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4/16/2015 | Royals' defense tripped up in strange 3rd frame

The Royals pride themselves on great defense. That's why it was so strange to see them uncharacteristically not make plays in a bizarre and frustrating third inning in an 8-5 loss on Thursday at Target Field.

4/16/2015 | Mauer, Twins crown Royals for series victory

Joe Mauer drove in three runs, while Kennys Vargas and Kurt Suzuki belted two run homers in the Twins' 8-5 win over the Royals in Thursday's rubber match. Lorenzo Cain homered and had three RBIs for Kansas City.

4/16/2015 | Esky thriving since inheriting Royals' leadoff role

Entering Thursday, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was riding a career-high 17-game hitting streak dating to last September, not long after manager Ned Yost inserted Escobar into the leadoff role.

4/16/2015 | Royals Minor League report: April 15

Omaha's three-game winning streak was snapped at Memphis. Luke Hochevar continued his rehab stint, striking out two while allowing a run, one hit and four walks over one-plus innings. Aaron Brooks (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) took the loss, with both runs coming in on a homer by Xavier Scruggs. Moises Sierra led the Storm Chasers with three hits, including a double. Jose Martinez accounted for all of Omaha's scoring with a homer in the second.

4/15/2015 | After shaking off Perez, Volquez dwells on 'one bad pitch'

Just one pitch. That's all Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez would like back from the 106 offerings he made to the Twins on Wednesday night.

4/15/2015 | Perfect no more: Twins hand first loss to Royals

Kyle Gibson outdueled Edinson Volquez, and Oswaldo Arcia connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning to help lead the Twins to a 3-1 win and hand the Royals their first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Target Field.

4/15/2015 | Royals, Twins turn to lefties to settle series

A couple of left-handers -- Jason Vargas for the Royals and Tommy Milone for the Twins -- will square off in the series finale on Thursday at Target Field.

4/15/2015 | Cain, Royals wear Jackie's No. 42 with pride

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said he was honored to put on uniform No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. "It's a special moment," Cain said.

4/15/2015 | Plunking by rookie pitcher 'frustrating' for injured Rios

Royals right fielder Alex Rios spoke calmly and thoughtfully about his frustration with losing time on the disabled list after being plunked in the hand by Twins rookie and Rule 5 pitcher J.R. Graham.

4/15/2015 | Royals to keep Cain in center when Dyson plays

When the Royals used outfielder Jarrod Dyson as a defensive replacement last season, he primarily was inserted into center field with Lorenzo Cain then shifting to right.

4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

4/14/2015 | Broken hand to sideline Rios indefinitely

The unbeaten Royals now will face their first perseverance test of 2015 after learning that right fielder Alex Rios will be out indefinitely with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand.

4/14/2015 | 7 reasons to love the 7-0 Royals

It's become abundantly clear that the Royals aren't ever going to lose another baseball game. Ever.

4/14/2015 | Royals Minor League report: April 13

The Naturals lost a second straight at Frisco. Starter J.C. Sulbaran held the RoughRiders to one run, five hits and no walks over five innings while striking out three. Frisco broke the game open with five runs in the sixth. Former Wichita State Shocker Dusty Coleman notched three hits, boosting his average to .412 (7-for-17).

4/14/2015 | Royals Minor League report: April 14

The Storm Chasers opened with a win at Memphis, breaking open a scoreless contest with four runs in the sixth. Brett Eibner had two hits, two RBI and a run. Reymond Fuentes added two hits and two runs.

4/13/2015 | Comfortable with KC, Kendrys has impressed

The Royals could only have dreamed how well Kendrys Morales has fit in with the team as its new designated hitter.

4/13/2015 | Undefeated Royals turn to Volquez vs. Twins

Edinson Volquez makes his second start for Kansas City after a terrific debut for the Royals. The Twins counter with Kyle Gibson, who is coming off a shaky first start. It's a 7:10 p.m. CT start at Target Field.

4/13/2015 | Royals improve to 7-0 with rout of Twins

Left-hander Danny Duffy tossed 6 1/3 solid innings, and he was backed by another strong showing from the offense to help keep the Royals undefeated with a 12-3 win over the Twins on Monday at Target Field.

4/13/2015 | Salvy knows when to push, rein in Ventura

One of the reasons it is so hard for Royals manager Ned Yost to rest catcher Salvador Perez for a day is what Perez means emotionally for the Royals' pitchers.

4/12/2015 | Royals Minor League report: April 12

No. 15 prospect Cheslor Cuthbert logged two hits, including a solo homer in the ninth, as Triple-A Omaha rolled to a 4-1 win over New Orleans on Sunday.

4/12/2015 | Gritty Royals champion impressive 6-0 start

Six games in April won't add up to a hill of rosin bags in the grand scheme of things. On the other hand, the Royals look abundantly capable of successfully defending their AL crown based on the way they have performed across the board in a 6-0 start.

4/12/2015 | Angels, Royals benches empty in strange sixth

After Angels slugger Mike Trout slid safely into home in the sixth on Sunday, he got up and yelled something rather enthusiastically. Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who was backing up home plate, seemed to take offense and had to be separated from Trout. Both benches and bullpens emptied without incident.

4/12/2015 | Royals looking to pick spots for Salvy's rest

Once again, the Royals are dealing with the Salvy problem. This, of course, is the ongoing dilemma of when and how to get All-Star catcher Salvador Perez some rest.

4/12/2015 | Twins to host Duffy, Royals for home opener

Left-hander Danny Duffy will take the mound for the Royals against the Twins in the home opener for Minnesota on Monday. Right-hander Trevor May makes his first start of the season.

4/12/2015 | Royals Minor League report: April 11

Triple-A Omaha, led by Moises Sierra and prospect Christian Binford, defeated New Orleans, 5-1, on Saturday while Double-A Arkansas won, 8-3.

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