Royals sting Rays on Orlando's walk-off slam

Royals sting Rays on Orlando's walk-off slam

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Paulo Orlando, just called back up from the Minors, belted a walk-off grand slam as the Royals earned a 9-5 win over the Rays on Tuesday afternoon in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium.

It was Orlando's second homer this season and his first career slam, and it came off Rays closer Brad Boxberger on a 1-0 pitch.

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Royals fans can make it 7 All-Stars with Moose

Moustakas one of five candidates for American League Final Vote

Royals fans can make it 7 All-Stars with Moose

KANSAS CITY -- For third baseman Mike Moustakas to elevate his incredible comeback season to All-Star status, he is going to need some more help from Royals fans.

Davis, Herrera make it 6 Royals at ASG

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Gordon homers after RBI hit-by-pitch

All-Star starter goes deep in 4th, plunked 12th time for RBI in 2nd

Gordon homers after RBI hit-by-pitch

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, voted in by the fans as a starter for the All-Star Game, was plunked on his right wrist with a pitch from Tampa Bay's Matt Moore in the second inning on Tuesday during Kansas City's 9-5 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium.

The hit-by-pitch came with the bases loaded in the second inning and forced in the Royals' first run of a three-run inning. Gordon then hit a solo homer, his 11th of the season, to tie the game at 4 in the fourth inning.

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Herrera, Davis thrilled for All-Star opportunity

Pitchers join four elected starters on AL squad

Herrera, Davis thrilled for All-Star opportunity

KANSAS CITY -- Soon after Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was told by manager Ned Yost that he had been picked for this year's All-Star Game, he called his mother, Maria, in the Dominican Republic.

"Momma, get ready," Herrera said. "Going to Cincinnati on Sunday."

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Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

KANSAS CITY -- Monday night's game between the Royals and Rays at Kauffman Stadium scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT was postponed due to rain and the threat of tornadoes in the area.

About 90 minutes prior to game time, the stadium staff evacuated all fans and personnel into the underground tunnels. The postponement announcement came about 20 minutes later. Fans were kept in the underground tunnels until the tornado threat passed.

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Moustakas on bereavement list; Frasor designated

Cuthbert called up to help at third; reliever out as Orlando recalled to bolster outfield depth

Moustakas on bereavement list; Frasor designated

KANSAS CITY -- With an incoming storm that eventually postponed Monday's game against the Rays, and more 2015 All-Star Game announcements to follow, Royals manager Ned Yost's day continued to get busier with two roster moves.

The Royals recalled Cheslor Cuthbert and Paulo Orlando from Triple-A Omaha on Monday afternoon, placing third baseman Mike Moustakas on the bereavement/family medical emergency list and designating right-handed reliever Jason Frasor for assignment.

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Yost stacks AL roster with elite talent, versatility

Royals skipper opts for Teixeira over Hosmer, includes Moustakas in Final Vote

Yost stacks AL roster with elite talent, versatility

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost, who will be the American League's manager at next Tuesday's All-Star Game, said he had been sleeping really well until the last three or four days.

And not so coincidentally, that's the time period when Yost started to make some tough decisions regarding this year's team.

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Davis, Herrera join KC quartet as All-Stars

Royals sending 6 to Midsummer Classic; AL Final Vote candidate Moustakas would make 7

Davis, Herrera join KC quartet as All-Stars

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals added two more players -- right-handed relievers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera -- when the reserves for the American League All-Star team were announced Monday.

And Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is on the list of the AL Final Vote players, one of five players on the ballot who will be voted on by the fans for one last roster spot.

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Cain, Escobar, Gordon, Perez tabbed All-Stars

Cain, Escobar, Gordon, Perez tabbed All-Stars

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals won't have eight starters for this year's All-Star Game, as they once were projected to in the voting, but they did set a franchise record with four starters selected by the fans.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Lorenzo Cain each will be making their first starts and appearances in the game. Catcher Salvador Perez started last season as a replacement, and will start this year by fan voting. Also chosen to start was left fielder Alex Gordon, who, like Perez, will be making his third All-Star appearance.

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Gordon good as Gold with catches against Twins

Gordon good as Gold with catches against Twins

KANSAS CITY -- This is how you win Gold Glove Awards.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, a four-time American League Gold Glove Award winner and the Platinum Glove winner last year, once again wowed observers with a did-you-see-that catch in the fourth inning of a 3-2 walk-off win against the Twins on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Mike Bauman

Gutsy Royals earn a hard-fought series split

Gutsy Royals earn a hard-fought series split

KANSAS CITY -- Ordinarily, splitting a four-game series at home would not be cause for rejoicing. But this was not an ordinary case.

When the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, Sunday, they earned a split of this four-game series. And "earned" is the key word. The Twins threw everything they had at the Royals, hoping to draw 2 1/2 games back in the American League Central.

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Ventura may take Blanton's turn on Thursday

Ventura may take Blanton's turn on Thursday

KANSAS CITY -- Asked on Sunday if right-hander Joe Blanton would still make his next scheduled start on Thursday, Royals manager Ned Yost shrugged his shoulders.

"We're looking at that," he said.

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A look at the 6 division leaders

A look at the 6 division leaders

KANSAS CITY -- Take a look at Twitter. Type in Royals after any loss. Surely, complaints and mounting frustrations won't be hard to find.

When a team reaches the World Series for the first time in almost 30 years, that tends to happen. Fans that got a taste of success last October want more, and they want it immediately.

