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Naturals swept in a doubleheader

The math was ugly for Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday: 20 innings of baseball, one run and two losses.

After collecting one hit in a 1-0, seven-inning loss to Midland in the opener (Justin Trapp’s single in the fifth inning was the lone hit), the Naturals gave up five in the 13th inning of a 6-1 loss in the nightcap.

Naturals starter Tim Melville pitched one-hit ball in five innings in the second game with three walks and five strikeouts. Noel Arguelles gave up a run in the 11th, but Cheslor Cuthbert’s sacrifice fly scored Angel Franco to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. 48 minutes ago

Royals among teams expressing interest in free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan

As their big-league bullpen flounders in the early weeks of the season, the Royals are keeping their eyes peeled for external upgrades. The team will send a representative to two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan’s showcase for teams on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Hanranhan, the 32-year-old right-hander who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the past, underwent Tommy John surgery in May. He is still in the process of rehabilitating. The team has tracked him throughout the process, and appreciates his past success.

From 2010 to 2012, Hanrahan saved 82 games with a 2.73 ERA. He struck out 10.4 batters per nine and posted a 2.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He injured himself after being traded to Boston after the 2012 season.

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By ANDY MCCULLOUGH. 17 hours ago

Tonight’s Royals-Astros lineups

The Royals look to bounce back from a miserable weekend in Minneapolis with a three-game series against the Astros. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Yordano Ventura (0-0, 0.00 ERA) faces Lucas Harrell (0-2, 11.05 ERA):

Royals (4-7)

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 17 hours ago

Royals prospect Sean Manaea throws five shutout innings in Wilmington's win

Left-hander Sean Manaea gave up four hits in five shutout innings on Monday, but didn’t get a decision in Class A-Advanced Wilmington’s 3-1 home win against Winston-Salem.

Manaea left with a 1-0 lead, but reliever Aroni Nina gave up a run in the eighth that tied the game. In the bottom of the inning, Cam Gallagher singled, Mark Donato walked and Terrance Gore was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Raul Mondesi grounded to second, but the throw to the plate was off the mark, allowing Gallagher and Donato to score.

Manaea struck out five in his five innings with one walk.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. yesterday

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