Royals

Royals’ Perez, Escobar, Cain and Gordon to start for American League in All-Star Game

Half of the eight position players who take the field for the American League in the All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati will be Royals. The final votes are in, and four Kansas City players have been elected starters: catcher Salvador Perez; shortstop Alcides Escobar; and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.

Chiefs

Jack Steadman, an influential figure in success of the Chiefs, dies at age 86

Jack Steadman was Lamar Hunt’s right-hand man starting with the formation of the American Football League and founding of the franchise in 1960. He oversaw three AFL championships and a Super Bowl victory and was the principal force behind the construction of the Truman Sports Complex, home to Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums. He helped make Kansas City a major-league city.

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Royals beat Twins 3-2 on ninth-inning walk-off double, earn series split

Lorenzo Cain scored from first on Eric Hosmer’s ninth-inning double as the Royals slipped past the Minnesota Twins 3-2 and earned a split in their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Danny Duffy worked six-and-a-third effective innings as Kansas City restored a four-and-a-half games lead over the Twins in the American League Central.

Local

The Fourth of July in Kansas City: A river runs through it

Fireworks, music and food drew tens of thousands to Fourth of July’s KC RiverFest, but for many the focus is the Missouri River. Besides the entertainment — bands, colorful kites, jugglers — getting folks to see and appreciate the river is a chief goal of the festival, which was organized by Friends of the River-Kansas City.

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