After duel, Volquez hard-luck loser vs. Price

After duel, Volquez hard-luck loser vs. Price

KANSAS CITY -- In his first start since serving a five-game suspension, Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez was solid again.

It just so happened he went up against Detroit's David Price, who was even better. Vargas threw six strong innings, but in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

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Volquez's strong return not enough vs. Tigers

Volquez's strong return not enough vs. Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Detroit left-hander David Price threw a complete-game five-hitter to earn his third win of the year as the Tigers beat the Royals, 2-1, on Saturday night in front of 38,692 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Price lost his shutout when Lorenzo Cain hit a home run with two outs in the ninth. He didn't walk a hitter and struck out three.

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Young headed back to 'pen after strong start

Yost won't have short hook with Vargas, Guthrie

Young headed back to 'pen after strong start

KANSAS CITY -- Any Royals fans clamoring for manager Ned Yost to put Chris Young in the rotation will just have to wait.

Yost won't have a short hook with No. 4 starter Jason Vargas or No. 5 starter Jeremy Guthrie.

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Royals Minor League report: May 2

Royals Minor League report: May 2

Omaha Storm Chasers (11-11)

Colorado Springs 4, Omaha 2
LP: Clayton Mortensen (2-2)
HR: Lane Adams (3)

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Guthrie, Royals try to take series vs. Sanchez, Tigers

Guthrie, Royals try to take series vs. Sanchez, Tigers

Anibal Sanchez missed out on the home stretch of the American League Central race between the Tigers and Royals last year, sidelined for a month and a half by a pectoral muscle strain. The Royals didn't exactly miss him.

Now that the division race is on again, he's back to take his spot as a Royal pain. His next two outings will be against the Royals, starting Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, with a rematch scheduled next Saturday at Comerica Park. A win Sunday would split the four-game series.

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Holland on target, feels good after sim game

Closer expects to be ready by Tuesday when eligible to come off DL

Holland on target, feels good after sim game

KANSAS CITY -- Royals closer Greg Holland threw a simulated game Saturday and reported all went well.

Holland, on the disabled list because of a pectoral strain, said his command was good.

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Alex Gordon Classic benefits cancer research

Royals outfielder hosts youth tournament in support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex Gordon Classic benefits cancer research

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon worked late at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night, but turning off the alarm clock and sleeping in Saturday morning simply wasn't an option.

The Royals' Gold Glove left fielder had an important 10:35 a.m. appointment to support a cause that is near and dear to his heart. Right on schedule, Gordon arrived at the Mid-America Sports Complex in suburban Johnson County to salute a cluster of wide-eyed youth baseball players who have gathered for the inaugural Alex Gordon Classic. which is raising funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer.

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Royals lose no-hit bid in 8th, but tame Tigers

Royals lose no-hit bid in 8th, but tame Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Royals spot starter Chris Young tossed five innings of no-hit ball, and the bullpen kept the no-no going for seven innings before the Tigers' Nick Castellanos singled in the eighth, but Kansas City held on for a 4-1 victory on Friday night in front of 38,186 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Castellanos broke up the combined no-hitter with a line-drive single to left off reliever Kelvin Herrera.

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Herrera wins fierce battle in 8th against Miggy

Herrera wins fierce battle in 8th against Miggy

KANSAS CITY -- The long-anticipated championship boxing match isn't until Saturday night in Las Vegas. The heavyweight battle came together in the Tigers' 4-1 loss on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Miguel Cabrera-Kelvin Herrera won't show up on the undercard for Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao. Yet on a night when Chris Young and Ryan Madson no-hit the Tigers for seven innings, it set up as the main event.

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Young simply 'spot' on in KC rotation debut

Young simply 'spot' on in KC rotation debut

KANSAS CITY -- This was not exactly the type of spot start the Royals and manager Ned Yost were hoping for from Chris Young. It was better than they could have imagined.

Young, who was signed as a long reliever and spot starter during Spring Training, filled in for the suspended Edinson Volquez and was nothing short of magnificent, considering the circumstances.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Madson, Young are rewarding Royals' faith

Veteran pitchers helping club's rise to top of AL Central

Madson, Young are rewarding Royals' faith

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals knew they had to find that legit middle-of-the-lineup bat after the loss of free-agent Billy Butler to the A's, so they signed Kendrys Morales, who has stepped in and been just what the Royals ordered in the cleanup spot so far this season.

That is the easy decision.

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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.

Royals Minor League report: May 1

Royals Minor League report: May 1

Omaha Storm Chasers (11-10)

Colorado Springs 16, Omaha 4
LP: Luke Hochevar (0-1)
HR: None

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Royals place Escobar on 7-day disabled list

Shortstop suffering from effects of concussion; infielder Calixte recalled from Triple-A

Royals place Escobar on 7-day disabled list

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Friday placed shortstop Alcides Escobar on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha.

While Escobar said he felt "way, way better" on Friday, manager Ned Yost said they would not take any chances with him.

