KC wants starters to go far despite great 'pen

After two long seasons, Royals want to prevent long-term wear and tear on relievers' arms

KC wants starters to go far despite great 'pen

KANSAS CITY -- Within days of the Royals winning the World Series over the Mets last November, general manager Dayton Moore already was looking toward the 2016 season.

His primary focus of improvement, he said, would be to get more innings out of his starters.

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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.

KC extends agreement with Rookie-level Burlington

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have confirmed they are extending their agreement with their Rookie-level affiliate in Burlington, N.C., through the 2020 season.

Burlington announced the extension several days ago.

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Five Royals poised for bounceback 2016 seasons

Five Royals poised for bounceback 2016 seasons

KANSAS CITY -- It's almost time for pitchers and catchers to report (Feb. 18). To get Royals fans into the spirit, we start our Spring Training preview series.

Today's first installment is called "On the Rebound," and it examines those Royals who will be looking to bounce back from disappointing or injury-filled seasons. Of course, when you're the World Series champs, it's not a long list.

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Classic was Moylan's ticket to Major Leagues

Royals GM familiar with right-hander from when he pitched for Australia

Classic was Moylan's ticket to Major Leagues

KANSAS CITY -- The last time Royals right-hander Peter Moylan pitched in the World Baseball Classic it triggered a life-changing experience for him.

In 2006, Moylan seemingly didn't pitch that well in the Classic for Australia -- he walked five and gave up one hit and one run in two innings. But Moylan did strike out four and his performance was intriguing enough for the Braves to offer a tryout.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Royals exemplify evolved bullpen usage

Teams spreading workload over larger relief corps

Royals exemplify evolved bullpen usage

The Royals brought the emergence of the bullpen to prominence during their road to the 2015 World Series championship, underscored by a bullpen that allowed only one unearned run in the seventh inning or later during the five-game World Series success against the Mets.

The role of the reliever, however, has undergone a major transformation during the expansion era, particularly during the last two decades.

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

Duffy ready for starter or relief role with Royals

Left-hander to battle for rotation spot after excelling in bullpen in '15

Duffy ready for starter or relief role with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- While Royals left-hander Danny Duffy has been told he will get every chance to grab a spot in the rotation in Spring Training, the reality is that the addition of right-hander Ian Kennedy reduces those odds.

Duffy now will be in a fight for one of the two final rotation spots with right-handers Chris Young, Kris Medlen and Dillon Gee.

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Royals to provide uniforms for 3&2 Baseball Club

Royals to provide uniforms for 3&2 Baseball Club

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced on Thursday they have partnered with the 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County, Kan.

The Royals, along with Majestic Athletic and co-sponsors Academy Sports + Outdoors and KSHB-TV, will outfit approximately 200 youth league baseball teams in the pre-school through second-grade division.

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Source: Royals set ring ceremony for April 5

World Series championship flag to be raised Opening Night, April 3

Source: Royals set ring ceremony for April 5

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will hold their ring ceremony on April 5, the second game of the season, at Kauffman Stadium, a source confirmed. The Royals are expected to make an announcement within a couple of days.

The Royals will raise the championship flag before their Opening Night game on April 3 against the Mets. Because that game was moved up from April 4, so it could be an ESPN Sunday night game, the first game on the Royals' television partner, FOX Sports Kansas City, won't be until April 5.

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10 Royals Spring Training games on FSKC

Cactus TV slate opens March 12 at D-backs

10 Royals Spring Training games on FSKC

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City on Tuesday announced that an all-time high of 10 Spring Training games will be televised this year.

Last year, FSKC televised four Spring Training games.

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Royals release RHP Coleman

Royals release RHP Coleman

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals officially released right-hander Louis Coleman on Wednesday.

Coleman, who turns 30 on April 4, had been designated for assignment last week to clear room on the 40-man roster after the signing of right-hander Ian Kennedy. He also was designated for assignment in the spring of 2015, but re-signed with the Royals.

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Soria's loyal heart never left Kansas City

Reliever returns wiser to bolster bullpen in second stint with Royals

Soria's loyal heart never left Kansas City

KANSAS CITY -- One of general manager Dayton Moore's first priorities when he joined the Royals in 2006 was to build a shutdown bullpen.

Acquiring leads would be hard enough to come by in a rebuilding process, Moore reasoned, so any late leads had to be protected and turned into victories.

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No. 4 may become No. 2 -- in KC's lineup

Gordon says he prefers to bat near top of order

No. 4 may become No. 2 -- in KC's lineup

KANSAS CITY -- Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon tends to be pretty agreeable to hitting anywhere in the batting order.

But if he had a preference?

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Tracy Ringolsby

With odds stacked against Royals, they win anyway

With odds stacked against Royals, they win anyway

What makes Dayton Moore so good is that he's comfortable being himself. He's not concerned about getting accolades or attention. His focus is on winning.

And Moore's Royals have won, finally. The franchise ended a 29-year postseason drought in 2014, losing to the Giants in a seven-game World Series.

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

Salvy gives passersby Gatorade shower in 'Forever Royal' billboard

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Salvy gives passersby Gatorade shower in 'Forever Royal' billboard

Prior to last season, fresh off a Cinderella run to Game 7 of the World Series, the Royals unveiled a theme for 2015: Forever Royal. They even had a smoking hot billboard to back it up.

