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Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

Moustakas hits grand slam in Royals' victory

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam in a seven-run first inning as the Kansas City Royals outslugged the Texas Rangers, 11-7, on Monday. Alex Gordon, who also homered, and Eric Hosmer each had three of the Royals’ 15 hits. Rangers starter Lisalverto Bonilla retired only one of eight batters he faced before being pulled after 37 pitches. He allowed five hits, walked one, hit a batter and balked home a run. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 29, 2015

Cubs hammer Royals, 7-0

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Miguel Montero, Matt Szczur and Junior Lake homered, leading Edwin Jackson and the Chicago Cubs to a 7-0 exhibition win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Jackson allowed one hit and struck out three in 42/3 innings. The right-hander was hit hard in his previous outing after he had trouble finding Oakland’s spring ballpark. Jackson is competing for the last spot in the Cubs’ rotation after going 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA last season. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 28, 2015

Infante's three hits power Royals to 10-5 victory over Diamondbacks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Omar Infante had three hits, including two doubles, and Paulo Orlando drove in two runs in the Royals’ 10-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. Kansas City used a five-sun seventh inning to gain the lead for good. Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock each hit their first homers of spring training for the Diamondbacks. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 28, 2015

Local scoreboard for March 27

SOFTBALL High school girls RESULTS FRIDAY Seaman 12, Lawrence 1 Seaman 17, Lawrence 2 BIG 12 Results Friday Texas 6, Kansas 0 MIAA Results Friday Washburn 12, Missouri S. State 4 Missouri S. State 5, Washburn 3 Emporia State 12, Pittsburg State 4 Pittsburg State 6, Emporia State 2 SOCCER High school girls RESULT FRIDAY HAYDEN 2, TOPEKA WEST 0 Hayden 1 1 — 2 Topeka West 0 0 — 0 Goals — Hayden: Paggart, Dunschee. Shutout — Hayden: Triggs. read more
Tacoma News-Tribune Mar 28, 2015

Seattle Mariners get one-hit in 5-1 loss to Kansas City Royals

The Mariners got a look, and not much else, Friday night against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura, who pitched seven no-hit innings before Seattle broke through with its only hit —
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 26, 2015

Guthrie strong as Royals top Mariners, 3-0

PEORIA, Ariz. — Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie shut out the Mariners on two hits for 52/3 innings and picked up his first win of the spring, delivering the Royals a 3-0 on Thursday. “It was good,” Guthrie. “Able to throw all my pitches for strikes and felt healthy and strong. Kept it down for the most part.” Closer Greg Holland relived and finished the sixth with a strikeout. Ryan Jackson hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth off reliever Danny Farquhar, who is in contention for a Seattle bullpen job. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 26, 2015

Former Kansas City Royal catcher John Buck announces retirement

ATLANTA — John Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Atlanta Braves as a backup catcher, has retired. The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 with Toronto, hit 134 home runs with seven big league teams. He hit .225 in 32 games with Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels last year after playing for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh in 2013. He says he wants to spend more time with his family. He hit .320 with one homer in 25 at-bats for the Braves in spring training. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 26, 2015

Royals silenced by White Sox, Rodon, 6-0

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Carlos Rodon struck out nine in four dazzling innings Wednesday night, making his latest impressive bid to join the White Sox rotation, and Chicago cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Rodon, the third player selected in last year’s draft, walked none and allowed four singles, throwing 47 strikes in 67 pitches. Rodon has fanned 19 batters this spring, tied for the Cactus League lead, in 121/3 innings. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 24, 2015

Royals' Dyson ready to fill role as needed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jarrod Dyson isn’t one who wants to slow down, but there is a possibility Kansas City fans might not be seeing the speedy outfielder quite as much this season. Last year with Nori Aoki starting in right field, Dyson would often enter as a late-game defensive replacement, and Lorenzo Cain would shift from center to right, and Dyson would take over in center. But with the addition of Alex Rios in right this year, Dyson’s late-game defensive role could evaporate, which could reduce his role to pinch-running in the late going. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 23, 2015

Peavy pitches five innings as Giants top Royals

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jake Peavy pitched five innings, and the San Francisco Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 exhibition victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday. Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik each had two hits for the World Series champions. Adam Duvall, Juan Perez, Gregor Blanco, Brandon Belt and Panik each drove in a run. “It’s good to see them break out a little bit,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “There were a lot of good things today.” Peavy, who felt ill before the game, gave up three runs and seven hits. read more
San Jose Mercury News Mar 23, 2015

Peavy, Giants beat Royals

Jake Peavy pitched five innings, and the San Francisco Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 exhibition victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday.
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 22, 2015

Hosmer, Moustakas, Rios lead Royals past Giants, 4-2

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Alex Rios each had two hits as the Kansas City Royals defeated a San Francisco Giants split squad, 4-2, on Sunday. Hosmer, who hiked his batting average to .353, doubled in the fourth and scored on Rios’ single. Rios also doubled in the sixth and scored on Salvador Perez’s single. Moustakas had an RBI double in the sixth. “We swung the bats good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Hos had some good at-bats. It was a good day.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 21, 2015

Royals blow four-run lead to lose to White Sox 6-4

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox expected big things of Courtney Hawkins when they chose him as the 13th overall selection in the 2012 draft out of high school in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hawkins has had some difficult times in his short time in the Chicago organization, but has been impressive at the plate this spring. On Saturday, he connected for a pair of two-run homers, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-4 at Camelback Ranch. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 19, 2015

Vargas gives up nine runs in loss to Rockies

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt was struck in the jaw by a line drive and walked off with a bruise Thursday in Colorado’s 13-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. The 39-year-old Betancourt was hit in the sixth inning by Brett Eibner’s liner. He was checked by a trainer before leaving the mound, and manager Walt Weiss said Betancourt passed concussion tests. “We just didn’t see any reason to leave him out there. I think their doctor came over and evaluated him,” Weiss said. Betancourt said that was the first time he had been hit in the face. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 18, 2015

Local briefs for March 18: Washburn baseball drops nonconference game at Newman

The Washburn Ichabods were held scoreless for six innings in a 6-1 loss on Wednesday at Newman in a nonconference matchup. The lone run for Washburn came in the seventh inning when senior infielder Tanner Johnson drove in teammate Alex Head. Pitcher Dan Gabler took his first loss of the season. He struck out two and gave up six hits and five earned runs. read more

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