Ventura expected to make another rehab start

Ventura expected to make another rehab start

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yordano Ventura likely will need one more start in the Minors before returning to the Royals, manager Ned Yost said on Thursday.

Ventura made his second rehab start for Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday -- he gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings while throwing 84 pitches.

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Sources: Royals sign pair of Dominican Republic prospects

Sources: Royals sign pair of Dominican Republic prospects

Kansas City made its presence felt on the international scene by locking up two top teenage prospects from the Dominican Republic.

According to industry sources, the Royals agreed to $2.25 million signing bonus for outfielder Seuly Matias, ranked No. 9 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and a $1.5 million bonus for infielder Jeison Guzman, ranked No.29.

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Royals super fan Wilson dies at age 7

Boy attended World Series in 2014 after battle with cancer drew MLB's attention

Royals super fan Wilson dies at age 7

Noah Wilson, whose fight against cancer and devotion to the Royals was chronicled during last year's World Series, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 7.

The Olathe, Kan., native had his last radiation treatment in mid-June and had been considered free of Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer. However, his family learned in recent days that he had leukemia.

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Volquez, Royals hit speed bump against Astros

Volquez, Royals hit speed bump against Astros

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve made his final case for an All-Star starting spot on Wednesday night, and it was a memorable one.

Altuve went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base while scoring the decisive run on a bang-bang play at the plate as the Astros swept the Royals with a 6-5 win at Minute Maid Park.

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Volquez sidetracked by nightmare fifth inning

Volquez sidetracked by nightmare fifth inning

HOUSTON -- With injuries hitting the Royals' rotation hard during the past month, it's been veteran Edinson Volquez who's been the steady hand.

Volquez looked the part again for 3 2/3 innings against the Astros on Wednesday night, but it all came undone as he labored in a four-run fifth inning that was ultimately his final frame in the 6-5 loss at Minute Maid Park.

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Herrera can't hold serve in decisive 7th frame

Herrera can't hold serve in decisive 7th frame

HOUSTON -- For much of the past two seasons, Kelvin Herrera has been the precursor to doom, which the Royals' bullpen often spells for opponents.

On Wednesday night, the flame-throwing righty looked mighty mortal for a second game in a row. Herrera took the loss, allowing the decisive run in the seventh inning of a 6-5 loss to the Astros, who swept the three-game set.

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Vargas slated to throw simulated innings

Vargas slated to throw simulated innings

HOUSTON -- Royals pitcher Jason Vargas will throw about two simulated innings on Thursday, his first live throwing action since he landed on the disabled list in early June with a recurrence of a muscle strain in his left forearm.

"I just want to go out there and see how it feels in situations you face against hitters, and see how much I can give it and how it responds," Vargas said.

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Lamb, Coleman selected as PCL All-Stars

Lamb, Coleman selected as PCL All-Stars

HOUSTON -- The Pacific Coast League All-Star teams were announced on Wednesday, and the Royals' Triple-A Omaha affiliate landed a pair of pitchers on the roster.

Left-hander John Lamb and veteran reliever Louis Coleman earned All-Star berths, and they won't have to travel very far. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be held on July 15 at Werner Park, the Storm Chasers' home stadium.

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Cain able with big bat in return against Astros

Cain able with big bat in return against Astros

HOUSTON -- Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was certainly limited in his return from a hamstring issue against the Astros on Tuesday.

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Royals' bats stay silent in rematch with Astros

Royals' bats stay silent in rematch with Astros

HOUSTON -- Auditioning for the starting nod in the All-Star Game in front of American League manager Ned Yost, ace Dallas Keuchel fired eight shutout innings and got just enough run support from George Springer's two-run homer off the foul pole in the third inning as the Astros secured a series win with a 4-0 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Dyson plays it smart with lingering groin issue

Dyson plays it smart with lingering groin issue

HOUSTON -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson felt a tweak in his left groin last Wednesday in Seattle, and it's still lingering into the series against the Astros.

