Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Royals started this three-game series with a bang, belting two homers, including a three-run shot by Eric Hosmer in the first inning as part of his four-RBI night, in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.

Indians rookie Cody Anderson struggled for a second consecutive outing, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks. The Royals were aggressive against the strike-throwing righty, with four of his eight hits allowed coming on the first pitch, including home runs by Hosmer and Omar Infante.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Volquez hangs tough to pick up 10th victory

Volquez hangs tough to pick up 10th victory

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez wasn't at his best, physically or emotionally.

Volquez walked five batters, gave up six hits and barked at home-plate umpire Lance Barksdale much of the time. But Volquez came through with six-plus innings and a quality start in the Royals' 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday night.

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Cueto slated to make Royals debut on Friday

Cueto slated to make Royals debut on Friday

CLEVELAND -- Newly acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto will make his Royals debut on Friday in Toronto, manager Ned Yost said on Monday.

Cueto last pitched on Saturday for the Reds in Colorado, so his normal fifth day would be Thursday. But Yost said he's giving Cueto an extra day to get better acclimated to his new team.

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Hosmer, Royals gain from aggressive swings

Hosmer, Royals gain from aggressive swings

CLEVELAND -- Eric Hosmer got the Royals doing what they do best this season: Ambush opponents early.

Hosmer delivered a three-run homer to left-center field in the first inning, setting the tone in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night. The Royals now have outscored their opponents, 69-34, in the first inning.

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Royals call on Young for rematch against Indians

Royals call on Young for rematch against Indians

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (8-7, 4.29 ERA) will square off against Royals righty Chris Young (8-6, 3.32) when the American League Central rivals square off in the middle game on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Bauer has allowed a 6.82 ERA in his past six starts.

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Royals excited to acquire Cueto from Reds

Royals excited to acquire Cueto from Reds

KANSAS CITY -- Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto on Sunday.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals' 5-1 win over the Astros: Cueto and cash considerations to Kansas City for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

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Anthony Castrovince

Hosmer, Salvy among Top 25-and-Unders

Hosmer, Salvy among Top 25-and-Unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Richard Justice

Cueto gives KC ace to match roster full of talent

One win from title in '14, GM Moore reinforces rotation in hopes of securing ring

Cueto gives KC ace to match roster full of talent

This was a long time coming for the Kansas City Royals. General manager Dayton Moore built his organization meticulously, at times cautiously. He took some heat for it because not everyone bought into his big-picture approach.

His core belief was that once he got the franchise back to a certain point, he would have it positioned to sustain winning. But when a window of opportunity presented itself, he would act aggressively.

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Royals get boost as Ventura gives ace effort

Royals get boost as Ventura gives ace effort

KANSAS CITY -- On the day when the Royals acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto, right-hander Yordano Ventura stepped up and pitched like Cueto, who also happens to be a fellow Dominican that Ventura has always looked up to.

"I feel that the acquisition is really good for the team," Ventura said through interpreter Rene Francisco. "He's a veteran who pitches deep into the game. I look up to him because he's from the Dominican and I followed his career. I'm happy he'll be here."

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Ventura pitches Royals past Astros in rubber game

Ventura pitches Royals past Astros in rubber game

KANSAS CITY -- Omar Infante and Cheslor Cuthbert each came through with two-out, two-run hits in the first inning and Yordano Ventura delivered seven strong innings to lift the Royals to a 5-1 win over the Astros on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals (59-38) took two of three in the weekend series while scoring all five runs in the opening two innings against American League All-Star starter Dallas Keuchel, who came in with an AL-best 2.12 ERA. The five runs allowed equaled the highest total Keuchel has surrendered this season.

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Royals fan already rockin' homemade Cueto shirt

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Royals fan already rockin' homemade Cueto shirt

While the rest of us were slowly getting around to enjoying a lazy Sunday -- what with 15 MLB games on the docket and an afternoon broadcast of the 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, there wasn't much reason to leave the couch -- the Royals were busy making moves.

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Gordon ready for jogging, hitting on road trip

Gordon ready for jogging, hitting on road trip

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is really looking forward to this road trip, even though he is on the disabled list.

As Kansas City begins a road trip through Cleveland, Toronto and Detroit, Gordon expects to start doing light jogs by the time the team gets to Toronto on Thursday. He also will start hitting, as previously reported.

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Duffy showing Royals he's back to fine form

Duffy showing Royals he's back to fine form

KANSAS CITY -- The Danny Duffy that manager Ned Yost is accustomed to seeing apparently is back.

Duffy threw six more strong innings in the Royals' 2-1 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Astros on Saturday night. The lefty gave up just three hits and one run.

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Escobar's hit gives Royals walk-off win in 10th

Escobar's hit gives Royals walk-off win in 10th

KANSAS CITY -- Alcides Escobar blooped a single to short right with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Royals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Astros on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Escobar flipped a flare just past the infield off Houston reliever Will Harris that fell just in front of right fielder Colby Rasmus, who was playing extremely shallow. The hit scored Paulo Orlando, who had singled and stolen second base.

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Yost uneasy with early sound issues at The K

Yost uneasy with early sound issues at The K

KANSAS CITY -- Because of technical difficulties, the start of the Royals-Astros game on Saturday was done so without any public address announcer or music at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City evened the series with a 2-1 walk-off win in the 10th.

Therefore there were no player introductions or lineup introductions. And players were not introduced as they came to the plate.

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Royals map winning record in Guthrie's starts

Royals map winning record in Guthrie's starts

KANSAS CITY -- In many ways, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie's start on Friday night was typical of many he has had in a Royals uniform.

