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Judging the Royals

Chen + pen = win

Danny Duffy came out of the pen and threw 96 miles an hour. He also threw a curve and a changeup. Wade Davis followed Duffy and matched that velocity with his fastball—96—and also threw a curve and a cutter. Greg Holland closed the game and touched 97 with his fastball and also threw a slider and what MLB.com called a changeup, but might actually be a splitter.

Alex Gordon puts on a show

With two outs in the top of the fourth inning Minnesota designated hitter Josmil Pinto hit an 86-MPH fastball off the wall in left-center field. That part of the wall is 387 feet from home plate, so Pinto made the turn at first and headed for second base. After the game Ned Yost was asked if he was surprised Pinto tried to go to second and Ned said no—it was a legitimate double. You hit a ball off the wall in the gap, that’s a sure double.

Ball Star

Easter Sunday lineups: Twins vs. Royals

The Royals look to pick up their sixth consecutive victory, and their second consecutive series sweep, as they face the Twins on Sunday afternoon. The game begins at 1:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

George Brett

Why did George Brett remain a Royal forever? ‘Why not?’

The idea seems preposterous these days. A player builds a Hall of Fame career — and never leaves his original, small-market team. In other words, a George Brett career. When Brett stepped down as the Royals’ interim hitting coach last week, he addressed the notion of longevity and loyalty to a franchise with a question. “Where was I going to go?”

Meet Paul Schaal, the third baseman George Brett replaced

When George Brett incurred some nuisance back problems in the late stages of his career with the Royals, he sought relief from a chiropractor in Overland Park. It turned out to be the man whose job Brett took in 1973. Paul Schaal laughs as he remembers what he said back then: “You took my job from me at third base, remember that? Here’s what I’m going to do to get even.”

James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The string of consecutive punchouts, five of them looking, nearly matched the franchise of eight set by Blake Stein in 2001. Instead, Shields settled for a 12-strikeout performance that was his best as a Royal.

Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings

Mike Moustakas’ home run in the 11th inning broke a 4-4 tie and the Royals won a wild game at Houston on Wednesday night. The Royals won for the second night in a row. With a victory on Thursday night, they can exit a road that begin in such hellish fashion with a .500 record.

Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

Yordano Ventura picked up his first big-league victory as the Royals beat the Astros 4-2 on Tuesday night in Houston. Ventura limited Houston to a pair of runs in seven innings. He struck out seven. He threw 101 pitches. It was the fifth start of his career, and yet another example of the dynamic potential that so tantalizes this organization.

Bats in deep freeze as a Giant slump continues

The most visible of the slumping Giants is Pablo Sandoval, in large part because the third baseman is playing for a new contract. After a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres that came on the heels of two 2-1 defeats, manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval would sit out and get a "mental break" Sunday.

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. NY Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays hit five homers, including two apiece by Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan, and Chris Archer remained unbeaten against the New York Yankees after a 16-1 rout on Saturday.

Recap: Cleveland vs. Toronto

David Murphy clubbed a go-ahead, three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Cleveland Indians salvage the finale of a three-game set with a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Phillies stuck on a treadmill on offense

This winter, the Rockies demolished about 4,000 seats in Coors Field's upper deck. They installed a bar with 52 beer taps and numerous restaurants. Ryne Sandberg noticed it when the Phillies took early batting practice Friday afternoon. Fly balls, he said, did not travel deep to right like they are known to at high altitude. The Phillies manager wondered if that trend would translate into the games.

Recap: Texas vs. Chicago WSox

Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff both hit solo homers to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox in the middle test of a three-game set.

Recap: Detroit vs. LA Angels

Nick Castellanos' go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim Sunday in the finale of a three-game set.