Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger

Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball

None of Chris Young’s pitches is impressive on the surface. His fastball is one of baseball’s slowest, averaging 86 mph, the speed of some of his new Royals teammates’ change-ups. But Young makes up for that in so many ways. He is 6 feet 10 and has a naturally deceptive delivery. Then there’s his competitiveness.

Sam Mellinger

Royals are bloodied, bruised but still keep finding ways to win

This is the Royals right now. Banged up, probably tired, and can’t wait to play again. Oh, and winning. Steady winning. The Royals completed a three-game sweep of the previously hot A’s in Oakland with their center fielder, shortstop and first baseman hurt. Also, closer Greg Holland was unavailable after saves the last two days.

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