Duffy's dominant streak hits bump in road

After run of 10 straight winning decisions ends, lefty looks ahead

Duffy's dominant streak hits bump in road

BOSTON -- It was bound to happen. Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, so brilliant for so long, was bound to throw a clunker.

And that clunker came Saturday night at Fenway Park as Duffy and the Royals fell, 8-3, snapping Duffy's 10-game winning streak.

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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.

Royals fall despite 2-HR night for Salvy

Royals fall despite 2-HR night for Salvy

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, led by the torrid Dustin Pedroia, responded emphatically from a recent hitting funk and snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 8-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Pedroia went 4-for-5 and is 8-for-9 in the first two games of this homestand. When he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in his final at-bat, Pedroia's streak of hits in 11 straight at-bats came to an end, putting him just one shy of tying a Major League record.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Yost: Mondesi as regular 'common sense'

Manager believes in rookie, who has shined on defense despite some offensive struggles

Yost: Mondesi as regular 'common sense'

BOSTON -- The Royals knew there would be offensive struggles when they promoted rookie Raul Mondesi, the team's No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, to the big leagues last month.

But they also knew that Mondesi's defense would hold its own at this level. And it has. Mondesi has made numerous breathtaking plays at second base worthy of any highlight reel.

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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 hopes to keep up August success in finale

Ventura hopes to keep up August success in finale

The Red Sox are hoping Eduardo Rodriguez will pick up right where he left off as Boston remains behind the leading Blue Jays in a tight American League East race.

The left-hander was scratched from his last start due to tightness in his left hamstring. After a successful bullpen session, Rodriguez reported that he felt good. The southpaw exited his last outing against the Orioles after four no-hit innings. Rodriguez has posted a 2.52 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

BOSTON -- The defending World Series-champion Royals look like a team that doesn't want to miss the thrill of another October. Inconsistent for much of the season, Kansas City has played terrific baseball of late, continuing with Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Backed by a five-run first inning that included home runs by Eric Hosmer (three-run drive) and Alex Gordon (two-run shot), the Royals rolled to their 11th win in their last 12 games and 16th in their last 19.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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KC 'pen sees scoreless run end at 41 1/3 IP

Tight-knit group expects end of streak to set up new one

KC 'pen sees scoreless run end at 41 1/3 IP

BOSTON -- The reliever who finally allowed a run was philosophical after the Royals' amazing streak of consecutive scoreless relief innings ended on Friday at 41 1/3.

Right-hander Peter Moylan, who was charged with a run in the ninth inning of the Royals' 6-3 win over the Red Sox, thought for a moment and said, "I think the good thing about a streak ending is that it's an opportunity for another one to start."

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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.

Royals' resurgence fueled in part by Cain's return

Royals' resurgence fueled in part by Cain's return

BOSTON -- There are many reasons for the Royals' recent resurgence. They have received tremendous starting pitching. Their bullpen has been off-the-charts good. Their defense has been superb.

And there has also been the return of outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who missed much of July -- during which the Royals went 7-19 -- because of a left hamstring strain.

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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' mighty 'pen putting them back in postseason race

Kansas City relievers have posted miniscule 0.69 ERA during 15-3 stretch

Royals' mighty 'pen putting them back in postseason race

When the Kansas City Royals announced last month that they were placing Wade Davis, baseball's best reliever, on the disabled list, virtually everyone in the game thought the same thing.

The Royals were toast. Nice run, fellas. Take a bow. To resurrect a sport in one of the country's best baseball cities is a remarkable accomplishment.

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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.

Spidey sense: Dyson robs Yelich of HR

Catch marks first home run stolen at Marlins Park

Spidey sense: Dyson robs Yelich of HR

MIAMI -- Fences were moved in and walls were lowered at Marlins Park prior to this season in hopes of producing more offense.

But Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson robbed Miami's Christian Yelich of a potential homer, leaping to snag the long fly ball just to the right of the 407-foot sign in straightaway center for the final out of the first inning of Kansas City's 5-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Escobar's 2 RBIs, Dyson's gem propel Royals

Escobar's 2 RBIs, Dyson's gem propel Royals

MIAMI -- The blazing speed of Jarrod Dyson is obvious, but it was the center fielder's leaping ability that took a possible home run away from Christian Yelich in the first inning on Thursday that served as a reminder the Royals can beat you in so many ways.

Dyson's catch, coupled with Alcides Escobar's home run, double and two runs scored provided the lift the Royals needed to defeat the Marlins, 5-2, and claim two of three at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Thursday.

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Escobar ends Interleague Play on high note

Escobar ends Interleague Play on high note

MIAMI -- In a game filled with spectacular defensive gems and another outstanding performance from the bullpen, it was the bat of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar that helped make the difference in a 5-2 series-clinching win over Miami on Thursday at Marlins Park.

