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Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Phil Hughes

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through 11 games 15 for 39 2-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Bullpen Returns to Winning Ways

by John Viril— The Kansas City Royals bullpen has mowed down opponents for the last week. As a team, the bullpen hasn’t given up an earned run in its last 18.1 IP.  They haven’t surrendered a run since allowing two unearned tallies in Wade Davis‘ blown save one week ago against Minnesota (also Kansas City’s last loss). The bullpen’s dominance has fueled the team’s...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Duffy and Davis Solidify Royal’s Bullpen

  If you have been reading Royals Blue over the past month or so, you will know how nervous I have been about the reigning MLB best bullpen. This spring the Royal relievers seemed to have lost their way.  Everyone from the incredibly reliable Greg Holland to Louis Coleman seemed incredibly hittable.  With such success the year before, and a battle for the starting rotation that...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twins' offense sporadic in Saturday road loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota. The way his bullpen has been going, there was no need to worry. Danny Duffy, Wade Davis and Greg Holland allowed one walk and no hits over the final four innings, and the Royals held...
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Kansas City Royals Reel off 5th Straight Win

The Kansas City Royals won their 5th straight game today with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in front of 24,000+ happy fans at Kauffman Stadium.  The story of this game was definitely the play of the Royals bullpen.  Bruce Chen and the Royals took a 5-4 lead into the 6th inning before turning it over to the Royal relievers.  Danny Duffy started things off with a walk, only...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chen takes the hill for Royals after having start pushed back

Although the pitching staff continues to shine during a four-game winning streak, the Kansas City Royals might have to rely on their resurgent offense if Bruce Chen can't reverse his fortunes against the Minnesota Twins. After having his start delayed, the left-hander looks to avoid his second loss in as many outings against the AL Central rival Twins on Saturday. Kansas City...
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Alex Gordon, Jason Vargas, Mike Moustakas help Royals blank Twins

These were the Royals of the preseason promise. Stellar pitching, outstanding defense and hitting that was timely and powerful added up to a 5-0 Royals victory over the Twins that worked on every level. Start with pitcher Jason Vargas, who delivered yet another solid outing. He hadn’t surrendered more than two runs in any of his previous three starts and was better on Friday...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jason Vargas: Lucky or Good?

by John Viril— Pundits snickered when Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore signed 31-year-old pitcher Jason Vargas to a 4-year $32 million contract. Most agreed that Vargas was a useful innings eater, and that the average salary was fair market value in 2014, but that Moore had overpaid by at least one, if not two, more guaranteed years than was necessary. Right now, Dayton Moore...

Royals grab fourth straight win, move into tie for first

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OK, so now that's four in a row for the Royals after that disastrous weekend in Minneapolis. And with their 5-0 win over Minnesota on Friday night at The K, the Royals vaulted into a tie for first place in the AL Central, percentage points behind Detroit. And just in case you're wondering, they do havde a wild-card spot locked up if the season ended...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Dyson on bereavement leave

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson was placed on bereavement leave Friday, and the Royals recalled utilityman Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha. Dyson, according to manager Ned Yost, will rejoin the team Monday. Players on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games and cannot be on the list longer than seven games. Paredes, who has minor-league options...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Duffy needs to Move to Rotation

by John Viril— Danny Duffy lit up radar guns in an impressive two-inning relief stint against the Astros Wednesday night, helping Kansas City take a 6-4 victory in 11 innings. Duffy pitched in the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings and struck out four. Forget about the 3 hits and one walk. His stuff was nasty. He regularly hit 98 on the gun with his fastball, and his curve made...

Kansas City Royals Must Quit the Moose Excuse

Photo Credit: Keith Allison       The numbers are atrocious. The numbers are abysmal. The numbers are alarming. Most of all, the numbers are empirical. They do not lie. They are not mistakes. The numbers I’m speaking of are those that belong to Mike Moustakas. Though these numbers are far from complete, they represent the starting point on a chart which is projecting to only...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Should we start worrying about Billy Butler?

Earwigs are weird little bugs. They’re long, they have pincers on their butts and they have these weird little membranous wings they rarely use. Some species of earwigs have been traced back to the Jurassic Era, and they live on pretty much every continent. You know where they don’t live? Anyone’s ears. The term earwig […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

At long last, Lorde finally meets George Brett, inspiration for ‘Royals’ (photo)

It was destined to happen at some point, but until Tuesday, the opportunity never presented itself. Thankfully, at long last, New Zealand pop star Lorde finally met Kansas City Royals legend and Hall of Famer George Brett. Of course, Brett was the inspiration behind Lorde’s Grammy-winning smash “Royals.” She told VH1 last year that a […] The post At long last, Lorde finally...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorde finally meets George Brett, inspiration for 'Royals'

The circle is finally complete: Lorde has met her muse for "Royals," George Brett.
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4 days ago  |  Discuss
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