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Moustakas, Davis earn Royals' April honors

Moustakas, Davis earn Royals' April honors

KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas was named Royals Player of the Month for April, while right-hander Wade Davis received the honor as Royals Pitcher of the Month.

The Player of the Month award is determined by a combined vote of fans and local media, while the pitcher award is voted on by the local media.

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Royals rev up the offense for dynamite Duffy

Royals rev up the offense for dynamite Duffy

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy delivered his longest outing of the season, seven-plus innings, and his offense banged out 14 hits in an 8-1 victory over Detroit on Thursday in the first meeting between the American League Central rivals this season.

Eric Hosmer slammed a two-run homer in the third, and the Royals poured on five runs in the fifth to go up 8-0. The Royals reclaimed first place in the division after a 15-7 April.

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Royals ballboy hard on himself after missed catch

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Royals ballboy hard on himself after missed catch

During Thursday night's Tigers-Royals game, a ballboy made a very ambitious grab for an Omar Infante foul ball. Sadly, he did not make the catch. 

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Duffy's deep outing gives bullpen a rest

Duffy's deep outing gives bullpen a rest

KANSAS CITY -- With their closer on the disabled list and the bullpen as a whole weary from overuse, the Royals really needed a long outing from left-hander Danny Duffy on Thursday night.

And Duffy gave them just that, matching a career high by going seven-plus innings against the Tigers in a convincing 8-1 win.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Royals make statement against Tigers

Royals make statement against Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- This time, it was about business, plain and simple, for the Kansas City Royals. There was no trashing talking, no bench clearing, no punches thrown.

Nope, the Royals welcomed the four-time defending American League Central champion Tigers into Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night and sent a message the old-fashioned way, by putting the finishing touches on the second-best April in franchise history with an 8-1 thumping. That's more runs than Kansas City scored in all but one of its 19 games against Detroit a year ago.

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Concussion symptoms keep Escobar out

Concussion symptoms keep Escobar out

KANSAS CITY -- Shortstop Alcides Escobar was held out of Thursday night's game against the Tigers as the team continues to evaluate him for concussion-like symptoms.

Escobar was hit in the helmet with a 96-mph fastball from Cleveland's Danny Salazar on Wednesday night and had to leave the game.

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Ventura drops appeal, starts suspension

Ventura drops appeal, starts suspension

KANSAS CITY -- Yordano Ventura, one of four Royals suspended after an on-field incident with the White Sox on April 23, has decided to serve his seven-game suspension without an appeal.

Ventura will be eligible to return to the mound on May 8, when the Royals travel to Detroit to start a three-game series.

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Medlen preparing to face hitters in Arizona

Medlen preparing to face hitters in Arizona

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Kris Medlen, a popular signing among Royals fans last winter, is inching closer in his comeback bid from his second Tommy John surgery.

Medlen told MLB.com that he will be heading to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday to begin throwing against hitters. If all goes well, he could start a 30-day rehab assignment sometime in May.

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Yost could have familiar faces in AL dugout

Yost could have familiar faces in AL dugout

CLEVELAND -- All nine players from the Royals' Opening Day lineup are on this year's All-Star ballot.

Manager Ned Yost, who will be managing the American League All-Stars on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, said he hopes the Royals will have plenty of representation at this year's game.

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Ventura continuing to learn with each outing

Ventura continuing to learn with each outing

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura had a very simple explanation for why he couldn't make it through the sixth inning in the Royals' 7-5 loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

"I just didn't have any command from the first inning on," Ventura said through interpreter Jeremy Guthrie. "I couldn't command my fastball or my curveball the whole game."

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Royals come up short in series finale against Indians

Royals come up short in series finale against Indians

CLEVELAND -- Second baseman Jason Kipnis launched his first home run of the season and collected four RBIs, helping power the Indians to a 7-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

On the one-year anniversary of an oblique injury that plagued his offensive production last season, Kipnis belted a three-run homer off Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura in the third inning and added a run-scoring groundout in the sixth. The four RBIs matched a career high for Kipnis, who recently moved into the leadoff spot for the Tribe.

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Escobar diagnosed with cheek contusion

Escobar diagnosed with cheek contusion

CLEVELAND -- The Royals got another scare from a hit-by-pitch Wednesday night when shortstop Alcides Escobar was nailed in the head by a 96-mph fastball from Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar in the fifth inning of the Royals' 7-5 loss.

Escobar immediately went face down to the ground where he stayed for several minutes. He later walked to the Royals' clubhouse with some assistance from the Royals' training staff.

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Royals Minor League report: April 29

Royals Minor League report: April 29

Omaha Storm Chasers (10-9)

All Pacific Coast League teams had Wednesday off. Omaha's road trip continues on Thursday at Colorado Springs. The Sky Sox are in their first year of affiliation with Milwaukee. John Lamb is scheduled to start for the Storm Chasers.

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