Thursday's Royals-Yanks matchup postponed

NEW YORK -- Rain postponed the Royals-Yankees game scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, at Yankee Stadium. The start time has not been determined.

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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.

Kennedy aims to rebound in opener vs. Tribe

Kennedy aims to rebound in opener vs. Tribe

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy will look to bounce back from a shaky start last Sunday in Minnesota as the Royals open a three-game series against the Indians at Progressive Field on Friday. Right-hander Mike Clevinger, who was pushed back after Thursday's rainout in Cleveland, will oppose Kennedy for the Tribe.

Kennedy (0-4, 4.06 ERA) came off the disabled list Sunday after recovering from a strained right hamstring, and he gave up five runs in two innings vs. the Twins before manager Ned Yost pulled him. Kennedy has not fared well against the Indians over his career (2-4, 5.19 ERA), but he has pitched slightly better at Progressive Field (1-2, 4.18 ERA).

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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.

Moore 'not throwing up the white flag' on '17

GM says he believes Royals are postseason-caliber club

Moore 'not throwing up the white flag' on '17

NEW YORK -- Royals general manger Dayton Moore prefers to hold off until at least 40 games are played before making any proclamations during a season.

And with the Royals just past that marker and off to a sluggish start at 19-26 entering Wednesday night's game against the Yankees, Moore is even more adamant that this season's team is a postseason contender.

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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 see Hammel take 'good step forward'

Royals see Hammel take 'good step forward'

NEW YORK -- Yes, there was a bright side to a 3-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night: The Royals may have fixed right-hander Jason Hammel.

Hammel came into the game with a 6.20 ERA and having been pounded for 12 runs in his previous 13 innings. But with the help of a rainout last weekend, the Royals were able to push his start back a few days, allowing Hammel to work on some mechanical issues with pitching coach Dave Eiland.

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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.

Moustakas T-shirts honor Ventura's memory

Proceeds from each limited-edition item benefit ACE 30 Fund

Moustakas T-shirts honor Ventura's memory

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has partnered with Charlie Hustle Clothing Company and Pepsi to create a "MOOSE" T-shirt in honor of his commitment to the Kansas City community and in memory of late Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura.

The proceeds from each limited-edition shirt sold will go to the Royals Charities ACE 30 Memorial Fund, which was founded to commemorate Ventura. The organization helps promote youth baseball projects in the Dominican Republic, Ventura's native country.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' bats can't match Hammel's solid start

Royals' bats can't match Hammel's solid start

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino harnessed his electric arsenal to produce the deepest outing of any Yankees starting pitcher over the last two weeks, firing eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at the Stadium.

Severino gave the Yanks' fatigued bullpen a breather by limiting Kansas City to just four hits in a 114-pitch performance, increasing New York's lead to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Baltimore in the American League East. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

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

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Gordon returns as Royals place Karns on DL

Almonte tabbed to start Thursday's finale against Yanks

Gordon returns as Royals place Karns on DL

NEW YORK -- Rookie right-hander Miguel Almonte will make his first Major League start on Thursday afternoon against a very special team in a very special place: Yankee Stadium.

"That was my favorite team growing up," Almonte said through interpreter Pedro Grifol. "Alex Rodriguez was my favorite player."

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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 get over wall after several deep flyouts

Royals get over wall after several deep flyouts

NEW YORK -- For several innings in Tuesday night's 6-2 win, the Royals kept pounding outs to the deepest parts of Yankee Stadium, namely left-center field.

Mike Moustakas sent one a projected 385 feet, according to Statcast™, to the wall in left. Jorge Bonifacio hit one 399 feet to the wall in left-center. Salvador Perez blasted one 373 feet to the wall in left.

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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 sock it to Yanks with 4 late home runs

Royals sock it to Yanks with 4 late home runs

NEW YORK -- A pair of big swings by Lorenzo Cain and rookie Jorge Bonifacio helped break up what had been a taut pitching duel for the first six innings, with the Royals hitting four homers to power past the Yankees in a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Cain cleared the wall, and Bonifacio gave Kansas City its first lead with a two-run shot to right-center off Adam Warren. Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas added long balls in the eighth to extend the Royals' lead.

