4 Royals suspended in fracas with White Sox

Ventura receives 7 games, Volquez gets 5, Cain and Herrera 2 apiece

4 Royals suspended in fracas with White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Once again, the bill has come due for the Royals' in-game exuberance this season.

After Thursday night's benches-clearing fracas in Chicago with the White Sox, Major League Baseball disciplined players from both teams, though the Royals clearly received the harsher sentences.

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

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

Suspended game to be resumed before Sunday's finale

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

CHICAGO -- The conclusion of Friday night's game, which was suspended after eight innings with the game tied at 2-2, and Saturday's regularly scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field were postponed due to a forecast of continuing rain and inclement weather throughout Saturday.

A makeup date for Saturday's 1:10 p.m. CT start has not been determined. Fans should keep their tickets and parking coupons for the April 25 game until a rescheduled date and time have been announced.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Volquez to start vs. White Sox after suspended game

Volquez to start vs. White Sox after suspended game

Chicago's spring weather has not been cooperative this weekend for the White Sox and the Royals, leading to Friday's contest being suspended after eight innings and Saturday's contest being postponed four hours before first pitch. No makeup date has been given yet for Saturday, but the suspended game will be finished before Sunday's series finale with a 1:10 p.m. CT first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field.

John Danks gets the start for the White Sox, while Edinson Volquez starts for the Royals. Those two were scheduled for Saturday and just moved back one day because of the rain and cold. Volquez received a five-game suspension for his role in Thursday's benches-clearing fracas between the two teams, but has appealed the suspension.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

CHICAGO -- With three bench-clearing incidents so far this month -- including Thursday night's fracas with the White Sox -- the Royals are gaining a reputation around Major League Baseball as a feisty bunch looking for trouble.

But the viewpoint inside the Royals' clubhouse is quite different. They're not looking for trouble, they say. Trouble is finding them -- probably because the opponents are struggling to find other ways to beat them.

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John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals recall prospect Finnegan, option Calixte

Royals recall prospect Finnegan, option Calixte

CHICAGO -- The Royals recalled left-handed reliever Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas and optioned infielder Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Omaha on Friday. Finnegan posted an 0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA in his first two appearances -- both starts -- for Northwest Arkansas this season.

Finnegan, the 17th overall selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, sped through the organization and helped the Royals in last year's postseason. He pitched in seven regular-season games and then seven more games in the playoffs, including two appearances in the World Series.

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Royals Minor League report: April 24

Royals Minor League report: April 24

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-6)

Memphis 8, Omaha 7
LP: Clayton Mortensen (2-1)
HR: None

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Royals drop Sox in 13th; Ventura, Sale among 5 ejected in tussle

Royals drop Sox in 13th; Ventura, Sale among 5 ejected in tussle

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out two and walking one during Thursday night's contest at U.S. Cellular Field between the White Sox and Royals. Yordano Ventura allowed five hits over seven innings, while striking out eight. But neither ace was around in the end for the Royals' 3-2 victory in 13 innings. Eric Hosmer doubled home the winning run off of Jake Petricka with two outs, as Jarrod Dyson barely beat the relay throw from Emilio Bonifacio.

Ventura and Sale were two of five players ejected as the offshoot of a bench-clearing fracas in the seventh that began when Adam Eaton grounded back to Ventura with two outs, and Ventura yelled at Eaton after Eaton first yelled something upon contact. Numerous punches were thrown, and Jeff Samardzija, Edinson Volquez and Lorenzo Cain also were ejected.

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Royals stand by Ventura after third incident in month

'We're a family in here,' says Cain, who is also ejected

Royals stand by Ventura after third incident in month

CHICAGO -- Regardless of what others around Major League Baseball may think about him, Yordano Ventura still seems to have the unwavering support of his teammates in the Royals clubhouse -- despite being involved in another incident Thursday night against the White Sox.

The Royals posted a 3-2 victory in 13 innings, but that was a footnote because of an altercation after the seventh inning ignited by Ventura yelling a profanity at Adam Eaton of the White Sox after fielding a comebacker and before throwing to first base.

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MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

Time has come for Ventura to display maturity

Skipper Yost wants Royals ace to keep emotions in check, have pitching do the talking

Time has come for Ventura to display maturity

CHICAGO -- Yordano Ventura is too good for this. The Royals, for that matter, are too good for this.

Yet here they sit again after a Thursday night fracas, which will have the 23-year-old ace and some of his teammates in trouble at the principal's office with Joe Garagiola Jr.

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

Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain

Play will resume in ninth inning at 1:10 p.m. CT, followed by Saturday's scheduled game

Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain

CHICAGO -- The White Sox-Royals game, played during a steady rain Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. The score was tied at two after eight innings, with White Sox closer David Robertson warming up and announced to enter the game in the ninth.

This contest will be resumed prior to Saturday's regularly scheduled game, with the same 1:10 p.m. CT start. The regularly scheduled game will begin after Friday's completion.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

CHICAGO -- Bad blood between the White Sox and Royals that has simmered since the start of the season boiled over again on Thursday night during a benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the seventh of the Royals' 3-2 win in 13 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

When the dust settled, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Edinson Volquez and right-hander Yordano Ventura were ejected for the Royals, while pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale were ejected for the White Sox.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals Minor League report: April 23

Royals Minor League report: April 23

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-5)

Omaha 6, Memphis 5
WP: Brian Broderick (1-0)
SV: Joe Paterson (2)
HR: Cheslor Cuthbert (3)

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Infante misses 4th straight game with groin injury

Infante misses 4th straight game with groin injury

CHICAGO -- Omar Infante missed his fourth straight game Thursday night with a strained left groin, but the Royals second baseman is expected to return to the lineup soon.

