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.

Ventura looking for improved run support in Texas

Ventura looking for improved run support in Texas

As the Rangers and Royals begin a four-game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Thursday, it'll be a rematch of last Saturday's showdown at Kauffman Stadium. Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura will take on Rangers lefty Cole Hamels.

Both Ventura and Hamels were solid in their last showdown, although Ventura's outing was cut short. He left the game after getting hit in the ribs with a ground ball in the fifth inning. Ventura was diagnosed with a rib contusion, but said after the game that he didn't expect to miss any time.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Royal greeting: Obama fetes world champs

Royal greeting: Obama fetes world champs

WASHINGTON -- Of all places, in the famed East Room of the White House, a "Let's go Royals" chant broke out as the players, coaches and front-office staff took the stage Thursday to be honored for their 2015 World Series championship.

Making it here was the culmination of 10 long years of labor for general manager Dayton Moore and owner David Glass as they resurrected a once-proud franchise that lost its way for almost three decades.

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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.

Staumont among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Staumont among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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

Royals' White House visit special to Earnest

Press secretary is a Kansas City native, lifelong fan

Royals' White House visit special to Earnest

WASHINGTON -- About five minutes into White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's daily media briefing on Thursday, he was interrupted by the presence of Royals manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez.

Yost presented Earnest with a No. 15 Royals jersey (the year of the team's World Series championship) with his name on the back.

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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

Royals' long, euphoric road ends at White House

President Obama honors 2015 World Series champs, who reflect on season

Royals' long, euphoric road ends at White House

WASHINGTON -- President Obama stood there smiling and playful in front of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, leading the audience in cheers for catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer, for general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost and all the rest.

The president poked fun at some of the nicknames -- for instance, Salvy and Hoz -- even as he praised all the Royals for their resilience and resolve. He spoke of how they'd done things a certain way and been at their unshakable best when the stakes were highest.

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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.

Bo debuts new PSA on MLB Central

Former Royals star discusses matchup with Smoltz in 1989 All-Star Game

Bo debuts new PSA on MLB Central

Baseball and football icon Bo Jackson joined MLB Network on Thursday morning, debuting a public service announcement encouraging the employment of people with disabilities.

The legendary two-sport athlete, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1985 and then went on to play in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball -- including being named an All-Star for the Royals in 1989 -- was representing the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and their Ability Transcends Challenges program.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Miller among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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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.

Royals visit White House, consider new nicknames

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Royals visit White House, consider new nicknames

The last time Royal(ist)s invaded the White House, James Madison was president and it was the War of 1812. That particular visit did not go so well. But on Thursday, the Royals who stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were of a decidedly friendlier sort. 

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Kennedy, Royals burned by Tribe's power surge

Kennedy, Royals burned by Tribe's power surge

KANSAS CITY -- Power was the theme of the day for the Indians as they launched five home runs and received a dominant outing from Carlos Carrasco en route to an 11-4 rout over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Led by a two-homer, six-RBI performance by rookie Tyler Naquin, the first-place Indians took two of three in the series. Cleveland now has a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Detroit and a nine-game edge over Kansas City in the American League Central.

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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 listen to his podcast.

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