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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer delivers to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals conclude 2020 season with eye on progress of youth

Sep. 28, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals spent the 60-game season in 2020 saying farewell to longtime outfielder Alex Gordon, one of the linchpins of their back-to-back World Series runs, and welcome to the young core they hope will take them back there. Brady Singer nearly threw a no-hitter in his...

Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase (13) and relief pitcher Bryan Garcia, right, celebrate following a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Tigers defeated the Royals 4-3. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Tigers use big first inning to edge Royals 4-3

Sep. 26, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Niko Goodrum and Austin Romine keyed a three-run first inning, and the Detroit Tigers edged the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night. The Tigers made the third start for Kansas City right-hander Carlos Hernandez one to forget. Detroit got to Hernandez in the first inning on...

Detroit Tigers' Niko Goodrum beats the throw to Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez to score on a sacrifice fly by Eric Haase during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Keller, Mondesi carry Royals past Tigers 3-2

Sep. 25, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brad Keller threw six scoreless innings, Adalberto Mondesi had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals held off the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Friday night. Keller (5-3) gave up four singles and struck out five in six innings. The eighth-round draft pick in 2013 closed out the...

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Franco (7) celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Perez, Franco homer as Royals beat Tigers 8-7

Sep. 24, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7 on Thursday night. Franco's eighth homer of the season put the Royals ahead in a game between two teams eliminated from postseason...

Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon bunts during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Alex Gordon retiring after playing entire career with Royals

Sep. 24, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, will retire after the season. He said during a Zoom news conference Thursday that the pandemic reinforced his feelings that he wants to spend more time...

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Perez, Cordero power Royals to 12-3 rout of contending Cards

Sep. 23, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cardinals are headed back to Busch Stadium with their playoff fate still in their hands. No thanks to Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero. The pair of Royals each hit two homers and drove in five runs Wednesday night, and out-of-contention Kansas City got a solid start from Danny...

Royals place Starling, Zimmer on IL to end their seasons

Sep. 23, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals placed outfielder Bubba Starling and right-hander Kyle Zimmer on the injured list and returned left-hander Mike Montgomery and outfielder Franchy Cordero from rehab assignments as part of a series of roster moves to set them up for the final five games of the season....

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gomber pitches playoff-hunting Cards to 5-0 win over Royals

Sep. 22, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Austin Gomber heard longtime Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright say that his goal before pitching a complete game against Milwaukee last week was to throw no more than 12 pitches in any inning. Sounded like a good idea to him. With the same target in mind, the reliever-turned-starter...

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez (71) fist-bumps third baseman Maikel Franco (7) before leaving in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals rally behind stout bullpen to beat Cardinals, 4-1

Sep. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were into the Kansas City bullpen by the fourth inning, and Adam Wainwright was looking like a spry youngster rather than a 39-year-old workhorse as the right-hander sliced through the Royals batting order. Just about everything was looking up for a team...

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his three-run home run with third base coach Ed Sedar during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Burnes, Braun help Brewers to 5-0 win over the Royals

Sep. 19, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corbin Burnes threw six solid innings of four-hit ball, Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in Milwaukee's four-run eighth inning and the Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Saturday night. With the win, Milwaukee moved into a tie with the Cincinnati Reds, one game behind second-place St....