Gordon, Guthrie, Giavotella spark Royals’ 7-3 win over Rays

As the ball jumped off Alex Gordon’s bat and rose toward the right-field seats, the relief could be felt throughout Kauffman Stadium. Gordon’s three-run shot broke open the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and snapped the club’s streak of seven games without a home run, the longest dry spell to open a season in franchise history.

Royals recall infielder Johnny Giavotella, activate reliever Louis Coleman

Second baseman Johnny Giavotella plans to enjoy his time with the Royals, even if it doesn’t last past the weekend. Giavotella, 26, was recalled from Class AAA Omaha on Wednesday and started in the Royals’ 7-3 win over Tampa Bay in place of injured Omar Infante, who could be back in the lineup as soon as this weekend, said manager Ned Yost.

Replay from Wednesday's Royals-Rays game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Wednesday's Royals-Rays game for live stats and updates from The Star's reporters. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.

The five biggest problems with the Royals offense

This Royals team is seven games old now, still a baby, so small-sample-size disclaimers apply but reasonable minds can agree that the biggest problem (by far) has been the offense. The Royals are last in runs (20), and last in runs per game (2.86), slightly worse than the awful Astros (2.88).

Royals’ bullpen off to a rocky start in 2014 season

Royals relief pitchers have allowed nine runs (eight earned) in its first 12 2/3 innings of the season, representing a stark contrast from the reliable group of 2013, which posted zeroes in all but two of the first 12 games of the season.

Royals’ Eric Hosmer finds consistent hitting in constant adjustments

On May 5, 2011, the Royals summoned a 21-year-old, left-handed hitting prospect from Triple-A Omaha and asked him to breathe some life into their lineup. Three years later, no longer the impressionable rookie he was then, Eric Hosmer has encountered most of what Major League Baseball has to offer.