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Royals Minor League Report: June 30

Omaha Storm Chasers (42-37)

New Orleans 6, Omaha 0 (Completion of June 14 game)
LP: Yohan Pino (4-3)
HR: None

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Bonifacio named Texas League All-Star Game MVP

Royals No. 9 prospect blasts two-run homer and drives in three runs in North's win

Bonifacio named Texas League All-Star Game MVP

Royals No. 9 prospect Jorge Bonifacio won MVP honors after leading the North to a 9-4 victory over the South in the Texas League All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

With the game tied 4-4 in the eighth inning, Bonifacio launched a two-run shot off of Padres No. 9 prospect Tayron Guerrero to give the North a lead it did not relinquish.

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Hosmer out for Astros series with finger injury

Hosmer out for Astros series with finger injury

HOUSTON -- The Royals won't be at full strength for this week's showdown series between the two teams with the most wins in the American League.

First baseman Eric Hosmer was not in Monday's lineup against the Astros due to a mild sprain on his left (throwing) ring finger, and he's unlikely to play during the three-game set in Houston.

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Lack of command stings Blanton in loss

Right-hander walks four and allows five runs over 2 2/3 innings

Lack of command stings Blanton in loss

HOUSTON -- Maybe Joe Blanton himself said it best.

"It was just that kind of day," the righty said.

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Blanton, offense stumble against Astros

Blanton, offense stumble against Astros

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve kickstarted the Astros' three-run third inning with his seventh home run, matching a career high, while Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings as the Astros topped the Royals, 6-1, on Monday.

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Royals Minor League Report: June 29

Omaha Storm Chasers (41-36)

Omaha 5, Round Rock 3
WP: Matt Murray (1-0 with Omaha, 6-1 overall)
SV: Louis Coleman (6)
HR: Paulo Orlando (2)

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Moore's roster work bearing fruit for Royals

Moore's roster work bearing fruit for Royals

Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a detail-oriented guy.

Oh, Moore can see the big picture. That's why in the aftermath of Kansas City advancing to the postseason for the first time in 29 years, he moved quickly to sign Kendrys Morales to replace free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler last offseason.

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Manaea strikes out eight and allows one run in five frames

Royals' No. 2 looks sharp in first start in 10 months for Blue Rocks

Manaea strikes out eight and allows one run in five frames

Sean Manaea is back on track.

The Royals' No. 2 prospect (No. 45 overall) made his return to Class A Advanced Wilmington on Monday -- 10 months after he pitched his most recent game for the Blue Rocks. The results were promising -- six hits, three runs (one earned), eight strikeouts and no walks in five innings -- with the most important stat being zero: as in, zero concerns about his health.

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Escobar a late scratch due to split nail bed

Escobar a late scratch due to split nail bed

HOUSTON -- A rash of finger issues caught up to the Royals for Monday night's game in Houston.

In addition to Eric Hosmer likely missing the series, shortstop Alcides Escobar was a late scratch from the lineup due to a split nail bed on his right index finger.

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Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit

Catcher joins elite company with outstanding offensive performance

Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit

OAKLAND -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez is keeping pretty good company in baseball's record books.

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Guthrie tallies 1,000th strikeout in solid win

Right-hander fans seven and allows just two runs in six frames

Guthrie tallies 1,000th strikeout in solid win

OAKLAND -- Two days after teammate Edinson Volquez recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie notched his 1,000th strikeout on Sunday during the Royals' 5-3 win over Oakland.

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Perez, Guthrie lead Royals in sweep of A's

Perez, Guthrie lead Royals in sweep of A's

OAKLAND -- Salvador Perez homered, and the Royals took advantage of a crucial A's error in a three-run sixth inning to secure a sweep-clinching 5-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

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Moustakas leading Majors in nighttime hitting

Moustakas leading Majors in nighttime hitting

OAKLAND -- Here's a fun stat: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is leading the Major Leagues in night hitting.

Really.

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Resourceful Royals edge A's for series win

Resourceful Royals edge A's for series win

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Chris Young threw six strong innings and Kendrys Morales delivered a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Royals held off the A's, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.

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Young relies on veteran savvy in rebound effort

Young relies on veteran savvy in rebound effort

OAKLAND -- Coming off his worst start with the Royals -- seven runs in 4 2/3 innings vs. Boston -- right-hander Chris Young wasn't too concerned he'd fall into a funk.

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Wading into danger, Davis holds firm for KC

Wading into danger, Davis holds firm for KC

OAKLAND -- The two things you rarely see from Royals reliever Wade Davis are runs allowed or emotion.

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