KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:02:36 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Royals sign former Orioles OF Snider to minor league deal http://www.komu.com/news/royals-sign-former-orioles-of-snider-to-minor-league-deal/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-sign-former-orioles-of-snider-to-minor-league-deal/ Baseball Sat, 30 Jan 2016 8:16:24 PM The Associated Press Royals sign former Orioles OF Snider to minor league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have signed former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Snider, who turns 28 on Tuesday, spent most of last season with Baltimore after getting traded from Pittsburgh. He hit .237 with three homers and 20 RBIs for the Orioles before clearing waivers in August and re-signing with the Pirates.

He was Toronto's first-round pick in 2006 but hit just 31 homers in five seasons with the Blue Jays. His best season came with Pittsburgh in 2014, when he hit .264 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs.

The World Series champion Royals will have an open competition for the right field job this spring. Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando are the front-runners to platoon there.


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Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck earns Preseason All-American honors http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-pitcher-tanner-houck-earns-preseason-all-american-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-pitcher-tanner-houck-earns-preseason-all-american-honors/ Baseball Mon, 25 Jan 2016 5:38:09 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck earns Preseason All-American honors

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Baseball sophomore pitcher Tanner Houck was named a Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com Monday. Houck earned a spot on the D1Baseball’s All-America Third Team making the Illinois native the first Mizzou player awarded such a distinction since Kyle Gibson and Trevor Coleman in 2009.

Houck put up sensational numbers in his freshman season. He recorded eight wins last season under manager Tim Jamieson, most by a freshman since Gibson in 2007. His 100.2 innings pitched were also the most by a freshman in the country.

Houck finished his freshman season with 91 strikeouts and 12 walks in 15 starts. He also tallied a 3.49 ERA.

The righty notched two wins in Mizzou’s defeat of three top-five teams: No. 6 South Carolina, No. 4 Florida and No. 1 Texas A&M en route to an All-SEC Freshman Team honor.

During the offseason, Houck had a stint with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He led the summer team in innings, strikeouts and starts, including a 4.0 perfect innings in a combined no-hitter against Cuba.

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Yadier Molina undergoes 2nd thumb surgery, in cast 4-5 weeks http://www.komu.com/news/yadier-molina-undergoes-2nd-thumb-surgery-in-cast-4-5-weeks/ http://www.komu.com/news/yadier-molina-undergoes-2nd-thumb-surgery-in-cast-4-5-weeks/ Baseball Wed, 16 Dec 2015 6:44:43 PM The Associated Press Yadier Molina undergoes 2nd thumb surgery, in cast 4-5 weeks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has undergone a second operation on his injured left thumb and will be in a cast for 4-5 weeks.

The second surgery took place because Molina was still experiencing discomfort in the thumb. The first operation came in mid-October after the Cardinals were eliminated by the Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series.

The team is hopeful the eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time All-Star can return by opening day. After the first procedure, they had anticipated he would be ready for spring training.

The 33-year-old Molina returned for the playoffs after injuring the thumb while tagging out the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo at the plate in Chicago on Sept. 20.


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Broxton and Cardinals agree to $7.5 million, 2-year deal http://www.komu.com/news/broxton-and-cardinals-agree-to-7-5-million-2-year-deal/ http://www.komu.com/news/broxton-and-cardinals-agree-to-7-5-million-2-year-deal/ Baseball Thu, 10 Dec 2015 8:34:45 PM The Associated Press Broxton and Cardinals agree to $7.5 million, 2-year deal

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reliever Jonathan Broxton is staying with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreeing to a $7.5 million, two-year contract.

The 31-year-old right-hander gets $3.75 million in each of the next two seasons under the agreement announced Thursday, which includes a full no-trade provision.

A two-time All-Star, Broxton was acquired from Milwaukee in August for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore and went 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 26 games with the Cardinals with 26 strikeouts in 23 2-3 innings. St. Louis declined a $9 million option in favor of a $1 million buyout, allowing him to become a free agent.

Broxton is 39-35 with a 3.23 ERA and 118 saves. He was a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals from 2008-12, and he also has played for Cincinnati


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Day care owner gives workers, parents 2 days notice about closure http://www.komu.com/news/day-care-owner-gives-workers-parents-2-days-notice-about-closure/ http://www.komu.com/news/day-care-owner-gives-workers-parents-2-days-notice-about-closure/ Baseball Wed, 9 Dec 2015 3:57:42 PM Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Day care owner gives workers, parents 2 days notice about closure

COLUMBIA – Up to 99 children will have to find a new day care facility after a Columbia day care announced Wednesday it would be closing at the end of the day on Friday.

