Kendrys' 16th jack isn't enough to tame Tigers

Kendrys' 16th jack isn't enough to tame Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Justin Verlander threw 6 2/3 innings of strong ball, giving up just two earned runs, and Ian Kinsler pounded a two-run homer as the Tigers held off the Royals for a 6-5 win on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals' lead in the American League Central was cut to 12 games with Minnesota's win over the White Sox.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon logs two hits in return against Tigers

Gordon logs two hits in return against Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- One familiar face -- left fielder Alex Gordon -- and one new face -- outfielder Jonny Gomes -- were in the Royals' clubhouse when the team arrived to the ballpark on Tuesday.

Gordon was activated from the disabled list after rehabbing a strained groin at Triple-A Omaha for eight games. Gomes was acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Monday, partly because of the team's concern over right fielder Alex Rios' chickenpox diagnosis.

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Almonte betrayed by fastball in tough debut

Almonte betrayed by fastball in tough debut

KANSAS CITY -- This wasn't exactly a case of easing a rookie into the big leagues.

Royals rookie right-hander Miguel Almonte made his Major League debut in the seventh inning against the Tigers on Tuesday night and he promptly gave up a single and a two-run homer to Ian Kinsler -- two pivotal runs in a 6-5 loss.

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Cueto's struggles not as bad as they appear

Royals' star right-hander may need to make minor adjustments to get on track

Cueto's struggles not as bad as they appear

The Royals traded for Johnny Cueto on July 26, and at first, all went according to plan. In Cueto's first four starts for Kansas City, he allowed only six earned runs in 30 innings. But then he allowed six earned runs to Boston, and six more to Baltimore, and finally four more on Tuesday night against Detroit. It's the first time since 2012 that he's allowed three or more runs in three straight starts, and even though the Royals have already sewn up the AL Central, you can feel the worry among the fan base that was so excited to get him only a month ago: What's wrong with Cueto?

It wouldn't be unfair at all to wonder if it's a health issue, because Cueto did miss a start in May due to right elbow stiffness. If there's any truth to that, it's not showing up in his velocity, per Statcast™. He averaged 93.4 mph on his four-seamer when he was shutting the Tigers out on August 10, and 93.4 mph when the Orioles were roughing him up last week. On Tuesday, he was routinely hitting 93 -- for example, six of the seven pitches Jose Iglesias saw in the second inning were in the 93-94 mph range.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura aims to stretch quality start streak vs. Tigers

Ventura aims to stretch quality start streak vs. Tigers

Randy Wolf is enjoying a career revival in the Majors at age 39. Yordano Ventura is experiencing a late-season resurgence at age 24. Their matchup doesn't have the ring of Verlander-Cueto, but it has the makings of an unlikely duel for the middle game between the Tigers and Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Wolf, acquired in a Minor League trade Aug. 19 to help eat innings after Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez went on the disabled list, has done more than expected in two starts. Beyond a pair of seven-inning quality starts, he has given the Tigers a chance to win, thwarted primarily by low run support.

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Rios, Herrera sidelined with chickenpox virus

Rios, Herrera sidelined with chickenpox virus

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right fielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera both contracted the chickenpox virus on the team's weekend trip to play the Tampa Bay Rays, and both were sent home separately by private jet back to Kansas City where they are recovering in their homes.

Rios began showing small blister-like symptoms on his chest on Saturday and reported to Royals trainer Nick Kenney, who sought out a Tampa internist who confirmed the chickenpox diagnosis. Herrera began showing symptoms on Sunday.

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Jonathan Mayo

Starling among Royals headed to Arizona Fall League

Phillies' Crawford, Cardinals' Reyes among Top 100 Prospects headed to desert

Starling among Royals headed to Arizona Fall League

Teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros are hoping to play deep into October. Regardless of their big league postseason fortunes, however, a group of select players from those organizations, as well as the other 28 in baseball, are guaranteed to be playing this fall.

That opportunity comes courtesy of the Arizona Fall League, which on Tuesday announced its preliminary rosters for the 2015 season. The campaign, the league's 24th, begins on Oct. 13 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 21. With all 30 organizations sending players to fill the six AFL teams' rosters, the league is once again providing one-stop shopping for prospect fans.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Monday night acquired right-handed hitter Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela, a move that could bolster Kansas City's offensive effectiveness against left-handed pitching.

