Moustakas' 37th homer sets new Royals record

Balboni had held club record since 1985

Moustakas' 37th homer sets new Royals record

TORONTO -- Mike Moustakas launched his 37th home run of 2017 on Wednesday night, making him the new all-time record holder for home runs by a Kansas City Royals player in a single season.

Moustakas surpassed Steve Balboni, who hit 36 for the Royals in 1985. After racing out to 25 home runs by the All-Star break, Moustakas finally reached 36 on Sept. 1 against the Twins and has been chasing the record for the past 15 games.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Q&A: Former Royal Balboni on career, Moose

Q&A: Former Royal Balboni on career, Moose

Nearly 27 years old, after spending minimal parts of three seasons in the Majors with the Yankees, Steve Balboni was traded to the Royals prior to the 1984 season for pitcher Mike Armstrong.

There was one purpose in acquiring Balboni -- the Royals wanted a legitimate home-run hitter. Royals Stadium was far from a home-run park, but Balboni fit the bill.

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

Moore stands by philosophy of KC's strategy

Royals GM offers perspective regarding decision to not sell at Deadline

Moore stands by philosophy of KC's strategy

KANSAS CITY -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore knows the question will be coming if his team doesn't make a miraculous run down the stretch: Why didn't you sell at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, considering all of Kansas City's pending free agents?

"It's a fair question," Moore told MLB.com. "Those are good questions, and they should be asked. But where were we on July 30?"

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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.

Gordon's HR sets new MLB single-season mark

Royals' Gordon clubs 5,694th dinger of year, passing mark set in 2000

Gordon's HR sets new MLB single-season mark

Baseball's single-season record for total home runs was rewritten Tuesday.

Tigers outfielder Alex Presley's fifth-inning homer off Daniel Gossett of the A's tied the Major League record for total home runs at 5,693, originally set during the 2000 season, and Royals left fielder Alex Gordon's eighth-inning dinger off Blue Jays right-hander Ryan Tepera soon after set the new standard -- with 12 days remaining in the regular season.

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Kennedy undone late in start; KC falls to Jays

Kennedy undone late in start; KC falls to Jays

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman pitched another gem on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, as the Blue Jays handed the Royals a 5-2 loss, making Kansas City's path to an American League Wild Card spot even more difficult.

The Royals remain 4 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot despite losing, thanks to the Yankees beating Minnesota.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Royals on Tuesday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Kennedy's shoulder feels good for stretch run

Right-hander returns to rotation by allowing two runs over five-plus innings in Toronto

Kennedy's shoulder feels good for stretch run

TORONTO -- Ian Kennedy put to rest any questions about his shoulder on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre during the Royals' 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander threw five scoreless innings before allowing a two-run home run in the sixth that ended his night. Kennedy allowed three hits, two in the sixth, over his five-plus innings.

"I felt much better. There were some times where I'd get a little rusty here and there. I think I tried doing too much on two-strike counts, but all in all, it felt good arm-wise, and I felt like I was on top of most of my pitches."

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What's in store for the Royals' rotation?

Beat reporter Jeff Flanagan answers fans' questions

Inbox: What's in store for the Royals' rotation?

KANSAS CITY -- With 13 games to go, the Royals remain on the outer edge of postseason contention.

Kansas City is five games behind Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card spot, and realistically the Royals can't afford to lose more than two or three games if they are to avoid elimination.

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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 'at home on mound' in return from DL

Pitch count intact, starter fans eight over five frames vs. Cleveland

Duffy 'at home on mound' in return from DL

CLEVELAND --- In his first start since Aug. 22, one might have expected Royals left-hander Danny Duffy to show some rust.

Nope.

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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.

Moss rallies late, but KC comes up short

Moss rallies late, but KC comes up short

CLEVELAND -- What was official on Saturday was celebrated the next day as the newly crowned American League Central champion Indians took care of business in a 3-2 win over the Royals at Progressive Field on Sunday. Ace Corey Kluber spun yet another gem, and the Indians celebrated their accomplishment with the long-awaited champagne showers in the clubhouse.

