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Alex Gordon does indoor batting practice

The Royals LF injured his groin in July and expects to rejoin the team by the end of August. Gordon hopes to take outdoor batting practice over the weekend.

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Web Gems: Tuesday, August 4

Does Billy Hamilton's leaping catch top Omar Infante's flip to Alcides Escobar? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

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Royals down Verlander, Tiger in opener

Salvador Perez singled in a run in the third and hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and the Royals never looked back in a 5-1 win against the Tigers. Justin Verlander went 7 innings but this was the fourth start in which he allowed five or more runs. Box score

Verlander tosses another high 5

Justin Verlander has allowed five-plus runs in four starts this season, including tonight's against the Royals, and he's surrendered just one run in three starts this season. His ERA is up to 5.05, and he's in line for the loss with the Tigers trailing 5-1 in the seventh. Follow live

No help for Justin Verlander

Down 4-0, the Tigers had a chance to close in on the Royals with the bases loaded and one out, but Danny Duffy got out of the jam to continue his shutout performance through five. Follow live

Perez has Justin Verlander's number

Salvador Perez is 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs after hitting his team-high 16th HR this season in the fourth to put the Royals up 3-0 against the Tigers. He's now 17-37 (.459) with 13 RBI against Verlander in his career. That's his highest BA, RBIs and hits against any pitcher with at least 10 PA. Follow live

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Royals got it right at deadline

Based on a statistical model developed by the folks at FiveThirtyEight, the Royals made the right choice to be buyers at the deadline. Kansas City landed Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist in major deals. To buy or to sell?

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Aaron Sanchez suspended 3 games

The Blue Jays RHP received the suspension and an undisclosed fine for throwing at the Royals' Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during Sunday's game. The suspension is scheduled to begin tonight vs. the Twins.

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Royals' great shot only got better

While Kansas City's additions of Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist will certainly aid in claiming the AL Central, Dan Szymborski notes those are primarily meant to help during the postseason. Updated ZiPS playoff percentages (Insider)

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OTL on the Royals' Image

After an underdog run to the World Series last season, the Royals have been involved in several bench-clearing incidents this year. OTL discusses the perception of the team.

Will Royals fight back into World Series?

The Royals' us-against-the-world mentality has helped them to the best record in the AL. Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist could help Kansas City go one game further than last season. Schoenfield: 10 big storylines

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10 big storylines for the second half

The trade deadline has passed, now it's time to consider the final two months of the season. Here are 10 big storylines to watch.

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KC still No. 2 despite rough weekend

For all the inside pitches and outside voices, the main takeaway from the Royals' series at Toronto was three losses in four games. MLB Power Rankings

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Blue Jays-Royals still sparring

First, Edinson Volquez called Josh Donaldson a "little baby". Then Jose Bautista took umbrage with comments by Royals manager Ned Yost. Now, according to Yahoo Sports, Yordano Ventura is in the mix, calling Bautista a "nobody" in a since-deleted tweet.

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Yost: Umps did 'a phenomenal job'

After the testy Blue Jays-Royals game, KC manager Ned Yost said: "I thought [umpire] Jim Wolf did a tremendous job understanding the game, understanding what's intentional."

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs45410th
Batting Average.2704th
On Base Percentage.31911th
Slugging Percentage.40610th
Earned Run Average3.557th
Quality Starts4328th
WHIP1.2615th
BAA.24610th

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