Hosmer's homer isn't enough after 'pen labors

Hosmer's homer isn't enough after 'pen labors

KANSAS CITY -- In a battle of whose bullpen could hang on last, it was the Tigers' relievers who finally secured a lead in the end during a wild 10-7 victory over the Royals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Tigers relievers Alex Wilson and Justin Wilson finally restored some order: Alex Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Justin Wilson worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

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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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Whit falls single shy of Royals' cycle history

Whit falls single shy of Royals' cycle history

KANSAS CITY -- Whit Merrifield nearly became the first Royals batter to hit for the cycle in 27 years on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

When Merrifield came up to the plate in the eighth inning needing only a single to complete the cycle in the Royals' eventual 10-7 loss to the Tigers, here's the advice he got from first-base coach Rusty Kuntz:

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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 out 6-8 weeks with strained oblique

Club to promote No. 3 prospect Skoglund for Tuesday's start

Duffy out 6-8 weeks with strained oblique

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals suffered a major blow to their rotation when an MRI on Monday revealed that ace left-hander Danny Duffy suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain that will require him to miss 6-8 weeks.

Duffy sustained the injury in Sunday's 10-1 loss to the Indians when he stretched and tumbled while trying to cover first base.

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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.

Skoglund will make first MLB start vs. Tigers

Skoglund will make first MLB start vs. Tigers

Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander will look to bounce back after one of his worst starts of the season in the middle game against the Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Verlander (4-3, 4.87 ERA) will oppose Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund, who will make his first Major League start. Skoglund, ranked as the club's No. 3 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, is 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Omaha.

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Wilson Alexander 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.

Moustakas T-shirts honor Ventura's memory

Proceeds from each limited-edition item benefit ACE 30 Fund

Moustakas T-shirts honor Ventura's memory

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has partnered with Charlie Hustle Clothing Company and Pepsi to create a "MOOSE" T-shirt in honor of his commitment to the Kansas City community and in memory of late Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura.

The proceeds from each limited-edition shirt sold will go to the Royals Charities ACE 30 Memorial Fund, which was founded to commemorate Ventura. The organization helps promote youth baseball projects in the Dominican Republic, Ventura's native country.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals call up McCarthy, option Almonte

Royals call up McCarthy, option Almonte

The Royals on Monday recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy and optioned right-hander Miguel Almonte to Triple-A Omaha.

Almonte was called up last Tuesday and scheduled to make a spot start filling in for Nate Karns on Thursday against the Yankees in a game that was postponed due to rain. He would've been in line to pitch Tuesday, but tossed one inning on Sunday against the Indians, giving up three earned runs on four hits and a walk.

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Somber Duffy reflects on rare tough outing

Somber Duffy reflects on rare tough outing

CLEVELAND -- A very solemn Royals left-hander Danny Duffy stood at his locker after Sunday's game and summed up his day after the Royals absorbed a 10-1 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.

"I pitched like [garbage] today," said Duffy. "I didn't execute anything. I was flying open. I just wasn't very good. I didn't give my team a chance to win the game at any point."

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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 roughed up in finale by Indians

Royals roughed up in finale by Indians

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Josh Tomlin bounced back from two shaky starts by tossing a complete game, while Jason Kipnis had four hits, including a home run, as the Indians thumped the Royals, 10-1, on Sunday at Progressive Field to grab the final game of the three-game series.

"[Tomlin has] always been that stopper for us," said Kipnis. "Anytime we've needed a win, you look at him and it doesn't matter who he's going against. He was locked in. Before the game, you could see him walking around. He was keeping to himself. You could tell, let him go do what he does. He had a lot of conviction with his pitches today."

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

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals pitchers discuss their arsenals

Royals pitchers discuss their arsenals

CLEVELAND -- Ever wonder what type of pitches that the Royals' starters throw?

Well, wonder no more. We did a quick survey of the starters and closer Kelvin Herrera on their repertoires.

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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.

Esky's clutch double spells trouble for Indians

Esky's clutch double spells trouble for Indians

CLEVELAND -- Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double off Indians reliever Nick Goody to key a three-run sixth inning as the Royals rallied for a 5-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Mike Moustakas hit his team-leading 13th home run in the ninth off right-hander Shawn Armstrong.

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

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians on Saturday.

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Hosmer, Yost ejected after check-swing call

Hosmer, Yost ejected after check-swing call

CLEVELAND -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and manager Ned Yost were ejected in the top of the first inning on Saturday by home-plate umpire Bill Welke during the Royals' 5-2 win over the Indians.

And Hosmer was still fuming afterward.

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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 battles to keep Indians' bats in check

Vargas battles to keep Indians' bats in check

CLEVELAND -- Royals left-hander Jason Vargas clearly didn't have his best stuff on Saturday. But he grinded anyway, and gave manager Ned Yost 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a 5-2 win over the Indians.

"That's the perfect word for it -- he had to grind through it," Yost said. "He was up today a little bit. The competitiveness, the competitive nature in him, he just had to grind through it.

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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.

Change of pace? Moss making pitchers pay

Royals DH's numbers are up against offspeed offering

Change of pace? Moss making pitchers pay

CLEVELAND -- Royals outfielder/designated hitter Brandon Moss always has had a love/hate relationship with the changeup.

"It's one of those pitches," Moss explained, "that if a pitcher keeps it down or executes their location with it, it's the pitch I can't handle.

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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.

