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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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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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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Volquez aims for continued success vs. Astros

Volquez aims for continued success vs. Astros

Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez will square off against Astros righty Vincent Velasquez on Wednesday when the three-game series between American League division leaders wraps up at Minute Maid Park.

The Royals have won nine of the last 10 games that Volquez has started, and he's 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA.

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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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Five Royals lead the way on latest ASG ballot

Five Royals lead the way on latest ASG ballot

KANSAS CITY -- Five Royals -- catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, second baseman Omar Infante, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon -- remain the top vote-getters on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at their positions for the 2015 All-Star Game heading into the final days of voting.

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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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Royals Minor League Report: June 28

Omaha Storm Chasers (40-36)

Omaha 4, Round Rock 0
WP: John Lamb (8-1)
HR: None

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Yost, Royals again off and running

Skipper has helped ensure zero letdown for reigning AL champs

Yost, Royals again off and running

OAKLAND -- Royals manager Ned Yost has that Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox humility down to a T.

"Sometimes I feel stupid," said Yost, a longtime member of Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta. "Sometimes I go a whole game without giving a sign. These guys are athletic. They know how to play the game. They know when to do what needs to be done."

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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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Fore! Moustakas aces hole at Pebble Beach

Fore! Moustakas aces hole at Pebble Beach

OAKLAND -- It has been quite a year for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

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Volquez grabs 1,000th career strikeout in win

Right-hander fans three and allows just one run over seven innings

Volquez grabs 1,000th career strikeout in win

OAKLAND -- In his last start, Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez didn't strike out a batter for just the third time in his career.

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Herrera shrugs off boo-birds in Oakland

Right-hander spins clean eighth, striking out one in Friday's win

Herrera shrugs off boo-birds in Oakland

OAKLAND -- The loudest boos of Friday's 5-2 Royals win were saved for Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera.

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Sharp Volquez, 2 Royals homers sink A's

Sharp Volquez, 2 Royals homers sink A's

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven strong innings, and Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon each homered, as the Royals held off the Oakland A's, 5-2, on Friday night.

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If tensions rise, Butler would play peacemaker

If tensions rise, Butler would play peacemaker

OAKLAND -- The last time the Royals and A's met, former Royal and current A's designated hitter Billy Butler was put in an awkward spot.

When the benches cleared more than once in that tension-filled series, Butler wasn't quite sure how to react. He wasn't about to leap in and start swinging at his old teammates, players he still calls friends. But he couldn't back down, either, and lose the trust of his new teammates.

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KC's Mondesi, Cuthbert named to Futures Game

Royals prospects selected to World Team roster for July 12 exhibition

KC's Mondesi, Cuthbert named to Futures Game

KANSAS CITY -- Prospects Raul Mondesi and Cheslor Cuthbert are slated to represent the Royals in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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