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Royals shortstop Escobar exits, injured by late Lawrie slide

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg Friday night after Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid into him in a play at second base. Josh Reddick had lined a pitch off pitcher Kelvin Herrera with one out in the seventh inning, and it bounced toward third baseman Mike Moustakas. He shoveled the ball to Escobar at...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals recall Fuentes from Omaha, option Gore to NW Arkansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have recalled outfielder Reymond Fuentes from Triple-A Omaha and optioned outfielder Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Kansas City announced the moves before opening a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. The 24-year-old Fuentes was acquired from San Diego last November for minor league pitcher Kyle Bartsch...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

What to Make of the Kansas City Royals’ Hot Start

The Kansas City Royals had a majestic 2014 Season. KC not only reached the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, but the team was also crowned Champions of the American League during their regal pennant run. Their miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Oakland Athletics in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game will go... The post What to Make of the Kansas City Royals’ Hot Start...
Via The Garbage Time
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Moustakas Elected to Naturals Hall of Fame

SPRINGDALE, AR – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals proudly announce that Mike Moustakas, a member of the 2010 Naturals and current Kansas City Royals third baseman, has been elected as the third inductee into the Naturals Hall of Fame. Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 June Amateur Draft joins fellow 2010 teammate Clint Robinson and former Manager Brian Poldberg as...
Via i70baseball
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Royals vs. Oakland A’s, April 17-19

The Kansas City Royals take on their first victim from the 2014 playoffs as they welcome the Oakland A’s to town for a three-game series. While the A’s don’t have the same they did on that fateful night in late September, they are still a solid team with playoff aspirations. Last year, the Royals won […]
Via Pine Tar Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Wild Card Rematch – A’s at Royals

Billy Butler & Lorenzo Cain. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   Friday will be the first time that the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals will meet since the dramatic back and forth, that was the 12-inning 2014 American League Wild Card playoff game. It will be a Wild Card rematch with a few differences. Once again the two teams will meet at the Royals’ home Kauffman...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain Hints at the Next Step

With certain players, you just don’t get the usual questions. Lorenzo Cain is one of them. By our numbers, last year, Cain was just about a five-win center fielder. In large part, this was powered by a Defense rating close to +20. UZR and DRS both absolutely loved him, and frequently that magnitude of statistical […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keeping Perspective: How will the Royals respond to their first two losses?

  Perspective. "A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view."    If, at the beginning of this season, a wizard would have been able to gaze into a crystal ball and predict that the Kansas City Royals would be 7-2 after their first nine games (including a sweep of the White Sox and the Angels) most sensible Royals fans would have...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: April 16

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. The Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Boston at Royals Stadium. […]
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Stay Hot in 2015

Just like the end of the 2014 season, the Royals are hot yet again in the start of 2015. Since September 28, 2014, the Royals are 18-5 (Including postseason). During that span, they completed postseason series sweeps of the Halos and the O’s, were 90 feet away from tying up game 7 of the World Series against arguable one of the best postseason pitchers of any era in Madison Bumgarner...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals Call up Speedster Gore

Next Man Up.   The sign of a good (and well constructed) team is the ability to make personnel adjustments as injuries and performance necessitates.  With the injury to starting Right Fielder Alex Rios, the Royals are faced with their first real quandary of the season; how will they replace (even for a few weeks) a player that they banked $11 million on being a stable...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Were we all wrong about the Kansas City Royals?

Rushing to judgement about the success of a particular player or a specific team after only a week of the Major League Baseball season is always a rather questionable endeavor. This is particularly true in the event of declaring a team to be a contender or otherwise after such a limited sample size of games. However, in the case of the Kansas City Royals, that may not necessarily...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Picking up where they left off

Alex Rios and teammates celebrate Monday afternoon during at 12-3 victory at Target Field (kansascity.com). The Kansas City Royals began the postseason last year after their Wild Card matchup with the Oakland Athletics with an 8-0 record and two series sweeps against the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles. Fast forward six months and the Royals are doing it again. The...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

12 HBP for Royals batters this season. How should the Royals respond?

If you are keeping track at home, the Royals do not only lead the league in wins, but also in the number of times they have reached first base as a result of being hit by baseballs.  Here in the early going of the 2015 season the Royals have stepped up to the plate 291 times and out of those 291 plate appearances Royals batters have been hit by twelve different baseballs. ...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rios diagnosed with fractured hand

The news for Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Rios was not good. Rios has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand. Rios, 34, was hit by a pitch on Monday and suffered a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal. Currently there is no timetable for his return. With Rios out Jarrod Dyson stands to pick up a good share of at-bats against right-handers. Paulo Orlando stands...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rios fractures hand, no timetable for return

According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Alex Rios of the Royals suffered a fracture in his left hand. There isn’t a timetable for his return. He was hit by a pitch in yesterday’s game. You can watch that here. Alex Rios suffered a fracture in his left hand. He will be placed on the disabled list. No timetable yet for his return. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

When Should You Start Believing in Mike Moustakas?

Mike Moustakas was supposed to be the Royals’ savior. When he came up in 2011 he was hailed as the second coming of George Brett, just like Alex Gordon in 2007, and Eric Hosmer earlier the same year. The hype around Moustakas was insane. The guy got a standing ovation when he hit the on-deck circle before his first at-bat. Talk about pressure on a young kid. As we all know,...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Success Is Unsustainable Right Now

Since making the playoffs last season, a lot of attention has been paid to the Kansas City Royals organization. The team came 1 win away from making baseball history, a story that continues to be told today. In the off-season, KC stayed quiet, letting James Shields and Billy Butler walk while only signing medium-value players like Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales. Now a week into...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Skoglund Shines as Wilmington Blue Rocks Split Series With Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – A strong outing from Eric Skoglund coupled with some timely hitting led the Wilmington Blue Rocks to a win on Sunday night over Myrtle Beach. With the win, the Rocks move back to .500 (2-2) on the season as they hit the road, opening a three game series in Zebulon, North Carolina against the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night. Skoglund, a third round pick by the...
Via i70baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Bullpen Continuing Dominance of Last Season

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland delivers to a Chicago White Sox batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The Royals defeated the White Sox 7-5. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) The Kansas City Royals have a legendary bullpen. This concrete dose of truth was established to a national audience in October...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals sweep Chicago to open season

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the Kansas City Royals in terms of their success in the 2014 postseason. Through the first three games of the 2015 regular season, one can assume that a lot of that chatter has ceased. For a team that finished last in the Major Leagues in total homers, five different players managed to go yard in their first series. The Kansas...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Opening Day Observations

The Royals celebrate after Mike Moustakas’ first home run of the season on Opening Day (KansasCityStar). The Kansas City Royals opened up the 2015 season with a convincing 10-1 victory over the division rival Chicago White Sox. The two teams will continue the series on Wednesday as the first off day of the season is schedule for tomorrow. The team picked up right where they left...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Royals Prospects by Projected WAR

Over the weekend, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Kansas City Royals. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Kansas City’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Royals system who are most ready […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals have signed Yordano Ventura long-term

Don’t worry, Kansas City Royals fans – your young stud pitcher isn’t going anywhere. The club has agreed to a five-year extension with pitcher Yordano Ventura that guarantees him $23 million. The deal also has a pair of club options that can keep Ventura in Kansas City through his age 30 season. Sources: Ventura deal is for $23M guaranteed. 5 guaranteed yrs, 2 option yrs...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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