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Salvador Perez gets first day off of season in midst of slump

In the midst of a one-for-25 slump at the plate, Royals catcher Salvador Perez received his first day off of the season for Thursday’s matinee against the Indians.

Despite Perez’s cratering offensive production, manager Ned Yost declined to recognize a correlation between his catcher’s playing time and his hitting.

“He’s just struggling offensively,” Yost said on Thursday morning. “He doesn’t need (a day off) physically.”

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

Thursday’s lineups for Royals vs. Indians

For the first time this season, Royals catcher Salvador Perez has the day off. The Royals look to split a four-game set with Cleveland, with the series finale starting at 11:05 a.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Bruce Chen (1-1, 6.60 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (1-2, 5.40 ERA):

Royals (10-10)

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 9 hours ago

Royals see bright future for Mondesi

Shortstop Raul Mondesi hit a solo home run that broke a tie in the fifth inning Wednesday and Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Carolina 4-3.

The score was tied 2-2 when Mondesi hit his home run that put the Blue Rocks ahead to stay. Mondesi had three hits, scored three times and is batting .313 on the season. It was the first home run of the season for Mondesi, who is hitting .387 with the homer, two triples and two stolen bases in his last eight games.

J.J. Picollo, the Royals’ Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development, admitted it’s hard to believe sometimes that Mondesi is only 18 years old.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. 19 hours ago

Aaron Crow’s drop in velocity ‘not a concern’

During the season’s first 19 games, Royals reliever Aaron Crow faced 27 batters. Only six reached bases, and only one produced an extra-base hit. Crow has yet to allow an earned run, and could be paired with Wade Davis in the team’s eighth-inning platoon.

Yet his mid-90s fastball, the one he utilized en route to an All Star appearance in 2011, has yet to materialize. His fastball continues to register around 92 mph, according to Baseball Info Solutions, down from 94.6 mph career average.

Crow framed the drop in velocity as a conscious choice, part of his attempt to harness his command, and insisted he felt healthy. Team officials dismissed the suggestion they were worried. But rival evaluators sound less optimistic.

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. yesterday

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