A parent at the Child Learning and Development Center on Corporate Place off Vandiver Drive said the owner told both employees and parents Wednesday the facility would close when the last child left on Friday.

The parent said owner Patricia Seitz gave no warning about the closing. Seitz had been talking to employees about doing Secret Santa the following week.

Setiz responded to KOMU 8 News in an email Thursday saying "This isn't news. I'm just doing some foundation repair to the building which will make it inhabitable for young children."

A sign on the front door of the daycare said the facility was closing because the foundation needed work.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the day care has a capacity of 99 children. The parent said a lot of families have taken their children out of the facility recently.

She said this might be because the previous director left, the owner was trying to take over and not everyone agreed with what was happening.

The parent also said there was a lot of uneasiness and miscommunication after the previous director, Debra Purvis, left in early October.

A mother who was at the facility Wednesday afternoon rushed off saying she was in a hurry to get an interview with another day care that had only two openings.

KOMU 8 News reached out to Seitz but had not received a response Wednesday afternoon.

The parent who talked to KOMU 8 News said there are about 12 employees at the day care.

The facility has been cited numerous times for violations dating back to 1994.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' most recent inspection is from October. In that inspection, the day care was cited for eight violations including the director was not routinely on duty as required and there was no approved director on staff. The facility also did not meet the requirements for child enrollment and health information.

[Editor's note: this story has been updated with a statement from the daycare owner.]

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Royals acquire catcher Cruz from Cardinals for minor leaguer http://www.komu.com/news/royals-acquire-catcher-cruz-from-cardinals-for-minor-leaguer/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-acquire-catcher-cruz-from-cardinals-for-minor-leaguer/ Baseball Wed, 2 Dec 2015 3:28:08 PM The Associated Press Royals acquire catcher Cruz from Cardinals for minor leaguer

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Royals have acquired backup catcher Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league infielder Jose Martinez while designating catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.

The teams announced the trade Wednesday.

Cruz hit .204 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 9 games for the Cardinals. The 29-year-old, who can also play third base, could compete with Drew Butera for the backup catcher job behind Sal Perez.

Butera is eligible for arbitration after arriving in Kansas City in a trade this past season. Cruz also is arbitration eligible.

The 19-year-old Martinez spent most of last season at rookie-level Burlington, hitting .243 with four doubles, a homer and 24 RBIs in 57 games.


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Cardinals make qualifying offers to Heyward, Lackey http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-make-qualifying-offers-to-heyward-lackey/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-make-qualifying-offers-to-heyward-lackey/ Baseball Fri, 6 Nov 2015 7:22:52 PM The Associated Press Cardinals make qualifying offers to Heyward, Lackey

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have made $15.8 million qualifying offers to outfielder Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey, free agents who were instrumental on the NL Central title team.

St. Louis is likely to attempt to sign the 26-year-old Heyward to a multiyear deal. He hit .293 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs, and he is an NL Gold Glove finalist.

The 37-year-old Lackey came the ace after Adam Wainwright was sidelined with a torn left Achilles and went 13-10 with a career-best 2.77 ERA. He started in Games 1 and 4 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Players have until Nov. 13 to accept the offers. If each signs elsewhere, St. Louis would receive an extra pick after the first round of June's amateur draft.


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Royals celebration shatters expectations in Kansas City http://www.komu.com/news/royals-celebration-shatters-expectations-in-kansas-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-celebration-shatters-expectations-in-kansas-city/ Baseball Wed, 4 Nov 2015 3:41:18 PM The Associated Press Royals celebration shatters expectations in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The crowd that flooded downtown Kansas City for a Royals' World Series championship celebration has shattered expectations.

City officials on Wednesday increased estimates of the size of the crowd at Tuesday's rally and parade to 800,000. That's about four times the number of people officials had expected.

Kansas City has a population of about 470,000, with a metropolitan area of about 2 million.

City spokesman Chris Hernandez called the festivities the largest in the history of Missouri.

Downtown businesses turned their conference rooms into parade-viewing areas. Hundreds of patients at a downtown hospital canceled appointments. And many schools closed for the day.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Pam Whiting says "not a lot of work got done," although everyone was in a "fabulous mood."


