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Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Lineup: Royals (64-60) vs. Marlins (65-59)
- 1. Paulo Orlando, CF (R)
- 2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
- 3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (R)
- 4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
- 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 8. Raul Mondesi, 2B (S)
- 9. Yordano Ventura, RHP Daily lineups
Is Wade Davis' injury a concern?
Davis has been out since July 28 with a right forearm strain and is moving closer to a return. He'd surely give the Royals, who have pushed their way back into playoff contention, a lift once he's back from the disabled list. Crasnick: Injury questions for contenders
Jason Vargas nears major league return
Jason Vargas was called up to Triple-A on Monday as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. The team expects Vargas to be on the major league roster in September. The Kansas City Star
Is a Royal baseball's fastest player?
When it comes to speed, Kansas City has two of the game's best options in Jarrod Dyson and Billy Burns. That said, Keith Law opines that another player on the Royals' 40-man roster could be faster than both. Best hitting/speed tools in MLB (Insider)
Jayson Stark talks to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star about the Royals' recent surge and if it's enough for the club to make a run for the postseason.
For teams with even a glimmer of hope of reaching the playoffs, here are the pivotal injuries worth watching between now and Game No. 162.
Royals hold steady in Power Rankings
The Royals have won eight in a row and 13 of 15 to suddenly get back in the wild-card race, but our voters aren't budging just yet. Another big week could go a long way toward changing their minds. Week 20 Power Rankings
In today's news and notes, Buster Olney details how good the Royals have been of late, discusses pitcher Aaron Sanchez's temporary shutdown and more.
Danny Duffy keeps his streak going
Duffy won his 10th straight decision on Sunday and has now gone 14 straight starts without a loss. That ties Rich Gale (1980) for the longest streak in a single season in Royals history, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Keith Law talks to Jerry Crasnick & Joe Sheehan about where the Cards & Royals stand down the stretch, who has an edge in the Cy Young races & more. Plus, Todd Radom's trivia.
Tough road ahead for rallying Royals
Wins in 13 of their last 15 games have put the Royals (64-60) back into the playoff picture. Their upcoming schedule won't be so easy, though. They are slated to face four consecutive teams with winning records.
Close race for the AL wild card
The Red Sox and Orioles currently hold the top two spots, but the Mariners, Tigers and Royals aren't far behind. With Boston only a half-game back in the East, the Blue Jays are also in the picture.
One of the things we learned Sunday is that the Royals are not going away quietly, especially after another gem by Danny Duffy.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
A week and a half ago we declared the Royals dead. But after sweeping the Tigers and now the Twins they've won eight in a row to climb 4 games back of the second wild card. The odds are still long with three teams ahead of them (and the Yankees also 4 back), but this could be reminiscent of 2014, when they surged out of nowhere to win a wild card.
Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday for their eighth consecutive win.
Ian Kennedy keeps his groove going
Kennedy has allowed no more than one run in each of his last five starts dating back to July 30. Only one other Royals pitcher had a streak of five consecutive starts with at least six innings pitched and allowing zero runs or one run, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Larry Gura had a run of five such starts for K.C. in 1981.
Alex Gordon hit two home runs, Ian Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-0 Saturday.
Eric Hosmer's single in the 11th inning drove in Cheslor Cuthbert with the winning run to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost talks about the team's hot streak, the performance of pitcher Matt Strahm and Alex Gordon's turnaround at the plate.
Royals winning in consistent fashion
For the fourth straight game, Kansas City allowed only one run to its opponent and it came on a solo homer. No other team in MLB history has had a streak like that in four straight games, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Thursday's longest home runs
The ball was flying out of Camden Yards on Thursday, as the Orioles and Astros combined for eight home runs. Chris Davis' 438-foot blast -- the second of two homers -- paced the majors, while Alex Bregman and Manny Machado also made the list.
Alex Gordon hit a grand slam, Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Thursday night.
On Base Percentage.31321st
Earned Run Average4.0512th
Royals @ Marlins
Marlins Park - Wed 8/24