TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 5: Luke Hochevar #44 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays July 5, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Hosmer's 3 RBIs Salvage Split In 9-6 Win

Luke Hochevar gets the win for KC in the series finale to split four games with Toronto.

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Luke Hochevar's Ankle Injury Not Considered Serious For Royals

The Kansas City Royals have already lost enough pitchers to injury this season, so even the ankle turn experienced by Luke Hochevar during last night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays is likely to cause more alarm than normal. The good news is that Hochevar says he doesn't believe he'd miss any real time after limping trying to cover first base in the fifth inning.

"If I had another start to make before the All-Star break, I wouldn't see myself missing it," Hochevar said. "It's stiff and it's tender, and it bothers me to push off the rubber, but I think it'll be fine."

"It's not bad," Hochevar continued. "When I was covering first, I thought Hosmer caught the ball, so I kind of let up a little bit. Then I saw it took a funky hop and skipped out of his glove, so then I tried to put on the afterburners and try to get there. When I caught it, I just lunged for the bag and hit the bag on the inside and rolled it in."

Even his manager believed he would ultimately be okay, which is a good sign for Royals fans. The team has already lost Danny Duffy, Felipe Paulino, Blake Wood and Joakim Soria all needed Tommy John surgery this season, an astounding number of devastating injuries for one staff. And it's not as if the Royals were known for their starting pitching depth in the first place.

"He's not slated to start until after the All-Star break. We've got plenty of time, it's not serious," Yost said. "[But] it was hurting him a little bit and I'm not going to take a chance if your ankle's hurting, because that affects your shoulder, it affects your elbow and it's not anything that I want to play with."

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Hosmer's 3 RBIs Salvage Split In 9-6 Win

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored as the Royals earned 9-6 win and a series split with the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The first three hitters in the Royals lineup — Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar and Hosmer — each went 2-for-5 with a run scored and at least one RBI. Luke Hochevar gave up two earned runs over five innings in the start and picked up the win.The Royals used six relievers for the final four innings, including Jonathan Broxton picking up his 21st save of the season.

Kansas City opened the scoring with a five-run third and never trailed. They added three in the eighth and a solo homer from Yuniesky Betancourt in the ninth.

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Kansas City Royals Release Catcher Humberto Quintero In Another Puzzling Move

The Kansas City Royals traded two prospects to the Houston Astros just a few short months ago to acquire two veterans to help anchor a young team dealing with injuries. Apparently that window of time was all the Royals wanted catcher Humberto Quintero for.

The Royals traded Kevin Chapman and D'Andre Toney for Quintero to hit .232 in those few months that Salvy Perez was out. In addition, Quintero came with back spasms. In other words, the entire episode from acquisition to release is the sort of move that makes people scratch their heads about the Royals moves at times despite the plethora of young talent throughout the system.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Game 4 Preview, TV Info And More

Luke Hochevar will look to split a four game series between the Royals and Blue Jays on Thursday night, and hope his last start was an aberration. After pitching 16 2/3 scoreless innings, Hochevar was blasted in his last start, giving up five runs on eight hits -- including three homers -- in six innings.

The Royals also made roster moves heading into Thursday, designating outfielder Mitch Maier for assignment and optioning right-hander Vin Mazzaro to bring up a pair of minor league pitchers, right-handers Nate Adcock and Louis Coleman.

Date / Time: Thursday, July 5, 6:07 p.m. CT

Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

TV: Fox Sports KC

Radio: KCSP 610

Probable Starters: Luke Hochevar (5-8) vs. Henderson Alvarez (5-6)

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays Final: Toronto Beats Kansas City, 4-1

The Kansas City Royals came up short against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Rigers Centre by a final score of 4-1.

Offense was very hard to come by for Kansas City as Mike Moustakas, Jeff Francouer and Alicdes Escobar each had two hits in the ball game but Francouer drove in the Royals only run, a triple in the top of the seventh that scored Moustakas.

Luis Mendoza got the start and was also credited with the loss as he pitched six complete innings and gave up nine hits and three earned runs. Mendoza did strike out nine batters in the game. The Royals gave up 12 hits to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The fourth and final game in the series will be played on Thursday with first pitch coming at 6:07 p.m., EST.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Wednesday Fourth Of July Lineups

The Kansas City Royals won't find any Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday night, as they'll be in Toronto taking on the Blue Jays as the United States celebrates its Independence Day. Kansas City, though, can give their fans a Fourth of July treat with a win across the border.

The starting lineups for Wednesday's contest have been announced, and they are as follows:

Kansas City Royals

Alex Gordon, LF
Alcides Escobar, SS
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Billy Butler, DH
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Salvador Perez, C
Jarrod Dyson, CF

Luis Mendoza, SP

Toronto Blue Jays

Brett Lawrie, 3B
Colby Rasmus, CF
Jose Bautista, RF
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Adam Lind, DH
Yunel Escobar, SS
Rajai Davis, LF
Kelly Johnson, 2B
J.P. Arencibia, C

Carlos Villanueva, SP

Perhaps the most baffling and obvious note in Wednesday's lineups is the fact that Betancourt is batting fifth. Ahead of Mike Moustakas, who could very well have been on the All-Star team this year.

