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Melville pitching well after two-year battle with injuries

Right-hander Tim Melville is pitching at Class AA Northwest Arkansas, just like he was in 2012.

While Melville is exactly where he was two years ago, he’s come a long, long way.

“He had a rough two years because of injuries, but he’s off to a great start,” said J.J. Picollo, the Royals' Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development. “He’s really throwing the ball exceptionally well as far as strikes are concerned, his velocity is back. He’s been between 91 and 94 (mph), his curveball has been good.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. 1 hour ago

No pain for Royals’ Tim Collins after simulated game

After throwing 24 pitches in a simulated game, Royals reliever Tim Collins reported no signs of lingering soreness with the flexor strain in his left elbow. He could be sent on a rehabilitation assignment in the minors this weekend.

Collins pitched before Tuesday’s game against Cleveland. Pitching coach Dave Eiland was reticent about discussing Collins’ upcoming schedule, as his next stop depends on how he feels Wednesday morning. But Collins sounded optimistic.

“If it was up to me, I’m ready right now,” Collins said. “Obviously there’s a progression that they want me to stick. And I understand why they’re doing it. Like I said, if they wanted me in a game today, I’d be ready.”

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

Tuesday’s lineups for Royals vs. the Indians

The Royals face the Indians again tonight at Progressive Field. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as James Shields (1-2, 2.00 ERA) faces Danny Salazar (0-2, 7.71 ERA):

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore believes hitting will come around

Through 18 games, the Royals offense is one of the worst in baseball. They rank 26th in runs, 26th in OPS and 25th in weighted on-base average.

Their second baseman, Omar Infante, leads the team in RBI. Their shortstop, Alcides Escobar, leads the team in OPS. The team has hit six home runs; eight individual players in the majors have hit at least six, and nine players have hit five.

Among the heart of the team’s order, only Alex Gordon is performing up to expectations, with a reasonable .294/.329/.441 slash line and a 114 OPS+. Billy Butler has one extra-base hit, Eric Hosmer has four, and neither has hit a home run. Salvador Perez is batting .095 in his last 10 games. Mike Moustakas has a .492 OPS.

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 11 hours ago

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