Gordon's RBI keeps Royals close in WC race

Gordon's RBI keeps Royals close in WC race

OAKLAND -- Alex Gordon hit his second RBI single of the game in the ninth to lead the Royals to a 7-6 series-winning victory over the A's on Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum and keep Kansas City 1/2 game back of the second American League Wild Card spot.

"I was trying to drive him in, but I was also trying to get him over any way I could. I went up there with the mindset to maybe possibly bunt," Gordon said. "When I got to two strikes, I was trying to feel it [to the right side], and he threw me a slider that was a good pitch to hit."

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Red-hot Cain wraps up excellent trip

Outfielder goes 2-for-3 with home run, hit .424 in eight games on the road

Red-hot Cain wraps up excellent trip

OAKLAND -- It's been nothing but sunshine for Lorenzo Cain on the Royals' road trip and in the Golden State this season.

Cain reached base four times Wednesday afternoon in Oakland, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth as the Royals beat the A's, 7-6.

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Lat pain may send Soria to disabled list

Lat pain may send Soria to disabled list

OAKLAND -- Royals reliever Joakim Soria may be heading to the disabled list.

Before Wednesday's game in Oakland, manager Ned Yost said the right-hander has been dealing with lower lat pain that could potentially be an intercostal strain. Soria will get an MRI back in Kansas City Thursday, and Yost admitted that a DL stint is "probably a possibility."

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Royals on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Sledge' suits up for KC on Players Weekend

Moylan's nickname calls back to his Australian roots

'Sledge' suits up for KC on Players Weekend

The origin of Royals right-hander Peter Moylan's chosen nickname for Players Weekend (Aug. 25-27) comes from an unlikely source: Australian cricket.

On Players Weekend, a collaboration between MLB and the MLB Players Association, all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs. And they will be allowed to use nicknames in place of their surnames on jerseys.

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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, Royals look to gain ground on Tribe

Kennedy, Royals look to gain ground on Tribe

The last two winners of the American League Central will begin a three-game series Friday, with the division-leading Indians traveling to Kansas City to take on the Royals.

For the Indians, right-hander Corey Kluber will attempt to win his fourth straight start and fifth in his last six. After throwing back-to-back complete games to open August, Kluber allowed three runs in seven innings against the Rays on Sunday, notching his 11th win of the season.

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Royals rally for five runs in 8th, but fall to A's

Royals rally for five runs in 8th, but fall to A's

OAKLAND -- The A's responded to Kansas City's five-run, eighth-inning rally with six runs in the bottom half of the frame, getting a bases-clearing double from Matt Joyce in an eventful 10-8 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, preventing the Royals from claiming sole possession of the second American League Wild Card spot.

Facing a one-run deficit, Kansas City got home runs from Drew Butera, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas against Oakland's bullpen in the eighth, before the A's responded with four consecutive hits against Royals reliever Joakim Soria to open the bottom portion, including RBI singles from Ryon Healy and Matt Olson. Then, with two outs, Mike Minor yielded Joyce's three-run double and a run-scoring single to Marcus Semien that capped a wild inning.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Royals on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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Bullpen struggles evident in loss to Athletics

Soria, Minor open door for comeback in eighth inning

Bullpen struggles evident in loss to Athletics

OAKLAND -- A roller coaster of an eighth inning ended on a bitter note for the Royals on Tuesday night.

After Kansas City's offense woke up and scored five runs in top of the eighth, the bullpen proceeded to give up six runs in the bottom half in an excruciating 10-8 loss at the Coliseum.

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Royals going with veteran starters vs. Tribe

Off-day allows Kennedy, Vargas and Hammel to line up for next series

Royals going with veteran starters vs. Tribe

OAKLAND -- With a pivotal three-game series against the divison-leading Indians coming up after Thursday's off-day, the Royals set their rotation Tuesday with three veterans slotted.

As expected, right-hander Ian Kennedy will pitch Friday, followed by left-hander Jason Vargas on Saturday. But the Royals will skip the fifth spot and use right-hander Jason Hammel Sunday.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Royals on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallagher's first homer makes grand impact

Gallagher's first homer makes grand impact

OAKLAND -- As rookie catcher Cam Gallagher stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning on Monday night, manager Ned Yost "was just hoping for a walk." 

Instead, Gallagher lined a full-count fastball over the left-field wall for his first career home run, a grand slam that sent the Royals to a 6-2 win over the A's at the Coliseum.