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Kansas City Royals Recall Nate Adcock And Louis Coleman, Option Vin Mazzaro To AAA

The Kansas City Royals announced a few roster moves today as they once again shift the starting rotation and hope that familiar faces can thrive once again at the Major League level. The team sent starting pitcher Vin Mazzaro back to AAA Omaha today just hours after losing to the Toronto Blue Jays. In his place, the team announced they've added pitchers Louis Coleman and Nate Adcock back to the Royals roster.

Both right handers should bring some fresh arms to the Royals staff after both Greg Holland and Jose Mijares pitched last night. Mazzaro's demotion is no surprise after giving up 13 hits in just over five innings of work.

Mitch Maier was designated for assignment to AAA to make room for the pitchers.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Royals will celebrate America's Independence across the border in Canada, continuing a series with the Blue Jays in Toronto. Luis Mendoza will take the hill for the Royals, and was strong in his last start (one run on five hits over eight innings) but has a 6.06 ERA in four appearances against the Blue Jays. After a 6-3 Blue Jays win on Tuesday, Toronto now leads the season series 5-1. By winning the rare road series in Toronto, K.C. could close the gap on Detroit for third place in the A.L. Central.

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 4, 6:07 p.m. CT

Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

TV: Fox Sports KC

Radio: KCSP 610

Probable Starters: Luis Mendoza (3-4) vs. Carlos Villanueva (2-0)

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Vin Mazzaro Roughed Up In 6-3 Loss

Vin Mazzaro gave up six earned runs on 13 hits over 5 1/3 innings as the Royals fell 6-3 to the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The Royals opened the scoring with three runs in the third. A triple from Jason Bourgeois scored two, and a sac fly from Alex Gordon scored Bourgeois. But Mazzaro allowed all six runs in the bottom of the fourth, capped by a three-run homer from Alex Lind to give Toronto the lead.

Bourgeois went 1-for-2, while Jeff Francoeur and Salvador Perez went 1-for-3 with a run scored. No Royal had multiple hits, and Kansas City went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Game 2 Lineups Announced

The Royals will bat against Toronto's lefty Brett Cecil with only three lefties in their lineup (lead off man Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas) on Tuesday night, with right handed DH Billy Butler moving to the cleanup spot in the order:

Kansas City:

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF

2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

4. Billy Butler (R) DH

5. Yuniesky Betancourt (R) 2B

6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

7. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

8. Salvador Perez (R) C

9. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF

Toronto:

1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B

2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF

3. Jose Bautista (R) RF

4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B

5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B

6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS

7. Rajai Davis (R) LF

8. Adam Lind (L) DH

9. Jeff Mathis (R) C

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

The Royals are coming off an exciting win against the Blue Jays, thanks to the heroics of Mike Moustakas who hit his first career grand slam and the first of the season for a Kansas City player.

Tuesday's game might not be quite as dramatic, but the Royals are looking for similar results, of course. To help them do that, KC will put Vin Mazzaro (3-2, 4.74 ERA) on the mound to face Brett Cecil (1-1, 6.06 ERA) in the pitching duel.

You can check out the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 3, 7:07 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City, RSN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Mike Moustakas Developing Just As Kansas City Royals Envisioned

The Kansas City Royals drafted Mike Moustakas with visions of what took place last night on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays.

With his first ever career grand slam, and the first of the season for the Royals, Moustakas is now up to 14 home runs and 43 RBI on the season, and it's clear the third baseman is getting better with every game. Even better, the Royals crushed Ricky Romero and the Jays last night 11-3 with an offensive output that would give any pitcher confidence.

Moustakas is used to hearing "Moose" when he's at the plate, but he joked after the game that he wasn't certain what he was hearing from the stands at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

"I think they were booing me," Moustakas said after the game. "No, I really didn't hear anything, I was just kind of caught up in the moment, just enjoying it. It was cool to hit my first grand slam.

"It was really cool," Moustakas added. "I got a good pitch to hit, fastball in the middle of the plate and just tried not to do too much with it, tried to get the guy in from third and I was fortunate enough it carried out of the yard."

The team took Moustakas at No. 2 overall in the 2007 MLB Draft and he went on to become celebrated at every level of the minor leagues. Early ML hitting woes gave way with consistent reps and the Royals stuck with Moustakas despite any struggles. Now they are reaping the rewards of that commitment and vision.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Mike Moustakas Hits Grand Slam In 11-3 Win

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a grand slam to lead the Royals to an 11-3 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night in Toronto.

The win broke a three-game losing streak for the Royals.

Everett Teaford got the start for Kansas City and allowed three earned runs on five hits over seven innings, picking up the win. The Blue Jays scored opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, but Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the top of the second and KC never trailed again. Perez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Royals had two-run innings in the third and fourth to take a 6-2 lead. Moustakas' grand slam came in a five-run seventh. Kelvin Herrera and Tim Collins pitched one perfect innings each.

Jason Bourgeois went 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: Monday Lineups Announced

The Royals visit the Blue Jays on Monday and the lineups have been announced. You can take a look at them right here:

Kansas City Royals

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Yuniesky Betancourt (R) 2B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
8. Salvador Perez (R) C
9. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF

Toronto Blue Jays

1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF
8. Adam Lind (L) 1B
9. J.P. Arencibia (R) C

The pitching duel will feature Everett Teaford for KC and Ricky Romero of Toronto.

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Royals Vs. Blue Jays: KC Starts 4 Game Series In Toronto

The series kicks off tonight in a match-up between Everett Teaford for the visiting Royals and Ricky Romero on the mound for the Jays.

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