Five Royals lead the way on latest ASG ballot

Five Royals lead the way on latest ASG ballot

KANSAS CITY -- Five Royals -- catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, second baseman Omar Infante, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon -- remain the top vote-getters on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at their positions for the 2015 All-Star Game heading into the final days of voting.

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Hosmer out for Astros series with finger injury

Hosmer out for Astros series with finger injury

HOUSTON -- The Royals won't be at full strength for this week's showdown series between the two teams with the most wins in the American League.

First baseman Eric Hosmer was not in Monday's lineup against the Astros due to a mild sprain on his left (throwing) ring finger, and he's unlikely to play during the three-game set in Houston.

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Escobar a late scratch due to split nail bed

Escobar a late scratch due to split nail bed

HOUSTON -- A rash of finger issues caught up to the Royals for Monday night's game in Houston.

In addition to Eric Hosmer likely missing the series, shortstop Alcides Escobar was a late scratch from the lineup due to a split nail bed on his right index finger.

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Moore's roster work bearing fruit for Royals

Moore's roster work bearing fruit for Royals

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.

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Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit

Catcher joins elite company with outstanding offensive performance

Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit

OAKLAND -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez is keeping pretty good company in baseball's record books.

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Guthrie tallies 1,000th strikeout in solid win

Right-hander fans seven and allows just two runs in six frames

Guthrie tallies 1,000th strikeout in solid win

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.

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Perez, Guthrie lead Royals in sweep of A's

Perez, Guthrie lead Royals in sweep of A's

OAKLAND -- Salvador Perez homered, and the Royals took advantage of a crucial A's error in a three-run sixth inning to secure a sweep-clinching 5-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

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Moustakas leading Majors in nighttime hitting

Moustakas leading Majors in nighttime hitting

OAKLAND -- Here's a fun stat: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is leading the Major Leagues in night hitting.

Really.

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Royals Minor League Report: June 28

Omaha Storm Chasers (40-36)

Omaha 4, Round Rock 0
WP: John Lamb (8-1)
HR: None

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Yost, Royals again off and running

Skipper has helped ensure zero letdown for reigning AL champs

Yost, Royals again off and running

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."

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Resourceful Royals edge A's for series win

Resourceful Royals edge A's for series win

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Chris Young threw six strong innings and Kendrys Morales delivered a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Royals held off the A's, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.

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Young relies on veteran savvy in rebound effort

Young relies on veteran savvy in rebound effort

OAKLAND -- Coming off his worst start with the Royals -- seven runs in 4 2/3 innings vs. Boston -- right-hander Chris Young wasn't too concerned he'd fall into a funk.

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Wading into danger, Davis holds firm for KC

Wading into danger, Davis holds firm for KC

OAKLAND -- The two things you rarely see from Royals reliever Wade Davis are runs allowed or emotion.

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Royals Minor League report: June 27

Royals Minor League report: June 27

Omaha Storm Chasers (39-36)

Round Rock 5, Omaha 1
LP: Aaron Brooks (4-4)
HR: None

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Fore! Moustakas aces hole at Pebble Beach

Fore! Moustakas aces hole at Pebble Beach

OAKLAND -- It has been quite a year for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

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Volquez grabs 1,000th career strikeout in win

Right-hander fans three and allows just one run over seven innings

Volquez grabs 1,000th career strikeout in win

OAKLAND -- In his last start, Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez didn't strike out a batter for just the third time in his career.

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Herrera shrugs off boo-birds in Oakland

Right-hander spins clean eighth, striking out one in Friday's win

Herrera shrugs off boo-birds in Oakland

OAKLAND -- The loudest boos of Friday's 5-2 Royals win were saved for Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera.

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Sharp Volquez, 2 Royals homers sink A's

Sharp Volquez, 2 Royals homers sink A's

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven strong innings, and Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon each homered, as the Royals held off the Oakland A's, 5-2, on Friday night.

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Royals Minor League report: June 26

Royals Minor League report: June 26

Omaha Storm Chasers (39-35)

Round Rock 4, Omaha 1
LP: Yordano Ventura (0-1)

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If tensions rise, Butler would play peacemaker

If tensions rise, Butler would play peacemaker

OAKLAND -- The last time the Royals and A's met, former Royal and current A's designated hitter Billy Butler was put in an awkward spot.

When the benches cleared more than once in that tension-filled series, Butler wasn't quite sure how to react. He wasn't about to leap in and start swinging at his old teammates, players he still calls friends. But he couldn't back down, either, and lose the trust of his new teammates.

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KC's Mondesi, Cuthbert named to Futures Game

Royals prospects selected to World Team roster for July 12 exhibition

KC's Mondesi, Cuthbert named to Futures Game

KANSAS CITY -- Prospects Raul Mondesi and Cheslor Cuthbert are slated to represent the Royals in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Facing new rival in A's, Royals focused on field

Memories linger, but Kansas City ready to keep quarrels in past

Facing new rival in A's, Royals focused on field

OAKLAND -- It was more than two months ago, but the A's-Royals series at Kauffman Stadium from April 17-19 -- the first meeting between the clubs since the Royals rallied for a victory in last season's American League Wild Card Game -- was easily the most volatile of the season.

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Duffy finds 'good starting point' in solid return

Royals starter allows 1 earned run, walks none in 4 2/3 innings

Duffy finds 'good starting point' in solid return

SEATTLE -- It had been 39 days since Royals left-hander Danny Duffy joined his buddies on the field in a meaningful game.

"It felt so good to contribute again," Duffy said. "It'd been so long."

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Royals Minor League report: June 25

Omaha Storm Chasers (39-34)

Iowa 3, Omaha 2 (Game One - 10 innings)
LP: Buddy Baumann (1-1)
HR: Casey Kotchman (6)

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Moose, Royals bust loose in 4th, drop Seattle

Moose, Royals bust loose in 4th, drop Seattle

SEATTLE -- Mike Moustakas drilled a two-run homer as part of a seven-run fourth inning and left-hander Danny Duffy delivered 4 2/3 effective innings in his first start back from injury as the Royals handled the Mariners, 8-2, on Wednesday night at Safeco Field.

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Madson gets milestone in comeback with win

Royals reliever earns 1st victory since 2011, lowers ERA to 1.82

Madson gets milestone in comeback with win

SEATTLE -- The long road back to the big leagues reached another milestone for Royals reliever Ryan Madson: He got his first win since Sept. 7, 2011, as the Royals beat the Mariners, 8-2, on Wednesday night.

"It felt good but I really think Danny [Duffy] deserved it, not me," Madson said. "He's the one who worked hard and gave us a good start. He earned it."

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Hosmer caught in All-Star vote; Perez tops AL

Hosmer caught in All-Star vote; Perez tops AL

SEATTLE -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been caught by Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in All-Star voting, but the Royals still have seven would-be starters.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

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