Royals ride 5-run 7th to gain in Wild Card race

Royals ride 5-run 7th to gain in Wild Card race

KANSAS CITY -- It has been years -- decades? -- since the Royals and Yankees squared off this late in the season with serious postseason hopes on the line for both teams.

And the surging Royals came out swinging first in the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, punching across three runs in the first and then riding the strong pitching of right-hander Dillon Gee in an 8-5 win on Monday night.

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

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Gee delivering stability as Royals' fifth starter

Right-hander keeps Yanks in check for 3rd quality start in August

Gee delivering stability as Royals' fifth starter

KANSAS CITY -- In a crucial series opener against the Yankees, Royals right-hander Dillon Gee delivered.

Gee gave up just four hits, which matched a season low, and one run in six innings in an 8-5 win to pull Kansas City just two games back of Baltimore for an American League Wild Card spot for the first time since the All-Star break. Gee struck out four, all looking, while walking one batter. It was his seventh straight start of five innings or more, a mark he has hit in 10 of his last 12 starts, and couldn't have come at a bigger time.

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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.

Royals acquire Nava in trade with Angels

Royals acquire Nava in trade with Angels

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced on Monday night that they acquired outfielder Daniel Nava in a trade with the Angels for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Nava hit .235 with one home run in 45 games with the Angels this season. He owns a career average of .263, and previously spent time with the Red Sox and Rays before signing a one-year contract for $1.375 million with the Angels in December.

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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.

Royals looking to stay hot in rematch with Yanks

Royals looking to stay hot in rematch with Yanks

On Aug. 5, the Royals were 51-58, and they appeared to be all but officially eliminated from postseason contention. Likewise, the Yankees had just scratched their way above .500, but would go 1-2 over their next three games. Both teams were more than five games back of an American League Wild Card spot, and the climb seemed that much steeper, as the Mariners, Astros and Tigers all sat in between them and a playoff berth.

However, there's been a dramatic change. The Royals have stormed into the Wild Card race, going 18-4 in their last 22 games. The Yankees haven't quite hit the same pace, but they have won four of their last six and won six of their last seven series.

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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.

Volquez focused on present, not past starts

Royals right-hander looking to help red-hot rotation keep rolling

Volquez focused on present, not past starts

KANSAS CITY -- On Monday, right-hander Edinson Volquez sat in the Royals' clubhouse, listening to music coming out of his locker. His eyes were down, focused on a baseball-reference spreadsheet on his phone, as he prepared for his start against the Yankees on Tuesday.

In his last start against the Marlins, Volquez shrugged off a spell of rough outings. He pitched five strong innings, giving up two runs (zero earned). The outing snapped a stretch of five straight in which Volquez had allowed four or more runs, and was the first time he hadn't yielding an earned run in a start since June.

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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.

Mondesi's bases-clearing triple picks up KC

Rookie fuels 8-run inning, erases impact of Orlando's rare miscue

Mondesi's bases-clearing triple picks up KC

BOSTON -- This is what is known as picking up a teammate.

After center fielder Paulo Orlando committed a critical two-base error that led to a three-run fifth inning for the Red Sox, rookie Raul Mondesi whacked a three-run triple to highlight an eight-run sixth inning Sunday night for the Royals, who stormed ahead to a 10-4 victory.

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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.

Magic 8 ball: Royals stun Boston with monster inning

Magic 8 ball: Royals stun Boston with monster inning

BOSTON -- The surging Royals, who have thrived on the big stage in recent years, stunned the Red Sox with an eight-run sixth inning that fueled a 10-4 victory on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

The impressive barrage, led by rookie Raul Mondesi's three-run triple that put Kansas City on top for good, gave the defending World Series champions a series victory and their 17th win in the last 21 games.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Strahm impressing out of KC 'pen with ease

Rookie spins 0.68 ERA in first 10 Major League games

Strahm impressing out of KC 'pen with ease

BOSTON -- It is not supposed to be this easy. Royals rookie left-hander Matt Strahm burst onto the scene last month and has been nothing short of phenomenal since.

After another brilliant outing (2 2/3 scoreless innings) in the Royals' 10-4 victory Sunday night against the Red Sox, Strahm lowered his ERA to 0.68 in 10 games.

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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.

Duffy's dominant streak hits bump in road

After run of 10 straight winning decisions ends, lefty looks ahead

Duffy's dominant streak hits bump in road

BOSTON -- It was bound to happen. Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, so brilliant for so long, was bound to throw a clunker.

And that clunker came Saturday night at Fenway Park as Duffy and the Royals fell, 8-3, snapping Duffy's 10-game winning streak.

