Ventura goes distance in loss to Rangers

Ventura goes distance in loss to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was the deciding factor in a superb pitching duel between teammate Cole Hamels and Royals starter Yordano Ventura.

Moreland smashed two solo home runs off Ventura, the second one coming with one out in the eighth inning, to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Thursday night. Moreland also hit one in the fifth inning, registering the 10th multi-homer game of his career.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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

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Mondesi remains atop Royals' Top 30 prospects

Dozier, Bonifacio round out top three on newly updated list

Mondesi remains atop Royals' Top 30 prospects

ARLINGTON -- It is no surprise that talented 21-year-old infielder Raul Mondesi has remained atop the revised Top 30 list of Royals prospects by MLBPipeline.com.

Mondesi was promoted to the big-league club on Tuesday, and had two hits to help lead the Royals to a comeback victory on Wednesday.

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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.

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Richard Justice

The 5 toughest 'buy or sell' dilemmas

Royals, Yankees, Mariners, White Sox, Rockies have decisions to make before Trade Deadline

The 5 toughest 'buy or sell' dilemmas

No general manager faces a tougher couple of days than Dayton Moore of the Royals. He has a team on the fringe of the postseason race and veteran players who might bring a bounty of young talent.

Buy or sell?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura troubled by HRs in tough-luck loss

Royals righty throws complete game, allowing three runs, all solo homers

Ventura troubled by HRs in tough-luck loss

ARLINGTON -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura had it all working. His fastball was lively and topping out at 98 mph. His curveball and changeup were down in the zone and puzzled hitters' timing.

Ventura allowed just four hits in authoring the first complete game of his career against the Rangers on Thursday night. But it wasn't enough. Ventura allowed three home runs and that was more than the soft Royals offense could overcome in another painful 3-2 loss.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

GM Moore ponders future for Royals

Defending World Series champs have lost 20 of the past 31 games

GM Moore ponders future for Royals

The Kansas City Royals are coming off back-to-back American League championships, having won their first World Series championship in 30 years last October. They have control of the bulk of their roster through at least 2017, and for the first two and a half months of this season, they appeared primed to take a shot at becoming the first team in this century to win back-to-back World Series titles.

And then came a 39-day stretch that has seen Kansas City fall from contention in the AL Central. The Royals woke up Thursday having lost 20 of their past 31 games. They have seen a half-game deficit to the Indians expand to 8 1/2, and have fallen behind the Tigers and White Sox not only in the division, but also in an AL Wild Card race, where there are five teams ahead of them.

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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.

Hochevar shows signs of neurological disorder

Right-hander placed on DL; Pounders recalled to Royals

Hochevar shows signs of neurological disorder

ARLINGTON -- Royals reliever Luke Hochevar was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, and right-hander Brooks Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

Royals manager Ned Yost said the team believes Hochevar has shown signs of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a condition that compresses nerves and blood flow in the upper body that causes pain and numbness.

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

Volquez squares off against Griffin, former team

Volquez squares off against Griffin, former team

For the second straight game, the Rangers and Royals will send out starting pitchers who matched up less than a week ago, as they meet for the second of a four-game set Friday night at Globe Life Park at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin and Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez each picked up a no-decision last Sunday when the Rangers won the rubber match of the three-game series in Kansas City.

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

Rangers' opener vs. Royals delayed due to rain

Rangers' opener vs. Royals delayed due to rain

ARLINGTON -- Thursday night's game between the Rangers and Royals at Globe Life Park has been delayed due to weather and will not start at its scheduled time of 7:05 p.m. CT.

The game is expected to get underway at 7:40 p.m.

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

Mondesi's first career hit highlights 4-run rally

Mondesi's first career hit highlights 4-run rally

KANSAS CITY -- Royals rookie Raul Mondesi has another reason to remember his first Major League hit -- it helped win a game on his 21st birthday.

Mondesi's bunt single helped trigger a four-run seventh that rallied the Royals to a 7-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday night, snapping their four-game losing streak. The Angels played the game under protest because of what manager Mike Scioscia believed was a misinterpretation of the rules on Mondesi's eventual hit.

