Kendrys' big double backs Volquez against Twins

Kendrys' big double backs Volquez against Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Newest Royals Edinson Volquez and Kendrys Morales continued their strong starts in keying a 7-1 win over the Twins on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez turned in seven strong innings, allowing just five hits and one run while lowering his ERA to 1.99.

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Orlando makes triples history with 5th in 7 games

Orlando makes triples history with 5th in 7 games

KANSAS CITY -- Just as Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando was about to do yet another postgame session with reporters, left-hander Danny Duffy walked by shaking his head.

"Fastest man alive," Duffy said.

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Vargas aiming to rebound in rematch with Twins

Vargas aiming to rebound in rematch with Twins

Just five days after facing off at Target Field, Twins left-hander Tommy Milone and Royals left-hander Jason Vargas are set for a rematch at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. Milone was the winner in their last matchup, as he gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Vargas struggled last time out, lasting just three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits.

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Infante feeling better; Escobar returns to lineup

Infante feeling better; Escobar returns to lineup

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals may have dodged another bullet with an injury to a middle infielder.

Second baseman Omar Infante said he felt better on Monday after sustaining a left groin strain during the Royals' 4-2 win over the A's on Sunday. Infante appeared to hurt the groin after hitting a double in the fifth inning -- he winced after he reached second base.

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Tempers remain hot following OAK-KC finale

Five Royals ejected in game; A's Lawrie upset about pitch thrown behind him by Herrera

Tempers remain hot following OAK-KC finale

KANSAS CITY -- This certainly didn't feel like your casual Sunday afternoon ballgame in April.

An intense and heated series between the A's and Royals concluded Sunday with a 4-2 Royals win that featured five Royals ejections and pitches flying everywhere, even behind hitters.

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Paulo Orlando has 5 triples in just 7 games

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Paulo Orlando has 5 triples in just 7 games

After 10 years in the Minors, Brazialian-born ballplayer Paulo Orlando introduced himself to the Royals and the rest of Major League Baseball with his first hit back on April 10th. And the hit? It was of the three-baggin' variety.

Orlando has now played in seven games, had 26 at-bats and recorded five triples. If he continues at his current playing rate (about half of the Royals games), he'll hit 43.

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Royals rally to take heated series vs. A's

Royals rally to take heated series vs. A's

KANSAS CITY -- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday as the Royals rallied to beat Oakland, 4-2, in another wild and fiery game that featured five Royals players and coaches getting ejected.

The Royals trailed 2-1 entering the eighth after being handcuffed by Oakland starter Scott Kazmir, who threw 7 1/3 innings and gave up just six hits and two runs while striking out five. But Lorenzo Cain doubled in the tying run after Paulo Orlando walked.

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2 Royals ejected in first inning; 3 in eighth

Yost, Eiland, Herrera, Wakamatsu and Escobar tossed during series finale

2 Royals ejected in first inning; 3 in eighth

KANSAS CITY -- It all started with a hard slide from Oakland's Brett Lawrie into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday night.

Escobar suffered a sprained left knee and a deep bruise and hasn't played since.

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Can't miss TV: Royals' ratings roaring

Can't miss TV: Royals' ratings roaring

KANSAS CITY -- Royals fans certainly have caught Royals fever this early in the season.

Not only did the team draw more than 100,000 fans for the three-game series against Oakland at Kauffman Stadium over the weekend, the Royals also set an all-time record on FOX Sports Kansas City on Sunday with a 14.6 rating.

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Royals Minor League report: April 20

Royals Minor League report: April 20

Omaha Storm Chasers (7-3)

Omaha 3, New Orleans 2 (Game One - 11 innings)
WP: Louis Coleman (2-0)
HR: Jose Martinez (2)

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Yost expects to hear from league on Ventura

Royals right-hander was ejected after hitting A's Lawrie with a pitch

Yost expects to hear from league on Ventura

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost said he has not heard from Major League Baseball regarding the hit batter and subsequent ejection of his star right-hander Yordano Ventura on Saturday night.

But Yost expects to.

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Infante exits game due to groin strain

Infante exits game due to groin strain

KANSAS CITY -- The injury bug continues to bite the Royals, as second baseman Omar Infante appears headed for time out of the lineup with a strained groin.

Infante doubled in the fifth inning but appeared to wince as he reached second base during Kansas City's 4-2 win against the A's on Sunday. One hitter later, Infante signaled for the trainers to come out, and he then left the game.

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Ventura roughed up, then ejected in shutout loss to A's

Ventura roughed up, then ejected in shutout loss to A's

KANSAS CITY -- Josh Reddick belted a three-run homer and right-hander Jesse Hahn tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings before leaving with a blister on his throwing hand, as the A's toppled the Royals, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Reddick's blast preceded Brett Lawrie being hit by a pitch by Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning in what likely was retaliation for Lawrie's hard slide into Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday night. More >

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Tension flares between A's, Royals for second straight night

Benches clear again after Ventura's ejected for hitting Lawrie; players offer differing viewpoints

Tension flares between A's, Royals for second straight night

KANSAS CITY -- For the second straight day, benches and bullpens emptied at Kauffman Stadium.

