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Royals exploring all options as July 31 trade deadline approaches

The list of players the KC Royals may be looking at includes Rangers right fielder Alex Rios, Boston starter John Lackey, San Diego starter Ian Kennedy, Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo and Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller. The Royals also have had interest in Phillies players like outfielder Marlon Byrd, starter A.J. Burnett, first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley — but appear to have backed off.

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