Found June 13, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Elliot Johnson had a three three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning Thursday night, leading the surging Kansas City Royals to a 10-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Johnson, who was traded to Kansas City by the Rays in February, led off the big inning with a single and chased Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) with his second homer of the season, both coming against Tampa Bay. Johnson got his third hit of the game in the eighth inning and is 6 for 11 with four RBIs against his former team while batting .202 with three RBIs against every other team. Ervin Santana (5-5) gave up five hits and an unearned run in 7 2-3 innings. The Royals, who have won eight of nine, set a franchise record by holding an opponent to three runs or fewer in a 12th straight game.

New lineup has Royals streaking

The Royals are suddenly red hot, winners of seven of their last eight games. Kansas City just completed a six-game winning streak and a change in the lineup may have been a catalyst for the recent surge. Frustrated by a lack of success on offense and in the standings, manager Ned Yost reportedly sought help from the Royals front office in putting together an optimal lineup. After...

Royals' season turning the corner?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Too early to start using the term season-saver? Maybe, maybe not. But there was no mistaking the joy (and relief) inside the Royals' clubhouse following their dramatic 3-2, 10-inning win over first-place Detroit on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals playfully splashed their now official rally sauce Billy Butler's "Hit it a TON" sauce...

Recap: Royals dominate Rays second straight night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Luis Mendoza pitched six innings to win for the first time in six starts and Elliot Johnson had another big hit against his former team, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Mendoza (2-3) gave up two runs and six hits and three Royals relievers pitched three hitless innings as the Royals held a 13th straight...

Preview: Guthrie seeks to keep Royals on a roll

(AP) Strong pitching continues to pace the Kansas City Royals during their recent surge. Jeremy Guthrie looks to continue that success on the mound and help the visiting Royals to a fourth straight victory Saturday against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays. Luis Mendoza gave up two runs with six hits and three Kansas City (32-33) relievers pitched three hitless innings in Friday'...

Yost followed Royals' win at his daughter's wedding

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost could have been excused for missing his team's game on the night his daughter got married. But he didn't. Yost was in Sugar Hill, Ga., on Thursday night with one eye on the wedding ceremony of his daughter, Jenny, while the Royals were playing the Tampa Bay Rays about 500 miles away. "I had the phone out...

Official Video: Royals Eric Hosmer had BBQ sauce dumped all over his sweaty body

Pies are dumb. BBQ sauce? Dumber. [Holdout Sports] Your browser does not support iframes. **Follow us on Twitter, View Blitz Viral Videos, or Return to us on Twitter.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Preview: Royals look to continue solid play in Tampa Bay

(AP) -- Home-field advantage has been critical over the last three seasons when the Tampa Bay Rays meet the Kansas City Royals. That should mean the Rays have a decided edge since they are hosting this four-game series with the Royals that begins Thursday night. Only two of the last 15 meetings have been won by the visiting team. Kansas City (30-33) has lost seven of eight at Tropicana...

Rays reinstate Alex Cobb from bereavement list

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Right-hander Alex Cobb was reinstated from the bereavement list and right-hander Jake Odorizzi was optioned to Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays announced Thursday night. Cobb was placed on the list Tuesday after the death of his grandmother. Meanwhile, Odorizzi, who pitched 3 13 innings in a 10-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday at Tropicana Field...

Billy Butler upset with Robinson Cano over Home Run Derby diss

For the second year in a row, there is tension between Robinson Cano and Billy Butler over the Home Run Derby. Cano was named captain of the AL Home Run Derby squad last year and upset Kansas City Royals fans by leaving Butler, the Royals’ top hitter, off the team. The All-Star Game was being [...]

Longoria limited by sore foot

Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria was the Rays' designated hitter for the second straight game Friday night due to a sore right foot. Longoria says he has been bothered by plantar fasciitis for probably the past two weeks. ''I'm kind of getting to the point where I really don't feel like I'm doing it any good to go out there and run around on it, so I can...

Rays’ David Price is ahead of schedule

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters – including Bill Chastain and Adam Berry of – that left-handed starting pitcher David Price was impressive during his three-inning simulated game yesterday. "Velocity on the fastball was way up there, I thought," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Slider, cutter, changeup, everything was outstanding...

Official Video: Seems the only way to stop Miguel Cabrera is: A Flipping David Lough

Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough makes a terrific diving grab to rob Miguel Cabrera of yet another extra base hit. And then his glasses fell off. No word on his shoes. Your browser... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Who says announcers never work without a net?

Your browser does not support iframes. During last night's Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game, Sun Sports announcers DeWayne Staats and Brian Anderson lost a plastic bottle that they had thought gone overboard. However, they found it had stayed on the lip of their broadcast booth and did not fall into the Tropicana Field crowd.  So an enterprising Anderson found a fishing...

Dugout Digest - keep on rollin'

Something has happened with the Kansas City Royals. The butt of a lot of jokes through the first two months of this season, Kansas City is 8-3 in June and is now just 5.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. They rallied late to beat the Tigers last night, Detroit is still playing pretty good baseball, so Kansas City hasn't picked up a ton of ground, but after winning...

Preview: Mendoza takes the ball on Friday night in Tampa Bay

(AP) -- The start of June has not been kind to Tampa Bay's Matt Moore. After dominating for the first two months of the season, the left-hander looks to avoid a third straight losing start when he tries to help the host Rays cool off the surging Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Moore (8-2, 3.78 ERA) went 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his first 11 starts, which included a one-inning...
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