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The biggest move of the winter took center stage on Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals. No longer a team that is rebuilding, David Glass and company took steps this off-season to become contenders.
The top prospect in the organization was packaged away in order to get the one thing the Royals felt they needed more than anything else: a pitcher that could truly be an ace. In addition, they got a pitcher who possesses the nickname to define his role with the club. Welcome to 2013 Royals baseball, let us introduce “Big Game” James Shields.
Opening Day showed the fans exactly what they wanted to see. Shields took the mound and pitched like the ace that he is. He got in small bits of trouble, refused to be shook up about it, and fought out of the jams. He struck out six batters without issuing a single free pass. He battled, giving up eight hits and still managed to pitch six innings. He showed Royals fans that he was exactly as advertised.
Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera furt...
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CHICAGO (AP) Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.
The White Sox believe they're in position to make a run at the AL Central title even though they made no splashy additions while the rest of the division loaded up. They're off to a good start after a late fade...
This was something completely different, in a good way. Between 2000-2012, the Kansas City Royals used nine different Opening Day starters. Six times, that aforementioned starter worked fewer than six innings before getting the heave-ho. Five times, that aforementioned starter surrendered four runs or more.
Between 2000-2012, the Royals Opening Day "aces" averaged just...
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Alex Gordon nearly had the catch of the year after climbing the wall in an attempt to rob Dayan Viciedo of a home run Wednesday.
Viciedo was up with a runner on first, two outs, and his Chicago White Sox up 2-1 in the fourth when he belted a tailing fastball to left. Gordon was already playing deep and decided to climb the wall. He hopped on...
by John Viril—When I read that the Texas Rangers committed $131 million over the next 10 years to 24-year-old SS Elvis Andrus, I could not help compare this deal to the current contract the Royals have with their own Alcides Escobar.
Royals GM Dayton Moore got a screaming bargain.
The Royals control 26-year-old Escobar for the next five seasons (3 under contract with two club options...
Opening Day observations about James Shields, Jon Lester, Mike Moustakas and others.
It took a bit to find the game. After changing on-line streaming sites I finally found the boys. Not much to report through the 5th as its nothing all to this point. Bo Jackson threw out the first pitch. The first double play for the season can go in the record book in the 5th inning at The Cell. Chris Sale is looking relaxed and so far throwing 60 pitches total.Chris kept...
In light of Elvis Andrus' contract extension, I'll take a look at the contract of Alcides Escobar.
It’s only two games. It’s early in the season. It’s Chicago cold and damp compared to the hot, dry air of Arizona. Yes, there’s reasons to not worry about the Royals 0-2 start. But It’s the way they’ve lost those two games which cause concern, even this early in the season.
Opening Day in Chicago. James Shields pitched well, striking out six and giving up eight hits...
by John Viril—Here is a detailed look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Royals Opening Day roster for 2013.
Fangraphs.com rated Kansas City’s rotation as 22nd best in baseball. (I highly recommend reading their preview series using multiple projection systems to rank position group...