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Royals on pace to break club mark for homers

Yost expects power to pick up even more as Hosmer, Gordon's bats come around

Royals on pace to break club mark for homers

NEW YORK -- All during Spring Training, Royals manager Ned Yost marveled at the potential power his lineup might have in 2017.

And that power part of the Royals' offense is humming. The Royals slugged another home run Monday, courtesy of rookie outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees.

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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.

Close call doesn't go KC's way as Royals fall

Close call doesn't go KC's way as Royals fall

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead homer, Brett Gardner continued his power surge and the Yankees got the benefit of a close call at first base to edge the Royals, 4-2, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Gregorius and Gardner went deep off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who lost to New York for the second time in a week. Gardner put the Yanks on the board with his ninth homer in 21 games, a solo shot in the third, and Gregorius slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

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

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Gordon, wife welcome baby girl to family

Gordon, wife welcome baby girl to family

NEW YORK -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and his wife, Jamie, welcomed their third child to the world Monday, a girl named Joey Lynn.

Gordon is on paternity leave back in Kansas City and is expected to rejoin the club on Tuesday, though manager Ned Yost said Gordon likely won't make it in time for Tuesday's game.

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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.

Puckett throws six scoreless for Wilmington

Puckett throws six scoreless for Wilmington

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Salvy on Target with 3 HRs in doubleheader

Salvy on Target with 3 HRs in doubleheader

MINNEAPOLIS -- It has gotten to the point that Salvador Perez may actually want to play all his games at Target Field.

Perez clubbed three home runs in Sunday's doubleheader split against the Twins, including two in an 8-4 loss in Game 2. The trio of homers tied Bill Pecota for a franchise record in a twin bill. And his 13 career homers at Target Field is the second most by an opponent, behind Toronto's Jose Bautista 14 blasts.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' 4 jacks provide lift in G1 win vs. Twins

Royals' 4 jacks provide lift in G1 win vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Salvador Perez, Jorge Bonifacio and Brandon Moss homered to help power the Royals to a 6-4 win over the Twins in the opener of a traditional doubleheader on Sunday at Target Field.

Perez was the first to go deep with a two-run homer in the second, while Bonifacio smacked a two-run shot in the fourth and was followed by a solo shot from Moss. Moss provided an insurance run with a solo blast in the eighth off reliever Adam Wilk. It was the first four-homer game for the Royals this season.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Royals on Sunday.

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Salvy's pair of HRs aren't enough in nightcap

Salvy's pair of HRs aren't enough in nightcap

MINNEAPOLIS -- Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler belted two-run homers to help power the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Royals on Sunday in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Target Field. With the split, Minnesota improved to 7-1 against Kansas City and has won all three series this season between the American League Central rivals.

Salvador Perez clubbed two homers for Kansas City, including a two-run blast that opened the scoring in the first, after hitting a two-run shot in the Royals' 6-4 victory in Game 1. However, Grossman and Kepler answered in the bottom of the first. Both home runs came off Royals starter Ian Kennedy, who lasted just two innings and allowed five runs on three hits in his return from the disabled list.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Royals on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals option Junis, Mondesi after twin bill

Almonte joins roster; Alburquerque designated for assignment

Royals option Junis, Mondesi after twin bill

MINNEAPOLIS -- Following a 6-4 victory in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, the Royals optioned right-hander Jake Junis to Triple-A Omaha. Junis was sent down after starting the opener to make room for Game 2 starter Ian Kennedy, who was activated off the disabled list.

After an 8-4 loss in the nightcap, infielder Raul Mondesi was optioned to Omaha. The Royals elected to keep right-hander Miguel Almonte, their 26th man from the doubleheader. Almonte, who has yet to make an appearance this season, owns a 6.23 ERA in nine career Major League outings.