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

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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21 fun salute: Mondesi excels in birthday win

Royals rookie bunts for first career hit in four-run rally

21 fun salute: Mondesi excels in birthday win

KANSAS CITY -- Raul Mondesi's first Major League hit probably won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Celebrating his 21st birthday during the Royals 7-5 series-finale win over the Angels, Mondesi squared down a bunt, and gunned it to first. By the time the dust settled on the wild play, Mondesi was standing at third and the Royals had come back from an early 3-1 deficit to tie the score at 3.

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Scott Chasen 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.

Yost calls team meeting to ease anxiety

Royals' recent struggles, trade rumors cause frustration

Yost calls team meeting to ease anxiety

KANSAS CITY -- With the defending World Series champion Royals fading fast from playoff contention, manager Ned Yost held a team meeting prior to Wednesday's series finale with the Angels.

Yost would not reveal what was discussed in the meeting.

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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 focused on turnaround, not Deadline

Offense manages just 3 hits against Angels in fourth straight loss

Royals focused on turnaround, not Deadline

KANSAS CITY -- As the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches on Monday, the Royals are moving in the wrong direction. They fell to 3-8 after the All-Star break after Tuesday night's 13-0 loss to the Angels.

Kansas City, which has dropped four straight, hasn't won consecutive games since June 29-30 and has gone more than a month since winning a series of three or more games. And while the losses pile up, there hasn't been just one thing to correct.

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Scott Chasen 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.

MLB denies Angels' appeal vs. Royals

MLB denies Angels' appeal vs. Royals

Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre has denied the Los Angeles Angels' formal protest in regards to their loss Wednesday to the Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia filed the protest following Wednesday's game because of a non-interference call in the seventh inning. He argued Royals infielder Raul Mondesi Jr. was inside the baseline while running out a bunted ball, which caused a throwing error by Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker. Two runs scored on the play and the Royals ultimately won, 7-5.

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

Royals getting to see Mondesi in big leagues

Club calls up No. 1 prospect to play second base, options Merrifield to Triple-A

Royals getting to see Mondesi in big leagues

KANSAS CITY -- Back in Spring Training, Royals general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost had several discussions about infielder Raul Mondesi, the team's No. 1 prospect.

Those talks centered on the proper time to launch Mondesi's big league career. That time came in Tuesday night's 13-0 loss to the Angels as Mondesi made his regular season debut, going hitless in three at-bats. He also made an error and started a double play.

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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 run over in rematch against Angels

Royals get run over in rematch against Angels

KANSAS CITY -- Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs' welcome back to the big leagues couldn't have gone any better.

And his matchup couldn't have been any more favorable. Skaggs, in his first Major League appearance since July 31, 2014, threw seven shutout innings as the Angels cruised to a 13-0 win over the free-falling Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Angels matched a season high with 22 hits.

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

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perez HR lone spark in Royals' loss to Angels

Perez HR lone spark in Royals' loss to Angels

KANSAS CITY -- Angels left-hander Hector Santiago loves facing the Royals more than any team in baseball, as evidenced by his 1.70 career ERA against them entering Monday's game.

Facing a Royals teams mired in a dreadful slump would seem almost unfair. Santiago held the Royals to two runs through 5 1/3 innings and Albert Pujols drove in four runs with three hits as the Angels cruised to a 6-2 win.

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

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First-inning woes prove problematic for Royals

First-inning woes prove problematic for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- For the first time since July 8, the Royals did not surrender a home run to an opponent. But even with one problem subsiding, another remained. This season, the Royals have given up more runs in the first inning than any other, a problem that continued on Monday.

Right-hander Ian Kennedy gave up just four runs in his start, but all four came in the first inning. That early damage proved pivotal, as the Royals fell, 6-2, dropping to two games below .500.

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Scott Chasen 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.

Moore, KC face difficult Deadline decisions

Moore, KC face difficult Deadline decisions

KANSAS CITY -- As the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline looms for the Royals, general manager Dayton Moore said he and his staff are preparing on both fronts -- as sellers or buyers.

The defending World Series champion Royals have put Moore in that kind of limbo with a lackluster stretch in which they have not won back-to-back games since June 29-30.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dozier among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 4 prospect goes 4-for-4 in a twin bill sweep for Class A South Bend

Dozier among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Cubs prospects shined at the Class A level on Monday, helping propel the South Bend Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of Peoria.

