Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City. Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Royals 6-1 Friday night. The loss cut the Royals’ lead to a half-game over Detroit in the AL Central. Santana connected in the ninth inning for his 22nd home run, helped Cleveland win for the fifth time in six games.

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The Kansas City Royals designated left-hander Bruce Chen for assignment Friday after six seasons with the team. The 37-year-old Chen is 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games this season. He was in the Royals’ rotation when the season began, but went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. ”It was hard,” manager Ned Yost said of his meeting with Chen.

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Crazy promotional gimmicks tied to sporting events are often tiresome, mostly because they never pan out. Sometimes they do, and it’s just not that interesting. And then every once in a while, they pay off big, both for the beneficiaries and us, the immensely entertained public. Such is the case with the Ashley Furniture in College Station, Texas, which promised that purchases in the month of August would be covered if the Aggies beat South Carolina by more than 10 points. They did that and more last night with a 52-28 thumping of the Gamecocks, and now store owner Mark Wilks has to pay up. But don’t wince too much, he planned for the worst. Speaking of strange ideas, Royals catcher Salvador Perez revealed that he wears ladies perfume during games, and even better, umpires love it. Now we know what’s behind that AL Central surge by Kansas City. And while Tim Tebow was winning the internet with his Steve Spurrier impression, a much better one of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke popped up by former lineman Elliott Mealer. It’s best Hoke impression we’ve seen yet. – - – - – - – The Yahoo Sports Mad Dash is a roundup of the morning’s trending stories from across the sports landscape. Check it out every day to see what’s buzzing.

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The Kansas City Royals added Jayson Nix into the mix on Thursday as they acquired the veteran journeyman infielder off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nix, who will likely join the club Saturday, hit .133 with one home run and three RBIs in 34 games this season with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pirates. He also hit .272 in 55 games with Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A affiliate. “We really love the job that Christian Colon has done, but going into September, we felt we needed another infielder for depth.

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The Kansas City Royals have followed that blueprint to near-perfection, a big reason why the long-downtrodden franchise is leading the AL Central and on the cusp of its first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years. There’s very little room for error when you’re a small-market club,” general manager Dayton Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. Indeed, the notoriously frugal Royals play in a market a fraction of the size of Los Angeles or New York. The Royals’ opening-day payroll?

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Kansas City right-hander Aaron Crow, who was a 2011 All-Star selection as a rookie, was optioned Wednesday to Double-A Northwest Arkansas to make roster space for right-hander Liam Hendriks, who was making a spot start. Crow was demoted with a 6-1 record and 3.86 ERA in 59 relief appearances. Crow’s shortcoming was he had minor league options remaining. “We just have so few guys right now that have options,” manager Ned Yost said.

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Paul Konerko is probably going to get a few more at-bats in September than he has gotten in the first five months of the season. The reason is simple: Konerko, who has played 18 years, will retire after this season. He has become a bit of a legend in Chicago White Sox lore, playing a key role in the 2005 World Series championship and putting up impressive career numbers, so he’ll likely get a few extra trips to the plate just so fans have more chances to see him. “We’ll see some lefties in there, but I’m sure he’ll get a few more (at-bats) just for everybody’s sake,” manager Robin Ventura said.

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In the first seven innings, the Kansas City Royals mustered two singles — one not leaving the infield — and did not have a runner touch second base. First baseman Billy Butler and catcher Salvador Perez each drove in two runs with two out in the eighth as the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Wednesday night. With the victory and the Detroit loss, the Royals hiked their lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tigers in the American League Central. “The feeling inside the locker room is a lot different than it was earlier in the year,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

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