HOUSTON -- Auditioning for the starting nod in the All-Star Game in front of American League manager Ned Yost, ace Dallas Keuchel fired eight shutout innings and got just enough run support from George Springer's two-run homer off the foul pole in the third inning as the Astros secured a series win with a 4-0 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez will square off against Astros righty Vincent Velasquez on Wednesday when the three-game series between American League division leaders wraps up at Minute Maid Park.
The Royals have won nine of the last 10 games that Volquez has started, and he's 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA.
HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve kickstarted the Astros' three-run third inning with his seventh home run, matching a career high, while Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings as the Astros topped the Royals, 6-1, on Monday.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a detail-oriented guy.
Oh, Moore can see the big picture. That's why in the aftermath of Kansas City advancing to the postseason for the first time in 29 years, he moved quickly to sign Kendrys Morales to replace free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler last offseason.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Manaea strikes out eight and allows one run in five frames
Royals' No. 2 looks sharp in first start in 10 months for Blue Rocks
By Alex M. Smith
Sean Manaea is back on track.
The Royals' No. 2 prospect (No. 45 overall) made his return to Class A Advanced Wilmington on Monday -- 10 months after he pitched his most recent game for the Blue Rocks. The results were promising -- six hits, three runs (one earned), eight strikeouts and no walks in five innings -- with the most important stat being zero: as in, zero concerns about his health.
Right-hander fans seven and allows just two runs in six frames
By Jeffrey Flanagan
OAKLAND -- Two days after teammate Edinson Volquez recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie notched his 1,000th strikeout on Sunday during the Royals' 5-3 win over Oakland.
OAKLAND -- Royals manager Ned Yost has that Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox humility down to a T.
"Sometimes I feel stupid," said Yost, a longtime member of Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta. "Sometimes I go a whole game without giving a sign. These guys are athletic. They know how to play the game. They know when to do what needs to be done."
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.