Although Cleveland clinched the division late the night before, when the Twins lost to the Blue Jays, Sunday was the culmination of a successful regular season. The loss also pushed the Royals to five games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Indians on Sunday.

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

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Royals can't recover from Indians' 4-run 6th

Royals can't recover from Indians' 4-run 6th

CLEVELAND -- Thanks to more clutch hitting from Francisco Lindor, the Indians rolled to an 8-4 win over the Royals on Saturday at Progressive Field.

When the Blue Jays beat the Twins later on Saturday, Cleveland clinched its second straight American League Central title. Kansas City remains four games behind Minnesota for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib.

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

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Whit uses swim move to avoid tag at second

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Whit uses swim move to avoid tag at second

Whit Merrifield is no stranger to swiping bags. He has 30 stolen bases this season -- including one on Saturday during the Royals-Indians matchup that'll leave you impressed.

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Hammel laments pitch to Lindor in pivotal 6th

Right-hander yields big two-run double in loss to Indians

Hammel laments pitch to Lindor in pivotal 6th

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Jason Hammel will be haunted by one pitch in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.

Hammel had grinded through his start and had kept the Royals within, 3-2, with two out in the sixth. Red-hot Francisco Lindor came up with runners at the corners.

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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.

Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?

Lefty impressive against Tribe in earning first career save

Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?

CLEVELAND -- What Royals fans saw out of left-hander Mike Minor in a closer's role in the 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night had to make more than a few wonder: With that type of electric stuff, could Minor become a full-time closer?

Minor struck out the side for his first career save, ending the Tribe's American League-record 22-game win streak. And he did so impressively with a four-seam fastball that touched 97 mph, and a cutter in the 89-90 range that appeared unhittable.

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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.

Streak busters: Cain's single helps lift Royals

Streak busters: Cain's single helps lift Royals

CLEVELAND -- Before the Indians captured the American League Central title a year ago, and emerged as the division leader again this season, the Royals wore the crown. Kansas City has long been a thorn in the Tribe's side, so it seemed fitting that it would be the Royals to finally end The Streak.

With a 4-3 victory on Friday night, the Royals halted the Indians' AL-record run of 22 consecutive wins. Lorenzo Cain, Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar accounted for enough offense and Mike Minor recorded his first career save to hand the Tribe its first loss since Aug. 23. It also ended the Indians' pursuit of the 1916 New York Giants' MLB-record 26-game winning streak.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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

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Royals take pride in ending Tribe's record run

Royals take pride in ending Tribe's record run

CLEVELAND -- With the Royals clinging to a one-run lead with two out and the potential tying run on first in the ninth inning, Indians leadoff man Francisco Lindor stepped to the plate on Friday night at Progressive Field.

It was the same situation as the night before when Lindor doubled in the tying run and the Indians went on to win in the 10th.

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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.

Bullpen can't deny Indians for solid Junis

Bullpen can't deny Indians for solid Junis

CLEVELAND -- Jay Bruce did all he could to stay on his feet as his teammates doused him in water and baby powder while pulling at his jersey in an historic mob scene on Thursday night. The Royals put up an admirable fight, but the veteran outfielder delivered the knockout blow that kept the Indians' incredible streak going.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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

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Quick decision in left doesn't go Royals' way

Gordon goes for catch at the wall, but ball -- and game -- eludes Herrera and Co.

Quick decision in left doesn't go Royals' way

CLEVELAND -- Royals closer Kelvin Herrera was within one strike of ending the Indians' winning streak at 21 games Thursday night at Progressive Field.

But a 2-2 pitch to Francisco Lindor with two outs and pinch-runner Erik Gonzalez on first was about two inches lower than he wanted it. Herrera wanted to go up and away, but the two-seamer sank back down where Lindor could reach it, and he shot a fly ball toward the left-field corner.

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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.

Moose pushes through pain for playoff push

Moose pushes through pain for playoff push

CLEVELAND -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been hobbled by a right knee injury for weeks, but he continues to grind his way through the discomfort and play regularly.

