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While the Kansas City Royals arrived at Rogers Centre enjoying one of their longest winning streaks of the season, they haven't seen their success carry over north of the border.Kansas City tries to avoid a three-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays, who go for a sixth win in seven games Sunday.The Royals (69-66) had won five straight by a 34-8 margin before failing to generate much offense in Friday's 3-2 loss. They suffered another close defeat Saturday, falling 4-2 after Aaron Crow issued back-to-back bases-loaded walks during Toronto's three-run eighth-inning rally."We can't be coming in and doing that at this time of year," said manager Ned Yost, who was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Will Little. "We've got to command the ball a little better in these crucial situations. Aaron does, anyway."Sitting in sixth place in the AL wild-card standings, Kansas City has gone 3-10 in the series since the start of last year.The Blue Jays (62-74) have followed a season worst-tying seven-game losing streak with a 5-1 stretch. R.A. Dickey threw eight strong innings and Jose Reyes collected three hits Saturday.Ryan Goins has also provided a big spark, hitting safely in each of his first eight career games to match Jesse Barfield's team record set in 1981. The second baseman, who was called up last Thursday, has gone 12 for 30 (.400) with seven runs.The Blue Jays will try to keep things going against Royals starter James Shields (9-8, 3.14 ERA), who is seeking his major league best-tying 23rd quality start.The right-hander has been nearly untouchable in his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA. Shields gave up one run and four hits in 7 13 innings in Tuesday's 6-1 victory at Minnesota."I've got a ton of quality starts this year and I feel like I've been pitching well all year," he said. "The wins are going to come. I'm not really too worried about it. I'm just going to keep grinding out the rest of the season and hope for the best."Shields had gone 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA during a six-start stretch against the Blue Jays before throwing a two-hitter in a 3-2 loss April 13. Shields has also gone the distance in his last two starts in Toronto, winning both while allowing a combined one run and striking out 19.Edwin Encarnacion is 5 for 26 in their matchups, and Rajai Davis is 1 for 11.The Blue Jays counter with J.A. Happ (3-4, 5.46), who has posted an 8.10 ERA in losing his last two starts. The left-hander yielded five runs and seven hits in 4 23 innings in Tuesday's 7-1 defeat to the New York Yankees."I know I can pitch better," he said. "I'm going to try not to think about this one too much, try not to overanalyze it. I felt good, I'm healthy, I'm throwing the ball well. I just need to take that next step."Happ has won both his career starts against the Royals despite a 4.91 ERA. He surrendered four runs in five innings but earned the win in an 8-4 road victory April 12.Alcides Escobar is 1 for 10 versus Happ, and Justin Maxwell, Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler are a combined 0 for 12. Butler, hitless in his last 11 at-bats, is 2 for his last 42 against the Blue Jays.
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by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, aka Old School Stupid, blew another game on Saturday in Toronto. Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th with 2 on and one out, Yost refused to bring in his best pitcher. Instead, he slavishly adhered to conventional wisdom and “saved” closer Greg Holland for the 9th inning. Toronto rallied for 3 runs in the 8th and won 4-2....
After missing much of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery, it appears that Danny Duffy is ready to claim a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ rotation for the rest of this season and possibly next season as well.
Duffy, who has replaced the struggling Wade Davis in the starting rotation, shut down the Twins in his latest start. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing just five hits...
James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, Eric Hosmer drove in two runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Royals, who entered play 6 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the second AL wild-card berth, won for the sixth time in eight games.
Hosmer had two hits...
TORONTO (AP) James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, Eric Hosmer drove in two runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.The Royals, who entered play 6 12 games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the second AL wild-card berth, won for the sixth time in eight games.Hosmer had...
The Kansas City Royals have managed to stay in the wild-card conversation thanks in part to Danny Duffy, who has come up big since debuting last month.The same can't be said for Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who has struggled to find his form of late.Duffy takes the mound opposite Hernandez as the Royals and Mariners meet for the first time Monday at Kauffman Stadium...
One week ago, it looked like the Kansas City Royals were on their way to finishing August in disastrous fashion.
As they get set to play their final game of the month, a solid stretch has kept them from completely falling out of the wild-card race.
Kansas City looks to end August with its sixth win in seven games as it continues a three-game road series against the last-place Toronto...
by John Viril—
As long as the Royals remain on the fringes of the playoff race, any September call-ups will be brought in with an eye on how they might help produce wins rather than “prospect development”. With that criterion in mind, I will try to anticipate who we are likely to see coming to KC from the minor leagues this September.
The most obvious candidates are additional...
Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is starting to get tired of feeling frustrated.
Sunday's performance against Kansas City didn't bring him any relief.
James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, Eric Hosmer drove in two runs and the Royals beat Happ and Toronto 5-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Happ (3-5) lost his third...
It began as The Emilio Bonifacio You-Done-Me-Wrong Show.
For the Royals 3-2 losers at the Rogers Centre Friday night that return of the unhero drama nearly opened and closed in the first inning.
The second baseman — Emilio we hardly knew ya — who was traded to Kansas City by the Jays on Aug. 14 for the proverbial player to be named later or some spare change in cash heard a...
This too is what speed do: Mess up and un-mess it.
Jarrod Dyson fueled the Royals’ four-run third inning Sunday afternoon with a base-running mistake that led to a defensive-interference call in a 5-0 victory the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
Dyson broke from second on a grounder to short got trapped in a rundown but escaped when shortstop Jose Reyes nudged him without...
TORONTO (AP) Brett Lawrie drove in the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Saturday.Toronto batted around while scoring three unearned runs in the eighth against four relievers. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar helped the Blue Jays with a key error.Pinch hitter Munenori Kawasaki...
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The Kansas City Royals have managed to stay in the wild-card conversation thanks in part to Danny Duffy, who has come up big since debuting last month.
The same can't be said for Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who has struggled to find his form of late.
Duffy takes the mound opposite Hernandez as the Royals and Mariners meet for the first time Monday at Kauffman Stadium...
Blue Jays 3, Royals 2. With AP Photos. By IAN HARRISON Associated Press A familiar foe put another dent in Kansas City's fading wild-card hopes.
Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 3-2 on Friday night, ending Kansas City's winning streak at five games.
''He was terrific,''...