Two young starters figure prominently in Royals’ push to the playoffs

Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura have logged 273 2/3 innings this year, each on the verge of the highest totals of their careers. Neither has ever completed a full big-league season. For the Royals, the trick will be keeping the pair performing well down the stretch.

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Chiefs’ KC Wolf mascot reaches settlement after zip-line accident

Dan Meers, who performs as the Chiefs’ mascot, KC Wolf, reached a confidential settlement in a lawsuit regarding severe injuries he sustained last November while rehearsing a pre-game, zip-line routine at Arrowhead Stadium. The amount of the settlement and identity of the party are part of the confidentiality agreement, said Meers’ attorney, Tim Dollar, who emphasized the party was not the Chiefs.

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Judging the Royals

How fans can spot a good plate appearance

Ted Williams—who knew a thing or two about swinging a bat—said the first thing you had to do to be a successful hitter was get a good pitch to hit. So what exactly does that mean? First, ask yourself what the hitter is trying to do: is he trying to get on base, drive in a runner on third with less than two outs, stay out of a double play or hit the ball to the right side?

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Easy, basic recipe for barbecue Boston butt

In this third part of mastering backyard and competition barbecue, Ardie Davis tells how to barbecue Boston butt. The meat is one of the most challenging to cook, but it is also one of the most popular for puns, double entendres and team names. Here’s an easy, basic recipe.

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