Gordon’s sac fly in 9th gives Royals 4-3 win over Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everything you need to know about Brandon Moss’s season could be summed up by the way he greeted a pack of reporters that gathered around his locker after a crucial hit in the ninth inning helped lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

"This is really nice," he said, "to talk to you guys about something other than sucking."

Moss was signed in the offseason to provide some punch to the Kansas City lineup, but he’s struggled so mightily that he has hardly played. He came into the game hitting just .188 with 10 homers and 16 RBIs.

All those numbers took a bump up Wednesday night.

Moss homered in the third off Justin Verlander before coming through against Tigers closer Justin Wilson (3-4) in the ninth. The Tigers had gone ahead on Mikie Mahtook’s two-run shot off Kelvin Herrera in the top half when Moss doubled off the wall in center to drive in the tying run.

Moss went to third on the throw to the plate, and Alex Gordon sent a fly ball to center that was just deep enough to give him his sixth career walk-off RBI and the Royals a much-needed win.

They had lost the first two games of the series and seven of eight overall.

"We’ve talked about the importance of getting him hot," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Moss, whose homer was his first since July 1. "He can definitely change the game."

Jason Hammel and three Royals relievers had successfully ushered a 2-1 lead to Herrera, who proceeded to walk Victor Martinez in the ninth. Andrew Romine came in to pinch run and swiped second base, but all it did was shorten his trot home when Mahtook went deep.

Herrera threw one more pitch before summoning the training staff and leaving the game. He had an illness that sidelined him the past couple of games and said he overheated.

"I felt worn out," Herrera said. "No energy."

Kevin McCarthy (1-0) got the final two outs to earn the win.

Verlander scattered six hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out eight, but he was in line for the loss after Mike Moustakas hit an RBI single in the seventh. Bruce Rondon kept Detroit close with a scoreless eighth before Wilson let things get away from him in the ninth.

"I thought Justin was outstanding from the get-go," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, whose club had won four straight. "I thought it was his best start of the year."

Verlander retired the first seven batters he faced. And after Moss sent an 0-1 pitch off the foul pole in right for a tying home run, Verlander proceeded to breeze through the next couple of innings.

He even helped himself by picking off Jorge Bonifacio at second base to end the sixth.

"A huge step in the right direction," Verlander said. "It felt like me again."

But Hammel matched him inning-for-inning after the first, when he gave up two singles and Miguel Cabrera drove in the game’s first run. Hammel retired the next nine batters he faced, then six more after Nicholas Castellanos managed a single in the fourth.

Hammel gave up another single in the fifth but promptly struck out Cabrera to end the inning, and got a standing ovation when he left after a one-out walk to Martinez in the seventh.

STATS AND STREAKS

The Royals had lost three straight to Detroit. They also improved to 14-23 against the AL Central this season. … Verlander has gone at least seven innings in seven straight starts against Kansas City. … Hammel is winless in his last five starts dating to June 19.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (left groin strain) will likely make another rehab start at Triple-A Toledo, Ausmus said. Norris was hit hard in three innings Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer tries to win his fifth straight start when the teams meet in the finale of their four-game series Thursday night. Fulmer allowed one run and two hits in eight innings against the Blue Jays his last time out. He will face Royals LHP Danny Duffy, who surrendered his only run in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

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Royals beat Mariners 9-6 after 10 innings, sweep the series

Salvador Perez drove the second pitch from reliever James Pazos (2-2) out to right field for his 17th homer of the season.

SEATTLE — Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the 10th, Alex Gordon added a two-out RBI single later in the inning and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep with a 9-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Perez drove the second pitch from reliever James Pazos (2-2) out to right field for his 17th homer of the season. It was the third home run of the game for Kansas City, adding to earlier two-run shots by Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain.

Mike Minor (5-1) pitched the ninth to get the victory and Kelvin Herrera threw the 10th for his 19th save. Minor had a scare when Mike Zunino led off the ninth with a flyball to deep left field that Gordon caught one step in front of the wall.

Kansas City won for the sixth time in seven games and handed Seattle its seventh straight loss at home.

Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura and Zunino all homered off American League wins leader Jason Vargas for Seattle, but the Mariners were held scoreless for the final seven innings after Cruz’s homer leading off the third.

Headed to the All-Star Game for the first time, Vargas had his worst performance of the season against one of his former teams. He matched a season high by allowing six earned runs, and the three home runs equaled the number Vargas had allowed in his previous six starts combined.

Vargas was headed toward his first loss since May 22 until Cain’s two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning tied it at 6-all. Cain hit a 3-2 fastball from starter Ariel Miranda off the out-of-town scoreboard for his 11th homer of the season.

Miranda didn’t look like he would make it out of the first inning after allowing a two-run double to Eric Hosmer and the two-run shot to Moustakas. It was the third straight game and sixth time in eight games Moustakas has homered. Miranda quickly settled down, retiring 10 of 11 before a leadoff walk to Gordon opening the fifth. Three batters later, Miranda missed with his 3-2 pitch to Cain and lost out on his chance at an eighth win before the All-Star break.

Cruz hit the 299th home run of his career despite a sore knee that turned his home run trot into glorified speed walking. It was his first long ball since June 4, snapping a string of 87 at-bats without going deep. Cruz also had an RBI groundout in the first inning.

ROTATION ADJUSTMENT

The Royals will skip Travis Wood’s turn in the rotation and have Danny Duffy start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game before the All-Star break. Duffy will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw.

SLUMPING SEAGER

Seattle 3B Kyle Seager got a rare day off on Wednesday. Seager had started every game since April 27, but in the past 17 games was batting .200 and was hitless in his last 14 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Royals: After an off day, the Royals will open a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday. Jason Hammel (4-7) will start the opener.

Mariners: Seattle opens a four-game series against division foe Oakland on Thursday. Sam Gaviglio (3-3) starts the opener.

WATCH: Salvy’s two-run homer gives Royals lead in tenth inning

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3 Amazing Tourist Attractions In Topeka, Kansas

Topeka is the capital of Kansas. It is also one of the best cities in America and tourists love it here. If you plan on taking a trip to the city, then make sure you visit these three attractions.

1. Gage Park- This park is one of the largest parks in the city. It sits on over 150 acres and it has been around since 1899, so it is a very old park. Some of the things you can do while there is visit the Topeka Zoo, ride a miniature train or roam around the rose garden. Those are only a handful of activities you can do at Gage Park.

2. Kansas Museum Of History- This is the state history museum and you can learn a lot about Kansas while there. The exhibits sits on 30,000 square feet, so expect to spend a few hours here. You’ll have the chance to view many objects, such as a tipi, train, a diner from the 50s and many other objects. If you want to learn about the history of Kansas, then this is the place to go.

3. Topeka Zoo- As previously mentioned, this zoo is located in Gage Park and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The zoo houses many animals, including lions, alligators, bears and even bugs to name just a few. This zoo is a great place for all ages, but make sure you arrive early because it can become very busy throughout the day.

Topeka is home to the Topeka Zoo, Kansas Museum of History and Gage Park. Make sure you pay a visit to all of those attractions the next time you’re in the city. After you do that, make sure you take the time to explore all the other wonderful attractions throughout the city.

Kansas City Royals may want to think hard about rebuild ideas

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer (35) celebrates with teammate Alex Gordon in a game against the New York Mets. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI

The Kansas City Royals did it again on Friday night. They staged another heart-pounding comeback, this one a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals couldn’t get it going for a long time but, with two on and two out in the ninth, they finally put it together and rallied from a 4-1 deficit.

The last three Kansas City at-bats produced run-scoring hits. Alcides Escobar singled to bring in one. Alex Gordon singled to bring in another. And Whit Merrifield gave them the win with a walk-off two-run double. Down by two runs in the eighth in Boston on Wednesday, Sal Perez lifted the Royals to a 6-4 win with a grand slam.

With this triumph, the Royals climbed back to .500 at 36-36 and became something fascinating to watch for the next five weeks. At the start of the month, Kansas City was dead last in the AL Central and plans were being laid for a serious sell-off. It is a major league-best 14-6 in the month of June now.

