Deja Blue: KC caps 3rd straight wild comeback

Deja Blue: KC caps 3rd straight wild comeback

KANSAS CITY -- For the third straight game, the Royals lit up the beleaguered White Sox bullpen, this time posting a three-run eighth inning to wipe out a two-run deficit on their way to a 5-4 victory on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The three-game series sweep of the White Sox, who blew 5-1 and 7-1 leads in the first two games, catapulted the Royals into first place in the American League Central. The Indians are one-half game back, and the White Sox are one game out.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Royals get back to their old tricks

Three stirring comebacks over White Sox helps Kansas City reach top of AL Central

Royals get back to their old tricks

The Kansas City Royals have accomplished so much the last two seasons that it's hard to be blown away by anything they do anymore.

OK, check that. They just did.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookies show veteran poise in KC comebacks

Rookies show veteran poise in KC comebacks

KANSAS CITY -- As the Royals got into the dugout to start their half of the eighth inning trailing by two runs, first baseman Eric Hosmer shouted to his teammates, "OK, this is where the magic happens."

Sure enough, the Royals promptly pushed three runs across and walked away with a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday, their third straight late-inning, come-from-behind triumph.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No ligament damage and no DL for Salvy

Cruz recalled from Omaha to add catching depth; Moylan optioned to Triple-A

No ligament damage and no DL for Salvy

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals appear to have not only dodged a bullet, but moreso a howitzer.

All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, injured in a scary collision with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert on Saturday, will not go on the disabled list. An MRI on Perez's left leg revealed no ligament damage to his knee.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals turn to Kennedy as they welcome Rays

Royals turn to Kennedy as they welcome Rays

Starting the year 3-0 over four starts with a 2.63 ERA, Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese will look to take advantage of a dinged-up Kansas City lineup on Monday at Kauffman Stadium.

Andriese allowed just a run over 7 2/3 innings in two games against the World Series champions last year and hopes to repeat the success.

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Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vallot among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect strikes out a career-high 12, Rockies' No. 2 goes 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles

Vallot among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez's ability to miss bats was on display Sunday as the right-hander struck out a career-high 12 hitters over five innings in Double-A Harrisburg's 2-1 win against Akron. He allowed one earned run on five hits and did not issue a walk for the first time in nine starts for the Senators.

The Nationals' No. 5 prospect struck out the side in the first and third innings and also recorded a pair of two-strikeout innings. Lopez, 22, has fanned 56 hitters in 47 2/3 innings on the season, while his ERA sits at 4.15 after Sunday's outing. Meanwhile, opposing hitters are batting just .223 against him.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals knock Sox off with incredible 7-run 9th

Royals knock Sox off with incredible 7-run 9th

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Brett Eibner lashed a single to right off White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle, scoring Drew Butera to cap an incredible seven-run rally in the ninth and give the Royals an 8-7 walk-off win on Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Eibner made his Major League debut on Friday in a come-from-behind win. Kansas City knocked Chicago from its perch atop the American League Central as both now sit a half-game back of first-place Cleveland. The White Sox had held the top spot since April 22 and their largest lead was five games.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blewett among top prospect performers Saturday

Blewett among top prospect performers Saturday

For a player who bypassed the Class A-Advanced level, Harrison Bader hasn't had any problems adjusting to the advanced competition in Double-A.

On Saturday, the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect connected on his third home run in as many games to help fuel Springfield's four-run eighth inning and eventual come-from-behind win against Frisco. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate and also tallied a double to go along with his 11th home run in 46 games this season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eibner's clutch hit sets off dandy celebration

Royals rookie follows up solid debut with 1st RBI, walk-off win

Eibner's clutch hit sets off dandy celebration

KANSAS CITY -- If you thought Royals rookie Brett Eibner's head was spinning on Friday night when he made his Major League debut and got his first hit, that didn't even compare to what transpired for him in Saturday's 8-7 walk-off win.

Eibner came up with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth with the Royals and White Sox tied at 7 after the Royals had rallied for six runs in the inning.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals activate Young, option Flynn to Triple-A

Royals activate Young, option Flynn to Triple-A

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Saturday activated right-hander Chris Young from the disabled list and optioned left-hander Brian Flynn to Triple-A Omaha.

Manager Ned Yost said Young will be his long reliever in the bullpen for now.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salvy sustains quad contusion after collision

Salvy sustains quad contusion after collision

KANSAS CITY -- As the Royals celebrated Saturday's dramatic 8-7 win over the White Sox, which was fueled by a spectacular seven-run rally in the ninth inning, their spirits were tempered by the injury to All-Star catcher and team leader Salvador Perez.

Perez collided with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert in the top of the ninth inning as they pursued a foul pop. Perez called for the ball, but Cuthbert didn't hear him in time and slammed full force into Perez's left leg.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals prospect Staumont is flame thrower

Righty hitting 98-102 mph on radar gun, working on command at Class A

Royals prospect Staumont is flame thrower

KANSAS CITY -- Want to know who will be the next great power arm for the Royals?

