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Infante gets break while nursing sore shoulder

Second baseman Omar Infante was out of the Royals' lineup with a sore right shoulder that's been bothering him for about two weeks and rookie Christian Colon was at second base for Tuesday night's series opener against the Twins.

Mondesi among KC prospects on AFL roster

Shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi is among five of the Royals' Top 20 prospects who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League. He'll be joined by former No. 1 Draft picks Hunter Dozier and Bubba Starling, along with Miguel Almonte, Sam Selman and Ali Williams.

Ventura to miss Twins start with back ailment

Yordano Ventura felt a back issue develop after his last outing, and the Royals hope he can return after missing just the one start.

Hendriks looking to be spot on against Twins

Liam Hendriks and the Royals will look to stretch their lead in the American League Central when they battle Phil Hughes and the Twins on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Gordon's walk-off blast rescues first-place Royals

After Danny Duffy logged 6 2/3 solid frames, Alex Gordon's two-run homer gave the Royals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Twins on Tuesday night.

Royals Minor League report: Aug. 25

Omaha dropped a second straight at Reno to fall into a first place tie with Oklahoma City.

Yanks score run after challenge overturns call at plate

The Yankees won a challenge and gained a run against the Royals on Monday night. The final run of New York's four-run seventh came on a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann, but that's not initially how it was ruled.

Omaha's Pena named catcher on PCL All-Star team

Francisco Pena of the Omaha Storm Chasers was named catcher on the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team by managers and media representatives.

Royals honor retiring Jeter with gift to foundation

The Royals paid tribute to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on Monday, in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium.

Hosmer makes progress by seeing pitches

Eric Hosmer stood in the batter's box on Monday afternoon and took some pitches. Literally took some pitches, because he's not permitted to swing at them.

Royals great Montgomery returns to TV booth

Royals television broadcaster Jeff Montgomery was back in the booth on Monday night, making a quick recovery from hip surgery.

Shields, Royals drop makeup tilt to Yankees

The New York Yankees dropped by to make up a June 9 rainout and beat the first-place Kansas City club, 8-1, with 31,758 boisterous fans enlivening Kauffman Stadium on Monday night. It's the first time the Royals have lost back-to-back games in 26 days.

Royals Minor League report: Aug. 24

Omaha lost Game 1 at Reno on a walk-off sacrifice fly. The Storm Chasers built a 3-0 lead in the first, with Francisco Pena hitting his 27th home run. Pena is third in the league in homers and one behind teammate Carlos Peguero. Johnny Giavotella doubled twice, bringing his total to 31, which is tied for third in the league. John Lamb pitched five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) with two strikeouts.

Royals win challenge on inning-ending DP

The Royals pulled off an inning-ending double play in the seventh inning on Sunday by prevailing in an instant-replay challenge.

Royals stymied by Texas as Central lead drops to 2

So the Texas Rangers were short of pitching and had to use a spot starter on Sunday and, wouldn't you know, the Kansas City bats were stilled. Scott Baker and his bullpen buddies contrived to cool off the Royals, 3-1, on a sun-drenched, 96-degree afternoon at Globe Life Park.

Holland not dwelling on back-to-back 40-save seasons

Although Greg Holland is the first Kansas City closer to record back-to-back 40-save seasons since Dan Quisenberry in 1983-84, he's not dwelling on the distinction.

Yost's trust in Crow pays off

Royals manager Ned Yost went stalking to the mound in the ninth inning on Saturday night with every intention of replacing Aaron Crow with closer Greg Holland. Then Yost looked in Crow's eyes and saw a deeply determined, dark stare.

Guthrie tosses gem as Royals add to lead in AL Central

Road trip. Sounds like fun. And, on this particular occasion, that's what it has been for the Royals, who continued their journey with a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. That gave the Kansas City tourists a 6-2 record on their trip with one game remaining.

Rangers, Royals each lose replay challenge

Rangers manager Ron Washington lost his fourth straight challenge during the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Royals.

No panic: Perez gets night off because of heat

Stop, don't touch that panic button. Yes, Salvador Perez was not in the Royals' starting lineup on Saturday night against Texas. No, there was nothing wrong with him. Just a day off from the relentless Texas heat.

Herrera enjoying being on roll

Right-hander Kelvin Herrera has been on quite a roll. After a rescue job in Friday night's 6-3 Royals win over the Rangers, Herrera had pitched 21 straight scoreless innings, dating back to June 27. Much to his surprise.

Willingham homers, adds to great start in KC

Outfielder Josh Willingham has fit in nicely since being obtained from the Twins on Aug. 11. After hitting a home run in the series-opening 6-3 win on Friday night at Texas, he was 11-for-32 (.344 average) with four doubles, two homers and six RBIs with the Royals.

Royals get their sizzle back, up lead in AL Central

The Royals restored their sizzle as a ballclub, snapping back after a loss to knock off the Texas Rangers, 6-3, as 26,991 fans soaked up the Friday evening at Globe Life Park. Billy Butler and Josh Willingham each homered for Kansas City and Yordano Ventura picked up the win.

All-Star Perez returns to lineup

As anticipated, catcher Salvador Perez was in the Royals' starting lineup on Friday night after clearing his MRI examination on Thursday's off-day.

Yost concerned about wins, not numbers

Statistics? By this time in the Royals' run for the postseason, they mean little to manager Ned Yost. The subject at the moment happened to be right fielder Nori Aoki, who was 11-for-29 before a 0-for-10 skid going into the Texas series.

Royals renew with four affiliates

The Royals announced they have extended their association with four of their Minor League clubs.

MRI on Perez's knee comes back clean

Good news for the Royals: Catcher Salvador Perez's right knee passed an MRI examination. "Everything is OK, I'm feeling pretty good," Perez said on Thursday after undergoing the test in Texas.

With Butler in top form, Royals surging

There's Billy Butler coming off the bench to belt a pinch-hit home run to sink Cleveland. There's Butler going 4-for-5 with a three-run blast in a blowout win at Arizona. There's Billy going behind the bag to snare a hot shot to help beat Minnesota. And there he is scoring all the way from first base, his heart pounding wildly in the Colorado altitude.

Royals enjoying their success, not looking too far ahead

It's been 29 years since the Royals last enjoyed baseball's postseason. No sense getting in a hurry right now. Manager Ned Yost certainly isn't. He is enjoying what has happened in the last month, but he knows better than to start thinking about what could transpire in the next month.

Duffy, Royals can't slam door on Rockies

Colorado's Matt McBride came through with his first career grand slam to hand the Royals a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night and put an end to their streak of eighth consecutive series victories.