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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals.
TIME TO DREAM?
These 2013 Royals simply won't go away.
As depressed and angered as Royals fans were Saturday after that 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays -- and, oh my, wouldn't you love to have that game back -- they have to be equally intrigued now that the Royals have bounced back with two straight wins and pulled to within 4 games of Tampa Bay for that final wild-card spot.
Of course, we have been here before, hoping and dreaming the Royals can do the unthinkable by slipping past the Indians, Yankees and Orioles, and then chasing down whatever wild-card leader is still standing.
Suddenly, though, here on Sept. 3, it seems doable, even with only 25 games left.
I say that because those teams in front of the Royals have finally -- finally -- started to stumble.
Tampa has lost five straight and eight of 10. The Indians have lost seven of 10. The Orioles and Yankees each have split their last 10 games.
BEST OF MAXIM
by John Viril---
With the season coming to a close and starters wearing down, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost needs to be more aggressive utilizing his team's strength. He needs to use his bullpen to relieve wobbling starters more to bring home wins.
The Royals have the 3rd least-used pen in baseball with 384.1 IP---about 7 innings more than the Tigers. The Royals have...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, recovering from a strained oblique muscle, on Tuesday took the most extensive batting-practice session yet since his injury, and he reported no discomfort.
Cain wouldn't say when the Royals may let him come off the disabled list but he did reiterate that he feels he is at the day-to-day stage.
Royals manager Ned Yost,...
The Kansas City Royals are still clinging to hopes of a wild-card playoff berth, using stingy pitching to keep them in the race.
Their offense could be in for the bigger challenge when they encounter a rookie hurler coming off an impressive major league debut.
Kansas City digs in against Taijuan Walker and the visiting Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
The Royals (72-66) kept...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have made a series of roster moves to bolster their bullpen and overall depth as they play for their first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years.
The Royals, who began Tuesday 4 12 games out of the final wild-card spot, recalled pitchers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman from Class A Wilmington, where they were optioned last week.
After a pair of ugly outings, Bruce Chen got back on track with a solid showing last week.The Kansas City Royals are hoping for a repeat performance as they try to keep pace in the AL wild-card race Tuesday night against the visiting Seattle Mariners.Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA) has given Kansas City (71-66) a lift since joining the rotation July 12, going 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA in nine starts...
Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz exited last
night’s contest against the Seattle Mariners after playing only two innings as
a precautionary measure. That precaution proved worthy, as initial tests
indicate that Getz likely suffered a concussion, according to Dick Kaegel ofMLB.com.
Getz suffered the head injury in the second inning. He fielded
a ball hit...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.Smith (2-1) pitched 4 13 innings of scoreless relief to...
Will Smith ladies and gentlemen.
It’s rarely possible for a middle reliever to take a star turn in a close game but Smith delivered a killer 4 1/3 innings on Monday afternoon in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.
Smith permitted one hit on a ball that center fielder Jarrod Dyson lost in the sun after replacing an erratic Danny Duffy with two on and two...
by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals stole a win on Sunday from Seattle uber-starter King Felix (Felix Hernandez). With young gun Danny Duffy wobbling in the 4th inning after giving up a single run and runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs, Kansas City’s prospects looked grim against Hernandez. Manager Ned Yost made the unconventional decision to pull his starter at 91 pitches...
Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.
The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.
Smith (2-1) pitched 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory...
So do the Royals have your attention yet?
Salvy Perez’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning Tuesday night produced the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.
That was after the Royals blew a 3-0 lead.
And after Luke Hochevar held a 3-3 tie for Tim Collins in the Seattle eighth inning by stranding runners at second and third with one out...
The Seattle Mariners haven't had much of a problem getting runners into scoring position.
Getting them home has been a disaster.
The Mariners had nine more opportunities with runners on second and third Tuesday night against Kansas City and came up empty on each of them. That left an opening for Salvador Perez, who drove in the go-ahead run for the Royals in the eighth inning...
Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Morales hit his 18th home run to straight away center on a 1-2 pitch from Aaron Crow (7-5) with Franklin Gutierrez, who had walked, aboard.
The Royals used eight pitchers, tying a club record for a nine-inning game....