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Royals, Yanks on opposite ends of playoff-race spectrum

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The playoff races in the American League are dwindling to the final three weeks of the season. At one end of the spectrum, the Royals control their own fate, leading the Central over Detroit. At the other end, the Yankees are watching their chances of ... Read More »

Cain talks exciting October in Chatting Cage

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The Royals and Cameron Lo Cain are both due this October. The former has not been to the postseason since 1985. The latter will be born to expecting parents Lorenzo and Jenny Cain around the middle of that month, near the time when an American League c... Read More »

Herrera emerging as dependable late-game weapon

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Wade Davis has proven himself as one of the most effective eighth-inning pitchers in the Major Leagues. Closer Greg Holland leads the American League in saves. Now another right-hander, Kelvin Herrera, is establishing himself as a master of the seventh... Read More »

Royals seeking improvement in one-run games

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The Royals fell to 12-21 in one-run games with a 2-1 loss Tuesday to the Twins. The struggles in one-run games come a year after Kansas City led the American League with 31 one-run victories. Its 21 one-run losses this season lead the AL. Read More »

Salvy, Holland contribute to All-Star Game win

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Salvador Perez caught four innings in his first All-Star start, while closer Greg Holland fired a perfect seventh inning to help preserve the American League's 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Target Field. Read More »

Salvy gearing up for first All-Star Game start

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Salvador Perez says he's excited about getting to start the All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field as the American League catcher, but probably not more than his mother, Yilda. Perez is one of three Royals on the AL squad. Read More »

Holland among five worthy Royals for All-Star Game

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Closer Greg Holland is among five Royals that manager Ned Yost is endorsing to represent the club and the American League at the 85th All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field. Read More »

Esky’s stats rank among top AL vote-getters

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Royals infielder Alcides Escobar remains out of the top five among American League shortstops, despite a nice bounce-back season. Escobar batted .234 with a .259 on-base percentage in 2013, but he has elevated those figures in the first half of this year. Read More »

Fans can boost Salvy, Royals in All-Star voting

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Last year, Salvador Perez was a choice in the players' vote and could be again. However, if Royals fans can rally their ballots, he has a chance to be the starting catcher for the American League. Read More »

Guthrie seeking groove against former team

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Jeremy Guthrie's 4.80 ERA is the highest mark in a Kansas City rotation that ranks among the American League leaders in ERA. On Friday, he has an opportunity to take a step toward reversing this trend against his former Orioles team, which counters wit... Read More »

Facing Indians, Vargas has been stingy of late

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Left-hander Jason Vargas, in his four starts for the Royals, has been the model of efficiency. He's thrown at least seven innings in each outing and his 1.24 ERA was third in the American League. His mound opponent on Wednesday night, Indians right-han... Read More »

KC’s Ventura elevating already-impressive staff

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Before the start of the season, you could have confidently predicted that the pitching staff of the Kansas City Royals would be one of the best in the American League. Now, it can be safely suggested that the Royals' pitching may be even better than ex... Read More »

Myers-Shields trade rare deal that helps both clubs

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The trade that helped both teams is generally more rhetoric than reality. Most trades produce two things: one winner and one loser. But at Kauffman Stadium this week we have an example of a trade that really did help both clubs. This trade was so good ... Read More »

Royals prepping for Tigers’ new speed game

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The word around Detroit is that the 2014 Tigers are switching to speed and athleticism as opposed to the old power and mayhem in their offense. The Tigers stole all of 35 bases last year, last in the American League, while the Royals had a league-high ... Read More »