Infante hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game against the Athletics in the fifth inning.

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Brett, White leading Royals' Franchise Four voting

Brett, White leading Royals' Franchise Four voting

KANSAS CITY -- The four most impactful Royals in franchise history?

Well, so far the fans say it's George Brett, Frank White, Bret Saberhagen and Dan Quisenberry. Brett is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, while all four are in the Royals Hall of Fame.

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

MLB.com Columnist

Dan O'Dowd

The best is still ahead for young Royals

General manager Moore has built franchise to succeed for years to come

The best is still ahead for young Royals

Dayton Moore became general manager of the Royals on June 8, 2006, and he was charged with rebuilding a once-proud small-market franchise that was in the midst of a playoff drought that would last 29 years.

What took place over the next six seasons was an average of 92 losses per year -- but also good drafting, key trades, patience and development. Delayed gratification is a very difficult emotion to control in professional sports. It creates doubt, fear and, in most cases, a survival mentality. Only the mentally strong can hold onto their vision in the face of constant criticism and second-guessing.

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Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Starling promoted to Double-A after hot start at Wilmington

Royals' 13th-ranked prospect hit .386 at Class A, with 2 HRs, 12 RBIs

Starling promoted to Double-A after hot start at Wilmington

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling, the fifth overall pick of the 2011 Draft, has received a promotion from Class A Wilmington to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, MLB.com has learned.

Starling, ranked 13th among Royals prospects by MLB.com, was off to a fast start at Wilmington, hitting .386 with a 1.084 OPS. He had two homers and 12 RBIs.

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Guthrie, Royals foiled in sweep bid against Twins

Guthrie, Royals foiled in sweep bid against Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey threw seven shutout innings, while Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas each delivered RBI singles in a three-run first as the Twins cruised to a 3-0 win over the Royals on Wednesday night.

The Royals' three-game winning streak was snapped in the finale after taking the first two games of the series at Kauffman Stadium.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pino adding firepower in Royals' stout bullpen

Pino adding firepower in Royals' stout bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- It's simply contagious.

The Royals' bullpen, so dominant last season, has even gotten better in 2015.

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

Royals respond to Lawrie's claim of 'dirty' play

Royals respond to Lawrie's claim of 'dirty' play

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals responded on Wednesday to recent comments from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie and took offense at the suggestion that they play a dirty brand of ball.

After a heated series over the weekend between the teams that featured hard slides, hit batsmen, benches clearing and six Royals ejections, Lawrie told reporters:

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Moose's single in 8th lifts Royals past Twins

Moose's single in 8th lifts Royals past Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas singled in the go-ahead run in a two-run eighth-inning rally that lifted the Royals to a 6-5 win over the Twins in a seesaw game on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Salvador Perez started the rally with a single, and pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson scooted to third on rookie Paulo Orla ndo's single. After Orlando stole second, Christian Colon grounded out to second, scoring Dyson with the tying run.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colon plays major role in Royals' comeback

Colon plays major role in Royals' comeback

KANSAS CITY -- This is the Christian Colon that Royals manager Ned Yost and Colon's teammates completely trust.

With the game on the line and the potential tying run on third with none out in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the Royals needed Colon to put the ball in play and get the run home. And that's exactly what Colon did, even though he's not an everyday player who rarely finds himself in those situations (other than in Wild Card games).

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Royals Minor League report: April 22

Royals Minor League report: April 22

Omaha Storm Chasers (8-5)

Memphis 7, Omaha 2
LP: Christian Binford (0-2)
HR: None

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Herrera to appeal 5-game suspension for throwing at Lawrie

Ventura fined for throwing at same Oakland batter on Saturday

Herrera to appeal 5-game suspension for throwing at Lawrie

KANSAS CITY -- Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera received the brunt of Major League Baseball's discipline for a heated and intense series last weekend against Oakland, receiving a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine.

Herrera, who would not comment, is appealing the suspension, however, according to Royals officials. Herrera was deemed to have intentionally thrown at A's third baseman Brett Lawrie's head in the eighth inning on Sunday.

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Kendrys' big double backs Volquez against Twins

Kendrys' big double backs Volquez against Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Newest Royals Edinson Volquez and Kendrys Morales continued their strong starts in keying a 7-1 win over the Twins on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez turned in seven strong innings, allowing just five hits and one run while lowering his ERA to 1.99.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orlando makes triples history with 5th in 7 games

Orlando makes triples history with 5th in 7 games

KANSAS CITY -- Just as Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando was about to do yet another postgame session with reporters, left-hander Danny Duffy walked by shaking his head.

"Fastest man alive," Duffy said.

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Royals Minor League report: April 21

Royals Minor League report: April 21

Omaha Storm Chasers (8-4)

Omaha 4, Memphis 2
WP: Joe Blanton (2-1)
SV: Joe Paterson (1)
HR: None

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