2:34 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014

Royals' Ned Yost will drop Billy Butler from cleanup spot

Mired in an alarming, early-season slump, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is moving out of the cleanup spot. Manager Ned Yost confirmed the impending switch during an interview with KCSP (610 AM) on Thursday morning. The most likely result means Butler will drop to No. 6 and swap places with catcher Salvador Perez.

Thursday links: Kiper predicts Chiefs will take Marqise Lee in latest mock draft

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper released his fourth mock draft on Thursday, and for the second time in a row, he predicted the Chiefs will select Southern California receiver Marqise Lee with the 23rd overall pick.
Kansas City Star 2 hours ago

Charlie Weis: Montell Cozart is Kansas' starting quarterback

Montell Cozart will be the man for Kansas. Five days after Cozart earned Offensive MVP honors in the annual spring game, KU coach Charlie Weis officially named him the Jayhawks' starting quarterback.
Topeka Capital-Journal 3 hours ago

Montell Cozart named KU football's starting quarterback

LAWRENCE — The Kansas football team has a starting quarterback. Sophomore Montell Cozart earned the starting nod Thursday following a strong performance in Saturday's spring game. "After the completion of post-spring ball evaluations and individual player meetings, I met with the offensive staff and we have decided to name Montell Cozart our starting quarterback," KU coach Charlie Weis said in a release Thursday. read more

Minute Maid makes a difference

The left field wall in Minute Maid Park is 315 feet from home plate. The left-field foul pole in Kauffman Stadium is 330 feet from home plate, but the wall is curved there and drops away sharply. There's no signage to give fans an exact distance, but it's clear that hitting a ball over the left field wall in Kansas City is much harder than hitting a ball over the left-field wall in Houston--and both teams proved that Wednesday night.

Almonte gives up one hit in six innings as Wilmington splits twinbill

Starter doesn't allow a run as Class A-Advanced Blue Rocks win 7-2 at Lynchburg. Wilmington drops the nightcap 3-2.
Kansas City Star 13 hours ago

Royals manager Ned Yost uses pinch hitter for first time this season

In the eighth inning, Yost inserted Nori Aoki for Danny Valencia, who was starting for Mike Moustakas. Then he used Moustakas for Justin Maxwell, who was starting for Aoki.
Topeka Capital-Journal 14 hours ago

Mike Moustakas' solo shot in 11th lifts Royals over Astros

HOUSTON — Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th. A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled ‘Moooooose’ as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year. Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder’s choice. read more
Kansas City Star 14 hours ago

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.
Topeka Capital-Journal 14 hours ago

Wednesday's local scoreboard

TENNIS College women RESULTS WEDNESDAY WASHBURN 5, MISSOURI WESTERN 4 Singles 1. Buchman, WU, def. Dysart, MWSU, 6-0, 6-1. 2. Blackim, WU, def. Smith, MWSU, 6-2, 6-4. 3. O’Neill, WU, def. Chiao, MWSU, 7-5, 6-0. 4. Boldridge, MWSU, def. MoralCarretero, WU, 6-2, 6-2. 5. Beger, MWSU, def. Holle, WU, 6-0, 6-3. 6. Shepler, WU, def. Dougan, MWSU, 6-2, 6-4. Doubles 1. Buchman/Blackim, WU, def. Smith/Boldridge, MWSU, 8-0 2. Chiao/Beger, MWSU, def. Holle/Shepler, WU, 8-6 read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 18 hours ago

KU basketball notebook: Bill Self looks ahead to 2014-15; Target Myles Turner sets announcement date

LAWRENCE — Kansas coach Bill Self called up each of his assistant coaches following the national championship game last week. His message? It’s time to move on from this year. “The 2014-15 season has officially started, and you guys can get excited about it,” Self told 660 KU supporters at the team’s awards banquet Tuesday. “We’ve lost some good players, but you know what? We’ve lost some good players in the past.” read more
Kansas City Star 20 hours ago

Live updates, stats from tonight's Royals-Astros game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Tuesday's Royals-Astros game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star's Royals beat reporter. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Royals' Bruce Chen scratched from Thursday start

A minor ailment bothering veteran lefty Bruce Chen has reconfigured the Royals' starting rotation. With Chen nursing a tight left glute muscle, manager Ned Yost scratched him from his start on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. In his place, he moved up James Shields to replace Chen and tabbed Jason Vargas to start on Friday. Chen will attempt to return to the mound on Saturday when the team plays host to Minnesota.
Kansas City Star 20 hours ago

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe pleads guilty to amended charges in pot case

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was arrested in November for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana, pleaded guilty Wednesday to amended charges of defective equipment and littering in Riverside Municipal Court. He must pay $550 in fines.

Tonight's Royals-Astros lineups

The Royals look to start a winning streak against the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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