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Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

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Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP girls win 13th straight -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Defense lifts TMP boys past Norton -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

La Crosse boys nab big road win -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Hays High's Hannah Hearld will miss softball season -2/8/2015, 12:46 PM

Tiger women outlast ESU for 21st straight win -2/8/2015, 1:13 PM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

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Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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Royals pick up win against Rays

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Royals pick up win against Rays

Published on -4/10/2014, 10:27 AM

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By Randy Covitz
McClatchy-Tribune
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the ball jumped off Alex Gordon’s bat and rose toward the right-field seats, the relief could be felt throughout Kauffman Stadium.
On the field. In the dugout. And especially in the grandstands.
They all exhaled when Gordon’s three-run shot broke open the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and snapped the club’s streak of seven games without a home run, the longest dry spell to open a season in franchise history.
The Royals, never a team known for power, had gone the first four games without a home run five times in their history, but not since 1993.
But on a warm April day, with the winds blowing out at 16 mph, Gordon muscled up in a five-run fifth inning against former Royal Jake Odorizzi, 1-1, eliciting a large cheer and exhale from the announced matinee crowd of 13,612 for the conclusion of the season-opening homestand.
The Royals downplayed the fact they were the last team in the major leagues to hit a home run but understood the significance of Gordon’s 396-foot blast.
“It’s nice to get three runs,” manager Ned Yost said. “I don’t care how we get ‘em. I don’t care if it’s a home run, or it’s two doubles ... home runs are nice ...”
Gordon, who had four RBIs in the game, struck the home run the way most homers are hit -- by not trying to hit it out of the yard.
“This is a big park,” Gordon said. “We’re not going to hit a lot of home runs here. They’re going to come. We knew that. We were trying not to do too much and stay within ourselves. Sometimes you put a good swing on it, and that happens.
“I’m sure we’re going to hit more than one ... so we’ll play it from here.”
Gordon’s shot enabled starter Jeremy Guthrie, 2-0, to continue his April mastery. Guthrie, who worked the first seven innings, allowing one run and four hits, is now undefeated in his last eight April starts, dating to 2012 when he was with Colorado. Since then, he has gone 6-0 in the month.
The victory also was sparked by second baseman Johnny Giavotella, who was recalled from Omaha before the game as a replacement for injured Omar Infante. Giavotella had a hand in both the two-run fourth when the Royals grabbed the lead and in the Royals’ five-run fifth, their most productive inning of the young season.
Guthrie was a little shaky in the early going, stranding five Tampa Bay runners in the first three innings. After Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings hit a leadoff home run to centerfield in the fourth for a 1-0 lead, Guthrie retired 12 straight batters, with shortstop Alcides Escobar turning in several web gems for outs.
Escobar’s best play may have been a back-to-the-infield, over-the-shoulder, basket catch of a pop fly to short left with one on and one out in the second inning.
“That’s what good defense does,” said Guthrie, who threw 109 pitches, 70 for strikes before giving way to Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera for the final two innings. “The ability to get out of a few jams ... Escobar makes the tremendous play ... You get out of jams because you throw strikes and the defense picks you up.
“On that ball to hit to shall left center that Escobar caught, you’re already preparing for first and second and one out, how am I going to get out of this ...? And the next thing you know, you’ve got two outs.”
With the Royals down 1-0, Giavotella triggered a two-run fourth with a leadoff single. When the Royals exploded for five runs on six hits in the fifth, Giavotella was in the middle of the action again.
After Nori Aoki delivered an RBI triple for a 3-1 lead, Giavotella hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Aoki, and earning Giavotella a standing ovation from the fans behind the first-base dugout.
“That was a big at-bat,” Yost said of Giavotella’s sacrifice fly. “We’re coming off a night like we had (Tuesday) night when we couldn’t put together any kind of offensive outburst, and even score a run, so Nori comes up with the big triple to make it 3-1 and Gio with his sac fly was huge, it gave us a nice three-run lead. You can work with a three-run lead. And Gordie capped it with the three-run homer.”
The win gave the Royals, 4-4, their second straight series win on the season-opening homestand, having taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox and the Rays.
“It was a great home stand for us,” said Yost, whose team has a chance to assert itself in the AL Central race when it begins a six-game road trip on Friday to Minnesota and Houston.
“We came in here after two real close losses ... we could have won either game in Detroit. To put together a 4-2 homestand ... you want to win series. When you start a season, the focus is to win a series, win a series, win a series, and we’ve won two series. It was a real good homestand for us.”
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