Every day is October for team-first Royals

After tasting playoffs last season, 2015 squad taking 'win-every-game' approach

Every day is October for team-first Royals

KANSAS CITY -- If you want to know why the Royals just set a franchise record for most wins (26) during the first 40 games of a season, look no further than their commitment to winning each and every night.

It may sound simplistic, but the Royals are approaching games in April and May as if those games were in October -- a mindset this team didn't have in past years.

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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.

Guthrie, Royals ease to victory over Reds

Guthrie, Royals ease to victory over Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie tossed six shutout innings and Eric Hosmer scored twice and drove in a run as the Royals took a 7-1 win over the Reds on Wednesday night in front of 30,450 at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. He helped extend the Royals' scoreless-innings streak to 24, which tied a franchise record set in 1976. The streak ended in the seventh, when Ryan Madson gave up an RBI double to Brandon Phillips.

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

Gordon adds to list of wall-crashing grabs

Gordon adds to list of wall-crashing grabs

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's wall-crashing catches have become so famous that even one of his young sons is imitating them at home.

"My little boy always does it," Gordon said. "He says 'Hey, here goes Alex Gordon,' and he runs into the wall. ... He does it just like daddy. He runs into the wall, falls down and lays there for about 10 seconds."

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Royals Minor League report: May 21

Royals Minor League report: May 21

Omaha Storm Chasers (19-22)

Omaha 9, Reno 6
WP: Aaron Brooks (3-3)
SV: Michael Mariot (1)
HR: Matt Fields (3)

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Guthrie comes up big in big spots vs. Reds

Guthrie comes up big in big spots vs. Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie doesn't get a ton of strikeouts.

Guthrie only got three on Wednesday while pitching six shutout innings in the Royals' 7-1 win over the Reds.

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

Royals Minor League report: May 20

Royals Minor League report: May 20

Omaha Storm Chasers (18-22)

The Storm Chasers traveled home after finishing a road trip in Memphis. They host Reno on Thursday in a rematch of last year's PCL Championship Series.

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Royals, Cards set to renew rivalry series in KC

Royals, Cards set to renew rivalry series in KC

The Cardinals will send right-hander Lance Lynn to the hill Friday night in Kansas City against Royals righty Chris Young.

Lynn is keeping steady in 2015 after a breakout season in 2014, leading this season's Cardinals staff with 58 strikeouts and a career-high 10.8 K/9. It will be a challenge to maintain that level of success against a Kansas City club that led the American League in batting average (.287), hits (391) and slugging percentage (.434) entering play Wednesday night.

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Jordan Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mueller-Hinton 'thrilled' to be Royals' bat girl

KANSAS CITY -- Michelle Mueller-Hinton woke up early Wednesday morning, well before the 7:10 p.m. CT series finale between the Royals and the Reds, and thought to herself, "It's finally here."

Mueller-Hinton served as the Royals' 2015 Honorary Bat Girl -- an honor she received after her story battling breast cancer won the Kansas City club's contest.

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Jordan Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Holland good to go after stiff neck improves

Holland good to go after stiff neck improves

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost said that closer Greg Holland, recovering from a stiff neck, is good to go again.

Holland, too, confirmed that prognosis.

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

Ventura outduels Cueto as Royals blank Reds

Ventura outduels Cueto as Royals blank Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura silenced the Reds on four hits through seven shutout innings, and Mike Moustakas delivered two RBI doubles in a 3-0 win on a rainy Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura needed just 88 pitches to get through seven. He walked none and struck out six. More >

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

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Phil Rogers

Royals force changing of the guard in Central

Using momentum from last season's breakout, KC grabbing control of division

Royals force changing of the guard in Central

This is a new era in the American League Central.

As tempting as it has been to cling to the premise that the Tigers are the powerhouse, that they will eventually come out of hibernation to win a fifth consecutive title because that's what they always do, the reality is that ship has sailed.

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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.

Holland misses save chance due to stiff neck

Holland misses save chance due to stiff neck

KANSAS CITY -- With a save situation on tap in the Royals' 3-0 win over the Reds on Tuesday night, closer Greg Holland never got up to get loose.

Instead, Wade Davis came into the game in the ninth and nailed down the save.

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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.

Ventura adds more zeros for Royals' rotation

Ventura adds more zeros for Royals' rotation

KANSAS CITY -- The once shaky Royals rotation now has offered up back-to-back scoreless performances for the first time since Sept. 29-30 of 1992.

Both of those in 1992, by the way, were shutouts authored by Dennis Rasmussen and Rick Reed.

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Rios takes BP, nearing rehab assignment

Rios takes BP, nearing rehab assignment

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Alex Rios, on the 15-day disabled list since April 14 because of a fractured left hand, took batting practice on Tuesday with Royals coaches throwing in the inside batting cages.

