Royals slip in WC race with extras loss to Yanks

Royals slip in WC race with extras loss to Yanks

KANSAS CITY -- And Round two goes to the Yankees.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who had four hits, clanked a bases-loaded ground ball off reliever Joakim Soria that went for an infield hit and drove in the go-ahead run as the Yankees grabbed a 5-4 win over the Royals in 10 innings on Tuesday night to even series at one game apiece. The game was delayed 59 minutes by rain after the fifth inning.

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

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Royals run out of timely hits with 2 on in 10th

After rallying to tie it in 8th, K.C. misses golden chance for series win

Royals run out of timely hits with 2 on in 10th

KANSAS CITY -- After battling back from an early four-run deficit against the Yankees, the Royals seemed poised to tie the game, or win it, in the 10th inning with two runners in scoring position and none out.

But the team known for its propensity for late-inning magic was unable to pull it off as two strikeouts and a flyout ended the drama in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night.

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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.

Cain ended up flat on his stomach after monster swing

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Cain ended up flat on his stomach after monster swing

Lorenzo Cain swung very hard in his at-bat during the third inning of Tuesday's Yankees-Royals matchup. Trailing, 4-1, the Royals had a runner on third base, and Cain just wanted to help his team mount a comeback. He put all his might into his swing ... only to watch the ball sail foul. 

Cain was so disappointed that he decided to cancel the rest of the at-bat, and the game, and just go to sleep right there on home plate.

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Kennedy looks to help Royals rebound in rubber game

Kennedy looks to help Royals rebound in rubber game

As the Royals and Yankees head into September, expanded rosters and the postseason push, they'll have one final regular-season matchup. Right-hander Ian Kennedy will start the series finale on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals look to close out their winningest August since 1989 with an eighth straight series win.

While the Royals pitching has propelled them toward contention, Kennedy (9-9, 3.57 ERA) has been on the forefront. The right-hander has diced through opposing lineups, posting a dominant 1.14 ERA in his last six starts. Kennedy has made five quality starts in that stretch and has allowed more than one run in a game in just one of those starts.

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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.

Royals' playoff push rewarding Moore's faith

GM opted to keep club intact at non-waiver Trade Deadline

Royals' playoff push rewarding Moore's faith

KANSAS CITY -- Royals infielder Christian Colon sat at his locker before Tuesday's game against the Yankees and began chatting about the team's amazing surge back into postseason contention.

Colon suddenly stopped himself to give credit to the person he felt wasn't getting enough credit for the turnaround.

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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.

Ray, O'Hearn among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pair of Pirates players shine in impressive outings

Ray, O'Hearn among top prospect performers Tuesday

Mitch Keller may have moved up a level, but the results stayed the same.

Keller made his debut with Class A Advanced Bradenton and led the club to a 8-1 win over Jupiter on Tuesday.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gee delivering stability as Royals' fifth starter

Right-hander keeps Yanks in check for 3rd quality start in August

Gee delivering stability as Royals' fifth starter

KANSAS CITY -- In a crucial series opener against the Yankees, Royals right-hander Dillon Gee delivered.

Gee gave up just four hits, which matched a season low, and one run in six innings in an 8-5 win to pull Kansas City just two games back of Baltimore for an American League Wild Card spot for the first time since the All-Star break. Gee struck out four, all looking, while walking one batter. It was his seventh straight start of five innings or more, a mark he has hit in 10 of his last 12 starts, and couldn't have come at a bigger time.

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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.

Royals ride 5-run 7th to gain in Wild Card race

Royals ride 5-run 7th to gain in Wild Card race

KANSAS CITY -- It has been years -- decades? -- since the Royals and Yankees squared off this late in the season with serious postseason hopes on the line for both teams.

And the surging Royals came out swinging first in the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, punching across three runs in the first and then riding the strong pitching of right-hander Dillon Gee in an 8-5 win on Monday night.

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

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Royals fan dresses as giant bird, wears mantis on cap

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Royals fan dresses as giant bird, wears mantis on cap

The Royals are all-in on their Rally Mantis. They care for it, give it the affection a growing mantis needs, and they are rewarded: The team has lost only twice since the discovery of Rally Mantis Jr. So, thankful for its magical win-inducing powers, Royals fans seem to be all-in on the Rally Mantis, too.

Even the Royals fans dressed like giant birds.

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Royals acquire Nava in trade with Angels

Royals acquire Nava in trade with Angels

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced on Monday night that they acquired outfielder Daniel Nava in a trade with the Angels for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Nava hit .235 with one home run in 45 games with the Angels this season. He owns a career average of .263, and previously spent time with the Red Sox and Rays before signing a one-year contract for $1.375 million with the Angels in December.

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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.

Volquez focused on present, not past starts

Royals right-hander looking to help red-hot rotation keep rolling

Volquez focused on present, not past starts

KANSAS CITY -- On Monday, right-hander Edinson Volquez sat in the Royals' clubhouse, listening to music coming out of his locker. His eyes were down, focused on a baseball-reference spreadsheet on his phone, as he prepared for his start against the Yankees on Tuesday.

In his last start against the Marlins, Volquez shrugged off a spell of rough outings. He pitched five strong innings, giving up two runs (zero earned). The outing snapped a stretch of five straight in which Volquez had allowed four or more runs, and was the first time he hadn't yielding an earned run in a start since June.

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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.

Mondesi's bases-clearing triple picks up KC

Rookie fuels 8-run inning, erases impact of Orlando's rare miscue

Mondesi's bases-clearing triple picks up KC

BOSTON -- This is what is known as picking up a teammate.

After center fielder Paulo Orlando committed a critical two-base error that led to a three-run fifth inning for the Red Sox, rookie Raul Mondesi whacked a three-run triple to highlight an eight-run sixth inning Sunday night for the Royals, who stormed ahead to a 10-4 victory.

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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.

Magic 8 ball: Royals stun Boston with monster inning

Magic 8 ball: Royals stun Boston with monster inning

BOSTON -- The surging Royals, who have thrived on the big stage in recent years, stunned the Red Sox with an eight-run sixth inning that fueled a 10-4 victory on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

The impressive barrage, led by rookie Raul Mondesi's three-run triple that put Kansas City on top for good, gave the defending World Series champions a series victory and their 17th win in the last 21 games.

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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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Strahm impressing out of KC 'pen with ease

Rookie spins 0.68 ERA in first 10 Major League games

Strahm impressing out of KC 'pen with ease

BOSTON -- It is not supposed to be this easy. Royals rookie left-hander Matt Strahm burst onto the scene last month and has been nothing short of phenomenal since.

After another brilliant outing (2 2/3 scoreless innings) in the Royals' 10-4 victory Sunday night against the Red Sox, Strahm lowered his ERA to 0.68 in 10 games.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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