Found May 10, 2012 on
Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox
What an interesting Wednesday for the Kansas City Royals. Before the game with the Boston Red Sox, the Royals called up infielder Johnny Giavotella and put LHP Jonathan Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Then for Wednesday’s game, Manager Ned Yost put Giavotella in the lineup as the designated hitter, Billy Butler at first base and Irving Falu at third base. Regulars Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer got the day off and the Royals Twitterverse responded favorably to the moves. If you call bewilderment, frustration and anger favorable.
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The Sanchez to the DL move was a surprise, but the Royals replacing him with Giavotella was more of a surprise. Usually, a team moves a position player with a position player and a pitcher with a pitcher. But not this time.
With the Thursday off day, the Royals won’t need to replace Sanchez until next Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. With the current roster, the Royals could go with Nate Adcock, Luis...
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The conventional wisdom has been that when Royals prospect Johnny Giavotella was going to get promoted from Triple-A Omaha this season, he would then become the full-time starter at second base.
The organizational philosophy is simple: It's better for Giavotella to get his at-bats and work on his defense at Omaha rather than sit at the big-league level.
29 games are done. The Royals are 10-19. Did we expect them to be a little better record-wise? Of course! Are we surprised? Not a chance. A brutal 12 game losing streak left fans, players and coaches downtrodden early on in what many already call another lost season. On the bright side, the Royals are 10-7 outside of that streak, split a four game series with the Yanks and are over...
On Sunday, a Kansas City Royals fan jumped into the fountain behind the outfield wall at Kaufmann Stadium to get a home run ball hit by Royals catcher Humberto Quintero.
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The fan ignored the warning sign which clearly stated that "Persons entering the fountains will be...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Bruce Chen picked up his first victory of the season, Alcides Escobar drove in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals held off the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Wednesday night.
Jonathan Broxton worked around a leadoff single and walk in the ninth inning for his seventh save in eight opportunities.
Chen (1-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings...
The Kansas City Royals have talent, but to they have what it takes mentally to win?
In watching the 2012 version of the Kansas City Royals, it is hard to deny that this is the most talented team they have put on the field in quite some time. This is not the same collections of “has-been’s” and “never-will-be’s” that Royals fans have become accustomed to seeing. But the...
The Sox put themselves in an early hole they couldn't climb out of in tonight's loss, in part thanks to a controversial call made on a play in the outfield.
A fly ball was hit to left that a retreating Cody Ross appeared to catch, but as he made a couple of steps the ball came out of his glove, hit the wall, and then went back into his glove. The umpires ruled that Ross...
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to May 8, with left biceps tendinitis. The lefty was pounded for six runs in three innings on May 7, and has a 6.75 ERA through his first six outings. He was acquired by the Royals over the winter for outfielder Melky Cabrera.
One year ago, Eric Hosmer was a day away from hitting his first MLB home run en route to a .293-19-78 season in just 128 games. Today that all seems like a distant memory as he’s hitting just .181-5-16 in 30 games and is being talked about as a second-year bust. I say not so fast ye whom are quick to judge. First let’s take a look at his plate discipline:
It’s evident from...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night. Butler homered off Matt Albers, who replaced Daniel Bard after Bard walked Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon to leadoff the inning. Butler hit Albers' third pitch out to left-center. He leads the Royals with six home...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Boston Red Sox have moved Daniel Bard from the bullpen, where he was very effective last year, to the rotation. For seven innings against the Kansas City Royals it looked like a wise decision, but a tiring Bard opened the eighth inning by walking Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon. That was manager Bobby Valentine's cue to bring in reliever Matt Albers, who...
After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Mike Aviles: Mike didn't get the job done in the series. He did have a few hits, but couldn't get the offense sparked from the top spot.
Dustin Pedroia: Pedey has been looking good, and looked great in the first game. A couple of 1-fo-4's to...
The Sox dropped to 12-17 after blowing a 4-3 lead on a Billy Butler home run, and couldn't claw their way back against closer William Howard Taft Jonathan Broxton.
Daniel Bard pitched a solid seven innings, but unraveled in the 8th, by putting on the go-ahead run before being replaced by Matt Albers in a one-run ballgame. Albers tried to put a fastball in on Butler's hands...
Josh Beckett is currently throwing a 5.97 ERA with 2 wins and 4 losses. That is not good enough, when you are making 17 million dollars a year. This could mean that the Boston Red Socks could cut Josh Beckett. Josh Beckett is also under heat because he said he was hurt and skipped a start but played golf the next day. In his last start he was booed and only lasted 2 innings, getting...
The Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, experienced the joy of participating in one of baseball’s truly rare moments, the no-hitter. The Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals experienced the agony of being on the receiving end.
The following press releases were sent in to the i70 mailbox from the two teams.
Naturals No-Hit Cardinals...
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