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Kansas City Royals

Stadium: Kauffman Stadium | Manager: Ned Yost
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Royals.2505252.82
AL Central3rd5th5th1st
American League 7th13th12th2nd

Last Game

Sat, April 19
Kauffman Stadium
Minnesota Twins
at
Kansas City Royals
MIN4Final5KC

Pitching

W: B. Chen (1-1)
L:
K. Correia (0-2)
S:
G. Holland (6)

Home Runs

MIN - K. Suzuki (1)  
KC
- None

Schedule

Tue Apr 8
L 1 - 0TB
Recap
Wed Apr 9
W 7 - 3TB
Recap
Fri Apr 11
L 10 - 1at MIN
Recap
Sat Apr 12
L 7 - 1at MIN
Recap
Sun Apr 13
L 4 - 3at MIN
Recap
Tue Apr 15
W 4 - 2at HOU
Recap
Wed Apr 16
W 6 - 4at HOU
Recap
Thu Apr 17
W 5 - 1at HOU
Recap
Fri Apr 18
W 5 - 0MIN
Recap
Sat Apr 19
W 5 - 4MIN
Recap
2:10 pm EDT
Today
MIN
Preview
7:05 pm EDT
Mon Apr 21
at CLE
7:05 pm EDT
Tue Apr 22
at CLE
7:05 pm EDT
Wed Apr 23
at CLE
12:05 pm EDT
Thu Apr 24
at CLE
7:05 pm EDT
Fri Apr 25
at BAL
7:05 pm EDT
Sat Apr 26
at BAL
1:35 pm EDT
Sun Apr 27
at BAL
8:10 pm EDT
Tue Apr 29
TOR
8:10 pm EDT
Wed Apr 30
TOR

Standings

AL
Central
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Detroit6-38-6
Kansas City9-79-7
Minnesota8-98-9
Chicago7-88-10
Cleveland5-97-10
AL
West
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Oakland12-512-5
Texas9-611-7
Los Angeles6-88-9
Seattle7-87-10
Houston5-135-13
AL
East
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Toronto10-810-8
New York8-810-8
Tampa Bay7-89-9
Baltimore8-88-8
Boston8-78-10
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Greg Holland perfect for sixth save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Royals closer Greg Holland tossed a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the season Saturday, in a 5-4 win over the Twins.

Holland retired the Twins on 11 pitches while striking out two batters, his fourth appearance with multiple strikeouts. He is 6 for 6 on save opportunities this season, with a 2.57 ERA and 12 strikeouts in seven innings of work. 

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Francisley Bueno, Tim Collins making progress
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

A pair of Royals relievers tossed side sessions Friday, as they continue their recoveries from injury. Tim Collins (elbow) and Francisley Bueno (hand) both threw their full complements of pitches, and manager Ned Yost told MLB.com he came away impressed with their progress.

"Collins felt great; Bueno still felt his finger on occasion on changeups, not fastballs or sliders," Yost said. "They're both making good progress."

 Both players are eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, though it is not clear if they will do so immediately.

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Billy Butler finally goes for extra bases
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Royals first baseman Billy Butler told MLB.com before Saturday's game he has been feeling better at the plate recently. He went out and proved it in the game, as he picked up his first extra-base hit of the season in a 5-4 win over the Twins.

Butler went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to four games. He clubbed a double and scored a run in the game, told reporters he is where he wants to be at the plate after opening the season with an extended cold streak.

"That's where I need to stay. That's what got me to this point," Butler said. "That's where I need to stay and that's what I'm going to do. Got to stay there."  

Even after picking up two hits, Butler is hitting just .193/.273/.211 in 57 at-bats. He hit .289 with 41 extra-base hits a year ago. 

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Bruce Chen gets help for first win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen was able to make his start, as expected, Saturday against the Twins, after being scratched from his previously scheduled outing with glute tightness.  

Chen made it through five innings and did not seem to be troubled much by the injury. He struggled even when healthy, however, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks. He struck out six, which helped limited the damage despite allowing so many baserunners.

Chen got enough help offensively to earn the 5-4 win, thanks to a five-run fourth inning. He is now 1-1 with a 6.60 ERA heading into his next start, scheduled for Thursday in Cleveland. 

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Bruce Chen in the lineup Saturday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Bruce Chen will make his scheduled start Saturday.

Chen was considered questionable entering the game due to a glute injury. The club shuffled their rotation around to make sure Chen would be able to pitch this week. He received a few extra days in order to be ready for the start.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGEric Hosmer , 1B.298
HRMike Moustakas , 3B2
RBIAlex Gordon , LF9
OBPSalvador Perez , C.371
SLGAlex Gordon , LF.411
RAlex Gordon , LF9
SBNorichika Aoki , RF2
WJason Vargas , SP2
ERAJason Vargas , SP1.24
WHIPJason Vargas , SP0.93
KJames Shields , SP26
SVGreg Holland , RP5
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