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Cain stays hot but Royals can't rally vs. Twins

Cain stays hot but Royals can't rally vs. Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Joe Mauer ripped a two-run homer and the Twins' bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to bail out starter Mike Pelfrey as Minnesota topped the Royals, 5-3, on Saturday in front 37,917 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

The Twins have taken two of three so far in the series and pulled within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Royals, who have dropped five of six. Mauer's homer, his fifth this season, came after Brian Dozier singled. The Twins added a third run in the inning on Aaron Hicks' RBI groundout.

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Hosmer's double gives Royals 2nd walk-off win

Hosmer's double gives Royals 2nd walk-off win

KANSAS CITY -- Slumping first baseman Eric Hosmer ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with none out in the ninth, giving the Royals a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon.

It was the Royals' second walk-off win of the four-game series after not having any in 2015. The teams split the four-game set and the Royals remained 4 1/2 games in the AL Central lead.

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Santana makes return to KC with Twins

Starter to face ex-mates in finale

Santana makes return to KC with Twins

KANSAS CITY -- As Twins right-hander Ervin Santana takes a big league mound for the first time on Sunday since his 80-game suspension for his use of a performance-enhancing drug, it will at least be in familiar surroundings.

Santana returns to Kauffman Stadium, where he pitched well for the Royals in 2013 and where he has pitched well throughout his career (7-6, 3.68 ERA).

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Royals trip Twins in 10th for first walk-off win

Royals trip Twins in 10th for first walk-off win

KANSAS CITY -- Lorenzo Cain scored from third on an infield dribbler off the bat of Jarrod Dyson with one out in the 10th inning as the Royals earned a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Friday night before 38,868 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer off pitcher Aaron Thompson. Mauer fired home, but the tag was late as Cain slid in headfirst to give Kansas City its first walk-off win of the season and first since last year's victory over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game.

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Cain soaks in sweet taste of walk-off success

Cain soaks in sweet taste of walk-off success

KANSAS CITY -- Looking to quench their thirst amid a four-game losing drought, the Royals needed look no further than Lorenzo Cain, who scored the decisive run in a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Friday night.

Cain, who doubled leading off the 10th inning, sprinted home on an infield chopper by Jarrod Dyson to first.

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Guthrie gives Royals big reason to celebrate

Guthrie gives Royals big reason to celebrate

KANSAS CITY -- Long before Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain's heroics in the 10th inning lifted the Royals to a 3-2 walk-off win, starter Jeremy Guthrie kept it close on Friday night.

Guthrie turned in his second straight quality start -- first time he has done that this season -- and held the Twins to just two runs through 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four in a start the Royals, who had lost four straight, badly needed.

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Royals Minor League Report: July 3

Omaha Storm Chasers (43-39)

Omaha 4, New Orleans 8
LP: Buddy Baumann (1-2)
HR: Moises Sierra (3)

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Mike Bauman

Royals find way to keep rolling with punches

Royals find way to keep rolling with punches

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals are getting every other team's best game, best shot, best effort.

This is part of the payoff for winning a pennant. The degree of difficulty rises as the opponents' motivation level climbs.

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Royals option Colon, add Coleman from Omaha

Royals option Colon, add Coleman from Omaha

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals still consider infielder Christian Colon a valuable prospect.

And that is why the Royals demoted him on Friday.

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Young solid, but Royals drop opener with Twins

Young solid, but Royals drop opener with Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson continued his mastery of the Royals by humming through eight scoreless innings and allowing just four singles in a 2-0 win on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals lost their fourth straight as the Twins moved 3 1/2 games out of first in the American League Central.

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Royals still baffled by Gibson's two-seamer

Royals still baffled by Gibson's two-seamer

KANSAS CITY -- Royals hitters kept trying to anticipate Twins starter Kyle Gibson's two-seam fastball, the kind that starts out at a left-handed hitter's hip, and darts back in over the corner.

But each time they looked for that pitch, Gibson snapped a slider going the other way. Or a changeup that nose-dived into the dirt.

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Hosmer grieving for young Royals fan's death

Hosmer grieving for young Royals fan's death

KANSAS CITY -- The words came hard for Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, as he stood in front of reporters on Thursday and tried to make meaning of the death of his 7-year-old friend, Noah Wilson, from Olathe, Kan.

Fans from all over the country learned of Noah's courageous battle against bone cancer during last year's Royals' playoff run -- a fight that he appeared to be winning in mid-June when he was considered cancer-free. But recently, his family learned he had leukemia.

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Royals Minor League Report: July 2

Omaha Storm Chasers (43-38)

Omaha 5, New Orleans 2
WP: Aaron Brooks (5-4)
SV: Scott Alexander (6)
HR: Whit Merrifield (3)

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Sources: Royals sign pair of Dominican Republic prospects

Sources: Royals sign pair of Dominican Republic prospects

Kansas City made its presence felt on the international scene by locking up two top teenage prospects from the Dominican Republic.

According to industry sources, the Royals agreed to $2.25 million signing bonus for outfielder Seuly Matias, ranked No. 9 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and a $1.5 million bonus for infielder Jeison Guzman, ranked No.29.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals super fan Wilson dies at age 7

Boy attended World Series in 2014 after battle with cancer drew MLB's attention

Royals super fan Wilson dies at age 7

Noah Wilson, whose fight against cancer and devotion to the Royals was chronicled during last year's World Series, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 7.

The Olathe, Kan., native had his last radiation treatment in mid-June and had been considered free of Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer. However, his family learned in recent days that he had leukemia.

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