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Gallagher's grand slam sends KC past A's

Gallagher's grand slam sends KC past A's

OAKLAND -- Rookie catcher Cam Gallagher launched a grand slam for his first career home run, helping the Royals secure a 6-2 series-opening victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Monday evening.

"I was just hoping for one run," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Gallagher's at-bat with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. "But when he hit the ball, I was hoping it'd stay fair. It didn't hook much, it stayed pretty straight right down the line. Getting a five-run lead right there was pretty big."

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Perez swings for first time since injury

Perez swings for first time since injury

OAKLAND -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Monday took swings for the first time since straining his right intercostal muscle Aug. 4.

Perez took about 10-15 swings off a tee at what he described as 30-40 percent, his first time picking up a bat since being placed on the disabled list.

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Cycle again eludes Merrifield on career day

Royals' sophomore slugger drives in 5 during 3-hit game

Cycle again eludes Merrifield on career day

CHICAGO -- For the second time this season, Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield had a chance at a cycle going into his final at-bat.

Merrifield already had a three-run home run, a two-run triple and a single in the Royals' eventual 14-6 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

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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 overwhelm White Sox in series finale

Royals overwhelm White Sox in series finale

CHICAGO -- A quick offensive burst is all it took for the Royals to grab their second consecutive win Sunday and claim the series with the White Sox, 14-6, at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Royals struck for four runs in the second, third and sixth innings. Whit Merrifield had three hits, including his 14th home run, and drove in a career-high five runs. He was a double short of a cycle.

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

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Gordon calmly robs a homer to seal Royals' win

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Gordon calmly robs a homer to seal Royals' win

With thousands of eyes on you during a game, watching your every move, not to mention thousands more watching the broadcast, your style is everything. 

The Royals beat the White Sox on Sunday, 14-6, to win the weekend series at Guaranteed Rate Field. It wasn't a very close game, as the final score would indicate, and yet it ended with a bang thanks to the outfield exploits of Royals star Alex Gordon.

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Melky gives Royals final say vs. former team

Melky gives Royals final say vs. former team

CHICAGO -- It took a former White Sox to beat the White Sox and end the Royals' recent misery.

Melky Cabrera, acquired before the Trade Deadline, belted a two-run home run off reliever Aaron Bummer in the eighth inning, and the Royals rallied for a 5-4 win on Saturday, ending a five-game losing streak and snapping the White Sox four-game winning streak.

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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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Drama aside, order restored in Royals' bullpen

Drama aside, order restored in Royals' bullpen

CHICAGO -- When Royals left-handed reliever Scott Alexander gave up a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning Saturday night against the White Sox, there had to be a feeling of here-we-go-again among the Royals' faithful.

After all, this was a bullpen that came into the game with a 7.25 ERA during a 2-9 August. The bullpen that had a Major League best ERA of 2.00 in July also had allowed runs in 10 of the previous 11 games.

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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.

Recall Shields' message left for Kennedy in July

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Recall Shields' message left for Kennedy in July

James Shields and Ian Kennedy are both natives of California and were teammates on the Padres in 2015. Saturday night, they squared off in an American League game with Shields' White Sox hosting Kennedy's Royals. Interestingly enough, the two matched up against each other on July 21 as well.

During that game, Shields was so excited to see his former teammate and fellow Californian that he wasn't going to let the chance for a reunion pass by.

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Salvy reports no pain after throwing session

Salvy reports no pain after throwing session

CHICAGO -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez, on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain, threw for about 10 minutes before Saturday's game against the White Sox and reported no pain.

Perez threw with catching coach Pedro Grifol from about 120 feet.

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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.

Duffy's outing spoiled by shaky seventh inning

Left-hander is confident Royals, who have lost 11 of 14, will bounce back

Duffy's outing spoiled by shaky seventh inning

CHICAGO -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy gave his team six strong innings of two-run ball, but a few mistakes in the seventh tarnished his night as the Royals fell, 6-3, to the White Sox on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

And that's what Duffy will remember most, as his team dropped its fifth straight. The left-hander allowed five runs, three of which came in the seventh, over 6 1/3 innings to go with eight strikeouts.

