Guthrie, Royals settle for series split vs. Tigers

Guthrie, Royals settle for series split vs. Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez continued his mastery of the Royals, and Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged a split in the four-game series with a 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 38,326 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

That was the Royals' third straight sellout.

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Colon, Royals complete stellar double play

Colon, Royals complete stellar double play

KANSAS CITY - The Royals pulled off what likely is their double play of the season so far in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

With Detroit's Jose Iglesias on second and one out, Ian Kinsler lined a one-hopper at shortstop Christian Colon, who flipped to second baseman Omar Infante, who slapped a tag on Iglesias.

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Guthrie pleased with command, not results

Guthrie pleased with command, not results

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie gave up a season-high six runs and saw his ERA balloon to 6.52 in a 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday. But manager Ned Yost says he will continue to have a long leash with his veteran starter.

"It's the third day in May," Yost said. "Jeremy Guthrie was one of the better pitchers we had in the second half last year. Hitters have slumps and pitchers have slumps. You have to allow them, especially when they're veteran guys, to work through slumps.

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Vargas, Royals host Indians in series opener

Vargas, Royals host Indians in series opener

The Royals and Indians will renew their American League Central rivalry on Tuesday, when the Tribe heads to Kauffman Stadium for a three-game road series against the defending league champions.

Kansas City will send lefty Jason Vargas to the hill, while the Indians counter with undefeated right-hander Danny Salazar.

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Cain drops appeal, starts serving suspension

Cain drops appeal, starts serving suspension

KANSAS CITY -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension and began serving it Sunday.

Cain, who will be eligible to return Wednesday against the Indians, was suspended for his part in an in-game altercation with the White Sox on April 23.

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Royals shift rotation for series against Indians

Royals shift rotation for series against Indians

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals switched right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and left-hander Jason Vargas in the rotation, allowing Guthrie to pitch in Sunday's series finale against the Tigers.

Vargas will start on Tuesday against the Indians.

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After duel, Volquez hard-luck loser vs. Price

After duel, Volquez hard-luck loser vs. Price

KANSAS CITY -- In his first start since serving a five-game suspension, Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez was solid again.

It just so happened he went up against Detroit's David Price, who was even better. Vargas threw six strong innings, but in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

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Volquez's strong return not enough vs. Tigers

Volquez's strong return not enough vs. Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Detroit left-hander David Price threw a complete-game five-hitter to earn his third win of the year as the Tigers beat the Royals, 2-1, on Saturday night in front of 38,692 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Price lost his shutout when Lorenzo Cain hit a home run with two outs in the ninth. He didn't walk a hitter and struck out three.

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Young headed back to 'pen after strong start

Yost won't have short hook with Vargas, Guthrie

Young headed back to 'pen after strong start

KANSAS CITY -- Any Royals fans clamoring for manager Ned Yost to put Chris Young in the rotation will just have to wait.

Yost won't have a short hook with No. 4 starter Jason Vargas or No. 5 starter Jeremy Guthrie.

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Royals Minor League report: May 2

Royals Minor League report: May 2

Omaha Storm Chasers (11-11)

Colorado Springs 4, Omaha 2
LP: Clayton Mortensen (2-2)
HR: Lane Adams (3)

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Holland on target, feels good after sim game

Closer expects to be ready by Tuesday when eligible to come off DL

Holland on target, feels good after sim game

KANSAS CITY -- Royals closer Greg Holland threw a simulated game Saturday and reported all went well.

Holland, on the disabled list because of a pectoral strain, said his command was good.

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Alex Gordon Classic benefits cancer research

Royals outfielder hosts youth tournament in support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex Gordon Classic benefits cancer research

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon worked late at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night, but turning off the alarm clock and sleeping in Saturday morning simply wasn't an option.

The Royals' Gold Glove left fielder had an important 10:35 a.m. appointment to support a cause that is near and dear to his heart. Right on schedule, Gordon arrived at the Mid-America Sports Complex in suburban Johnson County to salute a cluster of wide-eyed youth baseball players who have gathered for the inaugural Alex Gordon Classic. which is raising funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer.

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Royals lose no-hit bid in 8th, but tame Tigers

Royals lose no-hit bid in 8th, but tame Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Royals spot starter Chris Young tossed five innings of no-hit ball, and the bullpen kept the no-no going for seven innings before the Tigers' Nick Castellanos singled in the eighth, but Kansas City held on for a 4-1 victory on Friday night in front of 38,186 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Castellanos broke up the combined no-hitter with a line-drive single to left off reliever Kelvin Herrera.