Manager Ned Yost indicated that Rios could go out on a rehab assignment within 7-10 days.

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Royals Minor League report: May 19

Royals Minor League report: May 19

Omaha Storm Chasers (18-22)

Memphis 3, Omaha 2
LP: Michael Mariot (0-1)
HR: Jose Martinez (4)

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Bernie Pleskoff

Slow rise to bigs for KC's speedy Orlando

Outfielder had success in Minors before debuting in Majors this season

Slow rise to bigs for KC's speedy Orlando

Kansas City Royals right-handed-hitting outfielder Paulo Orlando was quite an athlete growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He loved to play soccer. He was active in track and field. And even though it wasn't a major sport in the country in his formative years, Orlando loved baseball, which he played on weekends.

Chicago White Sox Cuban scout Orlando Santana saw Orlando during a tournament. That helped launch Orlando on his way to a career as a big league baseball player. The scout saw Orlando as a "triples machine." The White Sox signed him as an international free agent in 2005. Knowing little about the fine points of playing baseball, Orlando refined his skills and learned the nuances of the game after he turned professional.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

KANSAS CITY -- Fourteen-year veteran Rafael Furcal retired suddenly on Monday night, moments before he was to be promoted to Triple-A Omaha.

Furcal, who had recently been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, has been dealing with a hamstring and back issue and informed the Royals that he was considering "shutting it down."

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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.

As Moustakas evolves, a shift in impressions

Royals third baseman's commitment to driving ball to opposite field has paid off

As Moustakas evolves, a shift in impressions

KANSAS CITY -- The past few springs, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas used to hate looking at the scoreboard when he came to the plate.

There in giant numbers read his average -- .174, .165, .182, whatever it happened to be on a particular day. But Moustakas forced himself to look at it.

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Greatness from Volquez nothing new for KC

Righty holds Yankees to three hits over seven scoreless innings

Greatness from Volquez nothing new for KC

KANSAS CITY -- It is getting to the point with right-hander Edinson Volquez that Royals manager Ned Yost can't even distinguish one great outing from another.

After Volquez silenced the Yankees on Sunday with seven shutout innings, Yost was asked if that was the best Volquez had looked this season.

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Volquez cruises as Royals blank Yankees

Volquez cruises as Royals blank Yankees

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven shutout innings and Salvador Perez homered and drove in two runs as the Royals stymied the Yankees, 6-0, on Sunday, taking two of three in the series at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez was sharp from the onset, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced until Alex Rodriguez doubled. Volquez gave up just three hits, walked none and struck out five.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. 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, Yanks honor Negro Leagues, Banks

Kansas City dons Monarchs uniforms; both clubs wear patches saluting Hall of Famer

Royals, Yanks honor Negro Leagues, Banks

KANSAS CITY -- As far as the Royals are concerned, they'd like to wear the throwback uniforms all the time if it leads to wins like Sunday's 6-0 victory against the Yankees.

To honor the Negro Leagues, the Royals donned uniforms replicating the ones worn by the 1953 Kansas City Monarchs. Both the Royals and the Yankees also wore patches saluting the late Ernie Banks -- the patches included the No. 28, which Banks wore that season with the Monarchs.

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Royals Minor League report: May 18

Royals Minor League report: May 18

Omaha Storm Chasers (18-21)

Memphis 5, Omaha 1
LP: Clayton Mortensen (2-4)
HR: Reymond Fuentes (2)

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Veteran lefty Chen announces retirement

After 17 seasons in bigs, 37-year-old calls it a career

Veteran lefty Chen announces retirement

CHICAGO -- Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, who was designated for assignment by the Indians on Saturday, announced his retirement on Twitter Monday night. The move was confirmed by the Indians.

"Today I would like to announce my retirement," Chen wrote on his verified account @ChenMusic. "For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate."

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Yost wants more from Duffy in next start

Royals manager says struggling lefty looked better in outing vs. Yankees

Yost wants more from Duffy in next start

KANSAS CITY -- Struggling left-hander Danny Duffy will make his next start, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.

"I don't see any reason why he won't," Yost said.

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Royals Minor League report: May 17

Royals Minor League report: May 17

Omaha Storm Chasers (18-20)

Omaha 2, Memphis 1 (Game One - Seven Innings)
WP: Yohan Pino (2-0)
SV: Louis Coleman (3)
HR: Orlando Calixte (2)

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Duffy, Royals stymied in rematch with Yanks

Duffy, Royals stymied in rematch with Yanks

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander CC Sabathia made his second straight strong start, giving up just one run over seven innings, and Chase Headley delivered a three-run homer off struggling Royals starter Danny Duffy as the Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak in a 5-1 win on Saturday night.

Sabathia (2-5) gave up one run and walked none against the aggressive-swinging Royals, needing just 87 pitches to navigate through seven.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.