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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. 29 minutes 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. 6 hours ago

Royals’ Tim Collins sent to Omaha for rehab assignment

After a detour at Progressive Field, Royals lefty Tim Collins is bound for a rehabilitation assignment. He will join Class AAA Omaha this weekend in New Orleans.

Manager Ned Yost indicated Collins, who has a flexor strain in left arm, would require at least two appearances before the club would consider recalling him.

“We need to check his arm, make sure it’s strong and durable and ready to go,” Yost said before Wednesday’s game against the Indians. “We need to make sure he’s commanding his fastball, his curveball and his changeup. He’s a big part of our ’pen, but he still has to get back to where he’s performing at the level’s he’s accustomed to performing at up here.”

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

Tonight’s lineups for Royals vs. Indians

One night after an offensive outburst, the Royals return to Progressive Field to face the Indians. The game begins at 6:05 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.24 ERA) faces Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.98 ERA):

Royals (10-9)

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

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