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Kansas City Star 8 hours ago

The Star's live updates from the Royals-Astros game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Thursday's Royals-Astros game for live stats and updates from The Star's reporters. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.
Ball Star | Kansas City Star 8 hours ago

Thursday's Royals-Astros lineups

For the first time this season, Billy Butler will not bat cleanup for the Royals. Manager Ned Yost dropped him to No. 6 and installed catcher Salvador Perez as his new cleanup hitter as the Royals go for a sweep of the Astros on Thursday night. The game begins...
CSN Houston 2 hours ago

Instant replay: Astros get swept by Royals

James Shields struck out 12 Astros batters on Thursday in a Houston loss to Kansas City for the third straight game.
Houston Chronicle 2 hours ago

Astros’ losing streak hits four after being swept by Royals

Scott Feldman’s expression hardly changed Thursday night as yet another game quickly unraveled for the Astros. The big righthander just went through the worst eight days of his life, but you couldn’t tell by his mound presence. The record will show that the...
Kansas City Star 3 hours ago

James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The string of consecutive punchouts, five of them looking, nearly matched the franchise of eight set by Blake Stein in 2001. Instead, Shields settled for a 12-strikeout performance that was his best as a Royal.
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago

Shields fans 12 as Royals sweep Astros

HOUSTON — James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night. Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. He got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak...
Royals' Ned Yost will drop Billy Butler from cleanup spot

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.
Rotoworld 2 hours ago

Billy Butler reaches twice from sixth spot - Billy Butler (DH) Kansas City Royals

Dropped from the cleanup spot for the first time this season, Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday against the Astros.

Royals' Cain on disabled list

The Royals placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Justin Marks from Class AAA Omaha before Thursday's game in Houston.
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

Royals place Cain on DL with groin strain

HOUSTON — Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Cain was injured trying to beat a throw to first base in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. He is hitting .333 with five RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games this season. Manager Ned...

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Omaha rolls to 14-1 victory on a night all Royals affiliates win

The Storm Chasers thump Round Rock 14-1 behind three-hit nights from Jesus Flores and Brett Eibner.

The Royals are back to .500

The Royals completed a sweep of the Houston Astros and are now back to .500 with a record of seven wins and seven losses. James Shields got his first win of the season by pitching eight innings and giving up just one run. Shields also struck out 12, while giving up two walks and four singles--and two of them were infield singles. That's some pretty good pitching.
Kansas City Star 1 hour ago

Cain 'disappointed' by trip to DL; Dyson going on bereavement leave

Cain will undergo an MRI and further evaluations by team doctors in Kansas City on Friday. The team will be without their talented but fragile center fielder for at least two weeks.
Detroit Free Press 7 hours ago

April 18, 1984: 'Charmed' Tigers improve to 9-0 on Royals error in 10th inning

It was the longest, toughest Tiger game of the season, but in the end, it was simply another victory. After putting up with three days of rain, four postponed games, hours of uncharacteristic leisure and a 40-degree chill Wednesday night, the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in 10 innings -- their ninth win in nine games.

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 Apr 17, 2014

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 Apr 17, 2014

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 Apr 17, 2014

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.
Kansas City Star Apr 16, 2014

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.

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