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Wichita State advances to MVC semifinals after beating Southern Illinois -3/6/2015, 6:12 PM

Tiger women roll in MIAA quarterfinal -3/6/2015, 5:13 PM

Vitztum, TMP boys storm by Colby -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

Mickelson could play another big role for KU -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

Hoxie ties record, has bigger goals in mind -3/6/2015, 11:05 AM

Berens' big night keys HHS win -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

Thursday's prep basketball boxscores -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

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

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

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

Girls

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

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Royals streak past Rockies

Published on -8/20/2014, 10:20 AM

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By Andy McCullough

McClatchy-Tribune

DENVER -- On the plane ride into Colorado, as Monday evening segued into Tuesday morning, Ned Yost celebrated his 60th birthday. His team arrived at its hotel at 2 a.m. He awoke the next morning still the steward of a first-place club and a manager suddenly incapable of missteps.

He crafted his Royals lineup for a 7-4 victory over the Rockies as if it were any other day. He activated Salvador Perez, even though Perez hurt his knee the night before. He started Mike Moustakas, despite the presence of a left-handed starter for Colorado. And ignoring evidence of a horrific slump, he stuck with Omar Infante as his No. 2 hitter, convinced the simplicity of his swing would allow for a breakthrough.

"He can get on a streak," Yost said, "in a hurry."

The latest contributor to the nightly string of Royals heroics had batted .190 since the All-Star break. Infante had hit .182 in August. Yet he still occupied premium real estate in the lineup, siphoning at-bats from Perez, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon.

In the seventh inning on Tuesday, the team appeared on the verge of paying for Yost's obstinacy. Infante stepped to the plate with a pair of runners aboard and two outs.

The team trailed by one. He had two hits already on the evening, but only one in four games this weekend in Minneapolis, part of a "terrible series," he said.

What followed, of course, must feel familiar for those following this sun-kissed season. Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino fired a 98-mph fastball. Infante lunged and flicked his bat across the plate. The baseball brushed the inside of the right-field line to score both runners.

When Perez dunked an RBI double in center, a "Let's go Royals!" chant erupted from the sizable pack of Royals partisans at Coors Field. The chant erupted again in the eighth when Infante smacked his third double of the game. He plated two more runs with this hit. He matched a career-high with a trio of doubles. The four RBIs pushed his season total to a career-high 57.

"I keep working on my swing, my timing," Infante said. "Sometimes my timing is bad. Sometimes it's good. A good day for me, nice for the team."

The group of out-of-town fans massed behind the Kansas City dugout and celebrated the team's fourth victory in five games on this road trip. The Royals (70-55) have won 22 of their last 27 games. They can exact a two-game sweep on Wednesday to gather their ninth series victory in a row.

Until the seventh, the outcome appeared in doubt. James Shields (12-6, 3.28 ERA) danced around nine hits. He held the Rockies to a pair of runs in six innings.

"It was a grind day," Shields said. "It was one of those days where I didn't really have my good stuff at all."

Colorado attacked Shields from the jump. Charlie Blackmon led off with a single, and Drew Stubbs smashed a grounder that spun out of Infante's glove. Blackmon took third. He scored on a double play.

Shields opposed Tyler Matzek, a 2009 first-round pick suffering through a trying season at Coors Field. At the start on Tuesday, Matzek reminded why he was once the No. 11 pick. The first ball the Royals hit in the air was a harmless infield fly lofted by Perez in the fourth.

The spell broke later that frame. Butler let a series of fastballs miss and took a walk. With two outs, Cain sliced a liner into right-center field. Butler began to rumble. He ran with abandon but little speed. He was at third base when center fielder Drew Stubbs relayed the ball to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu.

Third-base coach Mike Jirschele sent Butler home. The throw drew catcher Michael McKenry up the third-base line. He dropped the baseball as he reached for the tag. Butler side-stepped the catcher's bulk and flopped his left arm across the plate. The altitude left him winded.

"I was just sitting there saying, 'Man, is my heart rate ever going to come down?'" he said. "Granted, going from first to home, I haven't done that too many times."

Aggression looks silly when it fails. The Royals suffered the flip side of the coin in the fifth. Perez came to bat with two outs and two on. For some reason, Nori Aoki chose this moment to steal third. After a replay review, he was ruled out, and the rally fizzled before Perez even swung.

Shields was pitching in this park for the second time in his career. He became familiar with the thin air and spacious outfield of Coors Field one June night in 2007. The Rockies pounded him for five runs.

In the fifth inning on Tuesday, he watched Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado punish a curveball. The ball carried and carried before it cleared the fence in left-center field to put Colorado back in front.

"I think it probably would have ended up being a ball, to be honest with you," Shields said. "He just ended up getting a good swing."

Shields stood in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning. With two outs, Yost removed him and inserted Josh Willingham. He rolled a single up the middle past Matzek. Aoki kept the rally alive with a walk. Then it was up to Infante, the slump-ridden second baseman, and the man who rewarded the birthday boy for his faith.

In the aftermath, Yost settled into his office chair to speak with reporters. Midway through his first answer, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz burst in armed with a chocolate cake. He serenaded Yost with a rendition of "Happy Birthday."

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