At three games back of Cleveland in the division and two games off the pace for the second AL wild card, the Royals can’t be thinking of themselves as sellers right now.

You win when you can and the Royals have a group of players that have demonstrated it can win. The foundation of position players for the 2014 American League champions and 2015 World Series champions is still intact: Perez at catcher, Eric Hosmer at first base, Escobar at shortstop, Mike Moustakas at third base, Lorenzo Cain in center field and Alex Gordon in left field.

That doesn’t mean some tough calls don’t remain for general manager Dayton Moore.

Things looked so simple a month ago when the club was nine games under .500 and 7 1/2 games back in the division. Escobar, Gordon and designated hitter Brandon Moss were hitting under .200 and none of the regulars aside from Perez had an OPS over .800.

Hosmer, Cain, Escobar, Moustakas and suddenly phenomenal starter Jason Vargas will all be free agents at the end of the season. Dealing them away to contenders was an open door to a fast rebuild as each would be worthy of bringing back at least one player of substance in trade.

Now nothing is simple. The Royals could still stick to a rebuild plan, make trades and lay groundwork for the future of the club. Or they could try to ride a group of proven winners and deal away the remaining prospects in the organization to bolster them in their quest for another World Series title. They don’t have the budget to retain all of those free agents to-be, so Kansas City would be a greatly diminished team.

How the Royals play in the weeks leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline is now must-watch. For so many teams, the decisions will be clear. Heck, the Oakland A’s this week punted on the 2017 season and ushered up the best of their prospects. But what if the Royals play well during the rest of June and July?

Vargas, back from Tommy John surgery, is a surprise 10-game winner. Moustakas has 19 home runs and is on pace for the club record of 36 by Steve Balboni. Cain has hit .320 with a 1.000 OPS in the past month. The lineup is averaging 5.5 runs per game in June.

The feeling here is they’d have to take a go-for-it stance.

When Kansas City reached the 2014 World Series, it was making its first postseason appearance since winning it all in 1985. A passionate fan base, long suffering, became inspired. And that team was so close to beating the San Francisco Giants for the crown. When the Royals won it the next year, an entire community celebrated.

Royals fans are sharp enough to know exactly where the franchise is and — if you put it to a vote — they’d surely take a couple more years of suffering for another World Series win.

"We’re playing like we know we can and we’re moving in the right direction," Merrifield, the second baseman, said on Wednesday, "and hopefully we can keep that up and keep making progress."

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE LATEST HOMICIDE: KANSAS CITY MUST CONSIDER REVIEW OF HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN DANGEROUS HARLEM NEIGHBORHOOD!!!

Today police identify a young woman killed in an often scandalous Kansas City crime hot spot.

KMBC confirms that a 19-year-old woman was shot to death as the homicide investigation continues today – The 61st for KCMO this year – Meanwhile, the KC Crimefighter shared essential deets on this tragedy yesterday afternoon and continues to work with authorities today.

Now, let’s look at the trend in this tragic neighborhood that’s merely a stone’s throw away from hundreds of millions worth of Kansas City development incentives yet still home to the most squalid conditions in Kansas City proper.

Harlem in Kansas City is mostly an industrial site that’s hosts body shops, light manufacturing and a few warhorses but there are also residences for a diverse group of people mostly living in abject poverty.

A few years ago public radio profiled the swath of land in a very kind report. Here’s a quote:

"In its heyday during the early 1900s, this 50-acre town was home to nearly 600 people but today it looks like a ghost town. Most of its original structures have been torn down leaving just three homes, a handful of businesses, a church and a former Holiday Inn converted into apartments."

The Holiday Apartment Complex has continually been a local hotspot and in 2015 was the site of a murder of a transgender woman who was brutally stabbed to death.

The apartments are secluded, dingy and look exceptionally dangerous. But rather than relying on stereotypes, here are some of the more informative online reviews of this location:

– "This place is in the heart of a once good area … Like 50 years ago. The building is ghetto and is nasty the staff just sucks. The police literally stay outside and wait around for someone to commit a crime. Not too long ago someone was stabbed and killed on the property. Please, people do not go here, it is a health and life risk."

