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Royals Patching Up Roster for Toronto, Image Among Fans

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals on July 14.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals on July 14.

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals spent Thursday patching up a roster missing 10 players barred from traveling to Toronto because of their COVID-19 vaccination status while trying to smooth over their damaged image among fans.

Among the nearly 40% of players on the 26-man roster who were left home were All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi, two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield, future cornerstones Kyle Isbel and MJ Melendez and outfielder Michael A. Taylor.