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Judging the Royals

Royals’ left-handed hitters take advantage of Fenway’s Green Monster

Fenway Park’s Green Monster looms so close, a base runner might try to steal third with two outs because he might not be able to score from second on a single. Pop flies can bang off the wall and become doubles. Laser beams that would have found a home in the general-admission seats can become singles. And left-handed hitters who are smart enough to go the other way can become batting champions.

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Royals’ winning streak ends at nine after 3-0 loss to Marlins

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had set a season strikeout record and tamed the Royals with a series of timely escapes as Miami beat Kansas City 3-0 on Wednesday night, ending the Royals’ winning streak at nine games. The Kansas City offense failed to capitalize on three scoring opportunities — one early and two late.

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Replay: Updates, stats from Friday’s Royals-Red Sox game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Friday’s Royals-Red Sox game for live stats and updates from Rustin Dodd, The Star’s Royals beat writer and other sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m.. Fox Sports Kansas City will telecast the game.

Videos

Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup'

Ian Kennedy discusses his start in Boston on Friday night. The Royals beat the Red Sox 6-3.
Rustin Dodd The Kansas City Star
Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup' 1:07

Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup'

Royals' Danny Duffy on latest win: 'Just battle' 1:38

Royals' Danny Duffy on latest win: 'Just battle'

Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Danny Duffy, eight-game winning streak 1:25

Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Danny Duffy, eight-game winning streak

KU's Frank Mason warms up for first pitch at the K 0:44

KU's Frank Mason warms up for first pitch at the K