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Royals decline options on Rios, Guthrie after World Series http://www.komu.com/news/royals-decline-options-on-rios-guthrie-after-world-series/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-decline-options-on-rios-guthrie-after-world-series/ Baseball Wed, 4 Nov 2015 3:36:01 PM The Associated Press Royals decline options on Rios, Guthrie after World Series

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Royals have declined mutual options on right fielder Alex Rios and starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, beginning the reshaping of their team one day after celebrating their World Series triumph with a downtown parade.

Other decisions loom Wednesday: All-Star reliever Wade Davis, All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Jonny Gomes have club options, while Alex Gordon has a player option worth $13.75 million after the All-Star outfielder achieved a series of escalators.

The 34-year-old Rios had a $12.5 million option with a $1.5 million buyout, while the 36-year-old Guthrie had a $10 million option with a $3.2 million buyout.

Both moves had been expected. Rios struggled much of the season, though he contributed a few key hits in the World Series. Guthrie was left off every postseason roster.


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Kansas City World Series champs' parade planned for Tuesday http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-world-series-champs-parade-planned-for-tuesday/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-world-series-champs-parade-planned-for-tuesday/ Baseball Mon, 2 Nov 2015 11:52:05 AM The Associated Press Kansas City World Series champs' parade planned for Tuesday

KANSAS CITY (AP) — City officials have announced plans for a parade to celebrate the Kansas City Royals' World Series win.

The city says in a statement that the 2.3 mile-long parade is scheduled to start at noon Tuesday in the downtown Power & Light District and will head north before ending at Union Station, where a victory rally is planned.

On Sunday, the Royals won their first World Series crown since 1985 with a 7-2 win in 12 innings in Game 5 against the New York Mets in New York.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez allowed two hits in six innings. He pitched a day after returning from his father's funeral in the Dominican Republic.

The city says free transportation will be provided to the celebration area from various locations around the city.


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Royals win World Series, rally late, then rout Mets in 12th http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-world-series-rally-late-then-rout-mets-in-12th-73955/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-world-series-rally-late-then-rout-mets-in-12th-73955/ Baseball Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:56:06 PM The Associated Press Royals win World Series, rally late, then rout Mets in 12th

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kansas City Royals won their first World Series crown since 1985, rallying in the ninth inning when Eric Hosmer scrambled home to tie it and then breaking away in the 12th to beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 Sunday night.

The daring Royals capped their postseason full of comebacks with a dash for the ages, and made up for last year's near-miss in a Game 7 loss to San Francisco.

Hosmer's alert sprint home from third base on a grounder finished off a two-run burst in the ninth against Matt Harvey and closer Jeurys Familia.

Then in the 12th, pinch-hitter Christian Colon delivered a tiebreaking single in his first appearance of this postseason. Lorenzo Cain added a three-run double

Royals starter Edinson Volquez threw two-hit ball for six innings. He pitched a day after returning from his father's funeral in the Dominican Republic.

Salvador Perez became the first catcher since 1992 to win the World Series MVP

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Mets beat Royals 9-3, cut Series deficit to 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/mets-beat-royals-9-3-cut-series-deficit-to-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/mets-beat-royals-9-3-cut-series-deficit-to-2-1/ Baseball Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:54:47 PM The Associated Press Mets beat Royals 9-3, cut Series deficit to 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright and Curtis Granderson homered, rookie Noah Syndergaard pitched six effective innings and the New York Mets roughed up the Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night, cutting their World Series deficit to 2-1.

Shut down in Kansas City, the Mets came out swinging in the first Series game at Citi Field. Wright launched a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with four RBIs as New York broke loose for 12 hits.

Syndergaard set a serious tone with the first pitch, firing a 97 mph fastball to the backstop that sent Alcides Escobar to the dirt and got the crowd buzzing.

Syndergaard struggled early, but the Mets took the lead after a back-and-forth start, chased Yordano Ventura and pulled away.

The Mets will try to even things in Game 4 on Halloween night, when hometown rookie Steven Matz starts against Chris Young, who won the opener in relief.


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AG: Beware of counterfeit World Series tickets http://www.komu.com/news/ag-beware-of-counterfeit-world-series-tickets/ http://www.komu.com/news/ag-beware-of-counterfeit-world-series-tickets/ Baseball Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:53:33 AM Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Digital Producer AG: Beware of counterfeit World Series tickets

JEFFERSON CITY - With the Kansas City Royals set to play the Mets in this year's World Series, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning baseball fans to be aware of potential scams and counterfeit tickets.

