Found July 14, 2012 on i70baseball:
Can we get an All Star Game do-over? Photo courtesy of Minda Haas The 2012 Midsummer Classic, hosted by the Royals in Kansas City, was by nearly every measure a smashing success. But there was only one problem. It came a year or two too early. Forget the fact that 2013 would have been the 40-year anniversary of the last All Star. No, as much as that would have made sense, the real problem is that the Royals young stars were just a little too young in 2012. Alex Gordon scuffled. Eric Hosmer flopped. Salvador Perez got hurt. Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas weren’t on the nation’s radar. Those guys could, and should, all be All Stars sooner than later. But it wasn’t in the cards in 2012. Based on entirely unscientific research, it’s my guess that Salvador Perez will be the first Royal selected by the fans to an All Star roster in years. His competition will be stiff. There are currently five excellent catchers in the AL under the age of 30 who will vie for the spot for years – Detro...

With the Season in Full Bloom, Many Question Still Remain About the Kansas City Royals

A .440 winning percentage. A staff ERA of 4.35. Four pitchers lost to Tommy John. The 8th worst offense in the Major Leagues. A young stud blocked in AAA. Yuniesky Betancourt in the five hole. David Glass walking away from an interview when asked the tough questions (audio and transcript found here, via Rambling Morons  Can0-for-10. These...

Royals' Cain strains groin in first game off DL

Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was back in the Royals lineup Friday night for the first time since April 10 at Oakland. Cain went 1-for-1 in that game, but left after three innings. He strained his left groin while making a catch of Daric Burton's liner to the wall and doubling off Collin Cowgill. Cain played in only five games, none at Kauffman Stadium, before the injury...

The real life: Kansas City

Two years waiting for the All Star Game to come to Kansas City is over.  Not only is the wait over but also the game is over.  It was a great three days in Kansas City and by all accounts the city was a great host for the 83rd All Star Game.  Not only did record crowds head out to Kauffman Stadium for all of the activities but the fan base showed just how loyal that they can be...

Escobar hits 2 HRs to lead Royals past White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Alcides Escobar has been dutifully going to the gym every week, and not just going through the motions. The Royals shortstop has been putting in some work, and truly believes that he's becoming a stronger all-around player. He made a believer out of a lot of people Saturday night. Escobar hit a pair of homers off White Sox All-Star Jake Peavy, the second...

Mendoza outpitches Sale, but Royals lose 2-1

Luis Mendoza outpitched Chris Sale on Sunday. His offense couldn't outscore the White Sox, though. Chicago beat Kansas City 2-1 Sunday on the strength of Adam Dunn's homer and Alexei Ramirez's run-scoring double-play grounder, sending the Royals to their 10th loss in 13 games. Mendoza gave up two runs on four hits, only one after the second inning, while striking out...

Royals 6, White Sox 3

Alcides Escobar hit a pair of homers off Jake Peavy, the second a go-ahead shot with two outs in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 Saturday night. The 25-year-old shortstop had just two homers all season and 11 in his career before he connected for a two-run shot off Chicago's All-Star right-hander in the third inning. White Sox slugger...

Royals take loss from ChiSox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chris Sale won his eighth straight decision, Adam Dunn homered in his third straight game and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Sunday. Sale (11-2) is 8-0 with two no-decisions since a May 12 loss to the Royals. He allowed one run and scattered a season-high 10 hits eight innings to lower his earned run average to 2.11, which ranks...
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