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Jason Vargas throws to Alex Rios in simulated game as both Royals recover from injuries

kansascity.com — Jason Vargas threw a three-inning simulated game in what figures to be the final step in the recovery process from an elbow injury before returning to the rotation. Among the hitters he faced, Alex Rios, who took outdoor batting practice for first time since fracturing a hand bone in April.

Show-Me showdown: Is Royals-Cardinals weekend series a World Series preview?

kansascity.com — The Royals lead the American League Central, the Cardinals top the National League Central. Could Friday-Sunday games at Kauffman Stadium be a preview of the World Series?

Selfie Joe? Vice President takes picture with Royals fan at Yale ceremony

kansascity.com — Vice President Joe Biden took a picture at Yale University's graduation last weekend with Royals fan Korbin Richards, who attended Shawnee Mission South and was wearing a KC hat.

Twenty-four straight scoreless innings for Royals staff matches record

kansascity.com — When Jeremy Guthrie walked off the mound after the sixth inning Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, the Royals had matched a club record that had stood for nearly four decades. The pitching staff had combined to throw 24 consecutive scoreless innings.

Yordano Ventura pitches seven shutout innings as Royals top Reds 3-0

kansascity.com — Breaking down last season's record, the Royals didn't reach the postseason because of their success at home, three games above .500. They barely broke even against their Central Division rivals. But the Royals dominated the National League, finishing with baseball's best interleague record.

Royals bring pitcher Joe Blanton up from Omaha, send Aaron Brooks down

kansascity.com — In April 2014, right-hander Joe Blanton was done with baseball. He made two minor-league starts for the Athletics, who had signed Blanton after he had been released by the Angels, and that was it. He didn't touch a baseball again until December. That's why Saturday felt so good to the newest member of the Royals.

Chris Young, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas lead Royals over Yankees 12-1

kansascity.com — Lorenzo Cain went three for four and had five RBI while Mike Moustakas had a triple, two doubles and a single Friday as the Royals drubbed the Yankees 12-1 to open their weekend series at Kauffman Stadium. Chris Young scattered four hits in 5 1/3 innings a third straight terrific start.

Kentucky at KU highlights Big 12/SEC Challenge

kansascity.com — Kentucky at Kansas is the highlight of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, a series of 10 games to be played on Jan. 30, 2016 and televised by ESPN. The matchups were announced on Thursday. Kansas State will meet Mississippi in Bramlage Coliseum.

Courtney Frerichs, UMKC’s latecomer to running, now has Olympic hopes

kansascity.com — Courtney Frerichs never competed in the state high school track meet in Missouri but has returned remarkable dividends at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, developing into one of the nation's top distance runners. She takes a national collegiate best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase into the Western Athletic Conference championships this week in Orem, Utah.

Relaxed Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks to keep momentum going at Kansas Speedway

kansascity.com — Coming off last weekend's victory at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks to maintain momentum at Kansas Speedway. What he's already found is peace of mind.
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May 22, 2015

Best record in baseball now belongs to #Royals (27-14) after 5-0 W over Cards. Royals have won 4 straight, outscoring oppo 22-1

May 22, 2015

Chris Young's amazing stretch as a starter continues, 6 scoreless tonight. 4 games, 22 1/3 IP, 0.40 ERA. In line for W tonight.

May 22, 2015

13th career multi-HR game for #Royals Morales. Turns out, he didn't get all of the 1st tonight (404 ft.) This one measured 418

May 22, 2015

Royals-Cards fans at The K, @McCulloughStar guess seems right, 65-35. Maybe 70% blue. Full house, great atmosphere.

May 22, 2015

First move in I-70 series belongs to #Royals, a 3-run bomb by Kendrys Morales, 404 feet to right

May 22, 2015

Danny Duffy will skip sat start va cards with shoulder stiffness. Will go tues in ny

May 21, 2015

Quite the Ring of Honor class at K-State: Darren Sproles, Jordy Nelson, Michael Bishop, Clarence Scott to be honored at opener halftime.

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