Rios joins team at Wrigley, will be activated Saturday

Rios joins team at Wrigley, will be activated Saturday

CHICAGO -- Royals outfielder Alex Rios ended his rehab stint with Triple-A Omaha and rejoined the team on Friday, but he was not activated.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Rios would be activated for Saturday's game.

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Finnegan to start games at Triple-A Omaha

Rookie lefty had been used out of 'pen, but Royals changing gears

Finnegan to start games at Triple-A Omaha

CHICAGO -- The Royals have switched gears with rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan and plan to have him serve as a starter with Triple-A Omaha, according to vice president and assistant general manager J.J. Picollo.

Finnegan, the Royals' top pick in 2014 and their No. 4 prospect, has been used exclusively out of the bullpen at the big league and Minor League levels this season.

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Struggles behind him, Moose can let loose

Royals' third baseman garnering attention for success at plate 1 year after demotion

Struggles behind him, Moose can let loose

CHICAGO -- It's been an incredible turnaround from last year for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

Consider that a year ago at this time, Moustakas was toiling in the Minor Leagues after having been demoted. Fans were frustrated with him. The organization's faith in Moustakas was shaken, at least enough that it had sent him down in hopes he could reboot mentally.

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Royals Minor League report: May 28

Royals Minor League report: May 28

Omaha Storm Chasers (24-24)

Omaha 6, Tacoma 5 (10 innings)
WP: Brian Broderick (3-1)
HR: Francisco Pena (3), Reymond Fuentes (4), Orlando Calixte (4), Brett Eibner (7)

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Home runs sink Young at Yankee Stadium

Home runs sink Young at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez belted a go-ahead three-run homer and right-hander Michael Pineda delivered 6 2/3 superb innings as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Royals lost their fourth straight, their longest losing streak since late August, and dropped into a tie for first place in the American League Central with surging Minnesota.

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Execution lacking for Young on HR by A-Rod

Royals righty allows three-run blast to slugger in loss to Yanks

Execution lacking for Young on HR by A-Rod

NEW YORK -- Royals right-hander Chris Young threw 101 pitches on Wednesday, 100 of them pretty close to where he wanted them.

But one pitch -- a slider that stayed flat -- cost him dearly as the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez smoked it for a three-run homer that was pivotal in sending the Royals to a 4-2 loss.

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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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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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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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Sweeney dedicates Irish Baseball Hall induction to ailing father

McKeon, Wakamatsu, Mets' Forde, broadcaster O'Brien, Bill Murray also honored

Sweeney dedicates Irish Baseball Hall induction to ailing father

Former big leaguer Mike Sweeney believes there are four loves every Irish-American should share in life: faith, family, baseball and smiling.

Sweeney touched on all four Tuesday during his induction to the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame at Foley's Pub in New York City. Sweeney was inducted alongside former big league manager Jack McKeon, Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, broadcaster Dave O'Brien, Mets executive Shannon Forde and legendary comedian/actor -- and part owner of five Minor League teams -- Bill Murray.

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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

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. 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, Schmidt (Phillies table), 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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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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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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