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Kansas City pops Tigers, Verlander to open series

The juxtaposition was stark, the picture of two clubs trending in opposing directions.

Royals complete sweep

His hair was slicked back, and the right side of his jersey was soaked. Royals manager Ned Yost looked unkempt despite his afternoon off, following an ejection in the first inning of a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Danny Duffy dominates at Royals beat White Sox

Danny Duffy waited 762 days to return to this ballpark, the sight of his most vulnerable moment as a major-leaguer. He allowed himself a moment of reflection as he stood inside the visitors’ bullpen at U.S. Cellular Field before a 9-1 stomping of the Chicago White Sox. “The last time I was here,” he said to himself as he warmed up, “I went under the knife.”

Royals’ offense continues to click in 7-2 win over White Sox

The phone rang about an hour after Dale Sveum lost the first major-league managerial job of his career. On the first Sunday of last October, the front office of the Chicago Cubs deposed him after two seasons of service. As he walked into the Wrigley Field parking lot, unsure of his next move, he looked down at his phone to see a call from an old friend.

Royals beat Cleveland 4-1 for two-game sweep

Alcides Escobar watched the baseball disappear into the glare and waited for an opportunity. He calls the shortstop position at Kauffman Stadium home, and he understands how the sun obscures a fielder’s vision. His interest was keen as Indians shortstop Mike Aviles ranged into the left field on Wednesday afternoon, midway through the third inning of a 4-1 Royals victory against the Cleveland Indians.

Royals get production at top of order, roll to win

A grin spread across Ned Yost’s face inside his office. It was Monday afternoon, a full day before a 9-5 victory over Cleveland that boosted the Royals’ record back to .500, and a reporter had mentioned the perception that Yost is “stubborn” because he refuses to shuffle his batting order.

Royals' Moustakas rejuvenated in return

Eight games into his “new season,” a euphemism crafted by the Royals after a mid-May demotion, the evidence for Mike Moustakas’ improvement cannot be found in his statistics. He hit .152 before his departure for Class AAA Omaha; he has hit .148 since returning, with two extra-base hits.

Royals' Shields sharp in win over Yanks

James Shields pushed away his breakfast plate of toast and a halved avocado. He leaned back in his chair, swallowed a gulp of orange juice and waited for a dosage of Claritin to kick in. “I can’t even breathe right now,” he said a few hours before anchoring a 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals hit two homers in win over Yankees

The Royals don’t hit many home runs, but the ones they blasted in Saturday’s 8-4 victory over the Yankees were loud.

Yankee rookie shuts down Royal attack

The Royals responded to the embarrassing sweep by the Houston Astros of the previous week with some tone-setting victories. They took the series-openers at Toronto and St. Louis that paved the way for a positive response.

Royals take 3 of 4 from Cardinals

He had gone 60 days between appearances, first felled by a bruised finger and then stranded on a rehabilitation assignment by a Royals club in little hurry to return him to the major leagues.

Royals rally in ninth, but fall to Cardinals in 11 innings

Inside his office, more than six hours before a 5-2 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings, Royals manager Ned Yost pondered his available relievers. He whistled through his teeth as he considered their recent usage. He ticked off three names before he settled on Kelvin Herrera, the pitcher who wore the loss on Wednesday.

Royals skip through St. Louis

Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele trained his eyes into left field, hesitating for the briefest of moments. As Omar Infante headed for third, Jirschele made his decision, wheeling his arm, paving the way for the go-ahead run in Tuesday’s wild, 8-7 victory over the Cardinals.

Mike Moustakas comes through as Danny Duffy, Royals beat Cardinals

Mike Moustakas thumped a two-run, seventh-inning double in Monday's 6-0 victory over the Cardinals for his first hit since returning from the minor leagues. The Royals won the opener in St. Louis of this week's I-70 series.

Royals lose as Moustakas returns

A new day dawned for Mike Moustakas on Saturday afternoon as he rested up after a seven-hour bus ride.

Royals rookie Aaron Brooks trounced in 12-2 loss to Toronto Blue Jays

The deluge lasted for 23 minutes Saturday before Royals manager Ned Yost threw in the towel to end an 11-batter catastrophe suffered by spot starter Aaron Brooks. In his first big-league start, Brooks could not complete the first inning. The Blue Jays pummeled him for seven runs in an 12-2 trouncing. His replacement, Michael Mariot, allowed four runs in mop-up duty.

Lorenzo Cain powers Royals to 6-1 victory over Toronto

Led by Lorenzo Cain’s four RBI, the Royals blended a touch of speed with a healthy dose of power Friday evening to beat the Blue Jays 6-1. Jason Vargas tamed Toronto for six innings. The bullpen rendered the final nine outs academic. The defense was sleek and impenetrable.

Omar Infante, Royals bail out James Shields in 8-6 victory over Toronto

Omar Infante’s two-run single in the 10th inning pulled the Royals ahead in a 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays. They won in an ordthodox fashion, but they were loath to complain. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak and reduced the sting of this week’s sweep by the lowly Houston Astros.

Punchless Royals name Dale Sveum as their new hitting coach

Mired in an offensive slump that has lasted two months, the Royals have shuffled their coaching staff in an attempt to ignite their offense and on Thursday chose Dale Sveum to be their new hitting coach.

Royals embarrassed after 9-3 loss gives Houston Astros a three-game sweep

In a three-game leveling, the Houston Astros outscored their hosts, 21-5. Owners of the worst record in the American League when this series began, the Astros now have two fewer victories than the Royals (24-28). “It’s terrible,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said of Wednesday’s 9-3 loss. “It was embarrassing.”

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