Escobar homered in the fourth inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead and then delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the sixth. He later scored in the frame on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie Strahm helping bullpen put up zeros

Back from Tommy John surgery, lefty making up for lost time

Rookie Strahm helping bullpen put up zeros

MIAMI -- As Royals rookie Matt Strahm continues to build back up from Tommy John surgery, he finds himself contributing to the recent success of the bullpen.

The lefty has 30 Minor League starts under his belt in 80 total appearances and looks to eventually stretch out and become a starter at the Major League level.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' offense flounders as Fish halt streak

Royals' offense flounders as Fish halt streak

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven dominant innings while striking out nine in the Marlins' 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

With his nine strikeouts, Fernandez became Miami's single-season strikeout leader, now with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster's mark of 209 in 2000. But Fernandez's 111-pitch outing ended with some caution as he limped off the mound with a cramp after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Wednesday.

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Gee's start heads south in Marlins' 3-run 6th

Right-hander cruises through 5 1/3 before yielding 4 straight singles

Gee's start heads south in Marlins' 3-run 6th

MIAMI -- Royals starter Dillon Gee was nearly flawless through 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday night before surrendering four consecutive hits that led to a decisive three-run sixth inning in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins that forced a rubber game on Thursday and ended the Royals' win streak at nine.

Gee, now 5-7 with a 4.55 ERA, retired the first eight batters he faced before yielding an infield single to Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez. Gee set down the next eight in order before Fernandez logged his second hit of the night, and that's what marked the beginning of the end.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis nearing return to Royals' red-hot bullpen

All-Star closer progressing in rehab from right flexor strain

Davis nearing return to Royals' red-hot bullpen

MIAMI -- Royals closer Wade Davis, who saved 21 games in 23 opportunities this season before going on the disabled list a second time with a right flexor strain, tested his arm on Wednesday at the team's Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz.

Davis logged one scoreless inning, yielding one hit and striking out one for the Surprise Royals in their 4-2 loss to the Indians.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura flusters Fish; Royals extend streak to 9

Ventura flusters Fish; Royals extend streak to 9

MIAMI -- Lorenzo Cain's RBI single provided starter Yordano Ventura with the only run he needed as the red-hot Royals extended their winning streak to nine games with a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Kansas City remained four games back of Baltimore in the American League Wild Card chase, while Miami is still 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card standings.

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Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Tuesday.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Tuesday.

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Royals' bullpen spotless in setting club mark

Strahm, Soria, Herrera stretch scoreless relief streak to 32 innings

Royals' bullpen spotless in setting club mark

MIAMI -- It was a record-setting night for the Royals' bullpen as three relievers combined to close out a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night in the series opener at Marlins Park.

Matt Strahm, Joakim Soria and Kelvin Herrera mowed down the Marlins in succession in the final three innings after starter Yordano Ventura went six stellar frames for his ninth straight start of yielding three runs or fewer. In doing so, the bullpen set a club record for consecutive scoreless relief innings at 32, surpassing the previous mark of 29 2/3 in 1969.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hosmer happy to return to South Florida roots

Royals first baseman will have large cheering section at Marlins Park

Hosmer happy to return to South Florida roots

MIAMI -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer's roots run deep in South Florida. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 Draft out of American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., Hosmer developed his skills in the Miami area, where his father, Mike, was a firefighter for 29 years.

"It's what started it all for me," Hosmer said before Tuesday series opener at Marlins Park. "I remember coming to Marlins games with my mom and dad and watching them play, and hoping to be in their position one day. It drove me to work as hard as I possibly can to put myself in this position."

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Late-season charges nothing new to Royals

Late-season charges nothing new to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- On Aug. 5, the Kansas City Royals dropped their third straight game, falling, 4-3, to the Blue Jays. At that point, the 2015 World Series champions were just 51-58 and sat 11 games back of the first-place Indians in the American League Central and 9 1/2 games back of an AL Wild Card spot. Any hopes of a playoff run seemed to be dwindling.

But marginal odds have never stopped the Royals before. They've defied logic, overcoming deficit after deficit for two magical postseason runs. They trailed, 7-3, with five outs left in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game against the A's. One year later, they trailed the Astros, 6-2, entering the eighth inning of an elimination game in the AL Division Series. Both times they came back.

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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.

Duffy pitches Royals to sweep, 8 straight Ws

Duffy pitches Royals to sweep, 8 straight Ws

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals continue to ride dominating starting pitching with their seventh quality start in their last eight games.

