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Pirates acquire Joe Blanton from Royals

The veteran righty had a 3.89 ERA in 15 games, including 4 starts, this season. Kansas City designated him for assignment after acquiring Johnny Cueto.

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FiveThirtyEight: Ode to the properly rated

FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine examines why Ben Zobrist makes for a fascinating case study in how the right player with the right metrics at the right time can be elevated to stardom.

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Kansas City Is all about '1738'

The Royals players have imposed a new rule for interviews: Quote Fetty Wap or get fined. Because why not? Royal quote

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Indians avoid winless homestand, beat Royals 12-1

Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth, rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBI, and the Indians avoided a winless homestand with a 12-1 victory over the

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Indians win big over Royals, 12-1

The Royals had to piece together a run in the top of the 9th to avoid their worst shutout loss since 2006 (13-0 vs. Cleveland). Corey Kluber threw a complete game, 5-hitter and six Indians had 2 or more hits. Box score

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Indians try to avert Royals' sweep

Corey Kluber hasn't gotten a lot of run support, and he takes the mound this afternoon as Cleveland tries to end its longest home losing streak in 40 years when the Royals come to town. Follow live

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Web Gems: Tuesday, July 28

Does Omar Infante's flip to Alcides Escobar for the out at first top Jarrod Dyson's over-the-shoulder catch to start the double play?

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Hosmer's late HR puts Royals up for good

With the game tied 1-1 going into the 9th, 1B Eric Hosmer went deep to right field to put the Royals up 2-1 over the Indians for their fourth victory in a row. It's Cleveland's sixth straight loss. Box score

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Cueto 'very happy and very proud' to be a Royal

Johnny Cueto joined his new Royals teammates for the first time Tuesday and said he's excited about being a part of the AL's best team -- one he might make even better.

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Royals GM: Zobrist to start in outfield

Despite primarily playing second base of late with the Athletics, Ben Zobrist will man left field for Kansas City, general manager Dayton Moore told reporters.

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Royals land Ben Zobrist from A's

Kansas City has acquired Zobrist for pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. Zobrist is hitting .268 with 6 HRs in 67 games this season.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs43210th
Batting Average.2724th
On Base Percentage.3229th
Slugging Percentage.4098th
Earned Run Average3.496th
Quality Starts4029th
WHIP1.2515th
BAA.2469th

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