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Giavotella hits a home run in Omaha’s loss

It was a happy homecoming for Johnny Giavotella, who hit a three-run home run Thursday as part of a three-hit night, but Class AAA Omaha lost 12-8 at New Orleans.

A pair of pitchers with major-league experience had a rough night for the Storm Chasers. Starter Brett Tomko gave up eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two, but struck out three. Reliever P.J. Walters allowed four runs on five hits and two walks, while recording just two outs in the sixth inning.

The Storm Chasers were down 12-3, but scored twice in the seventh and Giavotella added his first homer of the season in the eighth. Giavotella, who played third base on Thursday, went to Jesuit High School in New Orleans and attended the University of New Orleans.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. 45 minutes ago

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. 13 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. 14 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. yesterday

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