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2016 Schedule
81-78, 3rd in AL Cent
Gibson slips and falls on the mound (0:34)
Buxton gets Twins on top with RBI triple (0:31)
Kepler lays out for big catch to end inning (0:20)

Lineup: Royals (81-77) vs. Twins (56-102)

  • 1. Jarrod Dyson, CF (L)
  • 2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (R)
  • 3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  • 4. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  • 5. Paulo Orlando, RF (R)
  • 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  • 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  • 8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
  • 9. Drew Butera, C (R)
  • SP: Danny Duffy, LHP
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Volquez's stock down after rough year

After two years with respectable numbers, Edinson Volquez's ERA ballooned up to 5.37 this season. That'll likely lead to a pay cut for the 33-year-old if he hits the open market. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

Hosmer hammers two-run homer (0:24)
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Which Royals have mastered spin rate?

Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Edinson Volquez and Joakim Soria are among pitchers with the least spin on changeups, allowing the offering to get more drop. Why spin rate matters (Insider)

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Royals hold steady in Power Rankings

The Royals are aiming to finish above .500 for the fourth straight season, which the franchise hasn't done since it had six such seasons in a row from 1975-80. Still, missing the playoffs will hurt for the defending World Series champs. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Royals set a dubious record

Following homers by Victor Martinez and Justin Upton on Sunday, the Royals have allowed 201 HRs this season. That's the most ever by a team that won the World Series the previous year, breaking the mark of 200 by the 2006 White Sox, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Sunday's longest home runs

Lost in the shuffle of a benches-clearing incident between the Pirates and Nationals, Jung Ho Kang and Jayson Werth both hit deep blasts in the game. Corey Seager's 414-footer came with the Dodgers down a run in the ninth, allowing them to come back and clinch the NL West.

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Saturday's longest home runs

Nelson Cruz's monster 454-foot blast at Target Field led the way on Saturday. Kendrys Morales' 433-footer was No. 30 on the year, while Trey Mancini's 432-foot homer was his third in as many career starts. Maikel Franco and Stephen Piscotty round out the list.

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Royals scratch Salvador Perez

Perez (knee) was in the starting lineup before being replaced by Drew Butera. Manager New Yost told reporters the 26-year-old is cleared to play, but the team is giving him a day off.

How could Chase Vallot impact the Royals?

There aren't too many questions about his bat, but Vallot, a catcher, has a long way to go defensively. His hitting could carry him, even if he changes positions. Is Vallot poised for a breakout season with the Royals in a few years? Future breakout rookies (Insider)

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Tigers poised to pounce in wild-card race

With the Orioles having a rough time against the Red Sox, the Tigers could take advantage of a three-game set against the woeful Twins to claim the second wild-card spot. The Astros won on Tuesday to keep pace, but their odds still took a dip.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2627th
On Base Percentage.31426th
Slugging Percentage.40224th
Earned Run Average4.2117th
Quality Starts67Tied-21st

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