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Former Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane teaches unique pitch to young baseball players

Former Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane teaches kids a knuckle-curveball pitch they hold with two fingers. As his students get older, he switches them over to the traditional one-finger knuckle-curveball. Baseball people around the Kansas City area have taken notice.

Judging the Royals

Win or lose, the Royals need to control what they can

The Royals lost 8-3 to the Texas Rangers on Friday night, and after the game, manager Ned Yost said there wasn’t much that the team could do except keep grinding away. That’s true if you’re playing well and just having bad luck, but the Royals aren’t playing well. It’s not all bad luck. There are things the Royals can control … and they’re not controlling them.

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Rick Porcello pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game since 2014, Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Friday night.

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Reds blank Padres, 6-0

SAN DIEGO-The San Diego Padres' push to extend their home run streak to a National League-record 26 games took a serious hit two batters into Friday's game. Of greater concern in a 6-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, naturally, is the hit that Alex Dickerson took while tracking Zack Cozart's first-inning triple into the left-center alley, the 26-year-old Poway native upended by a sliding Travis Jankowski on a drive that eluded both outfielders.

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Salvador Perez says maybe the Royals are 'tired'

The Royals lost 8-3 to the Rangers on Friday night, falling to 49-53 on the season. After the game, catcher Salvador Perez conceded that perhaps the last two seasons have taken a toll on the Royals.
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Salvador Perez says maybe the Royals are 'tired' 1:44

Salvador Perez says maybe the Royals are 'tired'

Royals offense was quiet again in 3-2 loss to the Rangers 1:01

Royals offense was quiet again in 3-2 loss to the Rangers

Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Luke Hochevar's injury 0:52

Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Luke Hochevar's injury

Former Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane teaches unique knuckle-curveball to KC youth players 1:10

Former Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane teaches unique knuckle-curveball to KC youth players