Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian

Despite late loss, Royals seem to be returning to form heading into key series with White Sox

Through May 12, the Royals had lost 12 of 16 to leave fans fretting. But as of Wednesday afternoon, they’d won four of five and three in a row, including a 3-2 win over red-hot Boston in the first game of a doubleheader before falling in the nightcap. Most encouraging was that they won with the trademarks that made them special the last two years. The apparent uptick comes as the Royals prepare for a benchmark series at division leader Chicago starting Friday.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals relegated to grinding out wins once assumed

Ultimately, the story of the day Sunday was Kendrys Morales’ game-winning home run. That enabled the Royals to beat the Braves 4-2 in 13 innings. His hit and 12 scoreless innings by eight Royals pitchers picked up Wade Davis, who had a rare failure in the ninth inning that served to remind nothing is automatic for the Royals right now

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Nostalgia meets competition in the KC Electric Football League

That 1970's vibrating metal football field with the plastic players that spun in circles? This isn't your childhood memories come back to life...it's competition, with leagues and tournaments. The gatherings are all the buzz with the Kansas City Electric Football League. Video by David Eulitt, deulitt@kcstar.com

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Kansas City may lack NHL team, but not passion for hockey

The scene on Sunday night at The Blue Line, a hockey-themed bar in the River Market, symbolizes a passion for hockey in Kansas City. But 40 years after the Scouts left and nearly 10 years after the opening of the Sprint Center, prospects of the NHL returning any time soon are slim.

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What's wrong with the Royals?

Worried about the Royals? Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian talk out some of the team's reasons for concern during its 15-15 start entering Monday's game in New York.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals catcher Salvador Perez lives for his mother

When his father abandoned them, Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s mother, Yilda Diaz, raised him with his grandmother, Carmen Ramos. Diaz’s example included a relentless work ethic and a vivacious demeanor. She also was the first to pitch to him, all of which he perhaps appreciates more than ever after she was the victim of a carjacking in February.

Royals

Sal Perez: ‘I just want to make my mom happy every day’

Royals catcher Salvador Perez lives for his mother, Yilda Diaz, who raised him with his grandmother after his father abandoned them. Diaz’s example for young Sal included a relentless work ethic and a vivacious demeanor. She also was the first to pitch to him, all of which he perhaps appreciates more than ever after she was the victim of a carjacking in February. Video by John Sleezer, jsleezer@kcstar.com

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Nostalgia meets competition in the KC Electric Football League

That 1970's vibrating metal football field with the plastic players that spun in circles? This isn't your childhood memories come back to life...it's competition, with leagues and tournaments. The gatherings are all the buzz with the Kansas City Electric Football League. Video by David Eulitt, deulitt@kcstar.com
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