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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last week's trading deadline came and went, and the man they call "Magic" remained a Royal, much to his delight, his teammates' delight, and the delight of the Twitter world.
In fact, Ervin Santana, a pending free agent, instantly went to Twitter when the deadline passed and tweeted out a huge "Yessssssss!!!!!!"
Santana's teammates express similar sentiments.
"Absolutely, we're glad to have him here," designated hitter Billy Butler says. "He's a big part of this team. We wouldn't be where we are without him, and we probably wouldn't compete too well (for a playoff spot) without him."
Santana, though, admits he really didn't think he'd be traded.
"I was very happy," he says. "But I wasn't that nervous.
"A lot of guys came up to me and said, 'Whew, glad you're still here!'"
What happens long-term with Santana is the obvious next question.
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by John Viril—
One downside of winning 11 of your last 12 is that everyone wants to become part of the show.
Since Kansas City hasn’t been in a pennant race since 2003, I suppose the fans at Kauffman Stadium don’t have much practice in how to deal with winning.
Take a hint from all-time NFL touchdown leader Jerry Rice, “Try to look like you’ve been there before...
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Justin Maxwell's clutch, eventual game-winning homer in extra innings in the Royals' 4-3 win on Saturday set off a celebration in the Royals' dugout that resembled a team winning a playoff game.
Maxwell's teammates jumped and hugged and high-fived each other with the type of exuberance rarely seen over the years in Royal land.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals fans have been waiting (begging?) for the return of left-hander Danny Duffy, and their long wait will end Wednesday night when Duffy will make his first start in over a year for the Royals against the Minnesota Twins.
Duffy has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he underwent last June. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since May 13, 2012, when...
by John Viril—
Dayton Moore is a Prophet.
Move over Nostradamus. Forget about Jimmy the Greek. Three weeks ago, Dayton Moore asserted that his team would “keep pushing” to win this season instead of selling off assets as the trade deadline approached. He insisted that there was “no reason” that the Royals could not win 15 of 20 games and pull into contention...
by John Viril—
Alcides Escobar is an offensive liability.
There’s really no way to sugar-coat it. Long considered a “glove-first” player, Escobar raised hopes by hitting a solid .293/.331/.390 line last season. One of the key questions coming into the 2013 season was whether Escobar could maintain his improvement at the plate.
The answer is a resounding NO.
Rather than showing...
Salvador Perez may not come off the 7-day DL in exactly seven days, but he is making progress. The Kansas City Royals catcher, who has taken more than his fair share of foul tips off his catcher's mask, was placed on the DL a couple days ago. However, he is making progress already.
Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says Perez is getting healthier and taking small steps...
After more than a year of rehab following Tommy John surgery, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is ready to make his season debut, pain-free for the first time since high school.
Duffy returned to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night to watch Kansas City play the Minnesota Twins. He'll get the chance to step on the mound on Wednesday when he fills in for Wade Davis, who went on the...
The scene at Citi Field during the 12th inning of the Kansas City Royals 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night, was anything but enjoyable for catcher Salvador Perez. As a foul tip ricocheted off the mask from the bat of Justin Turner, Perez was left with yet another in a series of recent blows to his head and jaw in the past few weeks.
Despite staying in for the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andrew Albers allowed four hits while pitching into the ninth inning in his major league debut Tuesday night, easily outdueling Royals ace James Shields and leading the Minnesota Twins to a 7-0 victory over Kansas City.
The first big leaguer from Saskatchewan in more than 20 years, Albers at one point retired 15 straight.
He was two outs shy of his third straight...
The Royals had a record-setting weekend on Fox Sports Kansas City. In other news, FOX scored a double-digit increase in overnights for MLB coverage, but did not fare well for primetime soccer. Royals Set Ratings [...]
Another night, another win, another high-water mark for Royals TV viewership.
Monday's 13-0 win over Minnesota game was the highest-rated Royals telecast ever on FOX Sports Kansas City, earning a 10.2 household rating in the Kansas City market. It was the second game in a row, and third in four days, to reach a new all-time high. Data is courtesy of The Nielsen Co.
The Royals continued their recent tear with a commanding 5-1 win over the Red Sox.
Kansas City jumped out to an early lead due to a sloppy 1st inning from Boston. Jon Lester threw a whopping 46 pitches and managed to escape with just three runs given up. The weak performance in the inning was aided by a horrendous display of outfield defense by the inimitable Jonny Gomes. On a routine...
All right let’s be honest: Who saw this coming? Anyone raises their hand and the rest of us are calling prairie chips.
We’re not just talking about the 13-0 bludgeoning the Royals put on the Minnesota Twins on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium — although who foresaw that?
There was much to note certainly.
Eric Hosmer established a career high with five RBIs with a two-run...
6:14 p.m.: David Ortiz is coming off back-to-back four-hit games, but he won’t be in Thursday’s starting lineup.
Ortiz will get the night off with lefty Bruce Chen on the mound. It’ll be Ortiz’s first day off since July 5, and Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup in his place. Gomes will man left field and Daniel Nava will play first base, while Mike Napoli will assume Ortiz’s...