The result? Just the city's first title in 30 years and a parade that threatened to consume the entire Midwest. So, when it came time to pick a theme for the upcoming season, the team knew they had to keep a good thing going -- it does say Forever Royal, after all.

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Volquez out to honor father with another title

Royals righty unsure if he'd want Opening Day nod

Volquez out to honor father with another title

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez returned to his native Dominican Republic last November a World Series champion.

Everywhere Volquez went, he was recognized and cheered.

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Moustakas believes agent, KC will strike deal

Sides have discussed 2-year pact, which would buy out final 2 arbitration years

Moustakas believes agent, KC will strike deal

KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas is the last unsigned Royal, but his contract status isn't on the forefront of his mind.

"Not really," Moustakas said Saturday at Royals FanFest. "I trust Scott [Boras] in what he's doing for me as my agent. I love Kansas City and I love the Royals. I think at the end of the day, we'll get to the point where both sides are where they want to be."

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Royals sign OF Snider to Minor League deal

Royals sign OF Snider to Minor League deal

The Royals and outfielder Travis Snider have agreed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Snider, who turns 28 on Tuesday, spent most of the 2015 season with the Orioles, hitting .237 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 69 games before clearing waivers in August. He finished the season with the Pirates, who traded him to Baltimore before the season.

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

Mondesi, Zimmer crack Top 100 Prospects list

Shortstop checks in at No. 37, while righty is No. 65

Mondesi, Zimmer crack Top 100 Prospects list

KANSAS CITY -- Two Royals prospects who could have an impact on the big league roster in the near future -- shortstop Raul Mondesi and right-hander Kyle Zimmer -- cracked the Top 100 Prospects list by MLBPipeline.com.

Mondesi, 20, came in at No. 37, while Zimmer, 24, came in at No. 65.

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KC's winning ways, 'D' have Kennedy excited

Righty's 5-year, $70M deal has an opt-out after '17

KC's winning ways, 'D' have Kennedy excited

KANSAS CITY -- When word that right-hander Ian Kennedy and the Royals had reached a contract agreement started spreading two weeks ago, Kennedy got a call from former Padres teammate James Shields.

Shields, who helped the Royals to a winning season in 2013 and a run to Game 7 of the World Series in '14, alerted Kennedy that he was in for a shock with Kansas City: He would be pitching for an elite defense.

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Salvy says agents, Royals reworking deal

Catcher unsure if contract will be done by spring camp

Salvy says agents, Royals reworking deal

KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez confirmed Friday that his agents and the Royals have been involved in discussions to rework his contract.

Does Perez think a new deal will get done before Spring Training next month?

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Butera donates ball from last out of 2015 WS

Butera donates ball from last out of 2015 WS

KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Drew Butera used to dream of catching the final out of a World Series championship.

That dream came true when he caught closer Wade Davis' called third strike against Wilmer Flores in Game 5 of the World Series victory over the Mets.

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Royals' Trophy Tour underway across Midwest

Fans can see, take pictures with World Series trophy

Royals' Trophy Tour underway across Midwest

KANSAS CITY -- This year's Royals Caravan will have a slightly different spin -- instead of players, fans will get to see and photograph the Royals' World Series trophy in what will officially be called the Trophy Tour.

Beginning Feb. 8, the Trophy Tour, presented by the Missouri Lottery and the Kansas Lottery, will embark on visits to communities throughout the Midwest. The tour will make several stops in cities across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

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Get ready to root in '16 with some of the craziest fan outfits of '15

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Get ready to root in '16 with some of the craziest fan outfits of '15

Yes, we're still technically in the depths of winter -- we'll remember you as you lived, Camden Yards -- but baseball fans should take heart. The snow is (kind of, sort of) melting! Pitchers and catchers will be reporting in just a few weeks! We're nearly in February, which is the month directly before real, live baseball begins! 

OK, fine, so we're not quite out of the doldrums yet. Still, we swear that baseball is coming sooner rather than later -- which means it's time to get back in touch with your inner fan. And so, on this National Clashing Clothes Day, we give you the some of the wildest fan wardrobes of last season. May they inspire you for the season ahead, like the striped zebra pants of your dreams:

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Medlen, Moylan (brothers in arms) unite in KC

Pair supported each other through elbow troubles, now teammates

Medlen, Moylan (brothers in arms) unite in KC

KANSAS CITY -- No one was happier than right-hander Kris Medlen when the Royals signed right-hander Peter Moylan to a Minor League deal last week.

"I got invited to big league camp in 2009 with the Braves and we gravitated pretty quickly to each other," Medlen said. "We have been very close ever since. I was in his wedding. My wife and I didn't have bridesmaids or groomsmen, otherwise he would've been in mine, too.

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Cain, Davis head list of Royals' award winners

Cain, Davis head list of Royals' award winners

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced their 2015 team awards Wednesday, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the Les Milgram Player of the Year while Wade Davis was voted the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.

Voting for the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award finished in a tie among shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas and second baseman Ben Zobrist.

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Perez, Royals reportedly having contract talks

Perez, Royals reportedly having contract talks

KANSAS CITY -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore, as is his policy, is not confirming a report that the Royals have opened renegotiation talks with the representatives for catcher Salvador Perez.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman tweeted on Monday that the Royals were trying to rework/extend Perez's present contract, which originally was a five-year deal signed in 2012 with club options from 2017-19.

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