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Topeka Capital-Journal 14 hours ago

Vargas' gem powers Royals to 5-0 victory against Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas pitched seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who followed up a sweep at the hands of Minnesota last weekend by sweeping Houston and then taking the first of their three-game set against the Twins this weekend. Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up five runs on 11 hits in 52/3 innings for the Twins. read more
Kansas City Star 14 hours ago

Royals blank Twins to move over. 500

These were the Royals of the preseason promise. Stellar pitching, outstanding defense and hitting that was timely and powerful added up to a 5-0 Royals victory over the Twins on Friday that worked on every level.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 13 hours ago

Royals 5, Twins 0: Ricky Nolasco roughed up again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ricky Nolasco still hasn't won a game for the Twins with his manager in attendance.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 11 hours ago

Colabello and Twins can't solve Royals

Twins shut out for first time this season in loss to Kansas City
Twinkie Town 12 hours ago

Vargas, Royals Blank Twins, 5-0

The Twins bats cooled down and Ricky Nolasco struggled again. Just prior to game time, news leaked that Jason Bartlett had informed the Twins he was retiring.  It's doubtful that his alleged "clubhouse chemistry" skills would have made much of a difference on Friday night, though, as Jason Vargas handcuffed the Twins for seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 shutout. The only real threat the Twins offense was able to mount was back-to-back 2-out singles by Twins legends Joe Mauer and Chris Colabello in the first.  Trevor Plouffe flied out to end the inning, and the Twins bats were subsequently...
Rotoworld 12 hours ago

Vargas tosses seven scoreless innings in win - Jason Vargas (S) Kansas City Royals

Jason Vargas spun seven scoreless frames in 5-0 win over the Twins on Friday night.
Topeka Capital-Journal 16 hours ago

Royals put outfielder Dyson on bereavement list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals have placed outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list and recalled versatile Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals were already thin in the outfield after placing Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list with a strained groined earlier in the week. Kansas City made the moves before Friday night’s game against Minnesota. Manager Ned Yost said he expects Dyson to return Monday in Cleveland. read more

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Kansas City Star Apr 17, 2014

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.

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 at 7:10 p.m. It can be see on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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.

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.

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.

Naturals swept in a doubleheader

Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost the opener 1-0, then lost 6-1 in 13 innings against Midland.

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