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by John Viril—
After the Royals dramatic comeback victory on July 4, manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star, “We feel like we’re over the hump offensively.” Yost also proclaimed, “Early in the season, a 5-0 lead felt like a death sentence. But, it doesn’t feel like that now.”
Even though the Royals lost to Oakland 6-3 Friday night, they did mount a 9th inning rally. They sliced a 6-0 Oakland lead in half and finished the game with the tying run at the plate. And, yes, a comeback no longer felt impossible even against such a large lead.
The Kansas City Royals still need offensive help.
Despite a recent uptick in home runs (26 in their last 32 games), Kansas City still lacks power. And, second base is still an offensive black hole. After a hopeful 3-hit game in his season debut, Johnny Giavotella has gone hitless in his last 3 games (10 ABs). While we still do not know if Giavotella can be the “answer” at second base, his recent performance at least raises the possibility that he ...
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Yankees field reporter Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) is apparently a “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” fan, as she busts out the theme song during a pregame discussion of Independence Day (and the Royals Will Smith being a winning pitcher on that day). Marakovits is from Walnutport, PA, just north of Philadelphia. Watch as she drops the beats courtesy of YES network (“In...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. There was good news about Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's condition prior to Friday's game: He did not suffer a concussion.
"Doctors said I was clear to go," Gordon said. "I did all the tests and passed them all."
But Gordon, who suffered the injury when he crashed into the left-field wall during Wednesday night's 6-5 win over Cleveland...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Designated hitter Billy Butler believes if the Royals could somehow have flipped about five or six tough losses into wins, they not only would be barking on the heels of the Tigers, they'd also get a little more respect in regards to All-Star selections
It seems likely the Royals will once again have just a single representative at the upcoming All-Star Game...
by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals fans who regularly scan AAA Omaha’s box scores might have noticed that reliever Kelvin Herrera has been making starts for the Stormchasers since getting sent down on June 25. However, the switch is not an attempt to transition Herrera into a starting pitcher. Instead, Royals officials indicated that they wanted to give Herrera a chance to work...
by John Viril—
LF Alex Gordon took to the field Saturday against the Oakland A’s for an afternoon game in Kansas City. After being cleared by a representative from MLB and the Royals medical staff, Gordon went 0-2 vs. the A’s with 3 walks and 1 stolen base in Kansas City’s 4-3 win.
Gordon ended up missing only two games after Wednesday’s frightening collision with the LF...
Alex Gordon's status is still up in the air, but it looks like he will avoid the disabled list. Gordon slammed into the outfield wall, hit his head and his hip, and is plenty sore. But he should be alright without an extended absence.
According to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star, Gordon will miss a couple more games at least, but the Royals are hoping to have him...
The Kansas City Royals have been putting up plenty of runs lately, though that wasn't the case when they faced the Oakland Athletics earlier this season.
With Oakland starter Tommy Milone struggling lately, Kansas City seeks another big offensive performance as it tries to end a four-game losing streak to the visiting A's on Friday night.
The Royals have scored 41 runs...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jarrod Dyson delivered an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Saturday, giving the Kansas City Royals a scrappy 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.The Royals had rallied to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer in the seventh, and then loaded the bases on an error and a pair of walks by reliever Ryan Cook.Dyson...
Prospects will rip your guts out. For every Trout and Harper, there are disappointments. There have been no bigger disappointments in the last year than Justin Smoak and Eric Hosmer. Both seemed to symbolize their respective team's failures. Both play first base, a position that requires offense. Neither provided any in 2012. Smoak's failures go back further than Hosmer...
Kansas City Royals' left fielder Alex Gordon does not have a concussion and does not have to go on the 7-day disabled list that Major League Baseball has for players with a concussion.
As reported by Dick Kaegel of MLB.com,
"Gordon has been undergoing an assessment since falling against the
bullpen fence in pursuit of a fly ball in the sixth inning of
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Lorenzo Cain hit his first career grand slam, Salvador Perez provided a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on a sun-splashed Thursday afternoon.
The Royals trailed 5-0 early before Cain's slam and a solo shot by George Kottaras tied it in the sixth. The Indians regained...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tommy Milone carried a shutout into the ninth inning and Grant Balfour held on for the save, securing the Oakland Athletics' 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.Milone (8-7) was in complete control before Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer drove in runs with one out in the ninth. Balfour came on and gave up a run-scoring single to Billy...
Jarrod Dyson delivered an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Saturday, giving the Kansas City Royals a scrappy 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The Royals had rallied to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer in the seventh, and then loaded the bases on an error and a pair of walks by reliever Ryan Cook.
Dyson, hardly known for...
Although he's pitched well lately, Jarrod Parker hasn't gotten to play much of a role in the Oakland Athletics' resurgence.After having to leave his most recent start, Parker will try to lead the A's to their eighth win in 10 games Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.Parker (6-6, 4.11 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in his last seven starts and had pitched 3 23 scoreless...
A dominant outing from Tommy Milone resulted in a 6-3 victory for the A’s over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night – and the 40th consecutive save for closer Grant Balfour, tying the A’s franchise record previously set by Dennis Eckersley.
Wade Davis looked dominant for the Royals through the first two innings, but the A’s got to him in the third: a one-out double from...