Orlando's clutch triple helps Royals sprint past A's

Orlando's clutch triple helps Royals sprint past A's

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night in front of 39,228 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

"I missed my spot by probably 18 inches trying to come hard in," Otero said. "Just came back over, outside corner."

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Royals-A's benches clear after Esky's injury

Royals-A's benches clear after Esky's injury

KANSAS CITY -- The benches cleared during the Royals' 6-4 win over the A's in the top of the seventh inning on Friday after Brett Lawrie slid hard into Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Escobar sustained a mild sprain to his left knee on the play and had to be helped off the field. He is listed as day to day.

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Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

KANSAS CITY -- A's third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had "no intention of hurting anybody" when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play that turned into a benches-clearing escapade in the seventh inning in Friday's 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

Escobar, who departed the game immediately, sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee, and Lawrie, who was confirmed out on the play following a replay review, said he planned to reach out to Escobar, reiterating several times after the game, "I would never try to cleat anybody."

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Ventura, Royals ready for rematch against A's

Ventura, Royals ready for rematch against A's

A pair of hard-throwing right-handers will take the stage for the second game of a three-game series between the A's and Royals on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Yordano Ventura gets the ball for Kansas City and he will be opposed by Jesse Hahn, who will be making his first career start against the Royals. Ventura took a no-decision in his lone regular-season matchup with the A's on Aug. 11, 2014, after allowing two runs on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts over six innings.

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Royals Minor League report: April 17

Royals Minor League report: April 17

Omaha Storm Chasers (5-3)

New Orleans 5, Omaha 3
LP: Christian Binford (0-1)
HR: Whit Merrifield (1), Orlando Calixte (1)

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Royals revel in memories of Wild Card Game

Royals revel in memories of Wild Card Game

KANSAS CITY -- As the A's returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the crazy American League Wild Card game last year, the Royals themselves tried to remember all the details of that night.

"Just too many things happened to remember them all," manager Ned Yost said.

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Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

KANSAS CITY -- One of the first things former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler did when he got to Kansas City on Thursday, an off-day for his new team, the A's, was check out some serious barbecue.

"I went to Oklahoma Joes yesterday," Butler said, grinning. "I thought it was superstitious in the World Series, too. I went there way more than you should. But I thought it was the reason we were winning. It just didn't work out in Game 7. I thought it was superstition to have good ribs."

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Royals recall Fuentes, option Gore to Double-A

Royals recall Fuentes, option Gore to Double-A

KANSAS CITY -- When the Royals called up outfielder Reymond Fuentes on Friday and optioned Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, the immediate question from fans was: Why not just call Fuentes up three days ago when Gore was promoted instead to replace the injured Alex Rios on the roster?

Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that the club wanted a pinch-runner for the Minnesota series and then agreed to re-evaluate the situation for the next series.

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Cain's home run, 3 RBIs can't slow Twins

Cain's home run, 3 RBIs can't slow Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas and Kurt Suzuki both connected on two-run homers, while Joe Mauer added three RBIs to help lead the Twins to an 8-5 win over the Royals on Thursday afternoon at Target Field. It gave the Minnesota its first series win of the season, and handed Kansas City a second straight loss after a 7-0 start.

Left-hander Tommy Milone improved to 2-0, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. He served up a two-run homer to Lorenzo Cain in the first, but Milone settled in after that. The Royals scored their third run off Milone in the third on an RBI double from Salvador Perez to score Cain.

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Royals' defense tripped up in strange 3rd frame

Royals' defense tripped up in strange 3rd frame

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals pride themselves on great defense.

That's why it was so strange to see them uncharacteristically not make plays in a bizarre and frustrating third inning that produced two runs that put the Twins ahead to stay in an 8-5 loss on Thursday at Target Field.

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Esky thriving since inheriting Royals' leadoff role

Esky thriving since inheriting Royals' leadoff role

MINNEAPOLIS -- When told by a reporter that he was on a career-high 17-game hitting streak entering Thursday's series finale, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar seemed shocked.

"Really? Seventeen? I had no idea," he said. "Wow."

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After shaking off Perez, Volquez dwells on 'one bad pitch'

After shaking off Perez, Volquez dwells on 'one bad pitch'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just one pitch. That's all Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez would like back from the 106 offerings he made to the Twins on Wednesday night.

That one pitch was a 1-2 fastball to Oswaldo Arcia, who crushed a towering two-run homer that was the difference in a 3-1 loss for the Royals.

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Cain, Royals wear Jackie's No. 42 with pride

Cain, Royals wear Jackie's No. 42 with pride

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said he is honored to put on uniform No. 42.

"It's a special moment," Cain said. "It's a day we all celebrate wearing 42. We definitely will pay our respects."

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Perfect no more: Twins hand first loss to Royals

Perfect no more: Twins hand first loss to Royals

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson outdueled Edinson Volquez, and Oswaldo Arcia connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning to help lead the Twins to a 3-1 win and hand the Royals their first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Target Field.

