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Royals exploring all options as July 31 trade deadline approaches

The list of players the KC Royals may be looking at includes Rangers right fielder Alex Rios, Boston starter John Lackey, San Diego starter Ian Kennedy, Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo and Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller. The Royals also have had interest in Phillies players like outfielder Marlon Byrd, starter A.J. Burnett, first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley — but appear to have backed off.

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Royals give backup catcher Erik Kratz a chance in the big leagues

New Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz, 34, did not make his first major-league start until four years ago with Philadelphia and has since been traded twice, including Monday’s move that brought him to Kansas City, but he says he’s just happy to have another opportunity.

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Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Twins game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Wednesday’s Royals-Twins game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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Royals have a legitimate chance at earning wild-card spot

The last game of the Cleveland series left a bad taste in the Royals’ mouths, but with 58 games left, the team can still turn this season into a happy memory.  They will need to play their best of the season from here on out. But the difference between what’s required and what they’ve shown might not be as big as you’d think.

How the Royals pitched Carlos Santana; a very hot hitter

In a four-game series Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 9 for 14 while hitting five—that’s right, five—home runs. So why did the Royals keep pitching to him? For the most part, they didn’t; not when it mattered.

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