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9/25/2016 | Super utility man Merrifield HR shy of cycle

About two hours before the Royals-Tigers game on Sunday, Royals rookie super utility man Whit Merrifield saw that he would be replacing Gold Glover Eric Hosmer at first base in the lineup. "We're finally going to get some power at that position," Merrifield joked to a reporter.

9/24/2016 | Hosmer's huge HR gives him 1st 100-RBI year

For the Royals' Eric Hosmer, Saturday's game with the Tigers certainly ended better than it started.

9/24/2016 | Ventura day to day with tight lower back

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura left Saturday's 7-4 win over the Tigers after facing one hitter in the fifth inning because of what the Royals indicated was lower back tightness and spasms.

9/24/2016 | Tigers' Boyd, KC's Volquez meet in crucial finale

Left-hander Matt Boyd takes center stage in Sunday's series finale between the Tigers and Royals at Comerica Park as Detroit tries to inch closer to a postseason berth. While Boyd faces the Royals for the second time this season, right-hander Edinson Volquez heads to the mound to take on the Tigers for the fourth time.

9/23/2016 | Royals' successful challenge pays off with run

Until the ninth inning when Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs with a triple, there wasn't much excitement for the Royals in an 8-3 loss to the Tigers on Friday night. But the Royals did rely on their excellent replay coordinator Bill Duplissea to get on the board against tough rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer.

9/23/2016 | What will roles be for Strahm, Soria in 2017?

As thoughts turn toward how the Royals will shape up their pitching staff for 2017, two names will figure prominently in internal discussions this offseason: Joakim Soria and Matt Strahm.

9/23/2016 | Tigers continue playoff chase against Ventura, Royals

The heat is on as the Tigers continue their American League Wild Card chase against the Royals on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit maintained its half-game lead over Baltimore for the second Wild Card spot with an 8-3 win in the series opener.

9/23/2016 | Tigers maintain 2nd WC with 5th straight win

The Tigers' transition from pursuer to pursued in the American League Wild Card race went swimmingly on Friday night. Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin all homered off Danny Duffy to provide an early lead for Michael Fulmer, who struck out nine Royals over seven innings for his first win in five weeks with an 8-3 victory at Comerica Park.

9/22/2016 | Vargas retires 10 in a row to close solid outing

In the search for positive developments in an otherwise rough three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians, the Royals can at least view left-hander Jason Vargas' second start back from Tommy John rehab another excellent step forward.

9/22/2016 | Royals ready to put up a fight vs. contending Tigers

Even though the Royals' postseason hopes are fading, they won't be backing down a bit in their three-game set with the Tigers, who are right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. Friday's opener features a potential pitching duel between Royals left-hander Danny Duffy and Tigers talented rookie Michael Fulmer.

9/22/2016 | Royals have goal of finishing over .500

Their division hopes are gone, and their American League Wild Card dreams are fading fast. So what is driving manager Ned Yost and the Royals during these final games of the 2016 season? Finishing over .500.

9/22/2016 | Santana's smash cuts Tribe's magic number to 4

With his latest homer in a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday, Carlos Santana not only moved Cleveland a little closer to a division crown, but he put the pressure on Mike Napoli for the Tribe's home run title this season. Santana and Napoli are now tied at 34 shots apiece with 10 games left on the schedule. More importantly for the American League Central-leading Indians was the fact that the victory trimmed their magic number to four to clinch their first division championship since 2007.

9/22/2016 | Indians catch speed demon Gore stealing

It had to happen sometime. One of the top basestealing weapons in baseball, Royals outfielder Terrance Gore, finally got caught stealing in the ninth inning of the Indians' 4-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

9/21/2016 | Indians continue AL Central push behind Clevinger

Royals left-hander Jason Vargas hasn't lost to the Indians since 2014. Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger will make his first career appearance against the Royals. That's the matchup for Wednesday's series finale at Progressive Field as the Indians look to move closer to clinching the American League Central.

9/21/2016 | Indians edge KC to shrink magic number to 5

The Royals will not be wearing the division crown this year. In a 4-3 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night, Corey Kluber continued to build his American League Cy Young Award case, Jose Ramirez roped three doubles and the Indians marched closer to an AL Central title.

9/21/2016 | Volquez wants to remain with Royals

Right-hander Edinson Volquez has two starts left this season, perhaps his last two in a Royals uniform. Volquez, one of the heroes of last year's World Series championship team, is a potential free agent in 2017. The Royals and Volquez have a mutual option for $10 million (with a $3 million buyout), but keep in mind that the Royals have never exercised a mutual option under the present regime.

9/20/2016 | Volquez breaks out of funk with strong start

Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez finally delivered like the Volquez of 2015, delivering his best performance in roughly two months as he held the Indians to one run and four hits through 6 2/3 innings in the Royals' 2-1 loss on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

9/20/2016 | Kennedy faces Kluber, division-leading Indians

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy has never had much success against the Indians -- he is 2-2 with a 5.59 career ERA against them in six starts. On Wednesday night, Kennedy will go up against right-hander Corey Kluber and the Indians, who are closing in on the American League Central title. Kluber has a 2.50 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season.

9/20/2016 | Indians walk off, slice magic number to 6

The Royals have experienced plenty of late-season magic over the past two years. Now the Indians want a turn. On Tuesday night, Cleveland continued its march toward an American League Central title with a 2-1, walk-off win over Kansas City. Brandon Guyer played the role of hero, sending a fly ball deep into the right-field corner for a pinch-hit RBI single, setting off the on-field party at Progressive Field.

9/20/2016 | Burns shows off blazing home-to-first speed

Royals fans are finally getting to see why general manager Dayton Moore traded Brett Eibner to Oakland for speedy outfielder Billy Burns. Burns was at his pesky best on Monday against the White Sox, getting three hits -- two were infield hits -- and stealing a base.

9/19/2016 | Ventura goes distance as Royals thump Sox

There's a little life left yet in the defending World Series champions. After dropping five straight games to open a crucial homestand, pushing them to the brink of postseason contention, the Royals have bounced back with three straight wins, the latest an 8-3 triumph over the White Sox on Monday in a makeup game at Kauffman Stadium.

9/19/2016 | Orlando makes spectacular leaping grab

It was either one of the better catches you'll see in a while, or it was an awkward approach to a deep fly ball rescued by a last-second stab in midair. Either way, credit Paulo Orlando with a highlight grab.

9/18/2016 | Homer marks Morales' milestone 1,000th hit

When Kendrys Morales launched a towering two-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday, he had a good feeling circling the bases, as the Royals were well on their way to a 10-3 victory over the White Sox. Then Morales got back to the dugout, learned that the homer was the 1,000th hit of his Major League career and he felt even better.

9/18/2016 | Royals, White Sox double challenge benefits KC

The White Sox and Royals had a rare double challenge during a play at second base in the second inning of Kansas City's 10-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

9/18/2016 | Ventura, Rodon square off in AL Central rematch

Ten days ago, White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon had the better of it when he matched up against Royals' right-hander Yordano Ventura at U.S. Cellular Field. Ventura will be looking to change the script on Monday when the clubs make up a May 26 rainout, conclude a four-game set and end their season series.

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