Royals bitten by Yankees' early power surge

Royals bitten by Yankees' early power surge

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Combined with the Rays' 7-6 loss to the Mariners, the win moved the Yankees back into first place by a half-game over Tampa Bay in the American League East standings.

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Royals lead way with 5 in AL All-Star balloting

Cain, Escobar, Moustakas seeking their first selections

Royals lead way with 5 in AL All-Star balloting

NEW YORK -- The Big Blue Machine?

The Royals, the defending American League champions, have five players among the leaders in the first voting figures for the 86th All-Star Game to be played Tuesday, July 14, at Great American American Ball Park. The only other team in history to have five players voted on the All-Star team since voting was returned to the fans in 1970 was the 1976 "Big Red Machine" Cincinnati Reds.

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Vargas sharp despite one poor pitch in return

Vargas sharp despite one poor pitch in return

NEW YORK -- All in all, manager Ned Yost and left-hander Jason Vargas got what they wanted from his first start off the disabled list.

After recovering from a left flexor strain, Vargas gave up four hits and two runs in six innings while striking out six. He threw 76 pitches, right at his pitch count.

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Young looking to quiet Yankees' bats in finale

Young looking to quiet Yankees' bats in finale

The Royals and Yankees will meet for the final time during the regular season, when they wrap up a three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium. The finale will feature a rematch of the starters from May 15, when Royals right-hander Chris Young bested righty Michael Pineda.

Pineda will be trying to rebound from back-to-back clunkers and help the Yanks sweep the set. He was tagged for seven runs in the third inning during his last start against the Rangers. Pineda made his previous start before that against the Royals and surrendered five runs on 10 hits over a season-low 5 1/3 innings.

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Orlando's first home run is a Major highlight

Orlando's first home run is a Major highlight

NEW YORK -- About the only good thing to come out of the Royals' 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was the first career Major League homer by rookie Paulo Orlando.

Orlando belted an opposite-field homer in the sixth off Adam Warren, one of the few balls hit hard off the right-hander over 6 1/3 innings.

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Cain's catch blows Teixeira's mind

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Cain's catch blows Teixeira's mind

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a giant human-sized fly swatter slapped an MLB center fielder against the outfield wall? Well, lucky for you, Lorenzo Cain demonstrated just that in the fifth inning of the Royals' game against the Yankees on Tuesday.

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Damon set to represent Royals at MLB Draft

Damon set to represent Royals at MLB Draft

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Not Guthrie's day as Royals drop opener

Eight-run first inning vs. Guthrie sets table for easy victory over Royals

Not Guthrie's day as Royals drop opener

NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

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For Guthrie, 'just one of those days'

Righty second starter in MLB history to allow 11 ER without recording out in second

For Guthrie, 'just one of those days'

NEW YORK -- There wasn't much for Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to say after his worst outing as a Major Leaguer.

The numbers said it all.

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Among flurry of moves, KC puts Duffy on DL

Lefty Finnegan recalled from Triple-A, Rios sent on rehab assignment

Among flurry of moves, KC puts Duffy on DL

NEW YORK -- The Royals made a series of roster moves and decisions on Monday, starting with placing left-hander Danny Duffy on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17.

Duffy had a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Friday, though the team lists the injury as left biceps tendinitis.

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Royals Minor League report: May 25

Royals Minor League report: May 25

Omaha Storm Chasers (22-23)

Omaha 8, Tacoma 5
WP: Brian Broderick (2-1)
SV: Michael Mariot (2)
HR: Dusty Coleman (2), Reymond Fuentes (3)

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Slow start, tough breaks mar Ventura's line

Slow start, tough breaks mar Ventura's line

KANSAS CITY -- Just because right-hander Yordano Ventura started off a little rocky in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals doesn't mean Royals manager Ned Yost didn't like what he saw.

In fact, Yost only really saw one pitch from his ace he didn't like.

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Royals stumble against Cardinals' Wacha

Royals stumble against Cardinals' Wacha

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings and Matt Carpenter delivered a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, preventing Kansas City from sweeping the three-game I-70 Series.

Wacha, 7-0, was given a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI hits by Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams. An RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fifth chipped the Kansas City deficit to 2-1, but Carpenter then gave Wacha some breathing room with his two-run blast in the sixth off Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who allowed four runs on five hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

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Moose back in lineup after injury scare

Moose back in lineup after injury scare

KANSAS CITY -- Mike Moustakas is fine, everyone.

The Royals third baseman was back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale after leaving Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cardinals in the fifth inning when he took a high-hop grounder to his left clavicle.

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Royals Minor League Report, May 24

Omaha Storm Chasers (21-23)

Reno 12, Omaha 3
LP: Yohan Pino (2-1)

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Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez pitched six strong innings as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings.

Rain began shortly after the game started and stayed steady throughout. Then with the Royals about to bat in the sixth, crew chief Brian Gorman signaled for the tarp. The forecast was for rain to continue steadily throughout the night and through Sunday.

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Volquez trusts in Salvy to escape tight spot

Volquez trusts in Salvy to escape tight spot

KANSAS CITY -- When the Royals jumped ahead of the Cardinals on Alex Gordon's homer in the second inning, right-hander Edinson Volquez's mindset changed immediately.

"I started to hurry a little bit," Volquez said. "I knew the rain was coming and I was trying to get past the fifth inning."

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Royals facing decision between Butera, Kratz

Royals facing decision between Butera, Kratz

KANSAS CITY -- Two weeks ago, the Royals were fairly adamant that Erik Kratz was their backup catcher, even with the acquisition of veteran Drew Butera.

Now, however, Butera's defensive play has created some discussion about whether that is still true.

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Young making case to stay in Royals' rotation

Young making case to stay in Royals' rotation

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Chris Young made his fourth straight sensational start, lowering his ERA to 0.78 with six scoreless innings in helping the Royals to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.

At some point, however, Young could be sent back to the bullpen when left-hander Jason Vargas gets healthy and if and when Danny Duffy overcomes his recent struggles.

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Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Chris Young continued his amazing stretch as a fill-in starter with six shutout innings, and Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Royals cruised to a 5-0 win over the cross-state rival Cardinals in the I-70 Series opener on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals now have won four straight and six of seven, and they also now own the best record in baseball at 27-14.

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Kendrys powerful addition to Royals' lineup

Kendrys powerful addition to Royals' lineup

KANSAS CITY -- As soon as Kendrys Morales made contact with the pitch from Cardinals righty Lance Lynn in the first inning, he knew the 408-foot shot was gone, well before it landed over the right-field fence for a three-run homer to set the tone for a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.

Morales knew the second one was gone, too.

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Duffy's start pushed back due to stiff shoulder

Duffy's start pushed back due to stiff shoulder

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will be skipped in the rotation on Saturday after discovering some stiffness in his shoulder while warming up for a bullpen session on Thursday.

"I was playing catch a couple of days ago and as I was getting out in front of my motion [the shoulder] felt a little stale," Duffy said. "And yesterday as I got through warming up, it just grabbed a little bit. Felt like I needed a little WD-40 in there."

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Herzog honored before renewal of I-70 Series

Herzog honored before renewal of I-70 Series

KANSAS CITY -- While the Royals and the Cardinals entered Friday night's I-70 Series opener leading their respective divisions for the first time in 18 years of Interleague Play, the history runs deeper for one man cherished by both clubs.

Whitey Herzog, the Hall of Fame manager who led Kansas City to three straight playoff appearances from 1976-78 and guided St. Louis to a World Series win in '82, was honored during a pregame ceremony on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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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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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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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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