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Royals’ momentum busted by 16 Detroit runs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On the bright side, the Royals get three more cracks at the division-leading Tigers before the All-Star break, three more chances to chip away at a 5 1/2-game deficit in the AL Central.

Perez’s ninth-inning homer lifts Royals to win

Salvador Perez wagged his tongue as he bounded up a flight of steps away from the scene of his heroics. The door to the visitors’ clubhouse at Tropicana Field slammed behind him. The concrete walls could not muffle the resulting roars from his teammates.

Royals’ Vargas scheduled for appendectomy; Gordon has injured wrist

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. – Kansas City Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has been taken to the hospital and will have an appendectomy.

Kansas City’s Shields triumphant against old team

He had twirled shutouts on this surface and spilled champagne on its fringes, but never before had James Shields stood atop the Tropicana Field mound wearing the road grays of the Kansas City Royals.

Cleveland pitching sinks Royals

The pitch made Danny Valencia flinch. It was a curveball from Indians starter Corey Kluber, but Valencia could not know that. He moved to avoid the baseball only to watch it plummet into the upper edge of the strike zone, a cruel offering from a bully on the mound.

Royals’ Ibanez determined to keep ahead of age

At the start of winter mornings, Raul Ibanez resembles most well-to-do fathers in middle age. He rises early at his home outside Seattle, enjoys breakfast with his family and drives his five children to school. Then he begins the three-hour exercise routine that allowed him, at 42, to emerge as a potential midseason upgrade for the Royals.

Royals fall short in 7-3 loss

His knees caked in dirt and his face shining with perspiration, Billy Butler made the universal sign for “safe.” He had just been cut down at third base attempting to advance from first. The call on the field was wrong, Butler communicated to the Royals dugout in the fifth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Indians on Saturday, and replay would vindicate him.

Moustakas, Colon and Ventura lead way in Royals’ 7-1 win

Mike Moustakas has suffered indignities this baseball season. He slumped from the start, heard jeers in his home ballpark and earned a demotion to the minor leagues. His at-bats often end in strikeouts or pop-ups, a flurry of failure that obscures an undeniable reality: He can still pulverize a baseball when his barrel connects.

Royals’ Greg Holland would like to see Wade Davis at All-Star Game

Royals relief pitchers Wade Davis and Greg Holland dusted the Twins on Wednesday afternoon with ease, reminding once more why Royals manager Ned Yost has developed an in-game strategy based solely around grabbing a lead after seven innings. Will they return to Target Field in two weeks for the All-Star Game? The rosters will be announced on Sunday.

Jason Vargas shuts down Twins in Royals’ win

He cradled the baseball in his prized left hand, gazed at it for a moment, and then tossed the ball away. Jason Vargas is the sort who executes a slick fielding play, as he did by snaring a line drive in the first inning of a 4-0 Royals victory on Wednesday, discards the evidence and advances without sentiment.

James Shields struggles again in Royals’ loss to Twins

His walk lasted 33 steps, not nearly long enough to consider the 40 fourth-inning pitches that preceded it. James Shields removed himself from the diamond in expedient fashion and disappeared into tunnel leading into the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field.

Royals close homestand with walk-off win

The Royals managed to escape a hellish homestand Sunday with a series victory thanks to a ninth-inning error by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick. Shortly before Omar Infante won the game with a single to left, the deciding blow in a 5-4 victory, Kendrick failed to catch a throw at the bag which would have begun an inning-ending double play.

Royals end long, soggy day with loss to Angels

The would-be savior celebrated his 37th birthday nine days ago. Bruce Chen is the eldest member of the Royals, and his role lacks significance. He is the long reliever, a pitcher deemed unfit of the five-man starting rotation and a spectator during the high-leverage relief frames handled by his younger teammates.

Royals say Mike Trout didn’t hit one at Kauffman Stadium farther than Bo Jackson or Johnny Bench (VIDEO)

When the Angels’ Mike Trout knocked the stuffing out of the ball in the first inning Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, Royals officials in the press box, as they always do, referred to the chart they’ve long used to provide distance information and announced the blast that landed in the fountain to the left of the scoreboard at 445 feet.

Omar Infante’s slam sends Royals past Angels

The Royals’ 8-6 triumph over the Angels at Kauffman Stadium on Friday turned on a pair of firsts.

Royals’ Eric Hosmer searches for slump solution

Eric Hosmer harbors an odd relationship with footage of himself. He refuses to view at-bats from his wretched 2012 season, because the tape “makes me sick,” he said. The video from last year is more encouraging — except when cued up next to his at-bats from 2014.

Royals can’t hold off Dodgers

A two-month string of brilliance ended with a thud, a wince and a howl in the eighth inning of a 5-4 Royals loss.

Royals no match for Dodgers’ Kershaw

The opportunities were scant and scattered for the Royals in Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. The best appeared at 9:27 p.m., with one out in the seventh inning, when the club completed a somewhat remarkable feat: They accumulated two hits off Kershaw in the same inning.

Dyson leads Kansas City to win with glove, bat

The tributes poured in while Jarrod Dyson lay crumpled at the base of the center-field wall in Kauffman Stadium.

Royals lose fourth straight

The decisive pitch in Sunday’s 2-1 Royals loss, their fourth in a row, was an 86-mph curveball tumbling out of Yordano Ventura’s right hand. The pitch curved and bent up in the strike zone, near the waist of Seattle catcher Mike Zunino. An antagonist all weekend at Kauffman Stadium, Zunino played his role with aplomb on Sunday, crushing a solo home run to put the Mariners ahead in the seventh.

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