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Fox Sports Kansas City:
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals ended their longest losing streak of the season with a late rally.
Whether they can rally behind James Shields remains to be seen.
Despite his outstanding pitching this season, Shields will be trying to avoid losing his third consecutive start Wednesday night against the Houston Astros.
After dropping four straight one-run games, the Royals (21-21) scored all of their runs in the final three innings of a 7-3 victory Tuesday. The victory was just their fourth in 15 contests.
"Give the Royals a lot of credit. They battled their at-bats and put balls in play and had some really good at-bats late in the game," manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website.
Kansas City has scored 15 runs in its last three contests, but has managed four runs in dropping Shields' past three starts. The right-hander has posted a 1.50 ERA in that stretch - pitching eight innings each time - and a 2.00 ERA over his past six, going 1-2.
BEST OF MAXIM
by John Viril—
Right now, the Kansas City Royals entire season is teetering on the brink. I know that many will say that is melodramatic. That it’s a long season, and they’re 121 games left.
Year after year, fans have watched Kansas City run into an early losing streak that sucks the wind out of the entire season. Last season was the 12-game April losing streak that...
The Kansas City Royals have sent struggling reliever Kelvin Herrera to the minors.
The right-hander allowed eight home runs in 20 1-3 innings. The Royals optioned him to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Herrera was 2-4 with a 4.87 ERA in 19 relief appearances. He went 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 76 relief appearances last year, giving up just four home runs in 84 1-3 innings as a rookie...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. That the Royals optioned a struggling young player to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday didn't come as a big surprise.
That the player was right-hander Kelvin Herrera and not third baseman Mike Moustakas probably did.
Herrera, who has given up eight home runs in 20 13 innings (he surrendered only four all last season), certainly qualified for a demotion. He already...
It’s a quarter of the way through the season, and May hasn’t been a good month for the Royals. Since May 1, the team is 7-12 and 21-22 for the season. In 11 of their 19 games, the Royals scored 3 runs or less with a 1-10 record in those games. They’ve suffered two three game losing streaks and a four game losing streak Since May 6.
Besides Alex Gordon (.352), Lorenzo Cain...
The Kansas City Royals have an exciting young core of players. One of the players that makes up that core is Salvador Perez. Salvy - as he is affectionately called around the league - has proven to be one of the game's top young catchers. Unfortunately, the Royals were without his services last night because of injury.
Perez had to leave Monday night's game after...
Well so much for the offensive revival. After the Royals out-slugged the Angels to take two of three, they finish the week at 2-4 after getting swept by the A’s. Nonetheless, there’s a silver lining in all of this. The club still sits at .500 and a few Royals hitters are mashing up the month of May.
Best of the Week: Billy Butler
What a difference a week makes. Big...
Is there an ideal ground ball rate for hitters? Should they be thinking about how many grounders they hit? Armed with some spreadsheets and a couple conversations with some Royals’ hitters, let’s see what we can discover.
First off, we can write off a simple answer. There is no correlation between ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio and team runs scored or team weighted runs created...
This gem appeared on Fox Sports Kansas City tonight during their coverage of the Royals-Angels game. A simple poll about the best young stars in baseball... and there are so many screw-ups here, they are worth counting one by one.
1) There is no such major league player as Bryce Hunter.
2) Bryce Harper plays for the Nationals and a Tigers logo appears beside him.
KANSAS CITY (AP) -- An offensive boon has the Los Angeles Angels on their longest winning streak of the season.
An old friend is looking to end it.
Hot-hitting Mike Trout and the surging Angels face former teammate Ervin Santana in the opener of this four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
Los Angeles (19-27) has been one of baseball's biggest disappointments...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. As the Royals' first-round pick in 2011, outfielder Bubba Starling knows full well the expectations of him.
Starling also understands that any time he struggles in the Royals' minor-league system, there always will be whispers that his next stop surely will be at Nebraska to play quarterback for the Cornhuskers.
For the record, though, Starling, says he...
Rookie Jake Odorizzi, one of the top pitching prospects for the Tampa Rays, will take the rotation spot of David Price, and take the mound tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Odorizzi, who was part of the James Shields trade, is 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings for Triple A affiliate Durham. Odorizzi beat out other prospects Chris Archer and Alex Colome to win...
The Houston Astros got another good outing from their starting pitcher, and their bullpen was just fine for a change.
J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer off James Shields, Jordan Lyles pitched six effective innings and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Lyles (2-1) allowed one run and six hits in his 50th career game. Travis Blackley and Hector Ambriz...
HOUSTON (AP) -- J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer off James Shields, Jordan Lyles pitched six effective innings and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Lyles (2-1) allowed one run and six hits in his 50th career game. Travis Blackley and Hector Ambriz each got three outs before Jose Veras pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save one night after...
Matt Cain is giving up bombs, Ryan Howard is wilting in the clutch, James Shields has little to show for his efforts and the consistent Joey Votto...