Gomes, 34, immediately was added to the 40-man roster and is eligible for the postseason roster.

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Tracy Ringolsby

No rules this time around for Joba

Reliever aiming to return to Majors, but appreciates where career has taken him

No rules this time around for Joba

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Joba Chamberlain is never one to back down from a challenge. He is not about to start now.

Twenty-three days shy of his 30th birthday, Chamberlain is in the Minor Leagues, working out of the bullpen for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

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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 come up just short in finale vs. Rays

Royals come up just short in finale vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier hit his second home run in as many days and the bullpen backed a solid start by Nathan Karns with four innings of scoreless relief to power the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Kiermaier's home run was his seventh of the season and came with two outs in the sixth off Luke Hochevar, who had relieved starter Danny Duffy to open the frame.

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Michael Kolligian is a contributor to MLB.com. David Wilson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals disagree with call on pivotal DP

Morales, Yost believe ball hit at Rays first baseman Loney was foul

Royals disagree with call on pivotal DP

ST. PETERSBURG -- With one out in the eighth inning and runners on the corners during the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Rays on Sunday, Kendrys Morales chopped an Alex Colome changeup near home plate that first baseman James Loney fielded on a hop and fired to catcher Rene Rivera, who tagged out Ben Zobrist to prevent what would have been the game-tying run.

Morales, convinced that the ball had landed foul before arriving in Loney's glove, stood motionless as the play developed. But first-base umpire Alan Porter clearly signaled fair, allowing Rivera to tag out the Royals' designated hitter for an inning-ending double play.

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Royals alumni teach baseball to kids at Play Ball KC

Royals alumni teach baseball to kids at Play Ball KC

KANSAS CITY -- Former Royals All-Star outfielder Willie Wilson joined seven other former Kansas City players on Sunday to teach throwing and fielding skills as part of an MLB and U.S. Conference of Mayors' initiative called Play Ball KC. The event focused on strengthening youth, families, communities and baseball.

"Catch it," shouted Wilson to a group of 10 kids. "Look at it. Walk it. Throw it."

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Max Utsler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals Minor Leaguer dives over tarp to make catch

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Royals Minor Leaguer dives over tarp to make catch

Tarps are ferocious, unforgiving monsters. We've established this theory time and time and time again. But during Sunday's Omaha Storm Chasers-Fresno Grizzlies game, one third baseman stood up for humankind against this menacing force. As a foul ball headed toward the tarp's gaping mouth down the third-base line, Omaha's Dusty Coleman snatched it away.

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Moose doubles up, drives in 3 to lead Royals

Moose doubles up, drives in 3 to lead Royals

ST. PETERSBURG -- Powered by a pair of Mike Moustakas RBI doubles and a solid start by right-hander Kris Medlen, the Royals moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 on Saturday night with a 6-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Medlen, who improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, allowed three earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking two. Eric Hosmer snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a run-scoring double in the fourth for the Royals, who are now 6-0 against the Rays this season.

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Fans support Moose in huge all-around game

Third baseman hears cheers as he drives in three, makes diving play

Fans support Moose in huge all-around game

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Moustakas has a message for every Royals fan who made the trip to Tropicana Field for Saturday night's 6-3 victory over the Rays.

He hears you.

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Morales building case for Comeback Player award

Royals' DH homers off Tropicana Field catwalk in win over Rays

Morales building case for Comeback Player award

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kendrys Morales isn't an attorney, but when it comes to Comeback Player of the Year consideration, the Royals' designated hitter is making quite an argument.

The lastest case in point? Morales' two-out, two-run blast off the Tropicana Field catwalk in the third inning Friday night that powered the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Rays.

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Volquez rebounds to lead Royals past Rays

Volquez rebounds to lead Royals past Rays

 ST. PETERSBURG -- Kendrys Morales' two-run home run off the catwalk in center field and a quality start by Edinson Volquez were all the Royals needed to take a 3-2 win over the Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Royals (79-49) lead the American League Central Division by 13 games over Minnesota with the best record in the AL, while the Rays (63-65) fell to 1-3 on the homestand and trail the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot by 3 1/2 games.