This time it was back to left-hander Danny Duffy, who held the Twins to one run, while Eric Hosmer's go-ahead RBI double in the sixth was the difference offensively for the Royals in a 2-1 win on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City swept the four-game series with its eighth straight victory. Minnesota dropped to 2-11 in the season series and is 0-7 vs. Kansas City on the road.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Alyson Footer

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Special presentation of 'We Are Baseball' transports viewers on Hall of Fame tour

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Nestled in the five-trailer platform that comprises the "We Are Baseball" traveling Hall of Fame tour is a mobile theater that shows an 11-minute IMAX movie, spotlighting the best of what the game provides today, and offering glimpses of where it is headed in the future.

Baseball, steeped deeply in tradition, will always connect generations and harken back to its past. But Major League Baseball has taken a deliberate and giant step forward, shifting its focus to a younger generation of fans stimulated more by what is in front of them than by what has already happened.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Starter kit: KC rides rotation back into contention

Duffy emerges as ace for revitalized defending champs

Starter kit: KC rides rotation back into contention

It's not just that the Kansas City Royals' bullpen may again be the best in baseball. Been there, done that.

Nor is it that the Royals are playing the kind of take-your-breath-away defense that helped get them to the World Series the past two seasons. Kansas City has also done that before.

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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.

Dozier, Puckett among top prospect performers Sunday

Brewers' No. 4 prospect strikes out 12, White Sox's No. 8 flirts with no-hitter

Dozier, Puckett among top prospect performers Sunday

Finding success at the Triple-A level hasn't come easily for Josh Hader. At least not until Sunday night, when the Brewers' No. 4 prospect set a career high by striking out 12 hitters in six scoreless innings to pace Colorado Springs in a 6-0 shutout of Round Rock. He threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes, allowing just two hits and one walk to record his first Triple-A win in 12 starts.

Ranked No. 39 on the Top 100, Hader has pitched better for Colorado Springs than his 1-5 record and 4.79 ERA suggest. With his performance Sunday, the 22-year-old left-hander now has fanned 81 hitters in 62 innings since being promoted from Double-A Biloxi on June 11, and he's yielded just three home runs in that span. Hader has thrown the ball particularly well of late, too, registering a 2.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings across his past six turns.

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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 appreciates Royals' defense stepping up

Gordon, Cain make inning-saving catches as KC finishes sweep

Duffy appreciates Royals' defense stepping up

KANSAS CITY -- With two on and none out in the second inning, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was in danger of letting the game get away from him. Facing Eduardo Escobar, Duffy missed with four straight fastballs, loading the bases and giving the Twins a golden opportunity.

Duffy got the first out of the inning, but an 0-1 changeup to Kurt Suzuki caught enough of the plate for Suzuki to make contact. The ball carried toward shallow left field, where Alex Gordon made a fantastic sliding catch, traveling 104 feet with a route efficiency of 94.5 percent, according to Statcast™. It was the first of several stellar plays by the Royals' defense in a 2-1 win to complete a four-game series sweep.

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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.

Minor exits rehab start with shoulder stiffness

Minor exits rehab start with shoulder stiffness

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Mike Minor left a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday with what club officials described as "shoulder stiffness."

Minor, who is signed through 2017, sustained a similar setback in May while on an injury rehab and was shut down for two months. He went back out on a rehab assignment on July 28.

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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.

7th-winning stretch: KC on a roll, in the mix

7th-winning stretch: KC on a roll, in the mix

KANSAS CITY -- The defending World Series champions may not be done after all.

The Royals, after a miserable 7-19 July that plummeted them seemingly out of contention, suddenly can do no wrong in August. Behind Alex Gordon's two home runs and yet another dominant performance by right-hander Ian Kennedy, the Royals thumped the Twins, 10-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Kennedy firmly in control for KC once again

Kennedy firmly in control for KC once again

KANSAS CITY -- More often than not, Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy has done his job when called upon. He's made 12 quality starts this season and has allowed three runs or fewer in 18 of his 25 outings. But after he hit a rough patch in June, and then another toward the end of July, fans grumbled about the contract he signed in the offseason. The team wasn't winning, and neither was Kennedy. The Royals went 2-9 with him on the mound over June and July.

But since that time, the grumblings have evaporated. Kennedy continued his recent string of dominant outings in a 10-0 win over the Twins on Saturday, pitching eight shutout innings and giving up only four hits.

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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.

Fresh 'pen allows for KC's success in extras

Fresh 'pen allows for KC's success in extras

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' showdown with the Twins on Friday, a 5-4 win, was uncommon, for a number of reasons.

The game went 11 innings, giving the Royals three extra-inning games in one month since September 2015. The final out was recorded at 2:15 a.m. CT, the latest that manager Ned Yost remembers a game at Kauffman Stadium finishing. It was the Royals' eighth walk-off win of the season, tying them with the Astros for the most in the Majors, and it was the team's sixth straight win, another season high. It also marked the fourth straight year the Royals won for Yost's birthday, as the team notched its 62nd victory in a game that started on his 62nd birthday.

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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.