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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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 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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Volquez, Royals aiming to stay tough on Cardinals

Volquez, Royals aiming to stay tough on Cardinals

Cardinals right-hander John Lackey (2-2, 2.96 ERA) will face Royals righty Edinson Volquez (3-3, 2.74 ERA) in the middle game of the I-70 Series on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. The rematch will be a Statcast™ game as part of the FOX broadcast.

Lackey received a no-decision on Monday after allowing just one run in the 2-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. In May, he has allowed just five runs in 26 innings, and he will look to continue his successful month against the Royals' bats, which featured the best average (.288) in the league prior to Friday's game.

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Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

Technology precisely monitors location and movements of ball, players

Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

FOX's primetime games on Saturday night will take on an entirely new look this weekend as the network plans to incorporate Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology will be available during the games between the Cardinals and Royals, as well as the Angels and Red Sox, each set to begin at 7:15 p.m ET. Check your local listings for the game available in your area.

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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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Royals Minor League report: May 20

Royals Minor League report: May 20

Omaha Storm Chasers (18-22)

The Storm Chasers traveled home after finishing a road trip in Memphis. They host Reno on Thursday in a rematch of last year's PCL Championship Series.

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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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Volquez cruises as Royals blank Yankees

Volquez cruises as Royals blank Yankees

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven shutout innings and Salvador Perez homered and drove in two runs as the Royals stymied the Yankees, 6-0, on Sunday, taking two of three in the series at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez was sharp from the onset, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced until Alex Rodriguez doubled. Volquez gave up just three hits, walked none and struck out five.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals, Yanks honor Negro Leagues, Banks

Kansas City dons Monarchs uniforms; both clubs wear patches saluting Hall of Famer

Royals, Yanks honor Negro Leagues, Banks

KANSAS CITY -- As far as the Royals are concerned, they'd like to wear the throwback uniforms all the time if it leads to wins like Sunday's 6-0 victory against the Yankees.

To honor the Negro Leagues, the Royals donned uniforms replicating the ones worn by the 1953 Kansas City Monarchs. Both the Royals and the Yankees also wore patches saluting the late Ernie Banks -- the patches included the No. 28, which Banks wore that season with the Monarchs.

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Veteran lefty Chen announces retirement

After 17 seasons in bigs, 37-year-old calls it a career

Veteran lefty Chen announces retirement

CHICAGO -- Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, who was designated for assignment by the Indians on Saturday, announced his retirement on Twitter Monday night. The move was confirmed by the Indians.

"Today I would like to announce my retirement," Chen wrote on his verified account @ChenMusic. "For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate."

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Yost wants more from Duffy in next start

Royals manager says struggling lefty looked better in outing vs. Yankees

Yost wants more from Duffy in next start

KANSAS CITY -- Struggling left-hander Danny Duffy will make his next start, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.

"I don't see any reason why he won't," Yost said.

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