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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 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' Daniel Vogelbach, left, is congratulated by Ryan Braun, center,  and Christian Yelich, right, after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Vogelbach belts two homers as Brewers down Royals 5-3

Sep. 20, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach belted a pair of homers and drove in all five runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Sunday to sweep the three-game interleague matchup. Vogelbach, claimed by the Brewers off waivers earlier this month, hit a two-run home run to straightaway...

Milwaukee Brewers' Jacob Nottingham gestures after hitting a grand slam during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Nottingham's slam helps Brewers rally to beat Royals 9-5

Sep. 19, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jacob Nottingham hit a grand slam and Orlando Arcia added a three-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Friday night. Nottingham’s two-out blast to left off Danny Duffy (3-4) capped a six-run rally in the...

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Miguel Cabrera homers to help Tigers beat Royals 6-0

Sep. 15, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a homer and a double to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on Tuesday night. Matthew Boyd (2-6) bounced back from a rough outing with a strong performance, throwing five-plus scoreless innings and giving up just two hits. Boyd allowed seven runs over...

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Keller pitched a complete game and shut out the Pirates. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Keller 1st MLB shutout, KC tops Pirates for 6th win in row

Sep. 13, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brad Keller pitched his first major league shutout, tossing a five-hitter as the Kansas City Royals won their sixth in a row by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 on Sunday. Keller (4-2) was in total command, allowing only three hits until the ninth inning. “I just wanted to...