and although the Royals rallied, Detroits bullpen was able to hold on. With the score 6-3, Detroits Drew Smyly issued a one-out walk to Eric Hosmer in the eighth, then Jose Veras came on and walked Billy Butler on four pitches. After taking ball one, Salvador Perez popped out, but Veras hit Mike Moustakas to load the bases. On came Benoit, who has been excellent since becoming Detroits full-time closer. He struck out David Lough to end the threat. Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon overran Austin Jacksons leadoff double in the Detroit first for an error, allowing Jackson to advance to third. He scored on Torii Hunters groundout to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Kansas City tied it in thee fourth on an RBI single by Perez, but Fielders flyball in the bottom of the inning barely cleared the wall in the right-field corner for a two-run shot.dddddddddddd It was his 24th homer of the year. Like Verlander, Fielder has had his struggles this season, but he now has 102 RBIs, the sixth time in seven years hes reached 100. "If Im healthy and can play every day, thats what Im really focused on," Fielder said. "When youre out there every day, youve got a chance to do all those things." The tiebreaking home run came after banged-up slugger Miguel Cabrera led off with a double to right-centre that Lough just missed making a sliding catch on. It was Cabreras first extra-base hit since Aug. 26. Detroit added three runs in the fifth. Hunter hit a two-run single, and after an intentional walk to Cabrera, Hunter caught the Royals napping and broke for third. Chen was called for a balk, giving Hunter third and Cabrera second, and Fielders RBI single made it 6-1. Verlander has pitched well in 2013, just not up to the terrific standard he set the previous two years. The Tigers are hoping the right-hander will find a groove late this season, and he was breezing along until the Royals rallied with a couple runs in the sixth. Butlers RBI single made it 6-2, and Perez drove in Butler with a double. But Verlander was happy overall after striking out seven without a walk. "I feel like Im pretty doggone close," said Verlander, whose ERA is at 3.66. "I think my stuffs been a lot better. Tonight I made a little bit of an adjustment with my grip on my curveball and that seemed to be working really well for me." NOTES: Cabrera has been bothered lately by a strained abdomen, among other nagging injuries. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said before the game his third baseman looks better now. ... The Tigers sent RHP David Paulino to Houston as the player to be named in the deal that brought Veras to Detroit in July. ... Butler went 2 for 3 off Verlander and is now 30 for 68 (.441) off the Detroit star. ... Kansas Citys bullpen retired all 11 batters it faced, including seven strikeouts. ... Detroit RHP Doug Fister (12-8) faces Kansas City RHP Ervin Santana (8-9) on Saturday night. 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