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Ben Zobrist homers twice, Royals outlast Blue Jays 7-6

Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday in Toronto. Newly acquired Ben Zobrist hit a pair of home runs for the Royals, who trailed 5-1 at one point in the game but rallied for the lead and hung on in a tense game.

Judging the Royals

If Franklin Morales balked, why didn’t the first base umpire call it?

If a left-handed pitcher’s front leg goes back and breaks the invisible plane between the pitching rubber and first base, he has to deliver the ball to home plate; otherwise it’s a balk. The first base umpire has the best view of this and normally makes the call, but Scott Barry did not think Franklin Morales balked because he didn’t call it; the home plate Angel Hernandez did. And if you’re wondering how the umpire at home plate can see if a pitcher’s front leg goes slightly behind the rubber, join the club.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals stretch run begins now with focusing on big picture

KC Royals executives and players weren’t appeased by reaching game seven of the World Series last season in the franchise’s first playoff foray in 29 years. Instead, the breakthrough whetted their appetite for more and to seize the moment and momentum that often are fleeting in baseball. That is why trading prospects for established players in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist was a smart decision.

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If Franklin Morales balked, why didn’t the first base umpire call it?

If a left-handed pitcher’s front leg goes back and breaks the invisible plane between the pitching rubber and first base, he has to deliver the ball to home plate; otherwise it’s a balk. The first base umpire has the best view of this and normally makes the call, but Scott Barry did not think Franklin Morales balked because he didn’t call it; the home plate Angel Hernandez did. And if you’re wondering how the umpire at home plate can see if a pitcher’s front leg goes slightly behind the rubber, join the club.

If Franklin Morales balked, why didn’t the first base umpire call it?

If a left-handed pitcher’s front leg goes back and breaks the invisible plane between the pitching rubber and first base, he has to deliver the ball to home plate; otherwise it’s a balk. The first base umpire has the best view of this and normally makes the call, but Scott Barry did not think Franklin Morales balked because he didn’t call it; the home plate Angel Hernandez did. And if you’re wondering how the umpire at home plate can see if a pitcher’s front leg goes slightly behind the rubber, join the club.

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Here’s how Johnny Cueto became the ace pitcher the Royals desired, and acquired

Johnny Cueto debuts for the Royals on Friday in Toronto, but The Royals did not acquire him to pitch a stray game in July. They acquired him for the first game of the World Series, which KC intends to host at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto reached his status as a major-league ace, a legitimate No. 1 starter, with a combination of off-field diligence, on-mound intelligence and in-game deception.

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Royals add Ben Zobrist to roster, send Paulo Orlando to Class AAA Omaha

Ben Zobrist joined the Royals for Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, and the team optioned outfielder Paulo Orlando to Class AAA Omaha to make room on the roster. Manager Ned Yost said he wanted to keep infielder Cheslor Cuthbert in the majors, as Cuthbert will likely spell third baseman Mike Moustakas against a few left-handed pitchers in the coming days.