Morales' bat gets going, but he, KC can't capitalize

Slugger reaches 4 times, but tagged out twice as Royals held to his solo homer

Morales' bat gets going, but he, KC can't capitalize

KANSAS CITY -- While the Royals are known for their "keep the line moving" offensive mentality, their struggles have come in a similar fashion.

Despite getting the leadoff man on five times Sunday, the Royals managed to tally only a run on Kendrys Morales' homer in their 2-1 loss to the Rangers. They ended up stranding seven runners on base, making the last out of the game with runners on first and second.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hochevar allows go-ahead HR, KC falls under .500

Hochevar allows go-ahead HR, KC falls under .500

KANSAS CITY -- Home runs continue to be a problem for the Royals.

After a solid start by right-hander Edinson Volquez on Sunday, Kansas City turned the ball over to Luke Hochevar in the seventh, and for the second straight day, the Royals' bullpen wasn't able to get the job done. Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead homer to left-center field, and the Rangers held on for 2-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have now given up at least one home run in 11 straight games.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Kennedy aims to give Royals redemption vs. Angels

Kennedy aims to give Royals redemption vs. Angels

Hector Santiago and Ian Kennedy face off when the Angels and Royals open up a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium on Monday.

The Angels swept the Royals in Southern California when the teams last played in late April.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' bats aren't fine enough in 9th vs. Rangers

Royals' bats aren't fine enough in 9th vs. Rangers

KANSAS CITY -- No. 1 starter Cole Hamels is doing his part to keep the Rangers afloat while they try to figure out about the rest of the rotation.

With trade rumors flying everywhere, the Rangers' big acquisition from last season won for the second time since the All-Star break in a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Saturday night. Hamels had to battle the heat to get through 5 1/3 innings, but he gave up just one run and now has the only two wins for the club since the break.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura says he's OK despite rib contustion

Royals right-hander struck by ground ball, exits after 5 innings

Ventura says he's OK despite rib contustion

KANSAS CITY -- After being struck in the ribs by a ground ball, Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Rangers. The club announced Ventura is day to day with a right rib contusion and X-rays were negative.

Ventura said he expects to be fine moving forward.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vargas progressing with sim game for Royals

Minor throws bullpen session as pitchers work toward rehab stints

Vargas progressing with sim game for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Saturday, as he continues to build up after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2015.

Vargas is working toward a potential rehab assignment and, barring any setbacks, he could potentially return to the club in September. For that to happen, the rehab assignment would likely need to begin over the next couple of weeks.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mondesi, Skoglund among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Mondesi, Skoglund among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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

Duffy flusters Rangers as Royals strike early

Duffy flusters Rangers as Royals strike early

KANSAS CITY -- Royals starter Danny Duffy has been on a roll lately and it has been the reverse for the Rangers. Both trends continued on a hot Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Duffy yielded one run in 6 2/3 strong innings to win his fifth straight decision in the Royals' 3-1 victory in the series opener. The American League West-leading Rangers have now lost 15 of its last 19 games, while Kansas City moved to 8 games back of the first-place Indians in the AL Central.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain keeps working toward return to Royals

Outfielder skips team's trip to White House to continue injury rehab

Cain keeps working toward return to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- As the Royals gathered at the White House to celebrate their 2015 World Series championship on Thursday, there were a few faces missing, notably outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

Cain stayed behind to continue to work through his left hamstring injury sustained on June 28.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy is Royals' stopper with emotional outing

Lefty logs 6 2/3 strong innings, dedicates game to his young friend

Duffy is Royals' stopper with emotional outing

KANSAS CITY-- As Royals starter Danny Duffy took the mound for the series opener against the Rangers on Friday night, there was more on his mind than the performance ahead. About a week earlier, Duffy said he had learned that Liam Shipley, a child he had met just a month ago, had died after a battle with Leukemia.

With thoughts of Shipley on his mind, Duffy logged 6 2/3 strong innings in a 3-1 win over the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. After the game, Duffy made sure to note that he was dedicating that outing to Shipley.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter with MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royal greeting: Obama fetes world champs

Royal greeting: Obama fetes world champs

WASHINGTON -- Of all places, in the famed East Room of the White House, a "Let's go Royals" chant broke out as the players, coaches and front-office staff took the stage Thursday to be honored for their 2015 World Series championship.

Making it here was the culmination of 10 long years of labor for general manager Dayton Moore and owner David Glass as they resurrected a once-proud franchise that lost its way for almost three decades.

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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.

Staumont among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Staumont among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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

Royals' White House visit special to Earnest

Press secretary is a Kansas City native, lifelong fan

Royals' White House visit special to Earnest

WASHINGTON -- About five minutes into White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's daily media briefing on Thursday, he was interrupted by the presence of Royals manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez.

Yost presented Earnest with a No. 15 Royals jersey (the year of the team's World Series championship) with his name on the back.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Royals' long, euphoric road ends at White House

President Obama honors 2015 World Series champs, who reflect on season

Royals' long, euphoric road ends at White House

WASHINGTON -- President Obama stood there smiling and playful in front of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, leading the audience in cheers for catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer, for general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost and all the rest.