Eloy Jimenez -- Chicago's No. 4 prospect -- and Eddy Martinez (Cubs' No. 13) each contributed big offensive performances against the Chiefs.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morales' bat gets going, but he, KC can't capitalize

Slugger reaches 4 times, but tagged out twice as Royals held to his solo homer

Morales' bat gets going, but he, KC can't capitalize

KANSAS CITY -- While the Royals are known for their "keep the line moving" offensive mentality, their struggles have come in a similar fashion.

Despite getting the leadoff man on five times Sunday, the Royals managed to tally only a run on Kendrys Morales' homer in their 2-1 loss to the Rangers. They ended up stranding seven runners on base, making the last out of the game with runners on first and second.

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Scott Chasen 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.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Royals weighing offers for Davis, Volquez

Royals weighing offers for Davis, Volquez

The New York Yankees, who have dominated industry chatter about the bullpen market for weeks, have traded hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. They did so after entering Monday with a 7.7 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to FanGraphs.com.

What, then, will become of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals … and their closer, Wade Davis?

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

Hochevar allows go-ahead HR, KC falls under .500

Hochevar allows go-ahead HR, KC falls under .500

KANSAS CITY -- Home runs continue to be a problem for the Royals.

After a solid start by right-hander Edinson Volquez on Sunday, Kansas City turned the ball over to Luke Hochevar in the seventh, and for the second straight day, the Royals' bullpen wasn't able to get the job done. Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead homer to left-center field, and the Rangers held on for 2-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have now given up at least one home run in 11 straight games.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' bats aren't fine enough in 9th vs. Rangers

Royals' bats aren't fine enough in 9th vs. Rangers

KANSAS CITY -- No. 1 starter Cole Hamels is doing his part to keep the Rangers afloat while they try to figure out about the rest of the rotation.

With trade rumors flying everywhere, the Rangers' big acquisition from last season won for the second time since the All-Star break in a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Saturday night. Hamels had to battle the heat to get through 5 1/3 innings, but he gave up just one run and now has the only two wins for the club since the break.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura says he's OK despite rib contustion

Royals right-hander struck by ground ball, exits after 5 innings

Ventura says he's OK despite rib contustion

KANSAS CITY -- After being struck in the ribs by a ground ball, Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Rangers. The club announced Ventura is day to day with a right rib contusion and X-rays were negative.

Ventura said he expects to be fine moving forward.

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Scott Chasen 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.

Vargas progressing with sim game for Royals

Minor throws bullpen session as pitchers work toward rehab stints

Vargas progressing with sim game for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Saturday, as he continues to build up after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2015.

Vargas is working toward a potential rehab assignment and, barring any setbacks, he could potentially return to the club in September. For that to happen, the rehab assignment would likely need to begin over the next couple of weeks.

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Scott Chasen 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.

Mondesi, Skoglund among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Mondesi, Skoglund among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy flusters Rangers as Royals strike early

Duffy flusters Rangers as Royals strike early

KANSAS CITY -- Royals starter Danny Duffy has been on a roll lately and it has been the reverse for the Rangers. Both trends continued on a hot Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Duffy yielded one run in 6 2/3 strong innings to win his fifth straight decision in the Royals' 3-1 victory in the series opener. The American League West-leading Rangers have now lost 15 of its last 19 games, while Kansas City moved to 8 games back of the first-place Indians in the AL Central.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy is Royals' stopper with emotional outing

Lefty logs 6 2/3 strong innings, dedicates game to his young friend

Duffy is Royals' stopper with emotional outing

KANSAS CITY-- As Royals starter Danny Duffy took the mound for the series opener against the Rangers on Friday night, there was more on his mind than the performance ahead. About a week earlier, Duffy said he had learned that Liam Shipley, a child he had met just a month ago, had died after a battle with Leukemia.

With thoughts of Shipley on his mind, Duffy logged 6 2/3 strong innings in a 3-1 win over the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. After the game, Duffy made sure to note that he was dedicating that outing to Shipley.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter with MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.