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Rios sidelined for a few days by right thumb injury

Royals right fielder Alex Rios will miss at least the next two games because of a jammed right thumb -- the same injury that saddled him for much of the 2014 season.

Veteran catcher Buck announces retirement

Veteran catcher John Buck, who was in Spring Training camp with the Braves, announced his retirement Thursday in order to spend more time with his family.

Jirscheles enjoy seeing each other from across the diamond

Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele and his son, Justin, a White Sox Minor Leaguer, exchanged lineup cards Wednesday night and saw each other from opposing dugouts.

Vargas, Royals shut down by young White Sox arms

Left-hander Jason Vargas turned in a solid six-inning outing, but the Royals managed little against some of the White Sox best young pitching prospects in a 6-0 loss on Wednesday night at Surprise Stadium.

Ventura to make first Opening Day start

Right-hander Yordano Ventura, who had a breakout season for the Royals in 2014, will start on Opening Day on April 6 against Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox.

Young extends pitch count in Minor League game

Royals right-hander Chris Young threw four innings in a Minor League game on Wednesday, reaching 64 pitches. He also threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen afterward.

Collins hopes to follow Hochevar's lead

Luke Hochevar had Tommy John surgery a year ago but stayed with the Royals all season during his rehab. And Hochevar was there in Chicago in late September when the Royals clinched a playoff spot, and he joined in on the celebration. Tim Collins just had Tommy John surgery earlier this month, and hopes to experience the same scenario.

MLB Pipeline checks in from Royals camp

In the past two decades, the Royals have enjoyed just three winning seasons and signed and developed just three pitchers who could manage 10 victories in a single year for Kansas City. Those two developments aren't unrelated, though the future looks brighter in both regards for the defending American League champions.

Brett's love for baseball didn't end with playing career

Hall of Famer George Brett still enjoys being a part of the game and welcomes the chance to put the uniform back on every spring to work with the Royals. But when he decided his career was over, it was over.

Breaking pitches elude Volquez in rough outing vs. Giants

The Giants batted around to score four second-inning runs during a rare offensive outburst Monday as they outlasted the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, in a rematch of last year's World Series.

Former starter Flynn flourishing as bullpen candidate

In 98 professional outings, Royals left-hander Brian Flynn has been a reliever exactly once, and that came last year in a brief stint with the Marlins. But Flynn is now trying to prove to the Royals that his greatest value to the team is out of the bullpen. Flynn is making a strong case, to say the least.

Royals favor extra bench player over reliever

Royals manager Ned Yost hinted Monday morning that he's now likely leaning toward carrying a seven-man bullpen. The organization has pondered the notion of an eight-man bullpen for much of the spring.

Binford has necessary tools to become a force

Royals right-hander Christian Binford throws strikes -- not just strike one, either. He is around the plate, gets great movement and sink on his pitches and he induces swings and misses as well as lots of ground balls. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but the 22-year-old's command and control are superb.

Infante sees first Cactus League action at second

Royals second baseman Omar Infante was in the lineup at second base Monday for the first time in Cactus League action this spring.

Finnegan among nine players Royals send to Minors

The Royals made a round of nine roster cuts after Sunday's 4-2 victory over a Giants split-squad at Surprise Stadium, and the biggest name was left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Royals eyeing crowning October achievement

The Royals didn't particularly look like a fluke when they won the AL pennant in 2014. Far from being a one-hit wonder, they see in themselves the possibility of taking the one ultimate step they didn't take last October.

Hochevar may begin in Minors; Infante plays field

Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar could start the season on the disabled list and ultimately continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery in the Minor Leagues, manager Ned Yost said on Sunday morning.

Duffy builds toward season in KC's win over Giants

Danny Duffy pitched into the sixth, and Alex Rios continued his strong spring with a couple of hits and an RBI in Sunday's 4-2 Royals win over the split-squad Giants.

Ventura, Herrera get work in behind the scenes

Two of the Royals' most important pitchers got their work done behind the scenes Saturday, but both took solid steps toward the opening of the regular season.

Gordon's spring debut goes according to plan

Alex Gordon's first real day at the office came with no surprises attached. It's just what Gordon and the Royals wanted.

Eibner, Kratz go deep, but Royals lose on walk-off homer

Brett Eibner and Erik Kratz each hit home runs, but the Royals lost to the White Sox, 6-4, on Saturday on Courtney Hawkins' walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Coleman's lights-out performance speaks to Royals' bullpen depth

Manager Ned Yost and the rest of the observers from the dugout in Peoria on Friday night seemed to be as blown away by the two-inning, five-strikeout relief performance of Louis Coleman as the hitters Coleman struck out (Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko).

Yost targets giving Perez more days off

Royals manager Ned Yost has been thinking about giving Salvador Perez more days off from catching since December and probably earlier. But Yost mentioned it on the first day of the Winter Meetings, and he mentioned it again Saturday at Spring Training.

Young builds innings, expectations for role with Royals

Chris Young added a solid three innings Friday to a Spring Training resume that has impressed the Royals.

Young adds to solid spring, Hosmer fuels offense in win

Chris Young struck out three over three innings of work and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run double against the Padres on Friday night.

Madson pleasant surprise for Royals after 'flyer'

Ryan Madson, who hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2011, has impressed the Royals so far in Spring Training.

Guthrie back on track after missing start with illness

Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is back on schedule after missing a game with a stomach illness.

Gordon gets at-bats, plays field in Minor League game

Alex Gordon played in a Minor League game on Friday in his recovery from wrist surgery, and he's expected to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Beachy, Medlen helped by wisdom gained from first surgery

Even the words sound ugly: "ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction." Probably why they call it Tommy John surgery. It can't be easy. Right-handers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy ought to know.