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Lookin' good in blue: Johnny Cueto joins Royals in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Cueto spent part of his first hours with the Kansas City Royals running up and down the steps inside an empty Progressive Field. He's already on the move as the team's new ace. Acquired Sunday in a trade from Cincinnati, Cueto joined his new teammates for the first time Tuesday and said he's excited about being a part of the AL's best team -- one he might make...
Via AP on Fox
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto dons a Royal crown upon joining Kansas City

As you might expect, Johnny Cueto is pretty happy about going from a fourth-place Cincinnati Reds club to a division leader and World Series favorite in the Kansas City Royals. Naturally, Royals fans are also thrilled about the right-hander joining their rotation and a drive toward the championship Kansas City was so close to winning last year. You could say Cueto received a… Royal...
Via The Outside Corner
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s successful in Ben Zobrist trade

The rebuild continues for the Oakland A’s. The KC Royals don’t want to come up short this year This time it’s Ben Zobrist leaving. Zobrist goes to the AL leading Royals, where he will replace a struggling Omar Infante at second base. In return, the A’s receive minor league pitchers, LHP Sean Manaea and RHP Aaron Brooks. Brooks was drafted in the ninth round of the...
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Royals reportedly acquire Ben Zobrist from Athletics

The Kansas City Royals are going all in this season. Just a couple days after landing Johnny Cueto, the defending American League champs have picked up super utility man Ben Zobrist in a three-player deal that should help the team maintain its standing atop the American League Central. Left-hander Sean Manaea and right-hander Aaron Brooks going to #Athletics for Zobrist, per ...
Via Sportsnaut
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: July 28

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Another big game from Hal McRae helped the Royals to their sixth straight win, a 7-4 […]
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Could Tuesday be Young's last start for Royals before move to pen?

The Kansas City Royals are looking for Johnny Cueto to make an impact in the postseason but his presence will first be felt in the starting rotation. Chris Young makes his case to remain among the starters Tuesday night when the Royals attempt to send the Cleveland Indians to their longest home losing streak in 40 years. Kansas City (60-38) has matched the best start in franchise...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Kansas City Royals trade rumors: are they done?

With the biggest trade of this year’s trade deadline under their belt, a case can be made that the Kansas City Royals are done making moves. The long sought after ace that the Royals were looking to acquire is now here in the form of Johnny Cueto. With the rotation mostly sorted out, is this the team that Dayton Moore will depend on to make it over the hump and bring a championship...
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Kansas City Royals Joe Blanton picks up second career save

When the Kansas City Royals signed Joe Blanton in the offseason this year, they were getting a career starting pitcher. Blanton retired after a disastrous 2013 season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in which he posted a 6.04 earned run average and a dreadful 2-14 record. Despite his retirement, Blanton was persuaded to join the Royals this year in hopes of helping them win...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
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Royals' 10-game road trip kicks off with visit to Sixth City

The last eight games between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians have been about as even as it can get. Both teams have won four contests and no team has won more than one game in a row. The Royals, however, have won five of their nine matchups overall with the Indians so far this season, including two of the three meetings in Cleveland. And if you are looking at one particular...
Via Fox Sports
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Johnny Cueto gives the Royals their ace in the hole

The Kansas City Royals finally added a true number one starter to their pitching staff. And as a result, they just may leave the rest of the American League in their wake. Johnny Cueto was the best right handed starter available on the market and the Royals acted swiftly and decisively to get him, sending three young pitchers to the Reds in exchange. The best team in the AL this...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Royals are seeking second base upgrades

The Kansas City Royals traded for Johnny Cueto on Sunday, but they don’t appear to be done yet. The team needs at least one more bat, and right now, it looks like they’re focusing on replacing Omar Infante at second base. The targets? Reportedly, Martin Prado and Ben Zobrist. #Royals showing interest in #Marlins infielder Martin Prado, sources say. Miami would need to include...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the prospects in the Johnny Cueto trade

