In the first seven innings, the Kansas City Royals mustered two singles — one not leaving the infield — and did not have a runner touch second base. First baseman Billy Butler and catcher Salvador Perez each drove in two runs with two out in the eighth as the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Wednesday night. With the victory and the Detroit loss, the Royals hiked their lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tigers in the American League Central. “The feeling inside the locker room is a lot different than it was earlier in the year,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

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Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon’s walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium. ”You go back and talk to people about the ’85 year when they won the World Series, they remember that, and they’ve been longing for that, and it’s been a long time ago.

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The Kansas City Royals seemed bound to be shut out by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night until the bat boy spoke up with Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Manager Ned Yost explains, via the Associated Press : ”The bat boy who never says anything turns around and says, ‘Esky is going to get a hit and Gordo’s taking him in the fountain,”’ Yost said. ”I said, ‘OK. Sounds like a pretty good plan.”’ One that worked out perfectly, too. As if by request, Escobar blooped a single and Gordon connected for a rare Royals home run, a two-run shot against Twins closer Glen Perkins that gave Kansas City an exhilarating 2-1 victory. It was reason enough for Salvador Perez to drench Gordon in golden splendor:

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The Royals are skipping right-hander Yordano Ventura’s next turn in the rotation to rest his sore back, clearing the way for Liam Hendriks to make his first start for the club since arriving in a trade from Toronto. Royals manager Ned Yost said before Tuesday night’s series opener against Minnesota that Ventura experienced some pain in his lower back after his last start Friday night in Texas.

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Don’t write the obituary yet on the New York Yankees. Shortstop Derek Jeter collected two RBIs in his final regular-season game at Kauffman Stadium and right-hander Michael Pineda pitched into the seventh inning as the New York Yankees drubbed the Kansas City Royals 8-1 on Monday night. The Yankees have won five straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season and remain in the playoff hunt. Left fielder Martin Prado, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and second baseman Stephen Drew homered for the Yankees, who have won 13 of their last 21 games.

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Derek Jeter drove in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, backing a sharp outing from Michael Pineda and helping the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Monday night for their fifth straight win. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a run in the seventh inning with the 1,000th hit of his career, then added a two-run homer in the ninth. Stephen Drew and Martin Prado also homered for New York. Pineda (3-2) gave up a solo shot to Mike Moustakas leading off the third inning, but that was about it in his third game back from the disabled list.

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Just about everything is going right for the Kansas City Royals these days. The Royals played their last nine games against teams currently in last place – and they’ll play 10 of their final 33 against last-place Minnesota, Texas and Boston. Manager Ned Yost, however, is taking nothing for granted. Second-place Detroit had to fight back over the weekend just to salvage a four-game split against the Twins.

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After another rough start, two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is in danger of falling out of the San Francisco Giants’ starting rotation as they make a late-season playoff push. Lincecum was roughed up in his start Saturday against Washington, lasting just 2 2/3 innings while giving up six runs, four of them earned. And that is why Giants manager Bruce Bochy is considering taking Lincecum out of the rotation, although he is still debating the topic. —The Colorado Rockies activated right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman from the 60-day disabled list and placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day DL.

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The Kansas City Royals are in position for a rare road sweep of the Texas Rangers. Scott Baker enjoyed success in the past against the Royals, although it would be hard to anticipate anything of the sort Sunday when he starts for the Rangers opposite Jason Vargas. Kansas City (72-56) seeks to cap a nine-game trip with a 7-2 mark and its first three-game sweep in Arlington since July 11-13, 2003, after consecutive 6-3 wins to start this series. The Royals are a major league-best 17-4 in August and have built a three-game lead in the Central over Detroit.

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