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42-36, 2nd in AL Cent
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3hJayson Stark

Yost: Morales not long-term right field option

Kansas City Royals' Kendrys Morales entered Friday's game riding a streak of six straight multi-hit games, in which he has gone 16-for-24, with three homers, three doubles and an 1.833 OPS.

Lineup: Royals (42-36) at Phillies (35-45)

  • 1. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  • 2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (R)
  • 3. Kendrys Morales, RF (S)
  • 4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  • 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  • 6. Paulo Orlando, CF (R)
  • 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  • 8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
  • 9. Ian Kennedy, RHP
  • Daily notes


Ned Yost expects Royals to keep improving

Kevin Kietzman talks with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost about the red-hot Indians, the resiliency of his club and their upcoming series in Philadelphia.

Royals happy to see June end

Kansas City pitching served up 51 homers in June, matching the franchise record for home runs allowed in any month (May 2006), the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Kendrys Morales' streak in perspective

Morales singled, doubled and homered on Thursday and has now amassed 16 hits, including three home runs, over his last six games. In the Royals' 48-year history, only one other player has had as many hits and homers over any six-game span: Mike Sweeney, who did it twice, in 2002 and 2004, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Stats & Info

Thursday's longest home runs

Yoenis Cespedes' career-long 466-foot homer paced the competition on June 30. There were 1,012 home runs hit in the 407 MLB games played during June, the third-highest power display in any month in major league history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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ESPN's American League All-Stars

Who deserves a spot on the American League's All-Star Game roster this year? Our experts pick full 34-man squads.

Moss makes Busch Stadium history with HR (0:36)
Morales pads the Royals' lead with a home run (0:28)

Can the Royals catch the red-hot Indians?

Can the Royals catch the Indians? ESPN's Buster Olney answers that and talks to Sports Radio 810 about the Royals' pitching staff and how the organization develops pitchers.

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Cain expected back after All-Star break

Lorenzo Cain's MRI showed a grade 1-plus strain, which probably will keep him out until after the All-Star break. “It always could be worse,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. Kansas City Star

Royals survive two blown leads in win

The Royals lost leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the ninth and 10th innings, respectively, but pulled out a 3-2, 12-inning win at St. Louis on Wednesday. It was only the second time in franchise history that K.C won a game after surrendering leads in both the ninth and 10th frames (July 22, 1977), per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Mikey Burton
2dDan Szymborski

Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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2dJim Bowden

MLB trade deadline preview: Buyers and sellers

The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.


Can the Royals survive another major injury?

Kevin Kietzman is joined by Danny Clinkscale from St. Louis to break down what Lorenzo Cain's injury means to the Royals. Eric Hosmer says everyone else needs to step up.


BBTN: Injuries Piling Up, Farrell, Dykstra, More

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the rash of injuries impacting contenders and much more. Plus, a chat with Red Sox manager John Farrell and a "Call To The Legend" with Lenny Dykstra.

Two to rep Royals at Futures Game

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio will play for the World team while 3B Hunter Dozier cracks the United States roster at this summer's All-Star Futures Game in San Diego. Bonifacio ranked eighth among Keith Law's top Royals prospects this offseason.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2762nd
On Base Percentage.32416th
Slugging Percentage.41215th
Earned Run Average4.0813th
Quality Starts29Tied-27th

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