The president poked fun at some of the nicknames -- for instance, Salvy and Hoz -- even as he praised all the Royals for their resilience and resolve. He spoke of how they'd done things a certain way and been at their unshakable best when the stakes were highest.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bo debuts new PSA on MLB Central

Former Royals star discusses matchup with Smoltz in 1989 All-Star Game

Bo debuts new PSA on MLB Central

Baseball and football icon Bo Jackson joined MLB Network on Thursday morning, debuting a public service announcement encouraging the employment of people with disabilities.

The legendary two-sport athlete, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1985 and then went on to play in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball -- including being named an All-Star for the Royals in 1989 -- was representing the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and their Ability Transcends Challenges program.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Miller among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals visit White House, consider new nicknames

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Royals visit White House, consider new nicknames

The last time Royal(ist)s invaded the White House, James Madison was president and it was the War of 1812. That particular visit did not go so well. But on Thursday, the Royals who stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were of a decidedly friendlier sort. 

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Kennedy, Royals burned by Tribe's power surge

Kennedy, Royals burned by Tribe's power surge

KANSAS CITY -- Power was the theme of the day for the Indians as they launched five home runs and received a dominant outing from Carlos Carrasco en route to an 11-4 rout over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Led by a two-homer, six-RBI performance by rookie Tyler Naquin, the first-place Indians took two of three in the series. Cleveland now has a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Detroit and a nine-game edge over Kansas City in the American League Central.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Home runs continue to haunt Royals pitchers

Kennedy gives up 4 in 4 1/3 innings as Indians hit 5 in rubber game

Home runs continue to haunt Royals pitchers

KANSAS CITY -- Home runs have been a problem for Royals pitchers much of the season. Entering Wednesday, Kansas City was among the American League leaders in home runs given up, while right-hander Chris Young sat at the top of the individual list. By the end of the day, Young had some company.

Right-hander Ian Kennedy gave up four homers in 4 1/3 innings as the Royals dropped an 11-4 decision to the Indians in the rubber game. On the fourth blast, which came off the bat of Mike Napoli, Kennedy tied Young with 26 home runs given up this year.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer has thoracic outlet syndrome, out for season

Royals' first-round Draft pick in 2012 to undergo surgery

Zimmer has thoracic outlet syndrome, out for season

KANSAS CITY -- Royals top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and the right-hander will miss the rest of 2016.

Zimmer, the club's first-round selection in 2012, will have surgery in a couple of weeks, according to assistant general manager J.J. Picollo.

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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.

Fifth starter spot remains question for Royals

Gee picks up slack in relief after Flynn goes just 2 1/3 in loss

Fifth starter spot remains question for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- With left-hander Brian Flynn providing several solid outings of multi-inning relief throughout this season, there was hope that he might be able to help ease the Royals' fifth starter woes, even if it was just for a spot start.

But in a 7-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night, Flynn struggled to command his four-seamer, which hurt him in three specific at-bats. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs, as the Royals dropped to 8-17 in games started by anyone other than Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura and Edinson Volquez.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flynn isn't spot on as Royals fall to Indians

Flynn isn't spot on as Royals fall to Indians

KANSAS CITY -- There was no late-inning magic for the Royals this time around.

The Indians, who gave up seven runs in the eighth inning on Monday night in a loss, took a commanding six-run lead through five innings on Tuesday night en route to a 7-3 win at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Royals' quest to repeat is no easy feat

Royals' quest to repeat is no easy feat

KANSAS CITY -- For a day, the Royals get a chance to escape the daily grind, kick back and relive the magical moments of the World Series championship in 2015 during a White House visit with President Barack Obama on Thursday morning.

Then it's back to reality. Then it's back to try to get on track in a bid to become the first team in this century to repeat a World Series title. It is a challenge.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dyson's 1st slam truly memorable for Royals

Colon, Orlando RBIs set stage for homer to cap eighth-inning rally

Dyson's 1st slam truly memorable for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson remembers every grand slam he's hit in his professional career. The list isn't very long.

Dyson said the only slam he'd ever hit before Monday night's 7-3 win over the Indians was at the Triple-A level. Now he has another to add to the list.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hosmer earns Royals' Heart and Hustle Award

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Hosmer earns Royals' Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals 'grand' with 7-run 8th to gain on Tribe

Royals 'grand' with 7-run 8th to gain on Tribe

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals couldn't chase Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. Only the steamy Kansas City weather could.

Kluber was masterful through seven shutout innings in the 90-degree heat (99 heat index) before a cramp in his lower right leg forced his exit as he warmed up for the eighth inning with a two-run lead. That's when the Royals struck, scoring seven runs off Indians relievers Bryan Shaw and Jeff Manship for a stunning 7-3 win on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals claim Tepesch off waivers from A's

Kansas City options righty to Triple-A, transfers Medlen to 60-day DL

Royals claim Tepesch off waivers from A's

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Nick Tepesch is coming home.

The Royals claimed Tepesch, a Blue Springs, Mo., native and a former Missouri Tiger, off waivers from the A's on Monday.

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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.