Koster warned that scammers may make multiple copies of the same ticket or design realistic-looking tickets to sell to unsuspecting fans. Scammers may also promise tickets through websites like Craigslist and then fail to provide them after the victim pays.

Koster recommends that fans:

  • Stick with trusted secondary market vendors, such as StubHub and Ticketmaster. These sites offer buyer guarantees that protect you against unscrupulous sellers. Be wary of purchasing tickets from someone you don’t know on Craigslist, eBay, or other similar marketplace or auction sites.
  • Shop securely.  If you plan to buy online, verify that the website is a trusted site before giving your credit card information.  Check to see that the URL begins with https:// and a lock to indicate that it’s a secured site.  Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.  Always use a credit card so you have some recourse; do not use cash, debit card, prepaid money card or wire transfer.
  • Be especially wary of paying cash to a stranger for tickets. If you’ve been sold counterfeit tickets you’ll have a very hard time finding the scammer again and won’t get your money back.
  • Check guarantee policies on online sales. Stick with vendors that guarantee refunds if you receive invalid tickets or don’t get them at all.
  • Stay away from sellers who ask you to wire money or make your purchase using a pre-paid card. These are signs of a scam.
  • Inspect your tickets to look for signs that they are copies or fakes.

Koster said Royals fans can search the National Association of Ticket Brokers website for secondary sellers that offer authenticity guarantees. He said Missourians can also call the state's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222 if they suspect a scam.

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Governors of New York, Missouri place wager on World Series http://www.komu.com/news/governors-of-new-york-missouri-place-wager-on-world-series/ http://www.komu.com/news/governors-of-new-york-missouri-place-wager-on-world-series/ Baseball Sun, 25 Oct 2015 6:09:29 PM The Associated Press Governors of New York, Missouri place wager on World Series

NEW YORK (AP) — The governors of the two states whose teams will face off in the World Series are continuing a yearslong tradition by placing a friendly wager on the outcome.

The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals meet in the best-of-seven series beginning Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to wear a Royals jersey for a full day of work if they win. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will wear a Mets jersey if New York takes it.

Each governor has also prepared a basket of home state goodies, including ribs from Kansas City and bagels from Queens. The winning governor gets the basket.

Cuomo said there is no doubt in his mind the Mets win it all. Nixon said that this year is the Royals' year.


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Royals return to World Series, beat Blue Jays in ALCS Game 6 http://www.komu.com/news/royals-return-to-world-series-beat-blue-jays-in-alcs-game-6/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-return-to-world-series-beat-blue-jays-in-alcs-game-6/ Baseball Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:39:46 PM The Associated Press Royals return to World Series, beat Blue Jays in ALCS Game 6

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Lorenzo Cain sprinted home from first base on Eric Hosmer's single in the eighth inning, Wade Davis weathered a 45-minute rain delay and a white-knuckle ninth, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Friday night to earn their second straight trip to the World Series.

The victory in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series sent the Royals into the World Series, starting Tuesday night at home against the New York Mets.

After the delay, Cain promptly worked a leadoff walk from closer Roberto Osuna, and Hosmer followed with a clean single that Bautista fielded down the right-field line.

Rather than hit the cutoff man, though, Bautista threw to second to keep Hosmer to a single. That gave the speedy Cain, running full speed the entire way, enough time to beat the relay throw from second base with a textbook slide that ignited a sellout crowd.

Davis retired Josh Donaldson on a grounder with runners on second and third to end it.


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Mets sweep Cubs, advance to World Series http://www.komu.com/news/mets-sweep-cubs-advance-to-world-series/ http://www.komu.com/news/mets-sweep-cubs-advance-to-world-series/ Baseball Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:48:12 PM The Associated Press Mets sweep Cubs, advance to World Series

CHICAGO (AP) - The New York Mets are heading back to the World Series for the fifth time and first since 2000.

New York got another standout performance from Daniel Murphy and early home runs by Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud off Chicago Cubs starter Jason Hammel to win Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The final was 8-3.

Murphy went 4-5 and his two-run home run in the eighth inning was his sixth consecutive playoff game with a long ball — a major league record.

The Mets will await the winner of the ALCS between Toronto and Kansas City. The Blue Jays trail 3-2, but beat the Royals 7-1 earlier Wednesday to send the series back to Kansas City for Game 6.