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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's pair of homers can't end Royals' skid

Moose's pair of homers can't end Royals' skid

CHICAGO -- Rookie Adam Engel's second triple fueled a four-run seventh, capped by Tim Anderson's two-run home run, as the White Sox surged to a 6-3 win over the slumping Royals on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Royals, who have lost five straight and 10 of 12, dropped to five games behind the American League Central-leading Indians and 1 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race. Mike Moustakas hit his 33rd and 34th home runs for the Royals, pulling within two of Steve Balboni's club record of 36 in 1985.

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

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the White Sox on Friday.

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Melky faces White Sox, gets standing ovation

Melky faces White Sox, gets standing ovation

CHICAGO -- Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera made his first trip back to Chicago on Friday and back to see his former White Sox teammates.

But while Cabrera said through White Sox interpreter Billy Russo that he is a little sentimental about the return, Cabrera has no plans to grab any postgame dinners or lunches with his former teammates this weekend.

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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.

Cahill knows how to manage shoulder issue

Royals right-hander experienced injury earlier this season

Cahill knows how to manage shoulder issue

CHICAGO -- Royals right-hander Trevor Cahill, on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, was back with the team on Friday after having an MRI in Kansas City on Thursday.

The MRI showed no structural damage, Cahill said.

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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.

LoCain collects 4 hits, just misses No. 5

Royals outfielder laments fly ball that fell shy of late go-ahead homer

LoCain collects 4 hits, just misses No. 5

ST. LOUIS -- Lorenzo Cain had a special night offensively Thursday, posting his first four-hit game of the season in the Royals' 8-6 loss to the Cardinals.

But the one at-bat he'll remember most was a near-miss.

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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 relinquish early lead, can't cap late rally

Royals relinquish early lead, can't cap late rally

ST. LOUIS -- After a sloppy start, Thursday's Royals-Cardinals game turned into a tense, one-big-clutch-hit-after-another affair until the Cardinals' bullpen finally calmed matters late in an 8-6 win.

The Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit and took the lead with their second grand slam in as many nights, this one by Dexter Fowler in the seventh that appeared to punch a huge hole in the game at 7-3. Not so fast. The Royals nearly answered when pinch-hitter and former Cardinal Brandon Moss narrowly missed a game-tying grand slam in the eighth, settling for a two-run double instead.

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

Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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Royals place Cahill on DL; recall McCarthy

Starter goes for MRI on shoulder; Junis could fill in for Monday's start

Royals place Cahill on DL; recall McCarthy

ST. LOUIS -- The Royals on Thursday placed struggling right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list because of right shoulder impingement syndrome, and they recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

Cahill pitched on Wednesday in the Royals' 8-5 loss to St. Louis and was ineffective for the third straight start since being acquired from San Diego. Cahill gave up three runs and walked five in 2 1/3 innings.

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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 will play exhibition in Omaha in 2018

KC, top affiliate will each celebrate their 50th season

The Royals will head to Omaha, Neb., to play their top affiliate next spring.

Kansas City announced Thursday it will play an exhibition game at Werner Park -- home to the Storm Chasers -- on March 26. It's the first time the teams have played against each other since 2000, when the Omaha club was known as the Golden Spikes.

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Royals can't hold late lead vs. Cardinals

Royals can't hold late lead vs. Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Suddenly, the Cardinals are a lot closer to the cat-bird seat in the top-heavy National League Central.

In a wildly entertaining chain of events that featured a stray cat delay, the Redbirds continued their red-hot ways against cross-state rival Kansas City. Yadier Molina belted a grand slam in the sixth inning that catapulted St. Louis from a 5-4 deficit to an eventual 8-5 victory.

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Yost: Scuffling Gordon to sit 'more than a day'

KC's Gold Glove outfielder to work with hitting coach Sveum

Yost: Scuffling Gordon to sit 'more than a day'

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost said he will sit struggling Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon for an undisclosed period of time.

"He's scuffling," Yost said. "I'm going to give him more than a day."

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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, 'pen roughed up by Cards in loss

Vargas, 'pen roughed up by Cards in loss

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Michael Wacha pitched six serviceable innings and the Cardinals put up a six-run inning for the second straight game on their way to another romp over the intrastate-rival Royals, this time 10-3 on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

The Cardinals, who beat the Royals, 11-3, on Monday, pulled within 2 1/2 games of the National League Central-leading Cubs. The Royals, who have lost seven of nine, fell four games behind the American League Central-leading Indians, though the Royals remained tied for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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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 Cardinals on Tuesday.

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