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Herrera wins fierce battle in 8th against Miggy

Herrera wins fierce battle in 8th against Miggy

KANSAS CITY -- The long-anticipated championship boxing match isn't until Saturday night in Las Vegas. The heavyweight battle came together in the Tigers' 4-1 loss on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Miguel Cabrera-Kelvin Herrera won't show up on the undercard for Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao. Yet on a night when Chris Young and Ryan Madson no-hit the Tigers for seven innings, it set up as the main event.

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Young simply 'spot' on in KC rotation debut

Young simply 'spot' on in KC rotation debut

KANSAS CITY -- This was not exactly the type of spot start the Royals and manager Ned Yost were hoping for from Chris Young. It was better than they could have imagined.

Young, who was signed as a long reliever and spot starter during Spring Training, filled in for the suspended Edinson Volquez and was nothing short of magnificent, considering the circumstances.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Madson, Young are rewarding Royals' faith

Veteran pitchers helping club's rise to top of AL Central

Madson, Young are rewarding Royals' faith

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals knew they had to find that legit middle-of-the-lineup bat after the loss of free-agent Billy Butler to the A's, so they signed Kendrys Morales, who has stepped in and been just what the Royals ordered in the cleanup spot so far this season.

That is the easy decision.

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

Royals Minor League report: May 1

Royals Minor League report: May 1

Omaha Storm Chasers (11-10)

Colorado Springs 16, Omaha 4
LP: Luke Hochevar (0-1)
HR: None

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Royals place Escobar on 7-day disabled list

Shortstop suffering from effects of concussion; infielder Calixte recalled from Triple-A

Royals place Escobar on 7-day disabled list

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Friday placed shortstop Alcides Escobar on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha.

While Escobar said he felt "way, way better" on Friday, manager Ned Yost said they would not take any chances with him.

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Moustakas, Davis earn Royals' April honors

Moustakas, Davis earn Royals' April honors

KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas was named Royals Player of the Month for April, while right-hander Wade Davis received the honor as Royals Pitcher of the Month.

The Player of the Month award is determined by a combined vote of fans and local media, while the pitcher award is voted on by the local media.

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Royals rev up the offense for dynamite Duffy

Royals rev up the offense for dynamite Duffy

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy delivered his longest outing of the season, seven-plus innings, and his offense banged out 14 hits in an 8-1 victory over Detroit on Thursday in the first meeting between the American League Central rivals this season.

Eric Hosmer slammed a two-run homer in the third, and the Royals poured on five runs in the fifth to go up 8-0. The Royals reclaimed first place in the division after a 15-7 April.

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Royals ballboy hard on himself after missed catch

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Royals ballboy hard on himself after missed catch

During Thursday night's Tigers-Royals game, a ballboy made a very ambitious grab for an Omar Infante foul ball. Sadly, he did not make the catch. 

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Duffy's deep outing gives bullpen a rest

Duffy's deep outing gives bullpen a rest

KANSAS CITY -- With their closer on the disabled list and the bullpen as a whole weary from overuse, the Royals really needed a long outing from left-hander Danny Duffy on Thursday night.

And Duffy gave them just that, matching a career high by going seven-plus innings against the Tigers in a convincing 8-1 win.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Royals make statement against Tigers

Royals make statement against Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- This time, it was about business, plain and simple, for the Kansas City Royals. There was no trashing talking, no bench clearing, no punches thrown.

Nope, the Royals welcomed the four-time defending American League Central champion Tigers into Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night and sent a message the old-fashioned way, by putting the finishing touches on the second-best April in franchise history with an 8-1 thumping. That's more runs than Kansas City scored in all but one of its 19 games against Detroit a year ago.

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Ventura drops appeal, starts suspension

Ventura drops appeal, starts suspension

KANSAS CITY -- Yordano Ventura, one of four Royals suspended after an on-field incident with the White Sox on April 23, has decided to serve his seven-game suspension without an appeal.

Ventura will be eligible to return to the mound on May 8, when the Royals travel to Detroit to start a three-game series.

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Medlen preparing to face hitters in Arizona

Medlen preparing to face hitters in Arizona

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Kris Medlen, a popular signing among Royals fans last winter, is inching closer in his comeback bid from his second Tommy John surgery.

Medlen told MLB.com that he will be heading to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday to begin throwing against hitters. If all goes well, he could start a 30-day rehab assignment sometime in May.

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Yost could have familiar faces in AL dugout

Yost could have familiar faces in AL dugout

CLEVELAND -- All nine players from the Royals' Opening Day lineup are on this year's All-Star ballot.

Manager Ned Yost, who will be managing the American League All-Stars on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, said he hopes the Royals will have plenty of representation at this year's game.

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