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Hochevar Stars for Royals in Win Over Rays »

June 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) Hugs catcher Salvador Perez (13) after pitching a complete game shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Luke Hochevar was taken aback when he walked into the manager’s office one day and manager Ned Yost and the Royals coaches started trying to convince him to make a change. Simplify your approach, they said. Use your three core pitches. It took a while for Hochevar to buy in. Now […]

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Royals Can’t Keep Up With Cards, Fall to Sweep »

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Losing is always tough. Wasting four home runs in an 11-8 setback to St. Louis felt particularly galling to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The loss gave the visitors a three-game sweep in Kauffman Stadium just a week after KC took two out of three on the Cardinals turf. “It’s […]

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Royals Pitchers Touched up by Cardinals »

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) stand together during a pitching change in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When things have gone poorly for the Kansas City Royals this season, the attention invariably has fallen on a patchwork starting rotation that seems to be trying to soak up innings. After a second consecutive dud against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, manager Ned Yost was just as perturbed with […]

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Royals Fall to Beltran, Cards in Series Opener »

St. Louis Cardinals base runner Yadier Molina (4) scores past Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez gave the Kansas City Royals the faintest of silver linings Friday night. The 22-year-old catcher came off the disabled list and hit a two-run homer, and even though the Royals were routed 11-4 by the cross-state rival St. Louis Cardinals, his season debut gave managed Ned Yost a reason […]

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Chen Helps Royals Edge Astros »

Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon (4), Jarrod Dyson (1) and Jeff Francoeur (21) celebrate their 2-1 win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they’re happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins. Bruce Chen pitched into the sixth inning on three days’ rest and the Royals used four relievers to close out a 2-1 victory […]

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Kansas City Shuts Out Houston for Win »

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

HOUSTON  – Kansas City’s Luke Hochevar endured some good-natured ribbing from his teammates after pitching one of his best games of the season. They found it funny that he was so happy about getting his first major league hit. Hochevar pitched into the eighth inning, two relievers completed the shutout, and Billy Butler hit a solo […]

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Bixler Leads Houston over Kansas City 9-7 »

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez stares out toward right field after allowing Houston Astros' Justin Maxwell to score from first base on his throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the first inning of an interleague baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — It was a big moment for Houston’s Brian Bixler when he hit his first career home run in the first inning on Monday night. Perhaps more important than that shot, though, was his two-run double in the eighth inning that helped pad Houston’s lead and allowed the Astros to hold on for a […]

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Betancourt Homers in 15th, Royals Top Cards »

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS  – Yuniesky Betancourt started the game on the Kansas City bench. He ended it by getting the biggest hit of the day. Betancourt was called upon in the first inning when Chris Getz sustained a leg injury. In the 15th, he hit a two-run homer with two outs to lift the Royals to […]

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Royals Can’t Slow Holliday in Loss to Cardinals »

June 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen (52) wipes his face after giving up a one run double to St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (not pictured) in the second inning at Busch Stadium. Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

ST. LOUIS  – The Kansas City Royals did just fine at the plate Saturday. They broke out of a recent slump, getting a season-high 14 hits and overcoming a five-run deficit to take the lead. Matt Holliday and the St. Louis Cardinals, however, did a little better. Holliday homered and drove in five runs and […]

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Moustakas’ Throw Saves Royals’ 3-2 Win Over Cards »

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

ST. LOUIS – Mike Moustakas cut down Tyler Greene at the plate to end the game, capping a wild ninth inning and preserving the Kansas City Royals’ 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Greene reached on a two-out infield hit for his third single of the game, stole second and advanced on catcher […]

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Royals Rally With 2 in 9th to Beat Brewers »

June 14, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) is hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium. Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals manager Ned Yost and outfielder Jeff Francoeur both had been ejected long before the ninth inning of Thursday night’s game against Milwaukee, so they had to settle for watching its dramatic conclusion on television. They both saw Brayan Pena deliver an RBI single to tie the game. Neither of them […]

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Royals Ride 9th-inning Rally to Beat Brewers »

Milwaukee Brewers catcher George Kottaras, left, tags out Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler (16) during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Butler was trying to score from second base on a single by teammate Jeff Francoeur. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals had been having such a hard time scoring runs lately that they decided to wait for the Milwaukee Brewers to help them out Wednesday night. The Brewers’ bullpen not-so-happily obliged. Mike Moustakas walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning — the second walk issued by […]

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Butler’s Go-ahead RBI Lifts Royals over Brewers »

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) is congratulated by team mates in the dugout after Gordon hit a home run in the first inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium. Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Much of the crowd at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night had no doubt turned out to see the Brewers’ Zack Greinke face his former team for the first time. By the sixth inning, their attention had shifted squarely to the Royals’ Luis Mendoza. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning […]

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