Found August 09, 2013 on FenwayNation:
(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)Why can't we get left-handed starters like Bruce Chen? Oh, wait, we did have him—ten years ago. The Panamanian native pitched in just five games for the Carmine Hose in 2003—going 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA. Even then, it seemed like anyone with a wooden stick could rip gap shots off the guy—against his "overpowering" 83-MPH fastballs. That's still the book on him, but he turned in a masterful performance last night—beating the Red Sox 5-1 with 7 2/3 scoreless innings. If you listened to the game on the radio, you heard a lot of those famous Joe Castiglione "Swiiiiiing and a pop-up" calls as Boston flailed away at Chen's off-speed offerings all night. Only Jacoby Ellsbury (2 hits) and that offensive juggernaut Stephen Drew (2 for 4 with the lone RBI) did anything for the Sox.

Ned Yost plays with fire (poll)

by JohnViril— Ok. I can’t stand it anymore. The way Ned Yost handles pitchers drives me nuts. I know this is probably the most common fan complaint in all of baseball. But, Yost seems almost mechanically devoted to the 100 pitch limit.  Come hell or high water, Yost expects his starter to deliver at least 100 pitches, no matter what the game situation. Last night, starter Bruce...

Royals are Crashing the Party

by John Viril— For the first time in 10 years, the Kansas City Royals are playing games that mean something in August.  After storming from behind to win 9-6 against Boston, the Royals are 60-53 and 4.5 games behind a wild card spot. The Royals are finally part of a pennant race after spending half a generation on the outside looking in. It only took a measly 17-4 run to make...

Dayton Moore is a Prophet

by John Viril— It’s official. Dayton Moore is a Prophet. Move over Nostradamus. Forget about Jimmy the Greek. Three weeks ago, Dayton Moore asserted that his team would “keep pushing” to win this season instead of selling off assets as the trade deadline approached. He insisted that there was “no reason” that the Royals could not win 15 of 20 games and pull into contention...

Royals OF Cain goes on DL with pulled oblique

The Kansas City Royals have put outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list because of a pulled left oblique. The Royals made the move Saturday before playing Boston. Cain was hurt while taking batting practice Friday. He is hitting .261 with 43 RBIs in 96 games. The Royals also designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno, who picked up the win Friday...

Royals' Salvador Perez cleared for light workouts

Salvador Perez may not come off the 7-day DL in exactly seven days, but he is making progress.  The Kansas City Royals catcher, who has taken more than his fair share of foul tips off his catcher's mask, was placed on the DL a couple days ago.  However, he is making progress already. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says Perez is getting healthier and taking small steps...

Chen out-pitches Lester as Royals keep rolling in 5-1 win over Boston

Ready to believe yet? It’s not just that Bruce Chen not only turned in a magnificent performance Thursday when the Royals opened what amounts to a four-game weekend measurement against Boston with a 5-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals also pinned a loss on a long-time nemesis in Red Sox lefty Jon Lester who had a 1.64 ERA and a no-hitter against them on his career resume...

Preview: Guthrie seeks victory in career-best fifth straight start

The recent abundance of Kansas City Royals victories have come mainly against foes far out of contention. They're proving, though, that they can play with the big boys, too. Kansas City has taken the first two of its four-game set with the visiting Boston Red Sox, and it looks to win for the 16th time in 18 games Saturday night. The Royals (60-53) haven't hit the 60-win...

With my Kansas City Baby and a bottle of Kansas City wine

  These Kansas City Royals have turned out to be quite the pesky bunch. How dare they turn the tables on us, taking a 6-3 deficit  and turning it into a 9-6 victory. That’s what we do, not what is done to us. Let’s face it, six runs and eleven hits is generally a win, but Peavy fell apart early and two guys I never heard of (Drake Britton and Pedro Beato) did the rest. The...

Royals 9, Red Sox 6

Justin Maxwell has provided a huge boost for Kansas City since coming over from the Astros. Maxwell homered and then singled twice in a six-run sixth as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. The Royals have won 15 of their past 17 games to move seven games above .500, matching their best record of the season. They are 4 1-2 games...

Can the Kansas City Royals Hang Around?

Every once in awhile, a team that is generally laughed at, pitied, or not taken seriously will come along and surprise you. This is the dream for small market teams.  For instance: since 1998, when Billy Beane took over as general manager, the Oakland Athletics have been to the playoffs on six separate occasions. They are headed towards a 7th birth under his watch this season...

TV Ratings: Yes, Yet Another Record For Royals (Also: MLB, Soccer, on FOX)

The Kansas City Royals set another new ratings record on Fox Sports Kansas City. In other news, MLB on FOX fell below a 2.0 rating for the 13th time in 17 tries, and primetime soccer […]

Recap: Red Sox no match for surging Royals, lose 5-1

The Royals continued their recent tear with a commanding 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Kansas City jumped out to an early lead due to a sloppy 1st inning from Boston. Jon Lester threw a whopping 46 pitches and managed to escape with just three runs given up. The weak performance in the inning was aided by a horrendous display of outfield defense by the inimitable Jonny Gomes. On a routine...

Jon Lester Grinds Through Seven Innings, But Red Sox Can’t Solve Bruce Chen in Loss (Video)

Jon Lester turned in an all-around solid pitching performance Thursday night in Kansas City, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work. Lester bounced back nicely after getting rocked by Arizona last Friday, but the Boston batting order was silenced by Red Sox alum Bruce Chen, who pitched 7 2/3 scoreless frames in a 5-1 win for the Royals. Kansas City has been arguably...

Red Sox-Royals Live: Jon Lester, Sox Try to Cool Off Red-Hot Royals in Kansas City

6:14 p.m.: David Ortiz is coming off back-to-back four-hit games, but he won’t be in Thursday’s starting lineup. Ortiz will get the night off with lefty Bruce Chen on the mound. It’ll be Ortiz’s first day off since July 5, and Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup in his place. Gomes will man left field and Daniel Nava will play first base, while Mike Napoli will assume Ortiz’s...
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