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    Torres' hit up middle becomes LL home run
    With a runner on and two out in the second inning on Thursday, Royals' No. 9 hitter Ramon Torres hit a routine chopper up the middle off Rangers starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx that suddenly turned into two runs when center fielder Delino DeShields let the ball roll through his legs.

    Gordon (hip, neck) scratched from KC lineup
    As a result of a sensational diving catch on Wednesday in St. Louis, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched from the starting lineup a little more than an hour before the start of Thursday's series opener against the Rangers.

    Which Royals prospect could be close to callup?
    Here's a look at five prospects -- one from each team in the American League Central -- who could make an impact in 2018.

    Butera, Royals roll in 10th to win I-70 Series
    Salvador Perez homered early and Whit Merrifield tied it with a sacrifice fly before Drew Butera's go-ahead two-run single in the 10th inning lifted the Royals to an I-70 Series win. Cardinals closer Bud Norris was unable to field a bunt attempt that loaded the bases for Butera. Alex Gordon made a great diving catch in the seventh and starter Jakob Junis struck out seven in a no-decision for Kansas City.

    Gordon makes amazing diving grab
    And Gordon showed off his defensive skills again Wednesday against the Cardinals in the seventh inning. With one out, Francisco Pena, who already had doubled into the left-field corner to plate a run in the second, smashed a Kevin McCarthy sinker again toward the same corner.

    Hammel baffles Cards for first win in I-70 tilt
    Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez launched solo home runs to help starter Jason Hammel, who went seven strong innings, pick up his first win of the season as the Royals evened the I-70 Series at one game apiece. Cardinals starter Luke Weaver worked with an early lead as Jose Martinez scored from third on a delayed double steal. Martinez was hung up and likely would have been out, but third baseman Mike Moustakas dropped the throw from Perez.

    Royals Minor Leaguer makes play on his back
    Royals Minor Leaguer makes play on his back

    Royals' Top 30 Prospects list
    Who do the Royals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Kansas City's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.

    Adam's stock 'trending up' in Royals' bullpen
    Amid the Royals' disappointing 14-33 start entering Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, there actually have been some pleasant surprises, such as rookie relievers Brad Keller and Tim Hill, and the continued development of outfielder Jorge Soler. And another surprise is impressing manager Ned Yost and his coaching staff: Right-hander Jason Adam, who made his debut on May 5 and through six outings has a 3.52 ERA.

    Kennedy burned by big frame in loss to Cards
    Another day in which a Royals starter couldn't hold an opponent down. And another day in which the offense couldn't put up much of a fight. The Royals dropped their third straight, this time to the Cardinals, 6-0, on Monday night in the I-70 Series opener at Busch Stadium.

    Yost focused on Royals improving, not losses
    As Royals manager Ned Yost sat in his visitors' clubhouse office, he insisted he is not down or frustrated by the team's 14-32 start prior to Monday's I-70 Series opener against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

    Melendez collects career-high 6 RBIs
    Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.

    Skoglund can't corral Yanks in rubber game
    Simply too much Sonny Gray. The Yankees' right-hander who came into the game with a 6.39 ERA, suddenly found his slider and overmatched the Royals in a 10-1 victory in the rubber game on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.



    Yost: Duffy won't work out of Royals' bullpen
    After another poor start from Royals left-hander Danny Duffy on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost said he had some ideas on how to help Duffy through his long stretch of struggles. On Sunday morning, Yost said Duffy would not be going to the bullpen and that Duffy would make his next start, though Yost didn't indicate when.

    Melendez makes Pipeline Team of the Week
    MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

    Moore stays focused on big picture for Royals
    Coming out of Spring Training, expectations for the Royals weren't exactly soaring. But no one, including general manager Dayton Moore, expected a 14-31 start, one of the worst in franchise history.

    Royals fall as Duffy can't solve season woes
    There are still no answers regarding Royals ace Danny Duffy. The lefty's rough start to 2018 continued on Saturday night as he was battered for seven hits and five runs over four innings in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.

