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Royals’ Perez, Escobar, Cain and Gordon to start for American League in All-Star Game

Half of the eight position players who take the field for the American League in the All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati will be Royals. The final votes are in, and four Kansas City players have been elected starters: catcher Salvador Perez; shortstop Alcides Escobar; and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.

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Royals beat Twins 3-2 on ninth-inning walk-off double, earn series split

Lorenzo Cain scored from first on Eric Hosmer’s ninth-inning double as the Royals slipped past the Minnesota Twins 3-2 and earned a split in their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Danny Duffy worked six-and-a-third effective innings as Kansas City restored a four-and-a-half games lead over the Twins in the American League Central.

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Kurt Suzuki and a Royals scouting report

Kurt Suzuki, the Twins catcher, is known as a smart guy. I got lucky and Kurt spent some time talking to me a couple years ago and since then we always find time to chat when he comes to town. Saturday afternoon I asked Kurt about the Royals hitters; what was their reputation and how did the Twins approach them?

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Kurt Suzuki and a Royals scouting report

Kurt Suzuki, the Twins catcher, is known as a smart guy. I got lucky and Kurt spent some time talking to me a couple years ago and since then we always find time to chat when he comes to town. Saturday afternoon I asked Kurt about the Royals hitters; what was their reputation and how did the Twins approach them?

Kurt Suzuki and a Royals scouting report

Kurt Suzuki, the Twins catcher, is known as a smart guy. I got lucky and Kurt spent some time talking to me a couple years ago and since then we always find time to chat when he comes to town. Saturday afternoon I asked Kurt about the Royals hitters; what was their reputation and how did the Twins approach them?

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Royals fans will learn Sunday whether their All-Star ballot-box stuffing was successful

Royals fans gladly stuffed the online ballot box for the 2015 American League All-Star team, and the final update had five Kansas City players — catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon and second baseman Omar Infante — in line to start in the game, which will be played July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Major League Baseball will reveal the A.L. and National League starting lineups Sunday, and Royals fans will know whether their efforts paid off.

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Twins ride fast start to a 5-3 win over the Royals

The good vibes of pregame Independence Day festivities faded fast Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium as the Minnesota Twins jumped on Royals starter Joe Blanton early and won the game 5-3. With the win, the second-place Twins cut Kansas City’s lead in the American League Central to three-and-a-half games and led the four-game series two games to one heading into Sunday’s finale.

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Royals’ Don Wakamatsu carries lessons learned from grandparents’ ordeal in internment camp

A reaction to an envelope in the mail nearly 30 years ago prompted the beginning of a journey of discovery for Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, whose grandparents lived in and whose father was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. It’s a particularly reflective time for Wakamatsu in the wake of the recent death of his cherished grandmother, Ruth, 97, who will be memorialized Saturday.