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Judging the Royals

Yordano Ventura opens up

If you want to know what went wrong for Yordano Ventura and the Royals on Sunday, take a look at the first two batters in the fifth inning. The score was 3-0 Twins—the Royals still had a shot—and Ventura had the inning’s leadoff hitter, Trevor Plouffe, 0-2. Catcher Salvador Perez set up low and away—why give a guy 0-2 anything to hit?—but Ventura missed high in the zone. Plouffe hit a triple.

Chen + pen = win

Danny Duffy came out of the pen and threw 96 miles an hour. He also threw a curve and a changeup. Wade Davis followed Duffy and matched that velocity with his fastball—96—and also threw a curve and a cutter. Greg Holland closed the game and touched 97 with his fastball and also threw a slider and what MLB.com called a changeup, but might actually be a splitter.

Ball Star

Easter Sunday lineups: Twins vs. Royals

The Royals look to pick up their sixth consecutive victory, and their second consecutive series sweep, as they face the Twins on Sunday afternoon. The game begins at 1:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

George Brett

Why did George Brett remain a Royal forever? ‘Why not?’

The idea seems preposterous these days. A player builds a Hall of Fame career — and never leaves his original, small-market team. In other words, a George Brett career. When Brett stepped down as the Royals’ interim hitting coach last week, he addressed the notion of longevity and loyalty to a franchise with a question. “Where was I going to go?”

Meet Paul Schaal, the third baseman George Brett replaced

When George Brett incurred some nuisance back problems in the late stages of his career with the Royals, he sought relief from a chiropractor in Overland Park. It turned out to be the man whose job Brett took in 1973. Paul Schaal laughs as he remembers what he said back then: “You took my job from me at third base, remember that? Here’s what I’m going to do to get even.”

James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The string of consecutive punchouts, five of them looking, nearly matched the franchise of eight set by Blake Stein in 2001. Instead, Shields settled for a 12-strikeout performance that was his best as a Royal.

Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings

Mike Moustakas’ home run in the 11th inning broke a 4-4 tie and the Royals won a wild game at Houston on Wednesday night. The Royals won for the second night in a row. With a victory on Thursday night, they can exit a road that begin in such hellish fashion with a .500 record.

Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

Yordano Ventura picked up his first big-league victory as the Royals beat the Astros 4-2 on Tuesday night in Houston. Ventura limited Houston to a pair of runs in seven innings. He struck out seven. He threw 101 pitches. It was the fifth start of his career, and yet another example of the dynamic potential that so tantalizes this organization.

Recap: Colorado vs. Philadelphia

Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard both went yard, while Howard finished a double shy of the cycle to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-9 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set from Coors Field.

Recap: Oakland vs. Houston

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros for a three-game series sweep.