Refined plate approach paying dividends for Moose

Refined plate approach paying dividends for Moose

CLEVELAND -- The new Mike Moustakas is a hitter Royals fans, coaches and teammates are having fun watching.

This Moustakas is the one driving the ball to all fields, especially left and left-center, parts of the ballpark he barely knew as a hitter before this season.

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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.

Late flurry lifts Royals over Kluber, Indians

Late flurry lifts Royals over Kluber, Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Royals took advantage of an off night for reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and a rough showing from Cleveland's defense to claim a 6-2 victory over the Tribe on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

The Royals came into the series having lost two straight games, and manager Ned Yost was wary of a third against Kluber.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. 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.

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

Right-hander likely to start Saturday vs. Detroit; Young could make spot start Friday

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension, and began serving the suspension Monday. Volquez received the suspension on Thursday for an on-field incident in which he threw a punch intended for White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija during a bench-clearing fracas. The blow did not come close to connecting.

"I think it was the right time to do it," Volquez said of dropping the appeal. "I think it was a good time."

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Guthrie, Bauer to duel as Tribe, Royals continue set

Guthrie, Bauer to duel as Tribe, Royals continue set

The Royals will send out right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (1-1, 5.50 ERA) to counter Indians hard-throwing right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.95 ERA) when the American League Central foes continue their series on Tuesday at Progressive Field. The matchup will pit a Stanford alum (Guthrie) against a UCLA product in Bauer.

Three things you should know about this game:

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Gordon catapults into crowd for amazing grab

Yost gushes about Gold Glover's acrobatic play

Gordon catapults into crowd for amazing grab

CHICAGO -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a 5-3 loss to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, but his most impressive "hit" came in the sixth inning when the left fielder made a leaping catch before crashing into the stands at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I thought it was phenomenal," manager Ned Yost said. "That's the type of player Alex is."

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Error costly as Volquez, Royals fall to White Sox

Error costly as Volquez, Royals fall to White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox also won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.

"You know they're going to be tough so you have to be able to grind and stay with it and have confidence and all that stuff, and our guys did that," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Heading out on the road, you need to have it, but especially against a team that's already played you tough, you have to be able to withstand it and keep going and stick together. These guys are definitely doing it."

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Royals drop suspended game on walk-off hit in ninth

Royals drop suspended game on walk-off hit in ninth

A game that started Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field between the Royals and the White Sox finished Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 White Sox victory. The game was suspended after eight innings Friday due to unplayable field conditions following four innings of rain, and concluded with Avisail Garcia's walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera. Melky Cabrera drew a two-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and stayed there when Jose Abreu was intentionally walked.

White Sox closer David Robertson started the suspended portion of Sunday's two games since he was announced on Friday before the contest was suspended. He pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side, but had his stretch of 18 straight batters retired end on an Abreu error.

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After strong start, one rough inning sinks Volquez, KC

Moustakas' error leads to four unearned runs

After strong start, one rough inning sinks Volquez, KC

CHICAGO -- Edinson Volquez headed out to the mound to start the sixth inning Sunday afternoon working on a one-hit shutout. By the time he headed back to the dugout -- after recording just two outs -- the Royals suddenly were trailing and the right-hander's streak of quality starts was history.

That one bad inning -- aided by an error by third baseman Mike Moustakas -- flipped the script, resulting in a 5-3 Royals loss in the scheduled game after they suffered a 3-2 defeat in the completion of a suspended game from Friday.

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Four Royals appeal suspensions

Cain, Ventura, Volquez and Herrera penalized

Four Royals appeal suspensions

CHICAGO -- The penalties handed down by Major League Baseball on Saturday for Thursday's bench-clearing altercation between the Royals and White Sox didn't draw much of a reaction inside the Royals' clubhouse when the players reported Sunday.

Perhaps they've simply grown accustomed to the process after two other on-field incidents earlier this month.

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Royals Minor League report: April 26

Royals Minor League report: April 26

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-8)

Oklahoma City 3, Omaha 1
LP: Brian Broderick (1-1)
HR: None

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4 Royals suspended in fracas with White Sox

Ventura receives 7 games, Volquez gets 5, Cain and Herrera 2 apiece

4 Royals suspended in fracas with White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Once again, the bill has come due for the Royals' in-game exuberance this season.

After Thursday night's benches-clearing fracas in Chicago with the White Sox, Major League Baseball disciplined players from both teams, though the Royals clearly received the harsher sentences.

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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.

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

Suspended game to be resumed before Sunday's finale

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

CHICAGO -- The conclusion of Friday night's game, which was suspended after eight innings with the game tied at 2-2, and Saturday's regularly scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field were postponed due to a forecast of continuing rain and inclement weather throughout Saturday.

A makeup date for Saturday's 1:10 p.m. CT start has not been determined. Fans should keep their tickets and parking coupons for the April 25 game until a rescheduled date and time have been announced.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alex Gordon's wild catch puts him in the second row

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Alex Gordon's wild catch puts him in the second row

Alex Gordon is a professional baseball player. That means during MLB games, he's typically found patrolling left field and not in the stands. In the bottom of the sixth inning of the Royals' second game against the White Sox on Sunday, however, Gordon made a cameo in the second row at U.S. Cellular Field.

And this is the running, lunging, somersaulting, introducing-himself-to-the-fans catch for that put him there. 