– "Definitely the cheapest in town! C’mon! For the price, no deposit, you can buy your own toilet paper and shower curtain, and bedding. And there’s always "excitement" there! Never a dull moment lol"

– "There really should be a no star rating on here. The place is filthy . . . Had a friend get murdered there. The police are always there for something. So much drugs, prostitution, stolen cars."

– "Just know you get what you pay for; no the place isn’t the Hilton but it’s a roof over your head so many of us have to struggle just to make it day-to-day week-to-week and at least when you move in here you don’t have that deposit you have to worry about paying you can choose to pay weekly for about a month yes there may be criminals and drugs but that’s any and everywhere in this world nowadays just mind who you associate with and if you must. Just keep to yourself."

– "Take care of your biz, stay to yourself & u will b just fine. Keep your head up."

The allegations get worse but we’ve only included the reviews based on opinion and public information crime reporting along with some defense of the place in fairness.

Nevertheless . . .

POLICE CONFIRM THAT THE HOLIDAY APARTMENT COMPLEX IS NOTORIOUS AS THIS KANSAS CITY HOT SPOT SETS THE SCENE FOR ANOTHER KILLING!!!

And so, the reality here is that over a billion in public subsidy along the nearly streetcar line doesn’t really impact the lives of people just across the bridge and living in desperate circumstances. And while we decry the critical lack of affordable and safe low-income housing in Kansas City – This location at least deserves a review and further consideration as an example of blighted and dangerous living conditions that have claimed another life.

You decide . . .

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The Many Different Things You Can Do In Topeka KS

Located in the northeastern part of Kansas, Topeka is a beautiful city. It has a population of about 130,000 people, and tends to have nice weather during the spring, summer and autumn months. There are many attractions that you can visit including the Kansas state capitol building which is one of the more unique structures that you will ever see. It is also the location of the Brown versus Board of Education civil rights building where you can learn a little bit about American history.

Parks That You Should Visit

A couple of the places that people tend to go if they like flowers or bodies of water include Lake Shawnee and Gage Park. These are two of the most beautiful places in all of Topeka, and if you have a few spare hours, you will certainly want to spend some time there. For those that are into military paraphernalia and history, you may want to visit the Combat Air Museum. For those that are bringing their children, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is one of the best places to take your kids if they want to have fun and learn interesting information.

Is There A Way To Get Discounts On These Activities?

Although most of the things that you will do while you are in Topeka will be free, some of them will cost money. As you get your reservations for your hotel, you will likely see some of them being advertised. This is the time when you should purchase your access to these events, helping you to save money early on. Topeka is a beautiful location, and if you are going to travel during the spring and summer, it certainly a wonderful place to be for a vacation by yourself or with your family.

Just Wait Until You See The Next Two Featured Restaurants In Topeka KS

Just how many Topeka, Kansas restaurants have we stopped by virtually at this point? It is quite a few for sure, and here are two more that might steal the show. Remember, there are close to 300 restaurants, and it is always fun getting to know a little about a place before you show up. There will still be much more that blows your mind, but at least you know the establishment has been vetted by reviews.

Saigon is a unique name for a restaurant, mainly because of the feelings I think most Americans would have associated with the word. Saigon is located on West 29th Street, and you’re talking about Vietnamese cuisine. General’s Chicken is one of the favorites according to the reviews, as is the Pho Soup. I’m not even sure if there is a restaurant where I live that serves Vietnamese food, so that is a good pick for a good meal.

How do you like visiting unique pizza places? Via’s Pizzeria is one of those places in Topeka, Kansas. It is a family friendly restaurant in SW Gage Boulevard, and one reviewer says that it’s the best in town. In fact, the reviewer mentions that he or she has been to each one sampling pizza and has deemed Via’s Pizzeria the best. They do serve up a mean deep dish, too, as it is also mentioned in the reviews.