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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 fall despite 2-HR night for Salvy

Royals fall despite 2-HR night for Salvy

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, led by the torrid Dustin Pedroia, responded emphatically from a recent hitting funk and snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 8-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Pedroia went 4-for-5 and is 8-for-9 in the first two games of this homestand. When he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in his final at-bat, Pedroia's streak of hits in 11 straight at-bats came to an end, putting him just one shy of tying a Major League record.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Yost: Mondesi as regular 'common sense'

Manager believes in rookie, who has shined on defense despite some offensive struggles

Yost: Mondesi as regular 'common sense'

BOSTON -- The Royals knew there would be offensive struggles when they promoted rookie Raul Mondesi, the team's No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, to the big leagues last month.

But they also knew that Mondesi's defense would hold its own at this level. And it has. Mondesi has made numerous breathtaking plays at second base worthy of any highlight reel.

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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.

KC 'pen sees scoreless run end at 41 1/3 IP

Tight-knit group expects end of streak to set up new one

KC 'pen sees scoreless run end at 41 1/3 IP

BOSTON -- The reliever who finally allowed a run was philosophical after the Royals' amazing streak of consecutive scoreless relief innings ended on Friday at 41 1/3.

Right-hander Peter Moylan, who was charged with a run in the ninth inning of the Royals' 6-3 win over the Red Sox, thought for a moment and said, "I think the good thing about a streak ending is that it's an opportunity for another one to start."

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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.

5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

BOSTON -- The defending World Series-champion Royals look like a team that doesn't want to miss the thrill of another October. Inconsistent for much of the season, Kansas City has played terrific baseball of late, continuing with Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Backed by a five-run first inning that included home runs by Eric Hosmer (three-run drive) and Alex Gordon (two-run shot), the Royals rolled to their 11th win in their last 12 games and 16th in their last 19.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Royals' resurgence fueled in part by Cain's return

Royals' resurgence fueled in part by Cain's return

BOSTON -- There are many reasons for the Royals' recent resurgence. They have received tremendous starting pitching. Their bullpen has been off-the-charts good. Their defense has been superb.

And there has also been the return of outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who missed much of July -- during which the Royals went 7-19 -- because of a left hamstring strain.

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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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Richard Justice

Royals' mighty 'pen putting them back in postseason race

Kansas City relievers have posted miniscule 0.69 ERA during 15-3 stretch

Royals' mighty 'pen putting them back in postseason race

When the Kansas City Royals announced last month that they were placing Wade Davis, baseball's best reliever, on the disabled list, virtually everyone in the game thought the same thing.

The Royals were toast. Nice run, fellas. Take a bow. To resurrect a sport in one of the country's best baseball cities is a remarkable accomplishment.

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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.

Spidey sense: Dyson robs Yelich of HR

Catch marks first home run stolen at Marlins Park

Spidey sense: Dyson robs Yelich of HR

MIAMI -- Fences were moved in and walls were lowered at Marlins Park prior to this season in hopes of producing more offense.

But Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson robbed Miami's Christian Yelich of a potential homer, leaping to snag the long fly ball just to the right of the 407-foot sign in straightaway center for the final out of the first inning of Kansas City's 5-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Escobar's 2 RBIs, Dyson's gem propel Royals

Escobar's 2 RBIs, Dyson's gem propel Royals

MIAMI -- The blazing speed of Jarrod Dyson is obvious, but it was the center fielder's leaping ability that took a possible home run away from Christian Yelich in the first inning on Thursday that served as a reminder the Royals can beat you in so many ways.

Dyson's catch, coupled with Alcides Escobar's home run, double and two runs scored provided the lift the Royals needed to defeat the Marlins, 5-2, and claim two of three at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Thursday.

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Escobar ends Interleague Play on high note

Escobar ends Interleague Play on high note

MIAMI -- In a game filled with spectacular defensive gems and another outstanding performance from the bullpen, it was the bat of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar that helped make the difference in a 5-2 series-clinching win over Miami on Thursday at Marlins Park.

Escobar homered in the fourth inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead and then delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the sixth. He later scored in the frame on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' offense flounders as Fish halt streak

Royals' offense flounders as Fish halt streak

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven dominant innings while striking out nine in the Marlins' 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

With his nine strikeouts, Fernandez became Miami's single-season strikeout leader, now with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster's mark of 209 in 2000. But Fernandez's 111-pitch outing ended with some caution as he limped off the mound with a cramp after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Wednesday.

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Gee's start heads south in Marlins' 3-run 6th

Right-hander cruises through 5 1/3 before yielding 4 straight singles

Gee's start heads south in Marlins' 3-run 6th

MIAMI -- Royals starter Dillon Gee was nearly flawless through 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday night before surrendering four consecutive hits that led to a decisive three-run sixth inning in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins that forced a rubber game on Thursday and ended the Royals' win streak at nine.