Guthrie struggled through four innings, but limited the damage, then he turned in three scoreless innings to keep the Royals within 4-0 in a loss to the Astros. The final line wasn't pretty: seven innings, 11 hits, four runs, two walks, three strikeouts.

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Guthrie finishes strong after early blip

Right-hander allows 10 hits over first 4 innings, recovers to go 7

Guthrie finishes strong after early blip

KANSAS CITY -- It was a strange night for Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

Guthrie felt like his stuff was fine and his command was fine. But the scoreboard told a different tale after four innings -- he had allowed four runs and 10 hits.

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Royals silenced by Kazmir, Astros

Royals silenced by Kazmir, Astros

KANSAS CITY -- Newly acquired left-hander Scott Kazmir made his Houston Astros debut a memorable one, tossing seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the Royals on a sweltering night (109-degree heat index) at Kauffman Stadium.

Kazmir was in command the whole way, allowing just three singles while walking one and striking out three, helping the Angels move into a virtual tie for first place in the American League West with the Angels, who lost to the Rangers, 4-2, on Friday night. The Astros (55-43) have one more win than the Angels (54-42), but also have one more loss, and sit two percentage points behind.

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Royals recall Cuthbert to replace Coleman

Royals recall Cuthbert to replace Coleman

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals recalled third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and optioned infielder Dusty Coleman to Triple-A on Friday.

The move came one day after Coleman pinch-hit in the ninth inning of the Royals' 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. Coleman struck out with runners on second and third and none out, failing to get the tying run home.

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Rios back to swinging impact bat for Royals

Rios back to swinging impact bat for Royals

ST. LOUIS -- Royals outfielder Alex Rios entered Thursday night's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals with eight two-hit games in the month of July after he fought through a rocky June following his return from a fractured left hand.

Rios said that his hand hasn't bothered him for "quite a bit of time," and he backed that up by accomplishing a feat that had eluded him since before the injury occurred in mid-April.

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Medlen fires zeros after Young's short outing

Medlen fires zeros after Young's short outing

ST. LOUIS -- Royals manager Ned Yost did not want to assume that his team would stage a rally in the second half of Thursday night's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Trailing, 4-2, in the fourth inning, Yost made the decision to insert Kendrys Morales as a pinch-hitter for starting pitcher Chris Young, who had only thrown 68 pitches, but was struggling with command.

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Royals' late rally in I-70 clash isn't in Cards

Royals' late rally in I-70 clash isn't in Cards

ST. LOUIS -- In a makeup game featuring teams with the two best records in baseball, the Cardinals held on for a 4-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night behind a pair of two-run homers and a great escape by closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Randal Grichuk tied the game with his second-inning blast, and Matt Carpenter followed with a homer in the third to stake the Cards to a two-run lead that held until the ninth. Rosenthal allowed the Royals to get one of those runs back with consecutive hits to lead off the inning before he nailed down his 30th save with three straight outs as the potential tying run loomed at third.

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New book is definitive history of Pine Tar Incident

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New book is definitive history of Pine Tar Incident

On July 24, 1983, George Brett hit a home run off Yankees closer Goose Gossage, a sentence which would usually end there without any further qualification. But this time, it doesn't. You're a fan, so you can probably see what's coming - one of the strangest moments in MLB history, or as Filip Bondy, author of "The Pine Tar Game" would call it, "baseball's most absurd and entertaining controversy."

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Royals' four-run seventh money against Bucs

Royals' four-run seventh money against Bucs

KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson delivered the decisive hit for the second straight night -- a safety-squeeze single -- and right-hander Edinson Volquez fired 7 2/3 strong innings as the Royals rolled to a 5-1 win over the Pirates in Wednesday night's rubber game at sold-out (39,105 fans) Kauffman Stadium.

"It was a pretty big series," said Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who collected two hits including a fourth-inning homer. "That's a really good team over there. They do a lot of things well so for us to get two out of three and bounce back from Monday's loss, that's good."

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Dyson delivers another clutch hit for Royals

Dyson delivers another clutch hit for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- In the Royals' dugout, everyone to a man knew that Jarrod Dyson would be bunting in what became the decisive four-run seventh inning that lifted Kansas City to a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

"That's not even a situation where we have to call a play," manager Ned Yost said. "[Dyson] can do that any time the situation allows it."

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Volquez a shot in arm for weary Royals' bullpen

Volquez a shot in arm for weary Royals' bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- Make no mistake. Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez wanted to pitch a complete game.

"Oh, man. I got those two easy outs in the eighth," Volquez said, "and then they got two hits, but I thought I could make it."

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Blanton strong for formidable Royals' bullpen

Blanton strong for formidable Royals' bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- There were reasonable odds that right-hander Joe Blanton wasn't going to be on the roster on Tuesday afternoon when the Royals activated Jason Vargas from the disabled list.

While Blanton seemed like the logical choice to be taken off the 25-man roster, it was No. 1 starter Yordano Ventura, who was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

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Dyson keys 3-run 8th as Royals hold off Pirates

Dyson keys 3-run 8th as Royals hold off Pirates

KANSAS CITY -- Jarrod Dyson lined a two-run single to right with one out in the eighth inning and the bullpen hung tough over seven-plus innings as the Royals held on for a 3-1 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night in front of 38,163 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

The winning rally got going when Omar Infante hit a ground ball that went right through the legs of Pirates second baseman Neil Walker for an error. Alex Rios singled to left-center with Rios taking second on the throw, setting up Dyson's heroics.

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