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Danny Duffy dedicates victory to boy who died of cancer

Left-hander met 8-year-old Liam Shipley during a photo shoot for a calendar

Duffy was saddened to hear the news of Shipley’s passing earlier this month

Sam Mellinger

Royals, after two ugly losses, must begin to consider selling at trade deadline

The Royals have compared the importance of this home stand to one in late September, in the middle of a playoff race. On Tuesday, manager Ned Yost said it was “go time.” Since then, the Royals have lost two games by a combined score of 18-7. The team’s playoff hopes are now in critical condition, and those words will be read as wildly optimistic by fans disgusted at such an ugly showing.

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Royals’ Ned Yost to meet his fifth president; here are his stories about the other four

On Thursday morning, Royals manager Ned Yost will travel to the White House for the first time since his days as a coach for the Braves during their World Series championship in 1995. The Royals will meet President Barack Obama, in the final year of his second term, and the occasion will mark a special milestone for Yost, too. Obama will be the fifth American president he has met during his career in baseball.

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Royals clobbered 11-4 by Indians, fall to .500 before White House visit

Cleveland tagged Royals starter Ian Kennedy for four home runs, more than enough fireworks in an 11-4 blowout victory on a hot, humid Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, 47-47, fell to .500 for the first time since June 10, and when they arrive in Washington, D.C. later Wednesday night, they will sit nine games behind the first-place Indians in the AL Central.

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At .500 nearly 100 games in, can the Royals still make the playoffs?

The 2014 Royals made a charge from this point of the season into the playoffs, but there is at least a mild chasm between the two teams, and the situations they were each in in mid-July. With two straight loses to the Indians in Kauffman Stadium, which has been an near-magical home-field advantage for the Royals, that chasm seems to grow.

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Danny Duffy dedicates win to boy who died of cancer

The Star's Jesse Newell talks about Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, who got the win as Kansas beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday.
Pete Grathoff pgrathoff@kcstar.com
Danny Duffy dedicates win to boy who died of cancer 1:09

Danny Duffy dedicates win to boy who died of cancer

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain 'progressing nicely' after hamstring injury 0:48

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain 'progressing nicely' after hamstring injury

Royals' Eric Hosmer says White House trip was inspiring 0:11

Royals' Eric Hosmer says White House trip was inspiring

Interview with White House press secretary and Royals fan Josh Earnest in West Wing office 1:44

Interview with White House press secretary and Royals fan Josh Earnest in West Wing office