Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez pitched six strong innings as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings.

Rain began shortly after the game started and stayed steady throughout. Then with the Royals about to bat in the sixth, crew chief Brian Gorman signaled for the tarp. The forecast was for rain to continue steadily throughout the night and through Sunday.

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Volquez trusts in Salvy to escape tight spot

Volquez trusts in Salvy to escape tight spot

KANSAS CITY -- When the Royals jumped ahead of the Cardinals on Alex Gordon's homer in the second inning, right-hander Edinson Volquez's mindset changed immediately.

"I started to hurry a little bit," Volquez said. "I knew the rain was coming and I was trying to get past the fifth inning."

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Moose day to day with bruised left clavicle

Moose day to day with bruised left clavicle

KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cardinals prior to the bottom of the fifth inning and was replaced by Christian Colon.

Club officials indicated that Moustakas exited with a left clavicle contusion, but manager Ned Yost didn't seem too concerned about his third baseman missing much time.

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Ventura, Royals looking to sweep rival Cards

Ventura, Royals looking to sweep rival Cards

The Royals will give the ball to right-hander Yordano Ventura (3-3, 4.56 ERA) against undefeated Cardinals righty Michael Wacha (6-0, 2.13) in the I-70 Series finale on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Wacha has been exactly what the Cardinals have needed with a season-ending injury to ace Adam Wainwright. Wacha is the one of three National League pitchers with six wins, and the only of the three without a loss. Wacha will face a Royals lineup that has scored 24 runs on 43 hits during a five-game winning streak.

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Royals Minor League report: May 23

Royals Minor League report: May 23

Omaha Storm Chasers (21-22)

Omaha 7, Reno 1
WP: Andy Ferguson (1-1 with Omaha, 5-1 overall)
SV: Buddy Baumann (2)
HR: Brett Eibner (5), Dusty Coleman (1 with Omaha, 3 overall)

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Royals facing decision between Butera, Kratz

Royals facing decision between Butera, Kratz

KANSAS CITY -- Two weeks ago, the Royals were fairly adamant that Erik Kratz was their backup catcher, even with the acquisition of veteran Drew Butera.

Now, however, Butera's defensive play has created some discussion about whether that is still true.

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Young making case to stay in Royals' rotation

Young making case to stay in Royals' rotation

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Chris Young made his fourth straight sensational start, lowering his ERA to 0.78 with six scoreless innings in helping the Royals to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.

At some point, however, Young could be sent back to the bullpen when left-hander Jason Vargas gets healthy and if and when Danny Duffy overcomes his recent struggles.

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Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Chris Young continued his amazing stretch as a fill-in starter with six shutout innings, and Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Royals cruised to a 5-0 win over the cross-state rival Cardinals in the I-70 Series opener on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals now have won four straight and six of seven, and they also now own the best record in baseball at 27-14.

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Kendrys powerful addition to Royals' lineup

Kendrys powerful addition to Royals' lineup

KANSAS CITY -- As soon as Kendrys Morales made contact with the pitch from Cardinals righty Lance Lynn in the first inning, he knew the 408-foot shot was gone, well before it landed over the right-field fence for a three-run homer to set the tone for a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.

Morales knew the second one was gone, too.

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Statcast adds new depth to FOX broadcasts

Data tracks Royals' key inning-ending double play, second of Napoli's two homers

Statcast adds new depth to FOX broadcasts

FOX's primetime games on Saturday took on an entirely new look as the network incorporated Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology was available during the Royals' rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 5 1/2 innings, as well as the Red Sox's 8-3 win over the Angels.

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Duffy's start pushed back due to stiff shoulder

Duffy's start pushed back due to stiff shoulder

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will be skipped in the rotation on Saturday after discovering some stiffness in his shoulder while warming up for a bullpen session on Thursday.

"I was playing catch a couple of days ago and as I was getting out in front of my motion [the shoulder] felt a little stale," Duffy said. "And yesterday as I got through warming up, it just grabbed a little bit. Felt like I needed a little WD-40 in there."

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Herzog honored before renewal of I-70 Series

Herzog honored before renewal of I-70 Series

KANSAS CITY -- While the Royals and the Cardinals entered Friday night's I-70 Series opener leading their respective divisions for the first time in 18 years of Interleague Play, the history runs deeper for one man cherished by both clubs.

Whitey Herzog, the Hall of Fame manager who led Kansas City to three straight playoff appearances from 1976-78 and guided St. Louis to a World Series win in '82, was honored during a pregame ceremony on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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Every day is October for team-first Royals

After tasting playoffs last season, 2015 squad taking 'win-every-game' approach

Every day is October for team-first Royals

KANSAS CITY -- If you want to know why the Royals just set a franchise record for most wins (26) during the first 40 games of a season, look no further than their commitment to winning each and every night.

It may sound simplistic, but the Royals are approaching games in April and May as if those games were in October -- a mindset this team didn't have in past years.

