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Vahe Gregorian

Two poor outings aren’t enough to start worrying about Johnny Cueto, Royals

In the news business, we figure twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend story. So starter Johnny Cueto’s outings Wednesday night n the Royals' 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles and earlier in Boston against the Red Sox aren’t reason for Kansas City fans to panic.

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Orioles rough up Johnny Cueto, beat the Royals 8-5

Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, Kansas City’s would-be playoff ace, allowed six runs in five innings, and the Baltimore Orioles went on to an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. It was the first time Cueto had allowed three homers in a game since 2010. Perhaps more alarming: It was the first time Cueto had surrendered a combined 10 runs or more over two starts since 2012.

Johnny Cueto’s off-speed stuff is getting hit

It’s kind of arrogant to sit six floors above a baseball field, eating a cup of soft-serve ice cream and think you can diagnose what’s wrong with a pitcher — especially if the only time you’ve ever stood on a pitcher’s mound was just to see what it felt like. (News flash: it feels pretty cool.)

Pa. team beats Texas 3-0 for spot in US title game at LLWS

Left-hander Adam Cramer struck out 13 in five innings, and undefeated Lewisberry, Pennsylvania — the closest thing to a home team in the Little League World Series — beat Pearland, Texas, 3-0 on Wednesday night for a berth in the U.S. bracket title game.

Johnny Cueto’s off-speed stuff is getting hit

It’s kind of arrogant to sit six floors above a baseball field, eating a cup of soft-serve ice cream and think you can diagnose what’s wrong with a pitcher — especially if the only time you’ve ever stood on a pitcher’s mound was just to see what it felt like. (News flash: it feels pretty cool.)

Pa. team beats Texas 3-0 for spot in US title game at LLWS

Left-hander Adam Cramer struck out 13 in five innings, and undefeated Lewisberry, Pennsylvania — the closest thing to a home team in the Little League World Series — beat Pearland, Texas, 3-0 on Wednesday night for a berth in the U.S. bracket title game.

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The K Zone

Ned Yost plans to keep Royals’ bullpen pitchers in their established roles

Royals manager Ned Yost says he still prefers a bullpen with defined roles, even as myriad injuries and a general cautiousness have resulted in a shuffling of roles for much of August. He expects to utilize more of Kansas City’s traditional bullpen gambit — Kelvin Herrera in the seventh, Wade Davis in the eighth, Greg Holland in the ninth — as the club pushes toward October.

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Wade Davis slams the door again as Royals beat the Orioles 3-2

For second time in three days, Wade Davis collected a save in place of Greg Holland as the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium to take a 2-0 lead in the four-game series. Kendrys Morales hit a solo home run in the second inning. Ben Zobrist scored on an Eric Hosmer groundout and Mike Moustakas singled home Lorenzo Cain in the third.

The K Zone

Omar Infante, Alex Rios improving at plate for Royals

In the three games since manager Ned Yost discussed the status of his two veterans, both second baseman Omar Infante and right fielder Alex Rios have been on relative hot streaks. Rios entered Tuesday with seven hits in his last 12 at-bats. Infante tripled three times between Sunday and Monday, including Monday’s go-ahead, two-run knock against the Orioles.