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Estrada leads Blue Jays over Royals 7-1 to force ALCS Game 6 http://www.komu.com/news/estrada-leads-blue-jays-over-royals-7-1-to-force-alcs-game-6/ http://www.komu.com/news/estrada-leads-blue-jays-over-royals-7-1-to-force-alcs-game-6/ Baseball Wed, 21 Oct 2015 6:19:54 PM The Associated Press Estrada leads Blue Jays over Royals 7-1 to force ALCS Game 6

TORONTO (AP) — Marco Estrada pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning, giving Toronto's tattered bullpen a rest and leading the Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Wednesday to close to 3-2 in the American League Championship Series.

Troy Tulowitzki broke open the game with a three-run double off Kelvin Herrera in the sixth, giving him seven RBIs in the series. Edwin Encarnacion had walked with the bases loaded against Edinson Volquez, who seemed flustered by close calls against the Royals.

Estrada faced the minimum 20 batters before Lorenzo Cain walked with two outs in the sixth. Closer Roberto Osuna was perfect in the ninth.

Toronto forced the series back to Kansas City, where Yordano Ventura will start for the defending AL champions on Friday against David Price.


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Minor leaguers suing MLB granted conditional class status http://www.komu.com/news/minor-leaguers-suing-mlb-granted-conditional-class-status/ http://www.komu.com/news/minor-leaguers-suing-mlb-granted-conditional-class-status/ Baseball Tue, 20 Oct 2015 6:26:36 PM The Associated Press Minor leaguers suing MLB granted conditional class status

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal judge in California has granted conditional class certification to minor league baseball players who are suing Major League Baseball teams for failing to pay them minimum wage.

The suit was filed in February 2014 claiming that players are required to work long hours during the season and perform other duties required by their MLB bosses in the offseason without adequate compensation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on Tuesday granted a motion asking the court to certify a proposed Minor League Collective under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Members include all minor league baseball players who worked for the MLB or any MLB franchise since Feb. 7, 2011, but had not spent time in the major leagues at the time.

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Royals Chris Young to start Game 4 of ALCS http://www.komu.com/news/royals-chris-young-to-start-game-4-of-alcs-73576/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-chris-young-to-start-game-4-of-alcs-73576/ Baseball Sun, 18 Oct 2015 6:43:38 PM The Associated Press Royals Chris Young to start Game 4 of ALCS

TORONTO (AP) — Royals manager Ned Yost has chosen Chris Young over Kris Medlen as his starter for Game 4 of the ALCS.

Young has only made two starts since July 28, but they were good ones. He allowed one run in 11 1-3 innings over those two outings, with his final start coming Oct. 2.

The 6-foot-10, third-round draft pick out of Princeton in 2000 appeared as a reliever in Game 1 of the ALDS, giving up a run in four innings. Overall, he was 11-6 in 34 appearances — 18 starts — this year.

Young faced the Blue Jays once this year, a 7-5 loss on July 11. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot and Young yielded five hits and three runs over six innings. But over his 11-year career, Young has held current members of the Blue Jays to a .229 average (22 for 96) with two homers.

Medlen was 6-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 15 appearances, including eight starts, this year. He returned from Tommy John surgery on July 20 and hasn't pitched since Oct. 1.


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Volquez sharp as Royals beat Blue Jays 5-0 in ALCS opener http://www.komu.com/news/volquez-sharp-as-royals-beat-blue-jays-5-0-in-alcs-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/volquez-sharp-as-royals-beat-blue-jays-5-0-in-alcs-opener/ Baseball Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:30:56 PM The Associated Press Volquez sharp as Royals beat Blue Jays 5-0 in ALCS opener

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Edinson Volquez gave the Blue Jays another reason to rue him Friday night.

The Royals right-hander combined with three relievers on a three-hitter, Salvador Perez hit a soaring home run off Toronto starter Marco Estrada, and Kansas City rolled to a 5-0 victory in Game 1 of their American League Championship Series.

Volquez (1-1) ramped up his fastball to 97 mph to slice through a potent Blue Jays offense, never allowing a runner past second base over six innings. His only trouble occurred when he walked the first two batters in the sixth, but he wiggled out of it without any damage.
The Royals' bullpen finished off the club's eighth consecutive ALCS victory.

Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain drove in runs off Estrada (1-1), while Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales tacked on two more off LaTroy Hawkins to put the game away.

The Blue Jays' seven hits were their fewest ever in a postseason game.

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