Gee, now 5-7 with a 4.55 ERA, retired the first eight batters he faced before yielding an infield single to Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez. Gee set down the next eight in order before Fernandez logged his second hit of the night, and that's what marked the beginning of the end.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis nearing return to Royals' red-hot bullpen

All-Star closer progressing in rehab from right flexor strain

Davis nearing return to Royals' red-hot bullpen

MIAMI -- Royals closer Wade Davis, who saved 21 games in 23 opportunities this season before going on the disabled list a second time with a right flexor strain, tested his arm on Wednesday at the team's Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz.

Davis logged one scoreless inning, yielding one hit and striking out one for the Surprise Royals in their 4-2 loss to the Indians.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura flusters Fish; Royals extend streak to 9

Ventura flusters Fish; Royals extend streak to 9

MIAMI -- Lorenzo Cain's RBI single provided starter Yordano Ventura with the only run he needed as the red-hot Royals extended their winning streak to nine games with a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Kansas City remained four games back of Baltimore in the American League Wild Card chase, while Miami is still 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card standings.

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Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Tuesday.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Tuesday.

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Royals' bullpen spotless in setting club mark

Strahm, Soria, Herrera stretch scoreless relief streak to 32 innings

Royals' bullpen spotless in setting club mark

MIAMI -- It was a record-setting night for the Royals' bullpen as three relievers combined to close out a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night in the series opener at Marlins Park.

Matt Strahm, Joakim Soria and Kelvin Herrera mowed down the Marlins in succession in the final three innings after starter Yordano Ventura went six stellar frames for his ninth straight start of yielding three runs or fewer. In doing so, the bullpen set a club record for consecutive scoreless relief innings at 32, surpassing the previous mark of 29 2/3 in 1969.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hosmer happy to return to South Florida roots

Royals first baseman will have large cheering section at Marlins Park

Hosmer happy to return to South Florida roots

MIAMI -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer's roots run deep in South Florida. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 Draft out of American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., Hosmer developed his skills in the Miami area, where his father, Mike, was a firefighter for 29 years.

"It's what started it all for me," Hosmer said before Tuesday series opener at Marlins Park. "I remember coming to Marlins games with my mom and dad and watching them play, and hoping to be in their position one day. It drove me to work as hard as I possibly can to put myself in this position."

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Late-season charges nothing new to Royals

Late-season charges nothing new to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- On Aug. 5, the Kansas City Royals dropped their third straight game, falling, 4-3, to the Blue Jays. At that point, the 2015 World Series champions were just 51-58 and sat 11 games back of the first-place Indians in the American League Central and 9 1/2 games back of an AL Wild Card spot. Any hopes of a playoff run seemed to be dwindling.

But marginal odds have never stopped the Royals before. They've defied logic, overcoming deficit after deficit for two magical postseason runs. They trailed, 7-3, with five outs left in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game against the A's. One year later, they trailed the Astros, 6-2, entering the eighth inning of an elimination game in the AL Division Series. Both times they came back.

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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.

Duffy pitches Royals to sweep, 8 straight Ws

Duffy pitches Royals to sweep, 8 straight Ws

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals continue to ride dominating starting pitching with their seventh quality start in their last eight games.

This time it was back to left-hander Danny Duffy, who held the Twins to one run, while Eric Hosmer's go-ahead RBI double in the sixth was the difference offensively for the Royals in a 2-1 win on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City swept the four-game series with its eighth straight victory. Minnesota dropped to 2-11 in the season series and is 0-7 vs. Kansas City on the road.

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

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.

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Alyson Footer

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Special presentation of 'We Are Baseball' transports viewers on Hall of Fame tour

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Nestled in the five-trailer platform that comprises the "We Are Baseball" traveling Hall of Fame tour is a mobile theater that shows an 11-minute IMAX movie, spotlighting the best of what the game provides today, and offering glimpses of where it is headed in the future.

Baseball, steeped deeply in tradition, will always connect generations and harken back to its past. But Major League Baseball has taken a deliberate and giant step forward, shifting its focus to a younger generation of fans stimulated more by what is in front of them than by what has already happened.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Starter kit: KC rides rotation back into contention

Duffy emerges as ace for revitalized defending champs

Starter kit: KC rides rotation back into contention

It's not just that the Kansas City Royals' bullpen may again be the best in baseball. Been there, done that.

Nor is it that the Royals are playing the kind of take-your-breath-away defense that helped get them to the World Series the past two seasons. Kansas City has also done that before.

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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.