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Royals power way to 13-2 victory over Rangers in spring opener

The defending American League champions Kansas City Royals made a good first impression for 2015, slamming the Texas Rangers 13-2 in their spring training opener Wednesday in Surprise, Arizona. Three consecutive home runs in the first inning got the Royals off to a fast start.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals’ power surge stirs hope of addressing missing dimension

It was an exhibition game, but that doesn’t mean there’s not at least reason to pause to ponder what a semblance of power might mean for the Royals, who uncorked their 2015 exhibition season with exhilarating and rare back-to-back-to-back home runs in a six-run first inning against the Texas Rangers.

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Royals hardly notice baseball’s uptempo rules

The spring training opener was a chance to put baseball’s new pace-of-play rules into action. But the Royals, who defeated the Rangers 13-2, say they hardly noticed the difference, which includes a game clock on the centerfield fence.

A-Rod 1 for 2 in return from drug ban as Phils top Yanks 3-1

Alex Rodriguez walked from the batter's box to home plate in the bottom of the first inning, eye black smeared across his face, and said hello to Philadelphia catcher Tommy Joseph, who was just 1 when A-Rod was taken first in the 1993 amateur draft. Then he turned his head and greeted umpire Marty Foster.

A-Rod 1 for 2 in return from drug ban as Phils top Yanks 3-1

Alex Rodriguez walked from the batter's box to home plate in the bottom of the first inning, eye black smeared across his face, and said hello to Philadelphia catcher Tommy Joseph, who was just 1 when A-Rod was taken first in the 1993 amateur draft. Then he turned his head and greeted umpire Marty Foster.

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Becoming Yordano: A journey to the launch point of the Royals’ rocket arm

Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.

 

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Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The decision to stop the Royals’ Alex Gordon at third base in the most pressure-packed moment baseball can provide — bottom of the ninth, two outs, home team trailing by one run in the seventh game of the World Series — stands as perhaps the greatest what-if moment in Kansas City sports history. So, with the help of the Rockhurst University baseball team, we re-enacted the play and captured in photo and video what might have happened if Gordon kept running.