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Shaky relief corps, tight strike zone doom Royals in 8-2 loss to Blue Jays

In an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, Scott Alexander and the Royals’ bullpen was ravaged for five runs during a messy sixth inning.

Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian: Royals back to the future with another great escape

With their 21st comeback win of the season on Friday, the Royals are waking up the echoes of 2014 and 2015. The 5-4 win over Toronto got them back to .500 for the first time since mid-April, and it couldn't have happened without the improbable: Brandon Moss, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon coming through with two outs in the ninth inning to set up Whit Merrifield's walk-off double.

Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger: After nearly quitting baseball, Starling closer than ever to majors

In April 2017, Bubba Starling wanted to quit baseball. He started poorly in his sixth full professional year after signing with the Kansas City Royals for $7.5 million out of Gardner Edgerton High School in 2011. But after talking with his parents, he stuck with it. Since May 7, a span of 35 games, he is hitting .333 with a .367 on-base percentage and .508 slugging percentage for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers. Starling is as close as he has been to a major-league call-up. The worst baseball of his life, immediately followed by the best.

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Royals sign former Brewers closer Neftalí Feliz and drop Chris Young

The Kansas City Royals announced a bullpen change Friday, signing former Milwaukee Brewers closer Neftalí Feliz and designating right-hander Chris Young for assignment. A World Series hero in 2015, Young signed a two-year, $11.75 million contract with the Royals before the 2016 season. Feliz, also a righty, was released by the Brewers this year.

Videos

Jason Hammel discusses the Royals' 8-2 loss Sunday afternoon

Jason Hammel went five innings and allowed two runs, but the Royals lost to the Blue Jays 8-2.
Alec McChesney The Kansas City Star
Jason Hammel discusses the Royals' 8-2 loss Sunday afternoon 2:30

Jason Hammel discusses the Royals' 8-2 loss Sunday afternoon

Royals' Scott Alexander on Sunday's strike zone: 'That's baseball' 1:44

Royals' Scott Alexander on Sunday's strike zone: 'That's baseball'

Royals reliever Peter Moylan on ejection: 'I sort of had enough' 1:47

Royals reliever Peter Moylan on ejection: 'I sort of had enough'

Royals manager Ned Yost talks about 8-2 loss to Blue Jays 2:37

Royals manager Ned Yost talks about 8-2 loss to Blue Jays

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