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KC’S Jason Vargas stymies Rays in 6-0 win

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Major league ERA leader Jason Vargas went seven more scoreless innings, Salvador Perez had a two-run double during a five-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 on Thursday. Vargas (5-1) scattered three hits and dropped his ERA from 1.19 to 1.01. Jorge Bonifacio hit an RBI single off Diego Moreno in the decisive eighth before Whit Merrifield had a run-scoring single and then circled the bases when center fielder Kevin Kiermaier misplayed the…

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Chris Archer, backed by 3 homers, shuts down Royals

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Chris Archer pitched eight shutout innings Wednesday night and Logan Morrison, Rickie Weeks Jr., and Colby Rasmus homered for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Archer (3-1) won for the first time in five starts since April 14 to help the Rays break a three-game losing streak. He scattered five singles and walked none. Morrison’s ninth homer of the season, and his fourth in seven games, came off Kansas City starter Jason Hammel…

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Royals bats break out in 7-3 win over Rays

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Nate Karns struck out 10 while pitching into the seventh inning, Eric Hosmer had three hits and the Kansas City Royals busted out of an offensive slump to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Monday night. Kansas City matched its best run output of the year and set a season high with 13 hits. Drew Butera homered and drove in his first two runs of the season, helping the Royals win for the fourth time in 17 games. Kansas…

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BBQ or bagels? A tasty World Series set, Royals meet Mets

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Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up. The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy‘s power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, constantly pressuring opponents and aiming to atone for last year’s near-miss. A tasty World Series, served up with some BBQ and bagels. A dead even one, too, beginning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. “I opened it as a pick,” Johnny Avello,…

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Who gets a World Series ring? Sometimes, you’d be surprised

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Dan Uggla was long gone by the time the Giants won the World Series last fall. He’d played four games for San Francisco in late July, going 0 for 11 with six strikeouts, and made two errors at second base. That earned him a World Series ring. “With him struggling like he did, it opened up the door for Joe Panik, and we probably wouldn’t have won the World Series without Joe Panik,” recently retired Giants pitcher Tim Hudson said.…

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7 questions heading into the World Series

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The World Series may not be what it used to be, but don’t tell that to the fans of the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Because of the spread of baseball around the world, the winner is no longer called “World Champion,” but Champions of Baseball will be perfectly fine with either team. On Tuesday night, the Mets and Royals open the World Series in Kansas City. The winner will still raise the Commissioner’s Trophy, which looks the…

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Will baseball’s dramatic playoff series translate into viewers?

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With dwindling interest in baseball’s post season over the past two decades, Major League Baseball hoped for some exciting competition that might raise the level of interest. It is too soon to tell if the interest is up, but all four division series have been dramatic and, in some cases, historic. Three of the series are heading for a decisive fifth game, while the other ended in four, home-run-filled games. The Chicago Cubs have been around for 139 years and…

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