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Zobrist honored by Rays in return to St. Petersburg

Club shows video tribute for two-time All-Star before Friday's game vs. KC

Zobrist honored by Rays in return to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ben Zobrist returned to Tropicana Field for the first time since getting traded last offseason and he felt a "little bit upside down being on the other side of the field."

But life is good for Zobrist, one of the most popular players in Rays history and now a member of the Royals. And even if things weren't going well, he'd find a way to make it better -- on and off the field.

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Cueto effect: Ventura improves since KC trade

After Reds' ace joined Royals, righty has seen turnaround

Cueto effect: Ventura improves since KC trade

KANSAS CITY -- As Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in six scoreless innings during the Royals' 5-3 win over Baltimore on Thursday, the search was on as to what has triggered his sudden turnaround.

In late July, Ventura was struggling so badly that the Royals had optioned him to Triple-A. But then came the Jason Vargas injury, Ventura was recalled before he even left, and he's been a different pitcher since.

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Hal Bodley

Yost's use of superb 'pen changing baseball

Yost's use of superb 'pen changing baseball

ST. PETERSBURG -- It's not exactly revolutionary, but the high-flying Kansas City Royals are changing the face of baseball with the way manager Ned Yost uses his talented bullpen. Other teams are adopting the successful formula, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if in seasons to come, it becomes the accepted way, just like today's widely used defensive shifts.

For the Royals, it's known as HDH -- flame-thrower Kelvin Herrera in the seventh inning, dominant Wade Davis in the eighth and closer Greg Holland in the ninth. Opponents better attack Kansas City in the first six innings, because with HDH, it's lights out. Each late-inning reliever has a role, and each is essentially a closer in his assigned frame.

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Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers, is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura leads Royals to series win over O's

Ventura leads Royals to series win over O's

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while red-hot Mike Moustakas had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the top of the third inning after crashing into the center-field wall chasing Ben Zobrist's double in the bottom of the first.

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Orlando takes advantage of rare start

Extra outfielder homers, hits sac fly vs. Orioles

Orlando takes advantage of rare start

KANSAS CITY -- The hardest part about being an extra outfielder for rookie Paulo Orlando is trying to find his timing each time he does get a rare start.

But Orlando didn't seem to have any issues in that department Thursday as he delivered a sacrifice fly and a homer in the Royals' 5-3 win over Baltimore.

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Jirschele handles ups and downs as 3B coach

Despite heckling from fans, coach understands job requires aggressiveness

Jirschele handles ups and downs as 3B coach

KANSAS CITY -- Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele hears the heckles all the time.

"Hey Jirsch! You got one job," a fan yells at him.

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Moose continues to rake with 15th home run

Moose continues to rake with 15th home run

KANSAS CITY -- Don't look now, but Mike Moustakas is now second on the Royals in home runs with 15, just three behind Salvador Perez.

Thanks to a recent seven-game hitting streak and a sudden power surge, Moustakas is back feeling confident at the plate. Moustakas hit his 15th in an 8-5 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday night.

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Cueto, Royals stung by homers in loss to Orioles

Cueto, Royals stung by homers in loss to Orioles

KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen threw 6 2/3 serviceable innings, giving up just three runs, and the Orioles' offense belted five home runs in an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Orioles snapped a season-long six-game losing streak, while the Royals lost for just the third time in 12 games.

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Kendrys' jack into fountains helps Royals sink O's

Kendrys' jack into fountains helps Royals sink O's

KANSAS CITY -- Kendrys Morales belted his 14th homer of the season and Mike Moustakas had two hits and an RBI as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Baltimore suffered its season-high sixth straight loss, the club's longest skid since Sept. 19-24, 2013.

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Star power: Herrera fans Jones in huge spot

Star power: Herrera fans Jones in huge spot

KANSAS CITY -- It was somewhat of a classic matchup: the power arm of Royals All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera vs. the power bat of Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones.

And Kansas City's one-run lead with two out in the seventh inning was in peril with the potential tying run at second base. But three pitches later, Herrera had struck out Jones and the Royals weren't seriously threatened again as they went on to a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.

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