SEATTLE, WA - JULY 27: Starter Jeremy Guthrie #33 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 27, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Rangers: Kansas City Takes Final Game From Texas

The Royals are coming off of a home sweep and catching the AL Champion Rangers in a slump.

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MLB Standings: Royals In Last Place In A.L. Central

The Kansas City Royals are battling the Minnesota Twins to stay out of last place in the A.L. Central

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Royals Decide To Option Utility Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt

Shortly after the Kansas City Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6, the club decided to option second baseman and utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt. Manager Ned Yost said that the decision was made because Betancourt was wanting more playing time, but Yost wants to change the losing culture by wanting team players:

"We have been living in a losing culture here for many, many years," Yost said. "We cannot get over the thump. In order for us to get over the hump, we have to have 25 guys that are solely invested in one goal and that's turning this organization around to become a champion. That's it. It's not about, ‘How much do I play?' It's not about, ‘Do I have a job?'

"This is about 25 guys with one goal: That we're going out to try to win this baseball game tonight, and you have that goal night in, night out. Anybody else that's not on page with that, we will never change our culture. It's about 25 guys who respect each other, 25 guys that have the same common goal. That's how we're going to turn this losing culture into a winning culture.

Yost appreciated what Yuniesky brought to the field but he would complain a lot when he did not get playing time.

Replacing Yuniesky on the Royals roster is Tony Abreu who has spent the season in Triple-A Omaha, and in 103 games was hitting .322 with 36 doubles and 73 RBIs.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Royals Vs. Rangers Final Score: Kansas City Wins Series Finale 7-6 In 10 Innings

A throwing error by rookie Mike Olt enabled the Royals to escape with a 7-6 win in 10 innings over the Texas Rangers.

Salvador Perez put the Royals up early with a first-inning double off of Rangers starter Derek Holland. The Rangers came back with five runs in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. The Royals chipped away from there and eventually took a 6-5 lead in the sixth with a two-run double by Billy Butler. Michael Young tied the game up again in the seventh before the Royals won it in the 10th.

Greg Holland picks up his fifth win of the season with two innings of scoreless release. Michael Kirkman is the tough luck loser after allowing the lone run in the 10th.

Jeff Francouer had two hits for the Royals including his 10th home run of the season. Catcher Brayen Pena also homered in the win. Adrian Beltre had three hits for the Rangers.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Ned Yost Compliments Will Smith Even After Rangers Loss

No matter how the final score turned out, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost always has a positive word for his young team. That continued on Saturday night after losing another game to the Texas Rangers 4-2 as Will Smith lost another decision.

"I thought he threw the ball pretty darn good," manager Ned Yost said. "He competed well and did a really nice job keeping pitches down and changing speeds against a really tough lineup. Each time out he's getting better."

Smith threw nearly six innings and allowed four earned runs and eight hits to go with three walks and two strikeouts.

"He got a pitch up to [Josh] Hamilton that he kind of dropped into left field but, for the most part, I thought he competed well. I thought he did a really nice job of keeping his pitches down and changing speeds against a tough lineup."

Smith is now 2-4 for the Royals with a 6.00 ERA in 7 starts.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Royals Vs. Rangers Sunday Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Kansas City Royals hope to avoid a sweep as they wrap up a three-game set with the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Texas took the series opener on Friday 5-3 and then won again on Saturday 4-2.

The Royals will send righty Luke Hochevar to the mound on Sunday who is looking for his eighth win of the season. Hochevar is 7-9 with a 5.22 ERA on the season but picked up a win over Cleveland last time out. He has faired well against the Rangers at home going 2-0 in his career with a 1.90 ERA.

The Rangers will counter with Derek Holland who is 7-6 with a 4.96 ERA on the season.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, August 5, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Radio: KCSP 610

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Royals Vs. Rangers Final Score: Kansas City Loses Second Straight To Texas

The Kansas City Royals fell again to the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night. The offense for the Royals was held in check against Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman who pitched just over seven innings, allowed six hits and only two runs. As for the Royals, their starting pitcher Will Smith was beat up early by the Rangers as he allowed four runs in 5.2 innings.

The two runs that the Royals scored came in the fifth inning when Chris Getz and Alex Gordon hit ground out RBI's, but that is the only offense that they had all night. The Royals had chances to score more runs as they were a paltry 1-for-9 with players in scoring position. From the sixth inning on the Royals only had one player even be in scoring position.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Royals Vs. Rangers: Saturday's Starting Lineups Unveiled

The Kansas City Royals look to recover after a tough 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday. Will Smith will try to pursue his happiness with his third win of the season against a tough Texas offense. Jarrod Dyson will start in the outfield as Jeff Francoeur will take a seat on the bench.

Kansas City Royals Starting Lineups

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
8. Chris Getz (L) 2B
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

Texas Rangers Starting Lineups

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Josh Hamilton (L) CF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
6. Michael Young (R) DH
7. Mike Napoli (R) C
8. David Murphy (L) LF
9. Mike Olt (R) 1B

For more on the Texas Rangers, be sure to check out Lone Star Ball. Kansas City Royals news and info can be found at Royals Review and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Rangers Preview: Royals Look To Rebound After Winning Streak Snapped

The Kansas City Royals had their three-game winning streak snapped on Friday night in the first of their three-game weekend series with the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals will be looking to rebound from that loss on Saturday.

Will Smith will get the start on the mound for the Royals. In his last 13 innings of work, Smith has allowed just four runs and has struck out at least four batters in each start. Smith this season has a record of 2-3 with an ERA of 5.94.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas is expected to be back in the lineup for Kansas City after missing Friday's game with a banged-up right knee. He injured the knee against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available atBaseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Rangers Final Score: Kansas City Comes Up Short Against Texas, Lose 5-3

The seventh inning was the difference in Friday night's 5-3 loss for the Kansas City Royals to the Texas Rangers. Heading into the seventh inning the Rangers were leading 2-1, but first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run off of relief pitcher Jose Mijares. That home run gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead and it was a deficit that the Royals could not over come.

The Royals made an effort to get back in this game as they scored one run in the bottom half of the seventh inning when Alcides Escobar singled to center to knock in Alex Gordon. The final run for the Royals came in the eighth inning when Yuniesky Betancourt hit a RBI double to left field which made it a 5-3 the game, but that is the last run the Royals would get.

In the bottom of the ninth inning the Royals were shut down by Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando who pitched a perfect inning and struck out two.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Rangers: Friday's Lineups Announced

Fresh off a sweep of the Indians, the Royals look to continue to momentum against the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Royals won both previous games against Texas in mid-May. The lineups for Friday's series-opener have been announced.

Here is the Royals lineup:

1. Alex Gordon LF

2. Alcides Escobar SS

3. Lorenzo Cain CF

4. Billy Butler DH

5. Salvador Perez C

6. Jeff Francoeur RF

7. Eric Hosmer 1B

8. Yuniesky Betancourt 3B

9. Chris Getz 2B

Here is the Rangers lineup:

1. Ian Kinsler 2B

2. Elvis Andrus SS

3. Josh Hamilton CF

4. Adrian Beltre 3B

5. Nelson Cruz RF

6. Michael Young DH

7. David Murphy LF

8. Geovany Soto C

9. Mitch Moreland 1B

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news and commentary is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Rangers: Friday Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Royals are coming off of a home sweep and catching the AL Champion Rangers in a slump.

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