Found June 13, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Something has happened with the Kansas City Royals. The butt of a lot of jokes through the first two months of this season, Kansas City is 8-3 in June and is now just 5.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. They rallied late to beat the Tigers last night, Detroit is still playing pretty good baseball, so Kansas City hasn't picked up a ton of ground, but after winning their last three series, the Royals aren't a joke right now. PIC OF THE DAY Tom Wilhelmsen, and the agony of an awful appearance. (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports) Game of the Night: Royals 3, Tigers 2 (ten innings). This game is the rare double feature in the opening, and the GOTN section. Justin Verlander dominated the Royals over sevne innings and left the game to the bullpen to finish the job...whoops. Drew Smyly threw an easy eighth, but allowed a leadoff single to Eric Hosmer in the ninth. Exit Smyly, enter Valverde. Detroit's closer got the first two outs before allowing a game-...

New lineup has Royals streaking

The Royals are suddenly red hot, winners of seven of their last eight games. Kansas City just completed a six-game winning streak and a change in the lineup may have been a catalyst for the recent surge. Frustrated by a lack of success on offense and in the standings, manager Ned Yost reportedly sought help from the Royals front office in putting together an optimal lineup. After...

Royals' season turning the corner?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Too early to start using the term season-saver? Maybe, maybe not. But there was no mistaking the joy (and relief) inside the Royals' clubhouse following their dramatic 3-2, 10-inning win over first-place Detroit on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals playfully splashed their now official rally sauce Billy Butler's "Hit it a TON" sauce...

Is George Brett making the Royals a better team?

A couple of weeks ago, the Royals were in their worst funk of the season. After losing seven games in a row by May 29 and with a 21-29 record, the Royals made a change and reassigned hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David to the Minor Leagues. In their place, the Royals hired interim hitting coach George Brett. Yes, the Royals legend George Brett. At the time, it appeared to...

Yost followed Royals' win at his daughter's wedding

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost could have been excused for missing his team's game on the night his daughter got married. But he didn't. Yost was in Sugar Hill, Ga., on Thursday night with one eye on the wedding ceremony of his daughter, Jenny, while the Royals were playing the Tampa Bay Rays about 500 miles away. "I had the phone out...

Official Video: Royals Eric Hosmer had BBQ sauce dumped all over his sweaty body

Pies are dumb. BBQ sauce? Dumber. [Holdout Sports] Your browser does not support iframes. **Follow us on Twitter, View Blitz Viral Videos, or Return to us on Twitter.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Recap: Cain HR, Hosmer single lead Royals over Tigers 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After striking out his first three times, Lorenzo Cain came through in the ninth inning for the Kansas City Royals. Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth and Eric Hosmer had a winning RBI single in the 10th, helping the Royals rally for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Cain struck out three times against...

Elliot Johnson, sometimes forgotten, stays hot vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Second baseman Elliot Johnson is often the forgotten name. He is known as the player to be named later in the major seven-player deal in December between the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals that sent James Shields to the Midwest and prospect Wil Myers to the Sunshine State. Johnson, signed by the Devil Rays as a free agent in 2002, spent three major...

Billy Butler upset with Robinson Cano over Home Run Derby diss

For the second year in a row, there is tension between Robinson Cano and Billy Butler over the Home Run Derby. Cano was named captain of the AL Home Run Derby squad last year and upset Kansas City Royals fans by leaving Butler, the Royals’ top hitter, off the team. The All-Star Game was being [...]

Rays fall apart in sixth, drop big loss to Royals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Elliot Johnson had a three three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning Thursday night, leading the surging Kansas City Royals to a 10-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Johnson, who was traded to Kansas City by the Rays in February, led off the big inning with a single and chased Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) with his second homer of the...

Official Video: Seems the only way to stop Miguel Cabrera is: A Flipping David Lough

Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough makes a terrific diving grab to rob Miguel Cabrera of yet another extra base hit. And then his glasses fell off. No word on his shoes. Your browser... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Royals 3, Tigers 2(10)

Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander's seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking...

Valverde blows save as Tigers fall to Royals, 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander's seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles,...

Preview: Royals look to continue solid play in Tampa Bay

(AP) -- Home-field advantage has been critical over the last three seasons when the Tampa Bay Rays meet the Kansas City Royals. That should mean the Rays have a decided edge since they are hosting this four-game series with the Royals that begins Thursday night. Only two of the last 15 meetings have been won by the visiting team. Kansas City (30-33) has lost seven of eight at Tropicana...

Preview: It's Shields vs. Verlander in series finale

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Justin Verlander has not been very sharp of late, but he's still putting the Detroit Tigers in position to win. The right-hander tries for a fifth straight winning start by continuing his success against the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Verlander (8-4, 3.71 ERA) has won four in a row despite giving up 32 hits and posting a 4.85 ERA. He has...

Recap: Tigers snap Royals' six-game winning streak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Max Scherzer won his ninth straight decision, and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 3-2 to snap the Royals' six-game winning streak on Tuesday night. Scherzer became the first Tigers starter to begin the season 9-0 since Vern Kennedy in 1938 by pitching seven sharp innings. He limited the Royals to three hits and two runs, while striking out six and...
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