Trade season is now in full swing. The biggest trade of the summer (so far) came down the pike on Sunday, as the Royals acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds in exchange for young, lefty hurlers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. As he often does, Jeff Sullivan produced a prompt and excellent write […]
Via Fangraphs
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With Cueto, Royals instantly become the team to beat

The Royals were searching for help for their rotation.  On Sunday, the Royals got it in the shape of Johnny Cueto Prior to Sunday, the biggest trade deadline acquisition in Royals history was (arguably) getting Jeremy Guthrie from Colorado in exchange for Jonathan Sanchez.  That all changed when the Royals acquired Johnny Cueto and cash from the Reds in exchange for Brandon...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Strike Early in Sunday’s Confidence-Building Victory

Kansas City Royals’ Paulo Orlando (16) Lorenzo Cain (6) and Alex Rios (15) celebrate their 5-1 win over the Houston Astros at the end of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley) Looking to capture their fifth series win of July, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Houston Astros by a score of 5-1 on Sunday and...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals add Johnny Cueto, relief for relievers

Here’s all the proof you need that the Royals didn’t need Johnny Cueto: up until this point, the Royals didn’t have Johnny Cueto. The Royals didn’t really have much of anyone in the rotation, and yet they have the best record in the American League, by a surprisingly comfortable margin. If Cueto were necessary, maybe […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Alcides Escobar Provides Walk Off Heroics in Low-Scoring Royals’ Victory

Kansas City Royals’ Eric Hosmer, left, mobs teammate Alcides Escobar with Mike Moustakas (8) and Cheslor Cuthbert (19) following his game-winning hit during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, July 25, 2015. The Royals defeated the Astros 2-1 in ten innings. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Less than 24 hours...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Weighing Options at Trade Deadline

KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 22: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) With the All-Star festivities in the rear-view mirror of the MLB season, postseason races will heat up, and the contenders will begin to separate from the...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Infielder swap: Royals recall Cuthbert, send down Coleman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert from Triple A Omaha and sent down infielder Dusty Coleman. The AL Central leaders made the move before Friday night's game against Houston. The 22-year-old Cuthbert played four games with the Royals earlier this month, hitting .333 with two RBIs in his first major league stint. He also played in the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Clock is Ticking: The Royals need for Starting Pitching

  Jason Vargas is done for the year, Yordano Ventura is struggling, and Chris Young is wearing down.  What will Dayton Moore and Ned Yost do?   I was sitting in the left field bleachers of Busch Stadium watching Chris Young and Salvador Perez do long toss prior to Thursday’s make-up game against the St. Louis Cardinals.  I noticed, on more than one occasion, that...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals connected to several top-flight pitchers as the trade deadline approaches

The Kansas City Royals are likely the best team the American League has to offer. A solid offense and a terrific bullpen have led the Royals to a 57-36 record, tops in the AL and second best in all of baseball. Despite this great record, there is one crucial element of the Royals roster that just might hold them back when the playoffs come around. Their starting pitchers are mediocre...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals put Jason Vargas back on disabled list, recall struggling Yordano Ventura

If you blinked between yesterday and today, you might have missed Jason Vargas come off the disabled list for the Kansas City Royals and Yordano Ventura get sent down to Triple-A Omaha. As of Wednesday, both players were back where they started at the beginning of Tuesday. Vargas was placed on the 15-day DL with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and Ventura was recalled...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yordano Ventura is injured, but can an average Royals rotation contend?

The Kansas City Royals sit comfortably at 56-36, which is the best record in the American League. That record hasn’t come with a little bit of adversity in the pitching rotation. The team announced on Tuesday they’re optioning opening day starter Yordano Ventura as the corresponding move to Jason Vargas coming off the DL. The move may be shocking, but it’s not surprising....
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals trade rumors: starting pitching edition

The MLB trade deadline is only 10 days away now. With the Kansas City Royals sporting the best record in the American League, they will be looking for ways to improve where they can. The starting rotation will be the focal point, but who exactly will we see don that baby blue come the end of July? The biggest name that is involved in the Royals trade rumors is Johnny Cueto of the...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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