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Guthrie, Royals ease to victory over Reds

Guthrie, Royals ease to victory over Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie tossed six shutout innings and Eric Hosmer scored twice and drove in a run as the Royals took a 7-1 win over the Reds on Wednesday night in front of 30,450 at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. He helped extend the Royals' scoreless-innings streak to 24, which tied a franchise record set in 1976. The streak ended in the seventh, when Ryan Madson gave up an RBI double to Brandon Phillips.

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Gordon adds to list of wall-crashing grabs

Gordon adds to list of wall-crashing grabs

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's wall-crashing catches have become so famous that even one of his young sons is imitating them at home.

"My little boy always does it," Gordon said. "He says 'Hey, here goes Alex Gordon,' and he runs into the wall. ... He does it just like daddy. He runs into the wall, falls down and lays there for about 10 seconds."

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Royals Minor League report: May 21

Royals Minor League report: May 21

Omaha Storm Chasers (19-22)

Omaha 9, Reno 6
WP: Aaron Brooks (3-3)
SV: Michael Mariot (1)
HR: Matt Fields (3)

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Guthrie comes up big in big spots vs. Reds

Guthrie comes up big in big spots vs. Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie doesn't get a ton of strikeouts.

Guthrie only got three on Wednesday while pitching six shutout innings in the Royals' 7-1 win over the Reds.

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Mueller-Hinton 'thrilled' to be Royals' bat girl

KANSAS CITY -- Michelle Mueller-Hinton woke up early Wednesday morning, well before the 7:10 p.m. CT series finale between the Royals and the Reds, and thought to herself, "It's finally here."

Mueller-Hinton served as the Royals' 2015 Honorary Bat Girl -- an honor she received after her story battling breast cancer won the Kansas City club's contest.

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Holland good to go after stiff neck improves

Holland good to go after stiff neck improves

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost said that closer Greg Holland, recovering from a stiff neck, is good to go again.

Holland, too, confirmed that prognosis.

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Ventura outduels Cueto as Royals blank Reds

Ventura outduels Cueto as Royals blank Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura silenced the Reds on four hits through seven shutout innings, and Mike Moustakas delivered two RBI doubles in a 3-0 win on a rainy Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura needed just 88 pitches to get through seven. He walked none and struck out six. More >

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Phil Rogers

Royals force changing of the guard in Central

Using momentum from last season's breakout, KC grabbing control of division

Royals force changing of the guard in Central

This is a new era in the American League Central.

As tempting as it has been to cling to the premise that the Tigers are the powerhouse, that they will eventually come out of hibernation to win a fifth consecutive title because that's what they always do, the reality is that ship has sailed.

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Ventura adds more zeros for Royals' rotation

Ventura adds more zeros for Royals' rotation

KANSAS CITY -- The once shaky Royals rotation now has offered up back-to-back scoreless performances for the first time since Sept. 29-30 of 1992.

Both of those in 1992, by the way, were shutouts authored by Dennis Rasmussen and Rick Reed.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Slow rise to bigs for KC's speedy Orlando

Outfielder had success in Minors before debuting in Majors this season

Slow rise to bigs for KC's speedy Orlando

Kansas City Royals right-handed-hitting outfielder Paulo Orlando was quite an athlete growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He loved to play soccer. He was active in track and field. And even though it wasn't a major sport in the country in his formative years, Orlando loved baseball, which he played on weekends.

Chicago White Sox Cuban scout Orlando Santana saw Orlando during a tournament. That helped launch Orlando on his way to a career as a big league baseball player. The scout saw Orlando as a "triples machine." The White Sox signed him as an international free agent in 2005. Knowing little about the fine points of playing baseball, Orlando refined his skills and learned the nuances of the game after he turned professional.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

KANSAS CITY -- Fourteen-year veteran Rafael Furcal retired suddenly on Monday night, moments before he was to be promoted to Triple-A Omaha.

Furcal, who had recently been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, has been dealing with a hamstring and back issue and informed the Royals that he was considering "shutting it down."

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As Moustakas evolves, a shift in impressions

Royals third baseman's commitment to driving ball to opposite field has paid off

As Moustakas evolves, a shift in impressions

KANSAS CITY -- The past few springs, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas used to hate looking at the scoreboard when he came to the plate.

There in giant numbers read his average -- .174, .165, .182, whatever it happened to be on a particular day. But Moustakas forced himself to look at it.

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Greatness from Volquez nothing new for KC

Righty holds Yankees to three hits over seven scoreless innings

Greatness from Volquez nothing new for KC

KANSAS CITY -- It is getting to the point with right-hander Edinson Volquez that Royals manager Ned Yost can't even distinguish one great outing from another.

After Volquez silenced the Yankees on Sunday with seven shutout innings, Yost was asked if that was the best Volquez had looked this season.

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