Moustakas said he does so for one reason: His teammates.

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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.

KC rallies late, but WC hopes take hit

KC rallies late, but WC hopes take hit

KANSAS CITY -- Jose Abreu drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, scoring Tim Anderson, and Avisail Garcia added insurance with an RBI single as the White Sox held off the Royals, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Anderson singled with one out in the ninth, went to second on a wild pitch from left-hander Scott Alexander and scored when Abreu lined out to center.

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

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City who covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

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Royals 'pen has bite despite needing rest

After Skoglund's short start vs. White Sox, McCarthy stands out with three scoreless frames

Royals 'pen has bite despite needing rest

KANSAS CITY -- What the Royals really needed with a depleted bullpen on Wednesday was some length from starter Eric Skoglund.

They didn't get it, as Skoglund went just three innings.

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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.

Dream team: Morin records K in KC debut

Kansas native was originally drafted by Royals in 2009

Dream team: Morin records K in KC debut

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Mike Morin fulfilled a lifelong dream when he arrived in the Royals clubhouse on Wednesday morning.

Morin, who was claimed off waivers from the Angels on Tuesday, grew up in nearby Overland Park, Kan., and he was a big Royals fan.

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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.

Moss powers WC-seeking Royals to grand win

Moss powers WC-seeking Royals to grand win

KANSAS CITY -- Brandon Moss blasted a grand slam in the first inning, and left-hander Scott Alexander escaped a major jam in the ninth as the Royals held on for a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Alexander escaped a first-and-third, no-out jam in the ninth by getting a strikeout, a popout and a groundout for his fourth career save.

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

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

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Great escape: Alexander dodges trouble in 9th

Great escape: Alexander dodges trouble in 9th

KANSAS CITY -- For the first time in his career, left-hander Scott Alexander got a save opportunity with a clean inning, trying to protect a 4-3 Royals lead over the White Sox in the ninth Tuesday.

Alexander's three previous saves each came in emergency fashion, including one in which he took over for an injured Kelvin Herrera in the middle of an at-bat with the potential tying and go-ahead runners on base. The stress level in each situation was off the charts, but Alexander came through.

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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 release 2018 schedule

Kansas City opens slate at home vs. White Sox on March 29

Royals release 2018 schedule

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will open the 2018 season at Kauffman Stadium against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29, the league announced Tuesday.

Royals' 2018 schedule

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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 claim RHP Morin, designate Garcia

Overland Park native pitched for Angels past four seasons

Royals claim RHP Morin, designate Garcia

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Tuesday claimed right-hander Mike Morin from the Angels and designated left-hander Onelki Garcia for assignment.

The Royals originally drafted Morin in the 40th round in 2009. He went to the University of North Carolina instead and the Angels drafted him in the 13th round in 2012.

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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.

Hammel: Royals need to forget tough night

Right-hander lasts just 3 1/3 frames in loss to White Sox

Hammel: Royals need to forget tough night

KANSAS CITY -- No one was more puzzled by his outing on Monday night against the White Sox than Royals right-hander Jason Hammel.

Hammel had been the Royals' most consistent starter for months, going at least six innings in eight of his previous nine starts and at least five innings in 18 straight starts.

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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 slip against Sox, fall in Wild Card race

Royals slip against Sox, fall in Wild Card race

KANSAS CITY -- Jose Abreu had the seventh four-hit game of his career, Yoan Moncada had his first career three-hit game, and the White Sox belted out 17 hits on their way to an 11-3 rout of the Royals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals fell three games behind the idle Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Monday.

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Royals, White Sox remember heroes on 9/11

Royals, White Sox remember heroes on 9/11

KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox and Royals moved up their batting practice schedules on Monday for an extremely important reason. On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the date was marked at Kauffman Stadium by pregame ceremonies that included a moment of silence and the "We Shall Not Forget" silhouetted batter ribbon.

All on-field personnel -- including players, coaches and umpires -- wore caps with a side patch of an American flag, and proceeds from the sales of those caps will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Pentagon Memorial and the Flight 93 Memorial.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.