On Friday, Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the seventh inning, which led to the first fracas. The incident was complicated by the fact that Escobar claims he did not receive a text message apology from Lawrie. More >

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Holland on DL with pectoral strain; Royals call up Pino

With Escobar injured on Lawrie slide, club brings in Calixte from Triple-A as protection

Holland on DL with pectoral strain; Royals call up Pino

KANSAS CITY -- There was other news in the Royals' clubhouse besides the Alcides Escobar-Brett Lawrie-did-he-text-an-apology-or-not drama: The Royals have lost their closer for at least 15 days.

Right-hander Greg Holland was placed on the disabled list because of a right pectoral strain, and the Royals recalled right-hander Yohan Pino to take his place.

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Escobar, Lawrie have different takes on text apology

A's third baseman says he sent message to KC shortstop, who says he never got it

Escobar, Lawrie have different takes on text apology

KANSAS CITY -- Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses.

On one end, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar claimed he had yet to hear from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who slid into Escobar while attempting to break up what he thought could be a double play in the seventh inning of Friday's opener, causing a mild strain and contusion to Escobar's left knee.

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Royals prospect Flynn out 3-5 months with lat injury

Royals prospect Flynn out 3-5 months with lat injury

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Brian Flynn, who nearly made the Royals' 25-man roster out of Spring Training, will miss 3-5 months because of a torn lat muscle.

Flynn pitched in only one game for Triple-A Omaha, throwing two-thirds of an inning before being removed because of the injury.

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Royals receive four GIBBY Awards

Royals receive four GIBBY Awards

KANSAS CITY -- Although they are 11 games into the new season, there is no shortage of daily reminders about the Royals' incredible championship run from a year ago.

With success usually follows awards -- which the Royals have acquired in bunches. Before Saturday's game, the reigning American League champs were honored with the presentation of four GIBBY Awards for their historic season-long run that resulted in their first pennant in nearly three decades.

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Royals Minor League report: April 18

Royals Minor League report: April 18

Omaha Storm Chasers (5-3)

New Orleans at Omaha -- Postponed

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Orlando's clutch triple helps Royals sprint past A's

Orlando's clutch triple helps Royals sprint past A's

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night in front of 39,228 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

"I missed my spot by probably 18 inches trying to come hard in," Otero said. "Just came back over, outside corner."

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Royals-A's benches clear after Esky's injury

Royals-A's benches clear after Esky's injury

KANSAS CITY -- The benches cleared during the Royals' 6-4 win over the A's in the top of the seventh inning on Friday after Brett Lawrie slid hard into Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Escobar sustained a mild sprain to his left knee on the play and had to be helped off the field. He is listed as day to day.

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Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

KANSAS CITY -- A's third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had "no intention of hurting anybody" when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play that turned into a benches-clearing escapade in the seventh inning in Friday's 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

Escobar, who departed the game immediately, sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee, and Lawrie, who was confirmed out on the play following a replay review, said he planned to reach out to Escobar, reiterating several times after the game, "I would never try to cleat anybody."

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Royals Minor League report: April 17

Royals Minor League report: April 17

Omaha Storm Chasers (5-3)

New Orleans 5, Omaha 3
LP: Christian Binford (0-1)
HR: Whit Merrifield (1), Orlando Calixte (1)

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Royals revel in memories of Wild Card Game

Royals revel in memories of Wild Card Game

KANSAS CITY -- As the A's returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the crazy American League Wild Card game last year, the Royals themselves tried to remember all the details of that night.

"Just too many things happened to remember them all," manager Ned Yost said.

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Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

KANSAS CITY -- One of the first things former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler did when he got to Kansas City on Thursday, an off-day for his new team, the A's, was check out some serious barbecue.

"I went to Oklahoma Joes yesterday," Butler said, grinning. "I thought it was superstitious in the World Series, too. I went there way more than you should. But I thought it was the reason we were winning. It just didn't work out in Game 7. I thought it was superstition to have good ribs."

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Royals recall Fuentes, option Gore to Double-A

Royals recall Fuentes, option Gore to Double-A

KANSAS CITY -- When the Royals called up outfielder Reymond Fuentes on Friday and optioned Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, the immediate question from fans was: Why not just call Fuentes up three days ago when Gore was promoted instead to replace the injured Alex Rios on the roster?

Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that the club wanted a pinch-runner for the Minnesota series and then agreed to re-evaluate the situation for the next series.

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Cain's home run, 3 RBIs can't slow Twins

Cain's home run, 3 RBIs can't slow Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas and Kurt Suzuki both connected on two-run homers, while Joe Mauer added three RBIs to help lead the Twins to an 8-5 win over the Royals on Thursday afternoon at Target Field. It gave the Minnesota its first series win of the season, and handed Kansas City a second straight loss after a 7-0 start.

Left-hander Tommy Milone improved to 2-0, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. He served up a two-run homer to Lorenzo Cain in the first, but Milone settled in after that. The Royals scored their third run off Milone in the third on an RBI double from Salvador Perez to score Cain.

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