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Royals win fifth straight with 5-4 victory over Twins

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The Royals rode a five-run fourth inning and their suddenly hot bullpen to a fifth straight victory, 5-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. Three Royals relievers combined for four shutout innings in support of starter Bruce Chen, who got his first win of the season. Kansas City now is 9-7 and a few percentage points out of the AFL Central lead.

  • Alex Gordon, Jason Vargas, Mike Moustakas help Royals blank Twins to move over. 500

    These were the Royals of the preseason promise. Stellar pitching, outstanding defense and hitting that was timely and powerful added up to a 5-0 Royals victory over the Twins on Friday that worked on every level.

  • James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

    The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The string of consecutive punchouts, five of them looking, nearly matched the franchise of eight set by Blake Stein in 2001. Instead, Shields settled for a 12-strikeout performance that was his best as a Royal.

  • Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings

    Mike Moustakas’ home run in the 11th inning broke a 4-4 tie and the Royals won a wild game at Houston on Wednesday night. The Royals won for the second night in a row. With a victory on Thursday night, they can exit a road that begin in such hellish fashion with a .500 record.

  • Report: George Brett, who inspired the song ‘Royals,’ finally meets Lorde

    This is the meeting we’ve all been waiting for, isn’t it? George Brett finally met Lorde in Las Vegas, according to TMZ. A vintage photo of Brett inspired the title of the singer’s monster hit, “Royals.”

  • Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

    Yordano Ventura picked up his first big-league victory as the Royals beat the Astros 4-2 on Tuesday night in Houston. Ventura limited Houston to a pair of runs in seven innings. He struck out seven. He threw 101 pitches. It was the fifth start of his career, and yet another example of the dynamic potential that so tantalizes this organization.

  • Royals relievers struggling to hold runners during 4-7 start

    Only 11 games have concluded thus far, a mere sliver of the 162-game marathon, with a three-game series starting Tuesday night in Houston. But the Royals bullpen’s performance has been troubling thus far. The relievers are committing a pair of cardinal sins: They are not throwing strikes, and they are not holding runners.

  • Mistakes cost Royals dearly late in loss

    In the precious seconds that cost the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the critical moments of a 4-3 defeat to Minnesota, Wade Davis committed two mistakes. One was physical. The other was mental.

  • KC ace James Shields struggles as Twins rock Royals again 7-1

    Starter James Shields surrendered seven runs in the first two inning as the Royals lost to the Twins 7-1 on Saturday in Minneapolis. In the last three seasons, Shields allowed seven runs in a game on six separate occasions. On Saturday, six of the runs were unearned. He is partly to blame for that, as is third baseman Mike Moustakas.

  • Look out, Mariano Rivera: Royals’ Chen is gaining on you

    Royals pitcher Bruce Chen will never be confused with retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. But Chen, a native of Panama, shares a place alongside Rivera in the record books that he takes particularly pride in. Chen, who starts on Friday night when the Royals open a three-game series at Minnesota, leads all Panamanian-born pitchers in major-league starts with 219 and in innings with 1,483 2/3. And with 80 career victories and 1,107 strikeouts, Chen needs three wins and 67 strikeouts to overtake Rivera for the top spot in both categories.

  • Gordon, Guthrie, Giavotella spark Royals’ 7-3 win over Rays

    As the ball jumped off Alex Gordon’s bat and rose toward the right-field seats, the relief could be felt throughout Kauffman Stadium. Gordon’s three-run shot broke open the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and snapped the club’s streak of seven games without a home run, the longest dry spell to open a season in franchise history.

  • Tampa Bay Rays prevail over Royals 1-0 in pitchers’ duel

    The temporary second baseman sprawled across the dirt. Danny Valencia, a backup third baseman filling in on emergency duty, dove in vain to snag a ground-ball single that cost the Royals in a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

  • Royals optimistic Omar Infante won’t miss much time after getting hit in jaw by pitch

    Omar Infante avoided disaster on Monday evening thanks to an involuntary act: In the instant before Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell’s 89-mph fastball collided with his jaw, Infante opened his mouth. “If he would have had his jaws closed,” Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday afternoon, “the odds of fracture would have been much greater.”

  • Infante hurt as Escobar, Vargas lead Royals over Rays 4-2

    Alcides Escobar’s three-run double in the sixth inning was the big blow for the Royals in a 4-2 win over the Rays on Monday. But the team received a blow when second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch.

  • Sale keeps Royals’ offense in check

    The text message from James Shields blinked onto his phone one day in December 2012, and Mike Moustakas felt “ecstatic.” Inside his home in Laguna Beach, Calif., Moustakas was overjoyed to learn he would reunite with Shields, his former travel-league coach and the future workhorse of the Royals pitching staff.

  • Salvador Perez leads Royals past White Sox for second straight win

    Salvador Perez flipped his bat as he sprinted down the first base line, a small but telling expression of his excitement. His eighth-inning double provided the winning run in a 4-3 Royals victory over the White Sox on Saturday. Alex Gordon cracked a two-out double to set the table for Perez.

  • Ned Yost giving hitless Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar time to get out of slumps

    Mike Moustakas opened the 2014 season with no hits in 12 at-bats. Alcides Escobar is hitless in 11 at-bats. But Royals manager Ned Yost intends to allow them plenty of opportunities to wrench themselves out of early-season slumps.

  • Royals beat White Sox 7-5 in home opener

    Despite the frigid temperature and howling winds, Kauffman Stadium proved to be the balm the Royals sought after a pair of irritating losses to open their season. In their home opener on Friday afternoon, the Royals leapt to an early advantage over the White Sox and held on for a 7-5 victory.

  • Headed to the Royals’ home opener? Bring a coat

    It might be spring and the boys of summer are back on the field, but it will be chilly at game time Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Kansas City recommends on its Facebook page that fans take a coat to Kauffman Stadium because it will be chilly and quite breezy.

  • Time for the Royals’ home opener: A banner year at The K?

    The Royals may have lost their first two games of the season, but they’ll return home Friday to an anticipated sellout crowd of 40,000 with hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

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