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Bonifacio's HR not enough as KC falls in 10th

Bonifacio's HR not enough as KC falls in 10th

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pinch-hitter Kennys Vargas hit a tying homer in the ninth and Jorge Polanco came through with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th to lead the Twins to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Royals on Friday night at Target Field.

The Royals were two outs away from their first victory over the Twins in six tries this season, but Vargas connected for a two-run blast off closer Kelvin Herrera. After Twins closer Brandon Kintzler got out of a jam in the 10th thanks to a lineout double play back to the mound, Minnesota rallied in the 10th with the help of three straight walks to open the inning. It set the stage for Polanco's sacrifice fly to left field to score Joe Mauer.

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Herrera yields HR in 9th to let Twins off hook

Herrera yields HR in 9th to let Twins off hook

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals closer Kelvin Herrera could only watch as Twins pinch-hitter Kennys Vargas trotted around the bases following a tying two-run blast in the ninth inning on Friday night.

After three scoreless frames by three other Royals relievers, a two-run lead had vanished. And the blame for an eventual 4-3 loss in 10 innings was left firmly on the shoulders of normally reliable Herrera.

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After firing up teammates, Duffy dazzles

After firing up teammates, Duffy dazzles

KANSAS CITY -- Danny Duffy's first order of business on Thursday was loosening up his teammates, who had twice been beaten convincingly by the Yankees in the series.

Duffy, in cheerleader fashion, fired up each teammate, one by one.

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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.

Moose mashes, Duffy dominates vs. Yankees

Moose mashes, Duffy dominates vs. Yankees

KANSAS CITY -- Mike Moustakas clubbed a three-run homer, left-hander Danny Duffy tossed seven shutout innings and the Royals avoided a three-game sweep by the Yankees with a 5-1 win on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Moustakas, who missed most of 2016 with a torn ACL, now has 32 home runs in his last 133 games. He leads the Royals in homers, with 10.

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

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Yankees on Thursday.

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Moylan's numbers skewed by a bit of bad luck

Moylan's numbers skewed by a bit of bad luck

KANSAS CITY -- If you just look at the surface, you'd think Royals right-hander Peter Moylan is having an awful season.

Through 20 relief outings, he has a 9.20 ERA.

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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.

Vargas can't escape pivotal 5-run 4th inning

Vargas can't escape pivotal 5-run 4th inning

KANSAS CITY -- Of the 49 pitches that Royals left-hander Jason Vargas fired during the fourth inning of Wednesday night's 11-7 loss to the Yankees, he really wanted one back the most.

And that was a two-out, 2-2 curveball to Didi Gregorius. Vargas wanted to bury it. But the curve hung up and Gregorius slapped an RBI single to right to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

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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 burned early by Yankees' red-hot bats

Royals burned early by Yankees' red-hot bats

KANSAS CITY -- The surging Yankees offense scored seven or more runs for the fourth straight game, battering Royals pitchers for 16 hits in an 11-7 win on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, his seventh, while Starlin Castro had three hits and Gary Sanchez logged his third straight multi-hit game -- as the Yanks knocked out Royals starter Jason Vargas with a five-run fourth.

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

Robert Falkoff is contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Yankees on Wednesday.

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#EskyMagic provides spark for KC's offense

#EskyMagic provides spark for KC's offense

KANSAS CITY -- As any Royals fan knows, shortstop Alcides Escobar is perhaps the least likely candidate to be a leadoff hitter.

Escobar is a career .259 hitter who for the most part disdains walks, thus his .295 on-base percentage entering Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

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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.

Colon claimed by Marlins after being DFA'd

Colon claimed by Marlins after being DFA'd

KANSAS CITY -- Former Royals infielder Christian Colon, who was designated for assignment last week, has been claimed by the Marlins.

Meanwhile, outfielder Peter O'Brien, also DFA'd by the Royals last week, has been claimed by the Reds.

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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.