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81-81, 3rd in AL Cent

Alfredo Escalera has solid day in AFL

The Royals prospect went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday. Escalera batted eighth and played left field. Box score

Royals earn top MLB spot in 2016 Ultimate Standings (0:42)
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Cain: Wrist injury won't affect offseason

Lorenzo Cain says he expects the extra month of rest that not playing in the postseason brings to help his injured left wrist heal for 2017. "I got about a month [of recovery] in already," Cain said. "So I should be ready to go work out with no problems." Kansas City Star

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Royals too concerned with saves?

Sure, Wade Davis' injury complicated things for Kansas City, but the fact that he didn't pitch the most in crucial situations cost the team about several wins, per Dan Szymborski's metrics. Even Joakim Soria, who had a 4.05 ERA, saw more action in pivotal innings. Focus on saves can cost wins (Insider)

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Remembering Saberhagen's playoff debut

With Julio Urias set to become the youngest starter in postseason history on Wednesday, David Schoenfield looks back at the other 10 youngest pitchers to start a playoff game. At 20 years, 175 days old, Bret Saberhagen dominated over eight innings in Game 2 of the ALCS for the 1984 Royals. A talented group (Insider)

Salary arbitration projections: Royals

All estimates via Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors' projection model:

  • Eric Hosmer - $13.3 million
  • Dillon Gee - $3.6 million
  • Tim Collins - $1.5 million
  • Jarrod Dyson - $2.5 million
  • Danny Duffy - $8.2 million
  • Daniel Nava - $1.5 million
  • Kelvin Herrera - $5.3 million
  • Tony Cruz - $1 million
  • MLBTradeRumors.com

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Short-rest starts a good idea in October?

David Schoenfield examines the concept by looking back at the past 10 World Series winners. The 2015 Royals had Yordano Ventura and Chris Young each start on short rest once, and both held their own in those outings. Full results (Insider)

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Staumont dominates in AFL action

Royals prospect Josh Staumont allowed just one hit and struck out two in four scoreless innings for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League on Monday. The 22-year-old hasn't given up a run in seven AFL innings. Box score

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Josh Staumont stuck in neutral?

Staumont flashed great stuff and a good delivery during his first outing in Arizona, but he has a lot of trouble locating his fastball. Keith Law writes that this isn't new for the 22-year-old. Law: Scouting the AFL (Insider)

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Morales among top FA power bats

After a slow start to the season, Kendrys Morales went on a tear at the plate to reach 30 homers and 93 RBIs. Buster Olney previews how he stacks up to other big bats. The well-stocked slugger market (Insider)

Toups has a day in AFL

Royals prospect Corey Toups went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, walk, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base for the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday. Toups led off and played second base. Box score

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL Central

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Fans can vote for their selections on MLB.com or on Twitter. Here are the nominees for each AL Central team:

  • Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu
  • Cleveland Indians: Jose Ramirez
  • Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
  • Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer
  • Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

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Royals' longest homers of 2016

All distances calculated by ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  • Kendrys Morales - 456 feet (8/7)
  • Eric Hosmer - 447 feet (4/27)
  • Lorenzo Cain - 447 feet (4/9)
  • Eric Hosmer - 444 feet (5/8)
  • Eric Hosmer - 443 feet (8/16)

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Royals finish in bottom half of rankings

A 3-2 loss in Sunday's finale dropped the Royals to .500. Injuries took their toll this year, but sub-.300 OBP seasons from Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez certainly didn't help, either. Week 26 Power Rankings

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Sunday's longest home runs

Several players ended the 2016 regular season with a bang, led by Willson Contreras' 425-foot homer. A couple of atypical power sources also cracked the list, including Andrew Susac and Cheslor Cuthbert.

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What's next for the Royals?

With Kansas City missing the postseason after last year's World Series run, Jim Bowden lays out four objectives for the team this offseason. Among the priorities is adding a bat and making sure Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain come back healthy. To-do lists for eliminated teams (Insider)

Lineup: Royals (81-80) vs. Indians (93-67)

  • 1. Jarrod Dyson, CF (L)
  • 2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (R)
  • 3. Kendrys Morales, 1B (S)
  • 4. Salvador Perez, DH (R)
  • 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: Ian Kennedy, RHP

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2617th
On Base Percentage.31226th
Slugging Percentage.40024th
Earned Run Average4.2117th
Quality Starts68Tied-21st

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