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The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
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.
He’s really been much better than his numbers.
Coming into the season, the Kansas City front office believed that Wade Davis had learned how to miss bats after his stint in the Tampa Bay bullpen in 2012. The Kansas City scouting staff was correct. Davis has posted an 8.0 K/9 and a strikeout rate of 19.2% this season, both well above his standard as a starter with Tampa Bay. Since Davis’ walk rate of 8.8% is close to his career rate of 8.6%, most analysts would expect him to show improved performance this season.
Instead, Wade Davis has been hamstrung by an outrageously high batting average on balls in play (B...
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(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...
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.
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The Royals are suddenly red hot, winners of seven of their last eight games.
Kansas City just completed a six-game winning streak and a change in the lineup may have been a catalyst for the recent surge.
Frustrated by a lack of success on offense and in the standings, manager Ned Yost reportedly sought help from the Royals front office in putting together an optimal lineup. After...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Too early to start using the term season-saver?
Maybe, maybe not. But there was no mistaking the joy (and relief) inside the Royals' clubhouse following their dramatic 3-2, 10-inning win over first-place Detroit on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals playfully splashed their now official rally sauce Billy Butler's "Hit it a TON" sauce...
A couple of weeks ago, the Royals were in their worst funk of the season. After losing seven games in a row by May 29 and with a 21-29 record, the Royals made a change and reassigned hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David to the Minor Leagues. In their place, the Royals hired interim hitting coach George Brett. Yes, the Royals legend George Brett.
At the time, it appeared to...
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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) After striking out his first three times, Lorenzo Cain came through in the ninth inning for the Kansas City Royals.
Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth and Eric Hosmer had a winning RBI single in the 10th, helping the Royals rally for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Cain struck out three times against...
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...
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 Royals right fielder David Lough makes a terrific diving grab to rob Miguel Cabrera of yet another extra base hit. And then his glasses fell off. No word on his shoes.
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Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander's seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking...
(AP) -- Home-field advantage has been critical over the last three seasons when the Tampa Bay Rays meet the Kansas City Royals.
That should mean the Rays have a decided edge since they are hosting this four-game series with the Royals that begins Thursday night.
Only two of the last 15 meetings have been won by the visiting team. Kansas City (30-33) has lost seven of eight at Tropicana...
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...
Something has happened with the Kansas City Royals. The butt of a lot of jokes through the first two months of this season, Kansas City is 8-3 in June and is now just 5.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. They rallied late to beat the Tigers last night, Detroit is still playing pretty good baseball, so Kansas City hasn't picked up a ton of ground, but after winning...