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Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

CHICAGO -- With three bench-clearing incidents so far this month -- including Thursday night's fracas with the White Sox -- the Royals are gaining a reputation around Major League Baseball as a feisty bunch looking for trouble.

But the viewpoint inside the Royals' clubhouse is quite different. They're not looking for trouble, they say. Trouble is finding them -- probably because the opponents are struggling to find other ways to beat them.

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John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals recall prospect Finnegan, option Calixte

Royals recall prospect Finnegan, option Calixte

CHICAGO -- The Royals recalled left-handed reliever Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas and optioned infielder Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Omaha on Friday. Finnegan posted an 0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA in his first two appearances -- both starts -- for Northwest Arkansas this season.

Finnegan, the 17th overall selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, sped through the organization and helped the Royals in last year's postseason. He pitched in seven regular-season games and then seven more games in the playoffs, including two appearances in the World Series.

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Royals Minor League report: April 25

Royals Minor League report: April 25

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-7)

Oklahoma City 5, Omaha 4
LP: Joe Paterson (1-1)
HR: None

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Royals drop Sox in 13th; Ventura, Sale among 5 ejected in tussle

Royals drop Sox in 13th; Ventura, Sale among 5 ejected in tussle

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out two and walking one during Thursday night's contest at U.S. Cellular Field between the White Sox and Royals. Yordano Ventura allowed five hits over seven innings, while striking out eight. But neither ace was around in the end for the Royals' 3-2 victory in 13 innings. Eric Hosmer doubled home the winning run off of Jake Petricka with two outs, as Jarrod Dyson barely beat the relay throw from Emilio Bonifacio.

Ventura and Sale were two of five players ejected as the offshoot of a bench-clearing fracas in the seventh that began when Adam Eaton grounded back to Ventura with two outs, and Ventura yelled at Eaton after Eaton first yelled something upon contact. Numerous punches were thrown, and Jeff Samardzija, Edinson Volquez and Lorenzo Cain also were ejected.

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Royals stand by Ventura after third incident in month

'We're a family in here,' says Cain, who is also ejected

Royals stand by Ventura after third incident in month

CHICAGO -- Regardless of what others around Major League Baseball may think about him, Yordano Ventura still seems to have the unwavering support of his teammates in the Royals clubhouse -- despite being involved in another incident Thursday night against the White Sox.

The Royals posted a 3-2 victory in 13 innings, but that was a footnote because of an altercation after the seventh inning ignited by Ventura yelling a profanity at Adam Eaton of the White Sox after fielding a comebacker and before throwing to first base.

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Royals Minor League report: April 24

Royals Minor League report: April 24

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-6)

Memphis 8, Omaha 7
LP: Clayton Mortensen (2-1)
HR: None

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Phil Rogers

Time has come for Ventura to display maturity

Skipper Yost wants Royals ace to keep emotions in check, have pitching do the talking

Time has come for Ventura to display maturity

CHICAGO -- Yordano Ventura is too good for this. The Royals, for that matter, are too good for this.

Yet here they sit again after a Thursday night fracas, which will have the 23-year-old ace and some of his teammates in trouble at the principal's office with Joe Garagiola Jr.

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

Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain

Play will resume in ninth inning at 1:10 p.m. CT, followed by Saturday's scheduled game

Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain

CHICAGO -- The White Sox-Royals game, played during a steady rain Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. The score was tied at two after eight innings, with White Sox closer David Robertson warming up and announced to enter the game in the ninth.

This contest will be resumed prior to Saturday's regularly scheduled game, with the same 1:10 p.m. CT start. The regularly scheduled game will begin after Friday's completion.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

CHICAGO -- Bad blood between the White Sox and Royals that has simmered since the start of the season boiled over again on Thursday night during a benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the seventh of the Royals' 3-2 win in 13 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

When the dust settled, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Edinson Volquez and right-hander Yordano Ventura were ejected for the Royals, while pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale were ejected for the White Sox.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals Minor League report: April 23

Royals Minor League report: April 23

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-5)

Omaha 6, Memphis 5
WP: Brian Broderick (1-0)
SV: Joe Paterson (2)
HR: Cheslor Cuthbert (3)

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Infante misses 4th straight game with groin injury

Infante misses 4th straight game with groin injury

CHICAGO -- Omar Infante missed his fourth straight game Thursday night with a strained left groin, but the Royals second baseman is expected to return to the lineup soon.

Infante hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game against the Athletics in the fifth inning.

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Brett, White leading Royals' Franchise Four voting

Brett, White leading Royals' Franchise Four voting

KANSAS CITY -- The four most impactful Royals in franchise history?

Well, so far the fans say it's George Brett, Frank White, Bret Saberhagen and Dan Quisenberry. Brett is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, while all four are in the Royals Hall of Fame.

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Dan O'Dowd

The best is still ahead for young Royals

General manager Moore has built franchise to succeed for years to come

The best is still ahead for young Royals

Dayton Moore became general manager of the Royals on June 8, 2006, and he was charged with rebuilding a once-proud small-market franchise that was in the midst of a playoff drought that would last 29 years.

What took place over the next six seasons was an average of 92 losses per year -- but also good drafting, key trades, patience and development. Delayed gratification is a very difficult emotion to control in professional sports. It creates doubt, fear and, in most cases, a survival mentality. Only the mentally strong can hold onto their vision in the face of constant criticism and second-guessing.

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Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.