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The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril—
After the Kansas City Royals lost 19 of 23 games during the month of May, including an 8-game losing streak, the season looked done. At 21-29, statistical projections gave them less than a 5% chance of making the playoffs. More importantly, management seemed out of answers about how to pull out of the slump. The low point came May 23 when general manager Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star, “we’re going to expect to get better. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Not only were the Royals getting their brains beat in on the field, no one in the front office had any idea how to fix it.
After losing six more games, franchise icon George Brett had enough. He accepted Dayton Moore’s offer to take over as hitting coach after having turned down the job multiple times since his retirement in 1993. The Royals announced the new hire Thursday afternoon, May 30. That night, they broke an 8-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals.
However, Brett’s return didn’t imm...
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by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals starter Danny Duffy got bombed in Omaha last night in his quest to come beck from 2012 Tommy John surgery. Just promoted to AAA after 3 short rehab stints in AA NW Arkansas, Duffy did not survive the third inning. In a 10-7 Stormchaser’s victory over the Nashville Sounds, Duffy surrendered 3 runs in the fourth inning and four more in the 3rd...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. At some point very soon, perhaps even today, the Royals are likely to activate outfielder Jarrod Dyson from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha.
And that, of course, means the Royals will have to make a subsequent roster move to make space for Dyson, a speedy and valuable weapon in the Royals' offense.
Perhaps the easy move would be to simply send outfielder...
by John Viril—
Starter Wade Davis is the red-headed stepchild on the Kansas City Royals pitching staff. Currently scuffling with a 3-5 record and 5.37 ERA on a staff that leads the American League in ERA, Davis is the odd man out. After being touted as the “hidden value” in the Wil Myers trade due to five more years of team control, Wade Davis has disappointed most Royals fans...
The Billy Butler “Hit It A Ton” BBQ Sauce is taking Kansas City and Kaufman Stadium by storm. Kansas City Royals players have been having some good natured fun with Butler’s new sauce. Hey, who needs a monkey when you have rally sauce.
The post Who Needs A Rally Monkey, When You Have Billy Butler BBQ Sauce appeared first on Baseball Hot Corner.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The minute first-round draft pick Hunter Dozier ducked into the Royals' clubhouse on Monday, Royals players took one look and decided he was ready to play in the big leagues now.
Get a uniform on, son, they yelled.
"I appreciated that," Dozier said later, slightly embarrassed.
Indeed, Dozier does pass the eye test with his strapping, square-jawed...
TASTES LIKE WINNING
Your browser does not support iframes.Teams have been known to employ the use of some strange tactics over the years to improve their play on the field.Take the Kansas City Royals, for example. They have opted to adopt a "rally barbecue sauce" to help get their offense going lately.It's called Billy's, boasts a catch phrase of "Hit it a TON," and is apparently...
(AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have their longest winning streak in nearly two years. They'll have to get past one of baseball's best pitchers to extend it further.
Unbeaten Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Detroit Tigers in Kansas City on Tuesday night, looking to derail the Royals' run.
Kansas City (29-32) won Monday's series opener 3-2 on the strength...
KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have signed first-round draft pick Hunter Dozier for 2.2 million.
The Royals signed the 6-foot-4 shortstop for 937,800 less than the allotted 3,117,800 for a No. 8 selection. The money can be used to sign other picks.
The 21-year-old Dozier led the Southland Conference with a .396 batting average, .755 slugging percentage, 25 doubles...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning, Salvador Perez hit a two-run triple and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Monday night for their sixth straight victory.
Guthrie (7-3) limited the Tigers to a two-run homer by Miguel Cabrera in 6 1-3 innings in helping the Royals to extend their longest winning streak since they won...
Umpire Dana Demuth put a little funk into his out call when the Royals’ Chris Getz was caught stealing by Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the fourth inning Monday. One pump wasn’t good enough. Demuth needed several.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You know a team's fan base has faith when, barely two weeks removed from one of the most horrendous stretches in franchise history, it sets a TV ratings record. Even when facing "The Voice."
Maybe it's a hunger for winning. Maybe it's the return of George Brett to the dugout. Maybe it's the best pitching staff Kansas City has seen in...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Maybe the Detroit Tigers have to worry more about a team further down in the division standings after sweeping the club that is right behind them.
The Tigers have won four straight heading into Monday night's road matchup with a Kansas City Royals team seeking its first six-game win streak in two seasons.
Detroit (35-26) extended its lead in the AL...
The major league baseball amateur baseball draft has come and gone and there was an emphasis on family bloodlines. Time will tell if the selections were made because of the talent potential due to their family genes or if the team simply felt a loyalty to the former player. Regardless, here are the bloodlines that were drafted this past weekend.
Luke Farrell- Son of John Farrell...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Justin Verlander has not been very sharp of late, but he's still putting the Detroit Tigers in position to win.
The right-hander tries for a fifth straight winning start by continuing his success against the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Verlander (8-4, 3.71 ERA) has won four in a row despite giving up 32 hits and posting a 4.85 ERA. He has...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Max Scherzer won his ninth straight decision, and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 3-2 to snap the Royals' six-game winning streak on Tuesday night.
Scherzer became the first Tigers starter to begin the season 9-0 since Vern Kennedy in 1938 by pitching seven sharp innings.
He limited the Royals to three hits and two runs, while striking out six and...