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Royals Minor League report: May 28

A look at what happened in the Royals' organization on Thursday, May 28.

Struggles behind him, Moose can let loose

It's been an incredible turnaround for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. A year after his demotion, Moustakas is on top of the world, hitting .329 with a whopping .876 OPS.

Execution lacking for Young on HR by A-Rod

Royals right-hander Chris Young threw 101 pitches on Wednesday, 100 of them pretty close to where he wanted them.

Royals head to Wrigley for first time since '01

The Royals and Cubs open a three-game series on Friday at Wrigley Field -- it's the first trip to Wrigley for the Royals since 2001.

Home runs sink Young at Yankee Stadium

Alex Rodriguez belted a go-ahead three-run homer and right-hander Michael Pineda delivered 6 2/3 superb innings as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Rios could return to Royals on Friday

Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Alex Rios, on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha, will be re-evaluated on Thursday and could rejoin the team on Friday in Chicago for the series opener against the Cubs.

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

Sweeney dedicates Irish Baseball Hall induction to ailing father

Former Royals great Mike Sweeney, former big league manager Jack McKeon, Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, broadcaster Dave O'Brien, Mets executive Shannon Forde and legendary comedian/actor -- and part owner of five Minor League teams -- Bill Murray were the inductees in the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York.

Orlando's first home run is a Major highlight

About the only good thing to come out of the Royals' 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was the first career Major League homer by rookie Paulo Orlando.

Vargas sharp despite one poor pitch in return

All in all, manager Ned Yost and lefty Jason Vargas got what they wanted from his first start off the disabled list. After recovering from a left flexor strain, Vargas gave up four hits and two runs in six innings while striking out six in the Royals' 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Royals bitten by Yankees' early power surge

Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night. Jason Vargas struck out six in his return from the disabled list for Kansas City.

Royals lead way with 5 in AL All-Star balloting

The Royals have five players among the leaders in the first voting figures for the 86th All-Star Game to be played at Great American American Ball Park. The only other team in history to have five players voted on the All-Star team since voting was returned to the fans in 1970 was the 1976 Cincinnati Reds.

Hall of Famers, legends top list of Draft reps

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

For Guthrie, 'just one of those days'

There wasn't much for Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to say after his worst outing as a Major Leaguer. The numbers said it all.

Not Guthrie's day as Royals drop opener

The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium. New York hit three homers during a decisive eight-run first inning.

Among flurry of moves, KC puts Duffy on DL

The Royals have placed left-hander Danny Duffy on the 15-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis and recalled left-hander Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha. Alex Rios was sent to Omaha on a rehab assignment.

Slow start, tough breaks mar Ventura's line

Just because right-hander Yordano Ventura started off a little rocky in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals doesn't mean Royals manager Ned Yost didn't like what he saw.

Royals stumble against Cardinals' Wacha

Michael Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings and Matt Carpenter delivered a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, preventing Kansas City from sweeping the three-game I-70 Series.

Moose back in lineup after injury scare

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale after leaving Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cardinals in the fifth inning after taking a high-hop grounder to his left clavicle.

Volquez trusts in Salvy to escape tight spot

Right-hander Edinson Volquez induced a ground ball from Jhonny Peralta and the Royals turned a double play to preserve a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night.

Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez went six strong innings for the Royals in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings. St. Louis starter John Lackey went five innings in the loss.

Royals facing decision between Butera, Kratz

Two weeks ago, the Royals were fairly adamant that Erik Kratz was their backup catcher, even with the acquisition of veteran Drew Butera. Now, however, Butera's defensive play has created some discussion about whether that is still true.

Young making case to stay in Royals' rotation

Royals right-hander Chris Young made his fourth straight sensational start, lowering his ERA to 0.78 with six scoreless innings in helping the Royals to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.

Kendrys powerful addition to Royals' lineup

As soon as Kendrys Morales made contact with the pitch from Cardinals righty Lance Lynn in the first inning, he knew the 408-foot shot was gone. Morales knew the second one was gone, too, as the Royals rolled to a 5-0 win on Friday night.

Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

Kendrys Morales belted a pair of homers and logged five RBIs, while starter Chris Young fired six shutout innings for the Royals in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night in the I-70 Series opener at Kauffman Stadium. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn went six frames.