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4/22/2014 | Collins takes another step toward return to 'pen

Left-hander Tim Collins is getting closer to returning to the Royals' bullpen. Collins threw 20 to 25 pitches Tuesday under mock game conditions.

4/22/2014 | Home run shortage not a concern for Yost

It's been a slow go for the Royals in the home run department. Through Monday's games, they ranked last among the 30 Major League teams in homers with six. The Angels led the Majors with 29.

4/22/2014 | Yost recalls hitless season in high school

Royals manager Ned Yost, doing a little reminiscing, recalled how slow his baseball career was to take off.

4/22/2014 | Shields continues road success in Cleveland

Since joining the Royals, James Shields has become quite the happy traveling troubadour with a dozen victories away from Kansas City. His latest win came over the Indians, 8-2, with Mike Moustakas pounding a three-run homer on a chilly Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

4/22/2014 | Vargas-Masterson a matchup of efficient hurlers

Left-hander Jason Vargas, in his four starts for the Royals, has been the model of efficiency. He's thrown at least seven innings in each outing and his 1.24 ERA was third in the American League. His mound opponent on Wednesday night, Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, has been pretty efficient himself lately with 16 strikeouts in his last 11 innings.

4/22/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 21

Omaha was held to two hits and a walk in a home loss. Francisco Pena singled in the third and Brian Fletcher added the second hit in the fifth.

4/22/2014 | First-base coach Kuntz out with broken arm

Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz sustained a broken left arm after being struck by a line drive off the bat of catcher Salvador Perez during batting practice prior to Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Indians. Kuntz will undergo surgery on Wednesday morning.

4/22/2014 | Squirrel avoids contact in Royals-Indians tilt

At least no baseball struck the squirrel that cavorted on the field during the Royals-Indians game on Monday night. The same couldn't be said for a seagull that intervened in their game on June 10, 2009, at Progressive Field. In fact, the seagull proved to be in play in that contest.

4/21/2014 | Dyson slated to platoon in center with Maxwell

Jarrod Dyson rejoined the Royals on Monday and was in center field against the Indians in the series opener. Dyson missed the home series against the Twins while on bereavement leave. To clear roster space, left-handed pitcher Justin Marks was returned to Triple-A Omaha.

4/21/2014 | Royals remember on day of Boston Marathon

With the running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, the tragedy of 2013 was a year away but it was remembered well by the Royals, who last year became witnesses and participants in the aftermath as they became the first team to visit Boston following the bombings.

4/21/2014 | Guthrie, Royals can't beat pair of Indians' jacks

Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar belted RBI hits during a three-run fifth, but Jeremy Guthrie yielded a pair of two-run home runs in the Royals' 4-3 loss to the Indians on Monday night.

4/21/2014 | Salazar, Indians looking to stay tough on Royals

Ace right-hander James Shields and the Royals will look to snap a two-game skid in Tuesday night's rematch against Danny Salazar and the Indians at Progressive Field.

4/21/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 20

Johnny Giavotella dashed home on a wild pitch in the 10th as Omaha knotted the series at a game apiece. Giavotella was 3-for-4 plus two walks and two runs. He's batting .400 (14-for-35) with Omaha.

4/20/2014 | Yost: Butler may return to cleanup spot

Billy Butler is showing enough good signs at the plate that he might get back into his usual cleanup spot on Monday night at Cleveland.

4/20/2014 | Royals, Indians set to clash for first time in '14

Beginning Monday, the Indians and Royals will clash for the first time in 2014 in a four-game series at Progressive Field. Jeremy Guthrie gets the start for the Royals, with Zach McAllister taking the mound for the home team.

4/20/2014 | The K ready for College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic

Billed as "The National College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic at The K," Missouri and Wichita State will converge at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to represent the Southeastern Conference and Missouri Valley Conference, respectively.

4/20/2014 | Duffy feeling at home in bullpen

This bullpen business seems to suit Danny Duffy pretty well. When he helped preserve Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins with two scoreless innings, it gave him a nice set of statistics for his first foray into relief work. In three games, he has thrown 6 1/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts against two walks and three hits.

4/20/2014 | Aoki on fire at Kauffman Stadium

Early season statistics can produce some oddities.Take right fielder Nori Aoki's home and away averages as the Royals headed into Sunday's game against the Twins. Aoki was hitting a rousing .448 (13-for-29) in seven games at Kauffman Stadium, as opposed to only .103 (3-for-29) in eight games on the road.

4/20/2014 | Royals' streak ends behind shaky Ventura

Prize rookie Yordano Ventura wanted to make his sixth big league start a sixth straight victory for the Royals. It didn't work out that way. The Minnesota Twins got to Ventura early and ended the Royals' winning streak at five games, 8-3, on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

4/20/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 19

Omaha lost the series opener to the Sounds, with the five hits a season low for a nine-inning game. Johnny Giavotella led the Storm Chasers with two hits, raising his average to .355 (11-for-31). Paulo Orlando added a two-out RBI in the seventh. P.J. Walters recorded a quality start, striking out four while allowing three runs, seven hits and a walk over 7.0 innings.

4/19/2014 | Coleman sharp in closing out Royals victory

After a rusty first appearance on April 11 at Minnesota, reliever Louis Coleman didn't pitch again until a week later. And when he faced the Twins to wrap up the Royals' 5-0 win on Friday night, he was much improved.

4/19/2014 | Butler feeling positive vibes after multi-hit day

After a worrisome and completely uncharacteristic period early in the season, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is showing positive signs of regaining his old flair at the plate -- collecting two hits in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins.

4/19/2014 | Bullpen arms heating up during win streak

There's been a warming trend sighted recently for the Royals' bullpen. Starting in the three-game sweep of Houston and continuing through two wins in the current series with Minnesota, Kansas City relievers posted 14 scoreless innings.

4/19/2014 | Royals ride five-run frame to fifth straight win

Bruce Chen gave up four runs in five innings, but the offense exploded for five runs in the fourth as the Royals extended their win streak to five with a 5-4 victory over the Twins on Saturday.

4/19/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 18

Carlos Peguero's homer in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie as Triple-A Omaha took three of four from Round Rock.

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