A pizza restaurant and a restaurant that serves Vietnamese cuisine are what you have been presented with this time. Sometimes it just depends on what sounds good at the time. Maybe you’re in Topeka, and as you look up restaurants, you see this and realize that one of them is just around the corner. Now wouldn’t that be something, but of course you can visit either one of these top restaurants in Topeka, Kansas at anytime.

What A Tourist Can Do In Topeka Kansas

Will you be traveling into the state of Kansas this year? You might want to stop by Topeka. It is a location that you should consider visiting for a few days, or even a week, if you simply want to get away. The amount of activities that you do will depend on how long you were there. There are quite a few places that a tourist can go in order to have fun. This is where you should go once you have arrived in Topeka, a beautiful city in the state of Kansas.

Lake Shawnee And The State Capitol

Two of the first places you should go will include Lake Shawnee which is a beautiful area. It’s perfect for walking with your significant other, or even taking the kids, if you have a lot of spare time. You can then head into town and see the capitol building. It is a beautiful landmark, one that is very well designed and built.

Gage Park And The Combat Air Museum

Another place that you can go is called Gage Park. It is a location that you should visit during the spring or summer. This is a well-known location because of all of the flowers that you will see blooming during this time of the year. If you would like to learn a bit about times of war, you can head over to the Combat Air Museum. You can see quite a few attractions and learn about the military and its role in the Topeka area.

There are other locations that you can visit that will provide you with quite a bit of entertainment. You can head over to the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. If you are not religious, and you brought your kids with you, you can go to Going Bonkers which is a wonderful playground that your kids will enjoy. There are many other options to consider when you get to the city. It is a destination that you may want to return to in the following years. You can find out more about this wonderful place by going to their state website. You should consider visiting Topeka during the spring time if possible.

Looking At The City Of Topeka KS

Featuring the population over 130,000 the city of Topeka is one of the most well-known state of Kansas. Located in the northeast part of the state there is a lot to like about this moderately sized city and what it has to offer residents and visitors alike. One of the earliest and most prosperous settlements in the state, this city has a rich history that stretches back nearly a century and a half. While there have been serious challenges, including the infamous tornado of 1966 this is a city that continues to grow and thrive.

There are many things for visitors to do in the city. While artists and hipsters alike will love the extremely high speed Internet the city provides through special fiber-optic cables, the city really shines in other recreational areas. For one thing, Topeka is considered quite a foodie city – and you will find no shortage of good restaurants and popular food trucks in the major areas of town. This is a very distinctive trait that since the city apart from some of its other Kansas neighbors, but it doesn’t even begin to describe the variety of different experiences available in the town.

If the food scene is quite exciting enough for you there are always casinos and gaming options. Topeka is centrally located by three major casinos giving gamblers and gamers plenty of options when it comes to finding a blackjack table, some exciting slot machines, or even a legal poker game. The choice in options here make sure that anyone looking for a fun time gambling a little bit of the night away will have no problem finding a place that meets their specific functional and aesthetic needs.

Topeka is a wonderful city in northeast Kansas and worth checking out.

Buying A New Home In Topeka, KS

Topeka, KS is large enough to have all of the amenities that you need yet small enough to comfortably get around without having to spend a lot of time stuck in traffic. This makes it the perfect place to live and work.

One of the best things about living in this capital city is that real estate is relatively cheap compared to other parts of the country. That means that you can buy a nice home without having to spend a fortune. With plenty of things to do in the city and low mortgage payments, you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle regardless of how much money you make.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put a lot of thought into the home buying process. You still need to make sure that you purchase a home that fits within your budget. Meeting with a financial planner or with a professional at your local bank is a great way to get a better grasp on how much money you can really afford to spend on a house.

Once you get preapproved for a loan, you can then search for a real estate agent. Look for an agent who has great reviews from clients that they have worked with in the past. Be sure to give them a clear idea of what type of home you are looking for. Make a wish list that they can use to help match you up with properties that you will love.

As soon as you find your dream home, you should put in an offer. Properties often sell quickly. If you want the best chance of getting the home, fast action is in order.

Using these tips when buying a home in Topeka, Kansas should help you get a great home at an affordable price.