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When the Cleveland Indians agreed to terms with manager Terry Francona, I knew they were going to be a legit contender for the AL Central division title.
Midway through the season and I must admit that I am not surprised where things stand in the American League Central. The Detroit Tigers are in first place in the division, the Cleveland Indians are right behind them in the standings under new manger Terry Francona, and the Chicago White Sox are in last place, a position I thought they would be in after their unexpected second place finish last season.
But those are just general statements of some of the teams in the Central, as I will now give you each teams mid-season report card grade.
Detroit Tigers (52-42) 1st Place in Central- Grade (B+ )
The Detroit Tigers find themselves in a position they thought they would be in before the All-Star break: 1st place in the American League Central. The only problem is, they are only 1.5 games ahead of the second place Cleveland Indians.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals.
You know that in his heart, general manager Dayton Moore wants to keep pending free agent Ervin Santana through the season, watch him help the Royals contend, and then, if he can't sign him to an extension (granted, not realistic with the season Santana is having), take the sandwich pick in...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Making the All-Star Game sure felt good to the Royals' Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Greg Holland.
And it will make each of them feel even better financially, either now or in the future.
Most major league contracts carry a 50,000 bonus for players making the All-Star team.
Some contracts, as in the case of Gordon's, carry much higher rewards for...
Team: Kansas City Royals
Record (games back): 43-49 (8 GB)
Biggest Surprise of 1st Half:
For a time in June, the Kansas City Royals pitching staff owned the best ERA in the American League. That’s quite saying something for a group that ended last season in shreds. By the end of 2012, the Royals rotation featured Bruce Chen (5.07 ERA / 1.37 WHIP), Luke Hochevar (5.37/1.42)...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just when you think the Royals are out, they pull you back in again. And then the vicious cycle starts all over. As we take a deep breath at the All-Star Break, you can't help but wonder: Will the next 10 weeks become the stuff of legend? Or just another tease?
3 REASONS FOR ROYALS FANS TO DREAM BIG IN THE SECOND HALF ...
:03 ... The schedule.
With 14 games...
The Kansas City Royals activated right-handed pitcher Wade Davis over the weekend from the paternity leave list. Davis has struggled in 2013, posting a 5.89 earned run average to go along with a brutal 1.75 WHIP.
In a corresponding move, the Royals designated right-handed reliever J.C. Gutierrez for assignment to make room for Davis.
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The Kansas City Royals have recalled left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford from their Triple-A Omaha minor league affiliate. Teaford has a solid 2.88 ERA in 23 games at AAA this season.
In a corresponding move, the Royals optioned left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph to Omaha. Joseph, who was recently recalled, only appeared in two games and provides Kansas City with pitching depth for...
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Royals catcher Sal Perez isn't likely to ever forget his first All-Star Game.
Not just because Perez got a hit -- a clean single down the right-field line -- on the very first pitch he saw in the top of the eighth inning of the American League All-Stars' 3-0 victory over the National League on Tuesday night at New York's Citi Field.
No, the special, once-in-a-lifetime...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have claimed shortstop Pedro Ciriaco off outright waivers from the San Diego Padres, the team announced Tuesday.
Ciriaco, 27, has split this season between San Diego and Boston. The Red Sox traded him to the Padres on June 10 for a player to be named. He is batting .228 with eight stolen bases, three doubles, two triples and two homers in 51 games...
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The Kansas City Royals claimed 27-year-old middle infielder Pedro Ciriaco off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
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