Yost's grandson asked if the skipper was in 'timeout'

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Yost's grandson asked if the skipper was in 'timeout'

It didn't take long for Ned Yost to earn his 40th career ejection. In the first inning of the Royals' 5-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday, Yost was booted after arguing with the umpires when Eric Hosmer struck out on a checked swing with the bases loaded (Hosmer earned his second career ejection on the play, too). 

While he was cooling his heels in the clubhouse, Yost received a very special phone call. 

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Bonifacio stays hot with clutch go-ahead 2B

Bonifacio stays hot with clutch go-ahead 2B

CLEVELAND -- Back on May 6 when the Royals deemed outfielder Jorge Soler ready to be activated from the disabled list, they began debating the corresponding roster move.

Rookie Jorge Bonifacio's name immediately came up in discussions among manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore. Sending Bonifacio, who had options, back to Triple-A seemed logical.

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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 rally from 4-run deficit to beat Indians

Royals rally from 4-run deficit to beat Indians

CLEVELAND -- Rookie Jorge Bonifacio lined a go-ahead two-run double off Indians reliever Andrew Miller in the eighth inning as the Royals roared back for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Mike Moustakas hit a solo shot in the fifth as the Royals overcame an early four-run deficit.

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

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians on Friday.

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Cain focuses on turning around season

Cain focuses on turning around season

NEW YORK -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain is not afraid to point out his shortcomings on the baseball field. After a 3-0 loss to the Yankees recently, Cain said he is not playing up to expectations for the Royals, who are in fifth place in the American League Central.

Entering Friday's action against the Indians, Cain is hitting .259, 27 points below his career average, with two home runs and 10 RBIs. The self-evaluation is coming from a guy who was the Royals Player of the Year in 2014 and an All-Star the following year.

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Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Junis fans 12 in gem for Omaha

Junis fans 12 in gem for Omaha

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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

Thursday's Royals-Yanks matchup postponed

NEW YORK -- Rain postponed the Royals-Yankees game scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, at Yankee Stadium. The start time has not been determined.

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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.

Moore 'not throwing up the white flag' on '17

GM says he believes Royals are postseason-caliber club

Moore 'not throwing up the white flag' on '17

NEW YORK -- Royals general manger Dayton Moore prefers to hold off until at least 40 games are played before making any proclamations during a season.

And with the Royals just past that marker and off to a sluggish start at 19-26 entering Wednesday night's game against the Yankees, Moore is even more adamant that this season's team is a postseason contender.

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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 see Hammel take 'good step forward'

Royals see Hammel take 'good step forward'

NEW YORK -- Yes, there was a bright side to a 3-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night: The Royals may have fixed right-hander Jason Hammel.

Hammel came into the game with a 6.20 ERA and having been pounded for 12 runs in his previous 13 innings. But with the help of a rainout last weekend, the Royals were able to push his start back a few days, allowing Hammel to work on some mechanical issues with pitching coach Dave Eiland.

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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' bats can't match Hammel's solid start

Royals' bats can't match Hammel's solid start

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino harnessed his electric arsenal to produce the deepest outing of any Yankees starting pitcher over the last two weeks, firing eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at the Stadium.

Severino gave the Yanks' fatigued bullpen a breather by limiting Kansas City to just four hits in a 114-pitch performance, increasing New York's lead to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Baltimore in the American League East. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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

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Gordon returns as Royals place Karns on DL

Almonte tabbed to start Thursday's finale against Yanks

Gordon returns as Royals place Karns on DL

NEW YORK -- Rookie right-hander Miguel Almonte will make his first Major League start on Thursday afternoon against a very special team in a very special place: Yankee Stadium.

"That was my favorite team growing up," Almonte said through interpreter Pedro Grifol. "Alex Rodriguez was my favorite player."

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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 get over wall after several deep flyouts

Royals get over wall after several deep flyouts

NEW YORK -- For several innings in Tuesday night's 6-2 win, the Royals kept pounding outs to the deepest parts of Yankee Stadium, namely left-center field.

Mike Moustakas sent one a projected 385 feet, according to Statcast™, to the wall in left. Jorge Bonifacio hit one 399 feet to the wall in left-center. Salvador Perez blasted one 373 feet to the wall in left.

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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 sock it to Yanks with 4 late home runs

Royals sock it to Yanks with 4 late home runs

NEW YORK -- A pair of big swings by Lorenzo Cain and rookie Jorge Bonifacio helped break up what had been a taut pitching duel for the first six innings, with the Royals hitting four homers to power past the Yankees in a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Cain cleared the wall, and Bonifacio gave Kansas City its first lead with a two-run shot to right-center off Adam Warren. Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas added long balls in the eighth to extend the Royals' lead.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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

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Close call doesn't go KC's way as Royals fall

Close call doesn't go KC's way as Royals fall

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead homer, Brett Gardner continued his power surge and the Yankees got the benefit of a close call at first base to edge the Royals, 4-2, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Gregorius and Gardner went deep off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who lost to New York for the second time in a week. Gardner put the Yanks on the board with his ninth homer in 21 games, a solo shot in the third, and Gregorius slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

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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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Gordon, wife welcome baby girl to family

Gordon, wife welcome baby girl to family

NEW YORK -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and his wife, Jamie, welcomed their third child to the world Monday, a girl named Joey Lynn.

Gordon is on paternity leave back in Kansas City and is expected to rejoin the club on Tuesday, though manager Ned Yost said Gordon likely won't make it in time for Tuesday's game.

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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.