Royals lose to Rangers 2-1, fall under .500 for first time since May 16

Delino DeShields’ solo home run off Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar was the difference as the Texas Rangers beat the Royals 2-1 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium to win the three-game series two games to one. Texas limited the Kansas City offense to just one run on a Kendrys Morales homer in the fourth. With the loss, the Royals’ record dropped to 48-49.

Lead problem (if there is one) remains a frustrating mystery in Salina, Kan.

Routine exams found 32 kids in and near Salina, Kan., with high lead levels, sparking a state probe. Residents wonder whether to blame the drinking water, a battery factory, old houses or something else. And while the frustration eats at them, a pediatrician says the “Flint influence” may be heightening concerns.

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Videos

Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on his strong outing vs. the Rangers

Royals pitchers Edinson Volquez discusses his sting one-run outing, as Luke Hochevar talks about the home run ball that got away from him in the 2-1 loss to the Rangers.
Christian Hardy chardy@kcstar.com
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on his strong outing vs. the Rangers 1:18

Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on his strong outing vs. the Rangers

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Dom Dwyer scores twice as Sporting KC routs Seattle Sounders FC

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