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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On the hottest day this year in Kansas City, dehydration was starting to become a concern. Players were exhausted. Royals manager Ned Yost was starting to feel sorry for Tony Randazzo behind the plate, and he wasnt even the umpire whose face had been bloodied in the game. Billy Butlers tiebreaking home run in the eighth was an especially welcome sight, leading the Royals to a 5-4 victory and three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays. "It was really, really hot out there," said Butler, who greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with his 15th home run. "It was over 100 degrees. Guys were starting to get dehydrated. It was not a good day to go extra innings." Yost said trainers had IVs waiting in the locker room. "We were going to start losing guys," Yost said. "We had some guys who were starting to cramp. Eric Hosmers elbow was starting to get a little stiff. The umpire was about ready to fall out behind home plate. The heat out there was pretty oppressive. When Billy hit that ball, I was just hoping it was high enough." Aaron Crow (1-1), the fifth Royals pitcher, was the winner after getting two outs in the eighth as the Royals recorded their first home sweep of the Rays in 11 years. "Its been hot the last few days," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "But I tell you what, you didnt hear one guy complain. They played right down to the last out. They were great." Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar also homered for the Royals, who managed to sweep a team three games immediately after getting swept themselves. After a potentially ruinous 12-game losing streak in April, the youthful Royals have fought back to five games under .500 (34-39). "It would be nice if we made things easier for ourselves once in a while," said Jeff Francoeur. "This is the third time now weve fought back to get to five games under .500, but then we just take a few steps back. Our goal was to get back to .500 by the All-Star break." The Rays had tied it 4-4 in the top of the eighth after Carlos Pena reached leading off on an error that left first base umpire Brian Gorman wiping off blood. Penas hot grounder glanced off first baseman Hosmers glove and struck Gorman on the left side of the face as he was signalling the ball fair. The veteran ump cleaned some blood off his face but stayed in the game after being attended to by the Royals trainer. Then Tim Collins walked Jeff Keppinger and Ben Zobrist unloaded a two-run triple. "He had a little cut," said Yost. "But hes fine. Gormans fine." Zobrist was 3 for 4 with three RBIs but made three outs on the bases. He was thrown out twice at home plate trying to score from third on ground balls. "Its a tough way to end the road trip," said Zobrist. "They (Royals) were playing great over there. They did everything. They hit the ball really well, they pitched well, and played good defence. We couldnt get anything going." Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities. Badenhop (1-2) recorded only one out after starter Matt Moore laboured through 7 1-3 innings, giving up 10 hits and four runs. Moustakas, who had two home runs on Sunday, hit the first pitch he saw from Moore in the first inning for his 13th home run. Escobar, who has seven multihit games in his last 12, was 3 for 3 with a double, a single and a solo homer that made it 2-0 in the third. Yuniesky Betancourt had a two-run single in the fifth as the Royals completed a 3-3 homestand after getting swept by St. Louis. Just hours after being recalled from Triple-A Omaha, Everett Teaford was charged with two runs on four hits in 5 innings. The left-hander was relieved by Kelvin Herrera with runners at first and second in the sixth and the Rays made it 4-2 on RBI singles from Keppinger and Zobrist before Zobrist ended the inning attempting to steal second. NOTES: The Royals wont have another home game for 16 days. 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"Greg was a part of our organization since he was 16 and we saw him grow into a passionate young man and talented baseball player," they said in a statement. "He had an infectious smile that would greet you in the clubhouse, and he was a tremendous teammate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gregs family." Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound. The officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman. Wessels said the officers arrested Halmans 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules. "He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned," Wessels told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened." No charges have been filed in the case. Halman hit .230 in 35 games and made starts at all three outfield positions for the Mariners in 2011 before being optioned to triple-A Tacoma. "The loss of a talented 24-year-old young man like Greg, amid such tragic circumstances, is painful for all of us throughout the game," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to the entire Mariners organization and to all those whose lives were touched by Greg." Because he played professionally in the United States, Halmann was not part of the Netherlands team that won the Baseball World Cup in Panama last month.dddddddddddd The Dutch beat Cuba 2-1 in the final to become the first European team to win the title. Born in the city of Haarlem, Halman and began his playing career in the Dutch Pro League. He was part of the gold medal winning Dutch squad at the 2007 European Championship and played for the Netherlands at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Former major leaguer Robert Eenhorn, the technical director of the Dutch baseball association, said he was devastated by the news. "The only thing I can say right now is we are deeply shocked," Eenhorn, who played for the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels in the 1990s, told the AP. "All our thoughts are with his family and how they are going to have to deal with this tremendous loss." Halman was in Europe earlier this month as part of the European Big League Tour, an initiative organized by Baltimore Orioles pitcher Rick Van den Hurk in which major league stars gave clinics to children. Van den Hurk is also Dutch. Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, also paid tribute to the slain player. "Greg was passionate about the game of baseball and generously gave of himself to share his passion with others in an attempt to help grow the sports popularity across Europe," Weiner said. "He will be sorely missed." International Baseball Federation President Riccardo Fraccari said Halmans death was terrible news for the sport. "Its really sad and its really terrible the way it happened," Fraccari said. "We mourn for him and respect his familys sorrow." Massimo Fochi, the vice-president of the Italian baseball federation, said he met Halman less than two weeks ago at a European Big League Tour event in Parma. "He was a great guy and the most appreciated by the kids," Fochi said. "His passing away is really painful." ' ' '






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