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Jason Vargas shines as Royals beat Indians 5-3 to begin three-game series

Jason Vargas was making his fifth start of the season and lugged a 5.95 ERA into Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. With the Royals’ 5-3 win, he improved to 3-1 with the previous two victories fashioned by generous run support. On Tuesday night, Vargas helped himself. After a first-inning home run to Michael Brantley, he retired the next eight batters and 11 of the next 12.

Sam Mellinger

Royals fans are showing their passion for team

Attendance at Kauffman Stadium is up 51 percent from this time last year, and the Royals are on pace to break the franchise attendance record of 2,477,700 set in 1989. “I'm not surprised, just because I know the passion of our fans,” general manager Dayton Moore says. “I notice it every day.”

The K Zone

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer experiences setback in rehab

Kyle Zimmer, the right-hander still considered the finest pitching prospect in the Royals’ farm system, suffered a setback in an outing Friday because of soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. The Royals suspended his throwing program, which was supposed to culminate with Zimmer joining Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Sunday. Instead, Zimmer will remain at the Royals’ complex in Arizona.

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Royals split four-game series with the Tigers

Hey, who told you the Royals should be happy that they split with Detroit because the Tigers were too good to sweep? I would love to take the credit, but if I say anything even remotely insightful it’s because someone wearing a baseball uniform said it to me first.

Royals split four-game series with the Tigers

Hey, who told you the Royals should be happy that they split with Detroit because the Tigers were too good to sweep? I would love to take the credit, but if I say anything even remotely insightful it’s because someone wearing a baseball uniform said it to me first.

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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.

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Al Fitzmorris looks back on his days with the Royals

Al Fitzmorris is one of the original Kansas City Royals, a name in their late-season box scores of that 1969 season and eventually a go-to workhorse on the pitching staff. He looks back and relishes those days. Sure, he just missed the opportunity to pitch for the Royals’ first postseason teams, having been acquired in the 1976 expansion draft. But he still knows he built what came to be.