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The Mariners and Royals were tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the 11th in Thursday's get-away game at Kauffman Stadium.Billy Butler, whose nickname on Baseball Reference is "Country Breakfast" meaning this was probably the last time I'll be visiting Billy Butler's BR page, is scheduled to hit with the potential winning run at first and one out.Butler had been having another good season in a career full of good seasons - .285/.375/.418 coming in - and with 24 doubles and 14 home runs there was a decent chance he'd be able to drive in the winning run, or perhaps just get that runner to third with less than two outs. Instead, KC manager Ned Yost decided to pinch-hit with Pedro Ciriaco, whose nickname is "Doesn't Deserve Breakfast".Ciriaco had been claimed off waivers from San Diego on July 16 after hitting .226 (26-for-115) for Boston and the Padres.Apparently, THIS was the time to get the Pedro Ciriaco in KC Era™ underway. Chance Ruffin was out of t...
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From September 1 to the end of the season, Major League Baseball allows teams to expand their rosters from 25 to a maximum of 40 players. Teams call up players from the minors to give them major league playing time, or to add depth for a team’s potential playoff run. For many years, the Royals were out of the playoff hunt by September. So to make games somewhat interesting, the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There have been numerous defining moments and stretches of games for these 2013 Royals.
And none will be bigger than the next two weeks when the Royals enter a gauntlet of 12 straight games against Detroit and Cleveland, followed by three more against the Texas Rangers.
This 15-game stretch likely will make or break the Royals, who are sitting just 4 games behind...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations from the Royals' 7-6, 13-inning win Thursday.
HOLD THAT OBIT
After Wednesday's distressing 6-4 loss to the Mariners, many of us in the media were ready to file the obit on the Royals' 2013 season, especially after the Ms raced to a 5-0 lead Thursday.
Hey, it was a great run, the team is improved, it was an exciting roller-coaster...
Mike Moustakas hit two balls that had chances to go deep.
The first one was just foul down the right-field line, but the second was fair as Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since...
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is clearly doing everything he can to boost his team's slim postseason hopes.
Now his club faces a pitching matchup Thursday night that looks unlikely to help its chances.
Seattle Mariners starter Joe Saunders is 4-0 in his career against the Royals while Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie has dropped his last five decisions versus Seattle...
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 Royals' catcher Salvador Perez left Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning after taking a foul ball off his mask. He initially stayed in the game and even got his third hit of the game, an rbi single. Trainers looked at him again while at first base, and he was removed from the game.
As reported by Dick Kaegel and Kathleen Gier...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ever since the Royals made the blockbuster trade to acquire James Shields from Tampa Bay last December, the assumption has been that he was simply a two-year rental.
The common acceptance has been that the Royals will exercise their club option of Shields' contract for 12 million in 2014, and after that he will fly away to free agency.
Well, not so fast...
Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since 2011.
Louis Coleman (3-0), the eighth Royals pitcher, retired the only batter he faced in the top of the 13th.
Kansas City rallied...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Omar Infante set career highs with five hits and six RBIs, Andy Dirks also went 5 for 5 and the Detroit Tigers pounded the Kansas City Royals 16-2 on Friday night.
Austin Jackson drove in four runs as the Tigers finished with a season-high 26 hits. Dirks, who is hitting .410 against Kansas City this season, scored four times.
Infante had run-producing singles...
The Detroit Tigers seem to be cruising to an AL Central title, and Anibal Sanchez is on the cusp of the matching a career-best winning streak.
Sanchez goes for a sixth straight victory Friday night when the Tigers open this three-game road series against the Kansas City Royals, the most recent team to defeat him.
Detroit (81-59) leads the division by 6 12 games on second-place...
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....