Salvador Perez smacks game winner as patchwork Royals beat Texas Rangers 2-1

Salvador Perez eighth-inning rocket, which Adrian Beltre could only knock it down, was enough to pull the Royals across the finish line against one of baseball’s bottom dwellers, as the Royals (76-61) relied on a stalwart effort from Jeremy Guthrie and a patchwork group of relievers.


It’s no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.

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Chiefs’ Alex Smith takes good-natured ribbing from teammates for new deal

Very little is sacred in an NFL locker room. Not personal appearance, not on-field performance and certainly not contract status, as Alex Smith can attest. The Chiefs' quarterback was already a very rich man prior to his new four-year, $68 million contract extension, which was announced on Sunday, but tell that to his teammates, who started harassing their good-natured leader from the moment he entered the team's training facility on Monday.

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Judging the Royals

What if we didn’t keep stats?

One of my favorite people in the universe is Texas Rangers bench coach Tim Bogar. I met Tim when he was a Double A player for the New York Mets, and we’ve stayed in touch over the years. Monday night after the Royals-Rangers game, we went to Grinders, had a couple of slices of pizza, a couple of cold ones and talked baseball. During that conversation, Tim asked an interesting question: What if we didn’t keep stats?

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Food Truck Friday goes red

Join us as First Friday and Food Truck Friday intersect with Red Friday. For the fourth year in a row, you’ll get a chance to sample the city’s best street fare from 12 local food trucks. Come hang out and talk with Jill Wendholt Silva, The Star’s James Beard award-winning food editor and restaurant critic, plus meet former Chiefs players and some of The Star’s sports columnists.

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