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Royals’ win streak halted at 4 in 6-1 loss to Astros

The smoke cleared with each misplaced pitch in the third inning. The mirrors shattered in the wake of the hits unleashed in the third. The Astros exercised patience against Royals starter Joe Blanton, capitalized on mistakes and ejected him from a 6-1 Royals loss midway through the third inning.

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Five Royals left as starters in All-Star Game voting

The final update of American League votes for next month’s All-Star Game was released on Monday, and there are just five Royals in line to start. That, of course, is down from eight starters a mere two weeks ago when baseball fans across the nation cried foul.

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Royals are bloodied, bruised but still keep finding ways to win

This is the Royals right now. Banged up, probably tired, and can’t wait to play again. Oh, and winning. Steady winning. The Royals completed a three-game sweep of the previously hot A’s in Oakland with their center fielder, shortstop and first baseman hurt. Also, closer Greg Holland was unavailable after saves the last two days.

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Lance McCullers kept the Royals in the middle of Minute Maid Park

If you read this website every day you know that at the start of this series against the Houston Astros I wrote about Minute Maid Park, its short corners and the need for pitchers to keep the ball in the middle of the field. And Monday night that’s what Lance McCullers did.

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Judging the Royals

Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and the science of the stolen base

On Saturday the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A’s 3-2. Two of those Kansas City runs came in the sixth inning when Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer pulled off a double steal, put two runs in scoring position and then Kendrys Morales drove them in. The stopwatch told the Royals they could steal third base if they got a fast runner on second; here’s the story behind it.