    Damon, Beltran, Dye enjoy Royals' reunion
    As part of the Royals' Legends Weekend celebration, former outfielders Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye met with reporters prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.

    Cuthbert to DL for KC; Torres recalled
    The Royals on Saturday placed infielder Cheslor Cuthbert on the 10-day disabled list because of back spasms, and recalled infielder Ramon Torres.

    Whit's bat, speed set tone in Royals' victory
    Whit Merrifield had three hits and three stolen bases, while Salvador Perez had three RBIs and belted his sixth home run as the Royals rolled in the series opener to give manager Ned Yost his 1,100th career victory. Yankees starter CC Sabathia labored early and finished with five strikeouts, while Neil Walker's RBI single fueled a two-run sixth for the Bombers.

    Butera's pink hair honors bet with young fan
    A deal is a deal. It was Dec. 14, 2016, when Royals catcher Drew Butera made a pact, actually a hand-written contract, with Dagan Lingenfelter, a 7-year-old second-grader from the Kansas City area who is battling cancer.

    Lexington's Melendez goes 5-for-5 with 2 HRs
    Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

    Taking stock of the Royals at quarter mark
    The first quarter of the 2018 season has featured the Indians and Twins jousting for the top spot in the American League Central, as many expected. No team in the division having a record above .500 is more of a surprise. Here's what we know overall about the five AL Central squads at the season's quarter mark.

    Royals can't shake 1st-inning blues vs. Rays
    Opposing teams had scored in the first inning against the Royals in five of the previous six games entering Wednesday. That trend continued when the Rays clipped starter Jason Hammel for three in the first en route to a 5-3 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

    Hill's pitches deceptive for umps and hitters
    American League hitters have had a tough time picking up pitches from Royals rookie left-hander Tim Hill. Entering Wednesday's action, batters were hitting just .229 against Hill and striking out almost a hitter per inning.

    Yost discovers the Laurel vs. Yanny meme
    Yost discovers the Laurel vs. Yanny meme

    Herrera has rare hiccup in loss to the Rays
    Royals closer Kelvin Herrera has been virtually perfect this season, allowing one run in 16 appearances and sporting an 0.61 ERA entering Tuesday's ninth inning. But Herrera was nicked for three singles, the last an RBI hit by the Rays' Joey Wendle that was the deciding run in the Royals' 6-5 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

    Skoglund gives rotation boost, but Royals fall
    The Royals' rotation certainly has had a rough time lately, with three starters giving up nine earned runs each over the past seven days. But left-hander Eric Skoglund restored some order Monday, going 7 2/3 innings -- the longest outing of his career -- and giving up seven hits and two earned runs in a 2-1 loss to the Rays. He walked none and struck out four.

    Duda goes on DL; KC calls up prospect Dozier
    The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that infielder/outfielder Hunter Dozier has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha and will be available for tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He will wear uniform No. 17. In a corresponding move, the club has placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list with right foot plantar fasciitis.

    Matias shows off power for Legends
    Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

    Starting pitching continues rough stretch in loss
    When manager Ned Yost made the short walk to the mound to relieve starter Danny Duffy during the fourth inning of the Royals' 11-2 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday, it would be understandable if he was feeling some form of déjà vu.

    Royals inspired by Bat Girl on Mother's Day
    With the Royals celebrating Mother's Day on the road for their finale with the Indians, they will honor their 2018 Honorary Bat Girl, Mila Ellsworth, a day later. Ellsworth was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 at the age of 36 and underwent chemotherapy and surgery to combat a BRCA 1 mutation. She will be honored during pregame ceremonies prior to the Royals' Monday night matchup against Tampa Bay. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CT.

    Junis struggles vs. top of Indians' lineup in loss
    The Royals jumped on Indians starter Mike Clevinger in the top of the first inning but Cleveland answered back, and Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley proved to be the Royals undoing on Saturday, as the Indians' duo went 7-for-8 in Cleveland's 6-2 victory.