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KANSAS CITY Max Kepler Jersey , Mo. (AP) —  City Royals overcame the weather, Toronto Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio was unable to overcome a fourth-inning balk.Lucas Duda homered, Rosell Herrera had three hits and the Royals beat the Blue Jays 6-2 after a long rain delay Thursday night to split their four-game series.Royals relievers Brian Flynn, Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer and Wily Peralta shut down Toronto on three hits over the final five innings. Flynn (3-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.“Difficult circumstances, really,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Long wait, waiting out the rain. We weren’t sure we were going to play. It just kept building up, building up and then it started dying down. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.“The bullpen did a good job of holding the fort and a good job by our hitters with four two-out hits to give us the lead.”Kansas City took the lead with a three-run fourth highlighted by Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI triple.Gaviglio (2-6) failed to make it through five innings for the eighth time in his past 13 starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.The right-hander came unraveled after a balk call and a delay of more than five minutes in the fourth. He attempted a pickoff throw, but the ball slipped out of his hand. After the umpires huddled, Herrera was awarded second base. There was also a replay review to confirm the balk http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-duke-jersey , which took 4 minutes, 1 second.Following the long delay, Gaviglio yielded three straight run-producing hits.“I thought it was a balk, from my point of view,” Gaviglio said.He said the delay did not cause him problems.“I just kind of got a little up in the zone, didn’t make very good pitches,” Gaviglio said.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Gaviglio is unable to get away with elevated pitches.“He’s been getting hit around a little bit lately, primarily because he gets a lot of pitches up in the zone,” Gibbons said. “That’s not his style. He can’t do that. “Danny Jansen’s sacrifice fly in the second scored Teoscar Hernandez with the first Toronto run.Kendrys Morales singled home Justin Smoak in the fourth with the final Blue Jays run.Glenn Sparkman, who was making his first big league start, was removed after four innings and 75 pitches. He gave up two runs and four hits.Rain delayed the start for 2 hours Michael Pineda Jersey , 14 minutes — the third straight day that bad weather held up the first pitch.“It was a little different,” Sparkman said. “I definitely wasn’t ready for it. I got a cup of coffee, got warmed back up and went out there.”MATIAS’ SEASON OVEROF Seuly Matias, who leads the minor leagues with 31 homers for short-season Class A Burlington, went on the disabled list with a cut thumb. “It was an accident with the bus baggage door, just a freak accident, putting his bag in the bus on the way to Hagerstown,” Royals director of operations Alec Zumwalt said. “He sliced his thumb. It’s to the point where we’re just going to stop him for the season and get him ready for the instructional league. He’s not a guy we’re going to rush back, and make sure he’s at 100 percent.” Matias went 2 for 3 with a home run in the All-Star Futures Game last month in Washington.NOT CLUTCHRoyals 3B Hunter Dozier is 4 for 46 (.087) with runners in scoring position. He has come to bat with 65 men in scoring position and has six RBIs with only one extra-base hit. “It’s not really conducive to scoring runs, but that’s not going to stop me from playing him and letting him work through that,” Yost said.ROSTER MOVEThe Royals sent minor league LHP Kelvin Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for a $250 Fernando Rodney Jersey ,000 international bonus allocation. Gonzalez, 20, was 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA and one save with Burlington.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) is running the bases at the Dunedin, Florida, complex with no issues. … INF-OF Brandon Drury (broken left hand) will receive follow-up imaging Friday in New York to assess his healing.Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (strained left oblique) threw a 25-pitch simulated game. He is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game Monday at the Royals’ complex in Surprise, Arizona. … LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement) will begin throwing off a flat surface Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list Sunday. … OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first rehab game with Triple-A Omaha.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.03 ERA) starts Friday in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (6-11, 4.82) is scheduled to pitch Friday against the White Sox in Chicago to open a seven-game trip. The end is near for the Detroit Tigers but it doesn’t appear to be coming soon enough.They’ve lost eight of their last 10 contests heading into a four-game home series against the Kansas City Royals, which begins Thursday night. Detroit was swept at home by Minnesota over the past three days, including an 8-2 thumping Wednesday afternoon.The Tigers fell behind 6-0 in the first four innings and were held scoreless until the ninth. They only banged out four hits.Article continues below ...“We just had a bad day out there,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We didn’t do too much until late. We got a couple of hits but we didn’t swing the bat well.”One positive heading in the Royals series is they’ll have their most consistent starter in the opener.Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (9-12 http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-addison-reed-jersey , 4.08 ERA) has a 3.09 ERA since the All-Star break spanning 11 starts, with 68 strikeouts in 67 innings.He held Cleveland scoreless until the sixth inning in his last start Friday. He then gave up back-to-back homers to Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson and wound up with a no-decision in Detroit’s 5-4 victory.“It’s not dispiriting when we win,” Boyd said to MLB.com. “It’s fine, you can live with it. I just fell behind and kicked myself there a little bit.”Boyd was brilliant in his last home start, giving up one run on two hits over seven innings against St. Louis while racking up 11 strikeouts.He’s struggled for the most part against the Royals this season. In four starts, he’s 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA. For his career, Boyd is 3-7 with a 6.50 ERA in 13 starts against Kansas City. Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield has been a big thorn in his side with 10 hits in 23 at-bats.Kansas City’s scheduled starter, Jorge Lopez, was acquired from Milwaukee in the deal that sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to the Brewers. He’s won two of his last three starts, holding Baltimore and Minnesota to one run apiece.In his last start — a rematch with the Twins on Friday, Lopez took a no-decision while giving up three runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.There’s a lot of uncertainly whether he’ll be able to start Thursday. He’s dealing with a left rib contusion. He suffered the injury during a collision with third baseman Hunter Dozier.“It depends how I feel. Tomorrow’s going to be another day http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-mauer-jersey ,” Lopez told mlb.com Wednesday. “I think I’m going to make it. It’s nothing that’s really, really bothering me, but I’m still uncomfortable.”Lopez threw 50 pitches Tuesday.“He felt it a little bit, but got through it fine, which is a good sign,” manager Ned Yost said to mlb.com. “Which means that he’s still in line to make the start. … I anticipate him making a start. Which doesn’t mean he’s going to, but I think he’s going to.”Yost’s club hit the 100-loss mark Wednesday, dropping a 2-1 decision at Pittsburgh. The Royals have won nine of the first 15 meetings with Detroit this season.

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