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The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season, thanks in large part to superb pitching.The rotation has been particularly dominant.Bruce Chen looks to keep the Royals rolling with another commanding performance Sunday against the last-place Chicago White Sox.Kansas City (50-51) is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since a season-high six-game run from June 5-10.The Royals' current surge has been powered by their pitching staff, which has compiled a 1.00 ERA. The rotation has been especially excellent with a 0.79 ERA.James Shields tossed seven scoreless innings in Friday's 5-1 win and Wade Davis was even better Saturday, going 7 1-3 while allowing four hits in Kansas City's 1-0 victory.Now it's up to Chen (4-0, 1.97 ERA) to help the Royals complete the sweep. The left-hander has been outstanding in two starts since entering the rotation in place of an ineffective Luis Mendoza, who beat him out for a starting spot in spring training.The only run the 36-year-old has allowed in 12 innings of two starts came on a solo homer in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Baltimore."His fastball - he'll throw one at 83 (mph) and then one at 87, and the 87 looks like 94 mixed in with the slow curveball, the changeup, the two-seamer. So he does a great job of on and off the gas with his velocities," manager Ned Yost told the team's official website.Chen is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA over his last five games - four starts - versus Chicago. However, that defeat came in his most recent visit to the South Side on Sept. 8, when he surrendered five runs and three homers in six innings of a 5-4 loss.The White Sox (40-61) haven't been nearly that productive at the plate lately, getting 14 hits in this series with their only run coming on a Conor Gillaspie's solo shot Friday.Gordon Beckham, 0 for 6 in this series, is mired in a five-game slump during which he's gone 1 for 21. He had been hitting .396 in the 12 games prior to this stretch.Beckham is 4 for 27 with a homer against Chen.Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38) will take the mound hoping to replicate his most recent start against the Royals. He went a season-high eight innings in Kansas City on June 21, allowing three hits and a run in a 9-1 win.He's 0-1 with a 4.18 ERA in five starts since.Santiago was charged with a 6-2 loss to visiting Detroit on Tuesday, allowing six runs - three earned - with six strikeouts and a career high-tying five walks in six innings. The defense didn't provide much help with a season-high four errors.He may not have to deal with Lorenzo Cain, who has three hits and two RBIs over the past two games. The center fielder exited in the eighth inning Saturday due to tightness in his left groin after crashing into the outfield wall while taking a hit away from Jeff Keppinger in the seventh."He's got a little bit of a groin strain, why we took him out," Yost said. "He's day to day. Probably rest him (Sunday) because we've got an off day on Monday, grab him two days right there."
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by John Viril—
As desperate as it seems, 39-year-old Miguel Tejada is the Kansas City Royals best option at 2nd base. The Royals can prevent runs. They can pitch and field with the best teams in the league. What they can’t do is hit. Second base is black hole that sucks runs from the lineup. Tejada is the only candidate that can bring even a semblance of offense.
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Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough continues to show why it was a good move for the Royal organization to release fan favorite Jeff Francoeur earlier this season. In a 1-0 game, White Sox outfielder Alex Rios was the tying run on third when Jeff Keppinger lined a for sure single to right; however, David Lough made an unbelievable diving catch for the out. Rios, who should...
Strong pitching is a big reason the Kansas City Royals are surging since the All-Star break.
Wade Davis would like to contribute to that success.
Davis will try to lead the Royals to a fifth straight win by ending his four-game slide Saturday night against the last-place Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City (49-51) has won six of eight since the break, and the rotation has been key...
by John Viril—
Reserve outfielder Jarrod Dyson proved his worth in Sunday’s 4-2 12th inning victory over the Chicago White Sox. Dyson punched out two hits in four at bats, stole two bases, scored the go-ahead run, and saved the game with a clutch outfield assist in the bottom of the 11th.
Manager Ned Yost had to be glad he wrote Dyson’s name on the lineup card.
The post Jarrod...
Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Cain left the Royals' 1-0 victory at Chicago on Saturday night due to tightness in his left groin, and the team said it was precautionary. Kansas City is off on Monday before beginning a three-game series at Minnesota, allowing the Royals to give Cain two days of...
CHICAGO -- James Shields tossed seven shutout innings and rookie David Lough homered and drove in another run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
The Royals (49-51) have won four straight and six of eight since the All-Star break. The White Sox (40-60) have lost four of five.
Shields (5-7) allowed eight hits and walked two...
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory.
With no outs and Jarrod Dyson on third, the White Sox brought their infield in, but it didn't matter one bit.
Gordon drove a 2-2 pitch from Donnie Veal (1-1) over the wall in center for his first homer since July 7 and No...
The Kansas City Royals came into 2013 with a lot of expectations. More people than not expected them to break through and be a factor in the playoff standings after what looked like another solid offseason by general Manager Dayton Moore.
But they went into the All-Star break as nothing more than a very mediocre team that sat six games under .500. But after a less than dominant...
Fans always are looking for a way to spruce up the All-Star break, and this week Royals right-hander Ervin Santana presented a brilliant idea for getting pitchers involved in the festivities:
Next year at #MLB #allstargame we should do #NL pitchers vs. #AL pitchers in #dodgeball same night as #HRDerby #CelebratePitching
-- Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) July 25, 2013 I'm...
It is game one with the Kansas City Royals who have come to The Cell for three game series. Gordon Beckham returns for the White Sox today, hoping his wrist will not give him any issues today. Jesse Crain has had a setback and no return date has been set for him.
Grab a coffee and see you for the first pitch.
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Here was Royals right-hander Wade Davis perhaps when he needed it most producing his best effort of the season Saturday in outdueling Chicago lefty Chris Sale in a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Davis might have been pitching to hold his spot in the rotation after yielding 21 runs in 152/3 innings over his four previous starts. If so he responded magnificently.
CHICAGO (AP) Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory.With no outs and Jarrod Dyson on third, the White Sox brought their infield in, but it didn't matter one bit.Gordon drove a 2-2 pitch from Donnie Veal (1-1) over the wall in center for his first homer since July...
The White Sox finish up a ten-game homestand with a weekend series against the Royals. Currently, the Sox are 3-4 on the homestand after dropping three of four to the Tigers. The Royals are making the first stop on a three city, nine-game road trip, and are fresh off a 5-2 homestand against the Tigers and Orioles. This season, the Sox are 5-4 against KC and won the only meeting...