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Mychal Thompson

Volquez sharp as Royals hold off White Sox, 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. As gratifying as it is for the Royals to maintain a large lead in the American League Central Division while scuffling over the past week or so, they'd rather keep the bulge by playing winning baseball. They got off to a good start with Friday's 3-2 victory over the White Sox. The Royals rode a strong performance by their most reliable starter, Edinson Volquez, and strung together timely hits in the middle innings to open their second longest home stand of the season 10 games with a victory. The Royals, who went 4-6 on the just completed road trip, improved to 64-44 and held on to their 91/2-game lead over the Minnesota Twins, who defeated the Indians on Friday....