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Royals Minor League report: July 22

Jorge Bonifacio, the Royals' No. 3-ranked prospect by MLB.com, recorded a single, two RBIs, two walks and a run in Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 12-6 loss in 11 innings.

Chen ties Mariano for Panamanian wins mark

Bruce Chen and Mariano Rivera now share something besides their homeland. Both of the longtime pitchers have 82 career victories, tying them for the most by a Panamanian-born player. Chen earned No. 82 in the Royals' 7-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night.

Royals respond following players-only meeting

The Royals' players did a little soul-searching before their first post-All-Star break victory on Tuesday night. They tried that old standard -- a team meeting to shake up things. The result was a 7-1 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

White Sox gain on pair of reviews vs. Royals

The Royals challenged an out call at first on Jarrod Dyson in the fifth inning on Tuesday night and that play was ruled to stand, while the White Sox successfully challenged an out call at second base involving Alexei Ramirez that was overturned.

Gordon earns Royals' Heart and Hustle Award

When it comes to heart and hustle, many Kansas City fans think first of left fielder Alex Gordon. So it was no surprise on Tuesday when Gordon was named winner of the Royals' 2014 Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Hosmer likely out for rest of White Sox series

First baseman Eric Hosmer was out of the Royals' lineup for the second straight night on Tuesday against the White Sox. He also missed the series opener with a bruised right hand, and will likely miss Wednesday's finale at U.S. Cellular Field.

Shields looking to ace White Sox in rubber game

James Shields and the Royals will try to notch their first series win since July 9 when they take on Jose Quintana and the White Sox in Wednesday's rubber game.

Moose's homers are wakeup shots against Sox

Mike Moustakas belted a pair of homers and the Royals used a four-run sixth en route to a 7-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Royals Minor League Report: July 21

Pedro Ciriaco tied a career high with five RBIs as Triple-A Omaha defeated New Orleans 9-2 on Sunday. 14th-ranked Royals prospect Christian Colon added a solo homer and an RBI double.

Guthrie fine with payback after hit by pitches

There was a bit of baseball gamesmanship that, in the opinion of Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, was handled quite properly. And he was the guy who set it off by hitting two batters early in Monday night's 3-1 loss to the White Sox.

Solving Kansas City's playoff riddle

In first place in the American League Central on June 18, having won 10 games in a row to climb to seven games over .500, the Royals have since gone 9-18, falling eight games behind Detroit and into sixth place in the AL Wild Card race. A season that has been almost a decade in the making, one that was designed to get the Royals into the playoffs for the first time since 1985, could slip away if players don't put on their hitting shoes in a hurry.

Flowers' foul ball confirmed by umpires' review

Tyler Flowers' drive down the left-field line originally looked as if it would stay fair for his sixth home run, but the ball curved around the foul pole and was ruled foul by third-base umpire Mike Muchlinski. That call was confirmed after a crew chief review.

Vargas eyes return to KC's rotation vs. Tribe

Royals lefty Jason Vargas, who is out after having an appendectomy, will miss at least two turns of the rotation. But, if all goes well, he might return as soon as next Sunday against the Indians.

Hosmer scratched due to bruised right hand

Shortly before game time on Monday night, manager Ned Yost scratched Eric Hosmer (bruised right hand) and put Billy Butler, normally his designated hitter, at first base for the first time this season.

Butler hoping to extend stay with Kansas City

Billy Butler has had a struggle this season and no one, including him, is sure when or if he'll come out of it. One thing Butler does know is that he'd like to remain with the Royals -- even if it means renegotiating his contract.

Royals find no bargain going up against Sale

Jeremy Guthrie logged six solid innings with five strikeouts, but Danny Valencia's RBI single was all the Royals could muster in a 3-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday night.

Royals Minor League Report: July 20

Pedro Ciriaco tied a career high with five RBIs as Triple-A Omaha defeated New Orleans 9-2 on Sunday. 14th-ranked Royals prospect Christian Colon added a solo homer and an RBI double.

Twelve teams to receive supplemental '15 Draft picks

Major League Baseball's version of the Draft lottery doesn't attract nearly as much attention as its NBA and NHL counterparts, mostly because baseball's top picks aren't determined randomly like they are in the other sports. But for 12 big league clubs, the Competitive Balance Lottery will provide them with a valuable extra selection in 2015.

Ventura, Royals sputter in finale against Sox

Eric Hosmer extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but Yordano Ventura yielded six runs in just 4 1/3 innings as the Royals dropped a 6-0 decision to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Royals to keep grinding in tight ballgames

After posting a 31-25 log in one-run games last season, the Royals thudded to a 10-20 record with Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. The 31 wins in 2013 were the most in the American League.

Salvy isn't concerned about right groin strain

As if the Royals' offense wasn't having enough problems, now catcher Salvador Perez is out of the lineup. A right groin strain kept Perez from taking the field on Sunday for the series finale against the Red Sox.

Frasor looking to set stage for Royals' bullpen

Jason Frasor was brought in to help fill some of the void left when Tim Collins and Louis Coleman were shipped to Triple-A Omaha. Frasor will mix in with Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow as bridges to setup man Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland.

Royals unsure if Vargas will need rehab stint

Royals left-hander Jason Vargas continued his recovery from his July 9 appendectomy on Saturday with a workout at home. Vargas threw from as far as 110 feet, but it's unsure if he will need to go out on a rehab assignment.

Duffy, Royals clipped by another Boston blast

Danny Duffy logged 6 2/3 solid innings, but he gave up a go-ahead homer in the sixth as the Royals dropped a 2-1 decision to the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Hosmer's bat stays red-hot in loss to Red Sox

Eric Hosmer's hot streak jumped over the four-day All-Star break and continued to burn in Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. The Royals first baseman had three hits, two singles and a double, with two RBIs and a run scored.

Royals sticking with Cain as the leadoff hitter

No great surprise that the Royals began their post-All-Star break with Lorenzo Cain in the leadoff spot and Nori Aoki in the ninth spot. Entering Friday, Cain had hit .338 (23-for-68) in the No. 1 position of the batting order with eight RBIs and a .375 on-base percentage.

Gordon returns to lineup, ready to go vs. Sox

Left fielder Alex Gordon didn't play in the All-Star Game, but he was back in the Royals' lineup on Friday night against the Red Sox. Gordon missed the entire four-game series against the Tigers before the break because of a sprained right wrist.

Royals stung by pair of two-run Boston blasts

Eric Hosmer delivered a pair of RBI singles, but James Shields gave up one of two Red Sox homers in the sixth in the Royals' 5-4 loss on Friday night.

Salvy, Holland contribute to All-Star Game win

Salvador Perez caught four innings in his first All-Star start, while closer Greg Holland fired a perfect seventh inning to help preserve the American League's 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Royals to make a run at a playoff berth in second half

The Royals are in better shape this year compared to a season ago, as they entered the All-Star break two games over the .500 mark and 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. If that sounds too daunting, consider that they're just 2 1/2 games out in the Wild Card chase.