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Almonte gives up one hit in six innings as Wilmington splits twinbill

Miguel Almonte pitched one-hit ball over six innings Wednesday night and Class A-Advanced Wilmington scored seven times in the sixth inning of a 7-2 win at Lynchburg in in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Hillcats won the nightcap 3-2.

In the first game, Almonte walked two and struck out seven without allowing a run as he ERA dropped to 2.60. In the sixth-inning rally, second baseman Jack Lopez, designated hitter Daniel Rockett and left fielder Terrance Gore each had two RBIs. Rockett also had two doubles in the game and Raul Mondesi had a triple to open the sixth inning.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. 5 minutes ago

Royals’ Bruce Chen scratched from Thursday start

A minor ailment bothering veteran lefty Bruce Chen has reconfigured the Royals’ starting rotation.

With Chen nursing a tight left glute muscle, manager Ned Yost scratched him from his start on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. In his place, he moved up James Shields to replace Chen and tabbed Jason Vargas to start on Friday. Chen will attempt to return to the mound on Saturday when the team plays host to Minnesota.

In explaining the machinations, Yost mentioned how both Shields and Vargas were working with an extra day of rest thanks to a steady stream of off days. The new schedule “keeps Shields on his regular five days’ (rest),” Yost said. “It keeps Vargas on his regular five days’ (rest). And it gives Bruce a couple of extra days to get through this stiffness.”

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

Tonight’s Royals-Astros lineups

The Royals look to start a winning streak against the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.55 ERA) faces Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 3.75 ERA);

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

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. 13 hours ago

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