Gibson surrendered just one run over 6 2/3 innings, scattering nine hits without walking a batter. It was a marked improvement from his first start, as he walked five batters and gave up six runs in a loss against the Tigers in his season debut. The lone run he allowed came on a two-out RBI single from Alex Gordon in the fourth.

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Royals Minor League report: April 16

Royals Minor League report: April 16

Omaha Storm Chasers (5-2)

Omaha 9, Memphis 4
WP: Joe Blanton (1-1)
HR: Brett Eibner 2 (2,3), Cheslor Cuthbert (2)

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Plunking by rookie pitcher 'frustrating' for injured Rios

Royals outfielder, hit by Twins' Graham, out indefinitely with broken hand

Plunking by rookie pitcher 'frustrating' for injured Rios

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals right fielder Alex Rios spoke calmly and thoughtfully about his frustration with losing time on the disabled list after being plunked in the hand by Twins rookie and Rule 5 pitcher J.R. Graham.

Rios suffered a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand when hit with a pitch Monday in the eighth inning with the bases loaded. He went on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and will be out indefinitely.

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Royals to keep Cain in center when Dyson plays

Speedster Gore recalled from Double-A to replace injured Rios on roster

Royals to keep Cain in center when Dyson plays

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Royals used outfielder Jarrod Dyson as a defensive replacement last season, he primarily was inserted into center field with Lorenzo Cain then shifting to right.

But that won't be the alignment now that right fielder Alex Rios was placed on the disabled list with a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand.

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Royals Minor League report: April 15

Royals Minor League report: April 15

Omaha Storm Chasers (4-2)

Memphis 4, Omaha 2
LP: Aaron Brooks (0-1)
HR: Jose Martinez (1)

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Broken hand to sideline Rios indefinitely

Royals OF to 15-day DL; Dyson, Orlando likely to see more time

Broken hand to sideline Rios indefinitely

MINNEAPOLIS -- The unbeaten Royals now will face their first perseverance test of 2015 after learning that right fielder Alex Rios will be out indefinitely with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said by phone that the team doesn't have a timetable yet for how long Rios, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, will be out.

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Anthony Castrovince

7 reasons to love the 7-0 Royals

7 reasons to love the 7-0 Royals

It's become abundantly clear that the Royals aren't ever going to lose another baseball game. Ever.

Even if that's not true (it's not), Kansas City's 7-0 start has at least proven that the October onslaught that put the Royals in the World Series for the first time in nearly three decades was far from a fluke. If anything, coming up 90 feet short of tying Game 7 of the Fall Classic has only inspired more hair-and-pants-on-fire-type intensity from this club, which entered Tuesday's off-day as MLB's last undefeated team still standing.

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Royals improve to 7-0 with rout of Twins

Royals improve to 7-0 with rout of Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Danny Duffy tossed 6 1/3 solid innings, and he was backed by another strong showing from the offense to help keep the Royals undefeated with a 12-3 win over the Twins on Monday at Target Field.

Duffy outpitched Twins right-hander Trevor May, who made the start in Minnesota's home opener in place of Ricky Nolasco, who is out with right elbow inflammation. It helped the Royals to a 7-0 start on the year, which is the second best in franchise history behind only a 9-0 start by the 2003 Royals.

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Comfortable with KC, Kendrys has impressed

Slugger providing plenty of production as Royals' new designated hitter

Comfortable with KC, Kendrys has impressed

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals could only have dreamed how well Kendrys Morales has fit in with the team as its new designated hitter.

Morales replaced longtime Royal and fan favorite Billy Butler, who left for Oakland.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Royals Minor League report: April 14

Royals Minor League report: April 14

Omaha Storm Chasers (4-1)

Omaha 5, Memphis 1

WP: Clayton Mortensen (1-0)

HR: None

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Salvy knows when to push, rein in Ventura

Royals catcher diffuses heated situation between righty, Angels star Trout

Salvy knows when to push, rein in Ventura

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the reasons it is so hard for Royals manager Ned Yost to rest catcher Salvador Perez for a day is what Perez means emotionally for the Royals' pitchers.

That was never more evident than on Sunday when starter Yordano Ventura got into a bizarre and heated exchange with Angels superstar Mike Trout.

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Red-hot Royals go 6-0 with sweep of Angels

Red-hot Royals go 6-0 with sweep of Angels

ANAHEIM -- The Royals continued to pick up where they left off last season, sweeping the Angels on Sunday as they did in the American League Division Series in 2014.

On Sunday, the Royals whipped the Angels, 9-2, behind Alcides Escobar's three RBIs and the solid pitching of starter Yordano Ventura, who gave up just four hits and two runs through 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven.

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Angels, Royals benches empty in strange sixth

Ventura exits with leg cramp soon after confrontation with Trout

Angels, Royals benches empty in strange sixth

ANAHEIM -- What was heading toward a rather routine 9-2 Royals victory on Sunday suddenly got weird in the Angels' sixth inning.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura had given up just one hit and had struck out seven entering the inning with Kansas City holding a 7-1 lead.

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