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Kansas City Royals
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar tossed his second career shutout, Eric Hosmer homered and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-0 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon both had three hits for the Royals, who were coming off an embarrassing sweep at the hands of St. Louis in which they were outscored 30-14.
Hochevar (5-7) provided some much-needed rest for their weary bullpen.
The mercurial right-hander struck out eight while walking only one in his second straight dominant outing. The same starter who had been allowing a run per inning earlier this season has gone 16 2-3 innings without allowing anybody to cross home plate.
No Royals starter had even gone eight innings so far this season.
Alex Cobb (3-4) didn't fare nearly as well for Tampa Bay, getting touched for a run in the first inning and then laboring through a five-run third that doomed the Rays to defeat.
Cobb still managed his f...
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There is something strange going on inside of Kauffman Stadium. The Royals haven’t played great baseball this year and the biggest concern coming into the season was starting pitching. Yet surprisingly, the Royals have been saved by their pitching staff recently and doomed by their lack of offense.
I am an avid listener of some local sports radio stations and I constantly hear...
The Burlington Royals lost to the Bluefield Blue Jays for the second game in a row on Tuesday night. The defeat moved the Royals to 4-4 and is the first time the team has been at .500 in 2012. The Blue Jays confined the Royals to a season-low 4 hits on the night (even in their 2-11 blowout loss to Elizabethton on Saturday, Burlington managed 11 hits).
Bluefield's bullpen was...
The Kansas City Royals got another first-hand glimpse of what it would be like if they had a solid rotation from top to bottom. After Luke Hochevar pitched a shutout Monday, Bruce Chen limited the Tampa Bay Rays to two runs (one earned) in seven innings in an 8-2 win Tuesday. Chen restricted the Rays to five hits and held Tampa Bay scoreless in his final five innings before turning...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lance Lynn had hoped Sunday's start against the Royals would be his first of two appearances at Kauffman Stadium in the next few weeks.
But after allowing a season-high six earned runs in 5 13 innings in the Cardinals' 11-6 win over the Royals on a steamy Midwest afternoon, Lynn might soon be able to make other plans for the upcoming All-Star break.
The Kansas City Royals have used dominant third innings to cruise in the first two games of this series against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.
The Royals are looking for more early offense Wednesday as they seek their first three-game sweep of the Rays in 11 years.
Kansas City (33-39) scored five times in the third inning of Monday's 8-0 victory in the opener, and came up with...
Bruce Chen went seven innings in another workmanlike start, Jeff Francoeur and Yuniesky Betancourt both went deep and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Tuesday night.
Betancourt hit a two-run shot during a four-run third inning against Chris Archer (0-2), and Francoeur added a three-run homer during a four-run eighth to give Kansas City some breathing room.
Losing is always tough. Wasting four home runs in an 11-8 setback to St. Louis felt particularly galling to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
The loss gave the visitors a three-game sweep in Kauffman Stadium just a week after KC took two out of three on the Cardinals turf.
''It's real disappointing any time you drop three straight,'' said Mike Moustakas, the...
Chris Archer might be making his final start in the major leagues this season, but if his second outing goes anything like his debut, he'll have made a solid case for a future spot in the rotation.
The Tampa Bay Rays hope to provide him with a little more offense this time around.
Tampa Bay looks to get back on track Tuesday night after being shut out in its series opener with...
An edit is never a good way to start off an article, but what can you do? Sometimes you simply "F" up and have to own it.... In eager anticipation to attend a pre-release screening of the movie Magic Mike tonight, I had the article ready to go but forgot to publish it.
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A ninth-inning lead-off home run by pinch hitter Jim Thome gives the Phils a walk-off victory as they defeat the Rays, 7-6.
The Rays took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with 0ne man out, Jeff Keppinger hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Zobrist, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jose Lobaton’s walk, and Lobaton, who had just walked, giving...
Brooks Conrad hit a pair of two-run doubles off winless Cliff Lee and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Sunday night to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep.
Lee (0-4) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't won a game since last Sept. 26, or 273 days ago. Lee is making $21.5 million this year, most on...
The Tampa Bay Rays concluded the interleague portion of their schedule on a positive note.
The same can't be said for the Kansas City Royals.
The visiting Rays hope to build on an encouraging final day of interleague action in Monday night's series opener against a Royals team looking to bounce back after being swept.
After losing seven of nine to NL clubs, Tampa Bay ...