It just might be 22-year-old Josh Staumont, a second-round pick in the 2015 Draft out of Azusa Pacific University -- yes, that is the same school that produced former Kansas City Chiefs great Christian Okoye.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals rally past White Sox behind 4-run 7th

Royals rally past White Sox behind 4-run 7th

KANSAS CITY -- Eric Hosmer logged four RBIs and the Royals rallied for four runs in the seventh inning against the White Sox bullpen to pull out a 7-5 victory on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

With the win, Kansas City moved to one game back of first-place Chicago in the American League Central standings.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hoz happy about go-ahead single in big 7th

Royals first baseman also homers, logs 4 RBIs in comeback win

Hoz happy about go-ahead single in big 7th

KANSAS CITY -- Everybody loves the long ball. But the hit that Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer loved the most barely blooped over the infield.

Hosmer's two-run single off White Sox reliever Zach Duke capped a four-run rally in the seventh inning and lifted the Royals to a 7-5 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. Hosmer delivered four RBIs in the game.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eibner is big part of winning debut for Royals

Rookie doubles in pivotal 7th for 1st MLB hit, lays down sac bunt

Eibner is big part of winning debut for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Brett Eibner's nerves, which had been churning for two days, finally calmed down in the seventh inning on Friday night when he stroked a double for his first big-league hit. And that hit helped the Royals go on to a 7-5 win over the White Sox.

"I was overswinging almost every at-bat tonight," Eibner said. "I was kind of coming out of my shoes on every swing. But that last swing, that was more like me."

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lawrie isn't dwelling on past incident with KC

White Sox infielder may hear some boos from Royals fans this weekend

Lawrie isn't dwelling on past incident with KC

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie isn't dwelling on the past.

To be more specific, Lawrie said he isn't focusing on the incident that led to the benches clearing at Kauffman Stadium on April 18, 2015, when Lawrie was a member of the A's.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moustakas has torn ACL, out for season

Royals call up outfielder Eibner from Triple-A Omaha

Moustakas has torn ACL, out for season

KANSAS CITY -- As Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas discussed his season-ending injury with reporters Thursday, a voice boomed from across the clubhouse.

"Love you, boy!" catcher Salvador Perez shouted.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Weather postpones Royals opener vs. Chicago

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' game vs. the White Sox on Thursday night was postponed because of a threat of severe weather in the area.

No makeup date has been set, but the Royals indicated it would not be part of this series.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morales to miss a few days with sprained finger

Royals skipper says Young 'really close' to return from forearm strain

Morales to miss a few days with sprained finger

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals, who already put Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas on the disabled list in the last four days, also will be without designated hitter Kendrys Morales for three or four days because of a sprained middle finger in his right hand.

Morales injured the finger while hitting in Tuesday's game against the Twins.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie Merrifield rolling along in big leagues

Utility player has collected two hits in three straight games

Rookie Merrifield rolling along in big leagues

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's really not supposed to be this easy for any rookie.

But since being called up last week, Royals super utility man Whit Merrifield looks like he's been in the Majors for years.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Royals still on signature path to success

Royals still on signature path to success

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Kansas City Royals are in a good place, and we're not talking about third in the AL Central.

That is just a transitional phase. They have won their last four series. They are the defending World Series champions, playing balanced, productive baseball. Their primary directions from here should be onward and upward.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bonifacio among top prospect performers Wednesday

Bonifacio among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fourth-frame rally not enough for KC in finale

Fourth-frame rally not enough for KC in finale

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eduardo Nunez, Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano homered to help the Twins avoid a sweep at the hands of the Royals with a 7-5 victory in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

The Twins jumped on right-hander Dillon Gee early, as Nunez and Dozier hit back-to-back homers to open the top of the first. Sano later gave the Twins the lead in the fifth with a two-run shot to knock Gee from the game. Gee lasted four-plus innings, surrendering six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Cards get OF Martinez from KC for cash considerations

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals added to their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring Jose Martinez from the Royals for cash considerations. Martinez, 27, has been assigned him to the Cardinals' Triple-A Memphis roster.

In order to create space on the 40-man roster for Martinez, the Cardinals transferred reliever Mitch Harris to the 60-day disabled list. Harris has been sidelined since Spring Training due to a right elbow strain.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salvy's homer, Cain's 4 hits help sink Twins

Salvy's homer, Cain's 4 hits help sink Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lorenzo Cain tied a career high with four hits, while Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer to lift the Royals to a 7-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field. Kansas City won its fourth straight series and notched its eighth straight victory against Minnesota, which has lost eight of its last nine games.

Cain, who had four hits for the 10th time in his career, also drove in two runs. Perez, who had a career-high five hits on Monday, hit a second-inning homer off former teammate Ervin Santana.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain raises his offensive level with 4-hit game

Royals outfielder overcomes slow start to season, stays locked in vs. Twins

Cain raises his offensive level with 4-hit game

MINNEAPOLIS -- After another 0-for-4 day on April 25, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain's average dipped to .200.

Cain, who had finished third in the American League MVP Award voting last season, suddenly didn't look like the same hitter from 2015. But the road back started almost immediately. And after Cain delivered four more hits in Tuesday night's 7-4 win over the Twins, his average stood at .296.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.