It's time to turn to Herrera for Royals' eighth-inning job

Kelvin Herrera, the Royals' nation turns its lonely eyes toward you. The Royals clearly are auditioning for a bridge to closer Greg Holland, and considering how difficult it is for the Royals' offense to score these days, that job is now critical to the team's psyche -- they simply can't afford to blow the rare leads they get. Sunday's loss was a crusher -- a...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen arms can't throw a strike, spit up the lead in distasteful 4-3 loss

I won't say this is how bad teams throw away games, but this certainly is how struggling teams give away games. After a rare and remarkable three-run rally from the Royals' pitiful offense gave them a 3-2 lead in the eighth ining, the Royals' struggling bullpen immediately coughed up the lead. And what has to be frustrating for manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals 4- Chicago White Sox 3

The Kansas City Royals rattled off another win today against the Chicago White Sox. Behind 6.1 solid innings from Bruce Chen, the Royals scored the magical number 4 runs to achieve this victory,  This game was won on some timely hitting, and bad pitching.  The timely hitting includes the game winning run scored off a two out double by Salvador Perez. Alex Gordon Scored from second...
Via Royals Blue
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Win Home Opener Over White Sox

The Royals notched their first win of the 2014 season with Jeremy Guthrie getting the start, going 5 2/3rds innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. The top of the Royals batting order had a good day, with Aoki, Infante and Hosmer going a combined 8 for 13, setting the table for the Royals to string together a pair of 3 run innings in the 1st and again in the fifth....
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday Take — Royals Are Losers

It is officially baseball season. Words that I have waited to type for what seems like an eternity. The Royals lost their season opener in Detroit in true Royals fashion, squandering a 2 run lead in the late innings. It was excruciating for KC fans who, after waiting for months to watch their boys in blue, saw them stake a 2 run lead on Justin Verlander, only to see it ripped...
Via Royals Blue
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Fans, We’ve Been Here Before

An opening day highly disappointing loss, aren't we used to this yet?  Every year we as Kansas City Royals fans get all worked up thinking this year is going to be different, the Royals are going to be different, luck will turn our teams way.  Not only do we expect all of that to happen as fans but it seems we expect it to happen right away.  Is it 2003's fault?  We do...
Via Pine Tar Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals Lose on Opening Day

Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning of the game yesterday in Detroit, the Kansas City Royals led 3-1 and James Shields was pitching quite a game. I said at the time that I would have left James Shields in for the seventh, so I fully supported the decision for him to come back out to the mound. After retiring Victor Martinez, Shields allowed an Austin Jackson single and...
Via Pine Tar Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Just one game, but bullpen collapse could reveal magnitude of Hochevar loss

We all know the Royals' formula for winning. Get solid starting pitching, play Gold Glove defense, get a few timely hits and then let the shut-down bullpen do its job. Oops. That shut-down bullpen was anything but in the season opener Monday, a 4-3 loss to Detroit. Aaron Crow, shaky down the stretch last season, surrendered a run on a wild pitch in the seventh and gave up the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: No Need to Worry About Royals Relievers

Last season, the Kansas City Royals had one of the best bullpens in all of baseball, led by Greg Holland, Luke Hochevar and others. This year, the general consensus is that the bullpen would once again be a strength of the team based on the fact that most of the bullpen returns from last year. As spring training opened, though, the Royals lost Luke Hochevar to Tommy John surgery...
Via Pine Tar Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Season Preview: AL Central

In 2014, the American League Central will look to bring the World Series crown back to the division for the first time since 2005.  The Detroit Tigers made it into the Fall Classic just two years ago, and fell to the eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox last October.  The Tigers are undoubtedly using recent failures as motivation to reach the mountaintop this year.  However...
Via Off The Bench
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Bullpen Prediction

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports   My finale of predictions for the Royals roster for this upcoming season. I started with the rotation, then went to the position players, and now I finish with the bullpen. Once again, barring any more injuries or acquisitions this how I think it will pan out. Closer- Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow Tim Collins# Louis Coleman Wade Davis Francisley...
Via TopSportsReport
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Crow might have lost his setup role but says he still will contribute

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While there won't be many roster spots up for grabs for the Royals this spring training, there will be some sorting out in terms of a few players' roles. One of those roles in question will be right-handed reliever Aaron Crow's. For over two seasons, Crow has been one of, if not the, primary setup men for manager Ned Yost. Crow suddenly lost that distinction...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals agree to 1-year, $1.475M deal with Crow

The Royals have agreed to terms with reliever Aaron Crow on a $1.475 million, one-year deal that leaves Greg Holland as their only unsigned arbitration-eligible player. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if Crow is an All-Star, which he was in 2011. Crow had asked for $1.7 million and the Royals offered the same $1.28 million he made last year. Crow went 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 57...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals sign Aaron Crow, avoid arbitration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As expected, the Royals avoided arbitration with right-hander Aaron Crow, signing him to a one-year deal Friday. Crow reportedly will receive $1.475 million for 2014. Crow had asked for $1.7 million and the Royals had countered at $1.28 million. The only remaining Royal unsigned is right-hander Greg Holland. Crow, 27, was 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 57 appearances...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals re-sign Bruce Chen, who could be in the rotation mix

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals likely added to their crowded competition for the bottom end of the rotation by re-signing left-hander Bruce Chen to a one-year deal Thursday. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The deal will pay Chen $3.25 million in 2014 with a mutual option of $5.5 million in 2015. The deal will allow for Chen to receive a $1 million buyout...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

As Royals Caravan arrives, so do high expectations for team in 2014

Baseball starts for some fans on Opening Day, for others when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. For the Konrade family of Emporia, baseball arrived Wednesday when a bus pulled up in front of Bruff’s Steak House just off Interstate 35 and out came members of the Royals, including designated hitter Billy Butler and reliever Aaron Crow. Monica Konrade and her sons...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals reach deal with Maxwell, avoid arbitration

Outfielder Justin Maxwell and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,325,000, leaving closer Greg Holland and reliever Aaron Crow as their only unsigned players in arbitration. Maxwell gets a substantial raise from the $492,500 he made last year. He was asking for $1.7 million and the Royals had offered $1,075,000. Kansas City previously agreed to one-year...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Rumors: Bullpen arms highlight Royals trade chips

Blessed with a young, healthy and productive bullpen, the Kansas City Royals are making it abundantly clear that they are not opposed to trading one or more of their standout relievers. While young, controllable, middle-relief arms such as Tim Collins and Aaron Crow are obvious candidates to attract interest, the Royals have not ruled out dealing any of their relievers including...
Via MLB Injury News
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals have potential trade chips in bullpen

It’s a good bet the new contract that right-handed reliever Joe Smith signed with the Angels brought smiles to Royals officials — and not just because it gets him away from division-opponent Cleveland. Smith, 29, reached a three-year deal worth $15.75 million. If that’s the price of non-closer bullpen arms on this winter’s market — and not just another in a growing list...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Morales lifts Mariners to much-needed 6-4 victory over Royals

One swing of his bat and Kendrys Morales reminded folks still watching his Mariners why the team wants to bring him back next season. There are counter-arguments like his non-existent baserunning inability to field a position full-time and a pricetag that will climb to eight figures per annum. But Morales on Wednesday flicked his wrists and launched an Aaron Crow offering some 414...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Recap: Morales late homer lifts Mariners over Royals 6-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Morales hit his 18th home run to straight away center on a 1-2 pitch from Aaron Crow (7-5) with Franklin Gutierrez, who had walked, aboard. The Royals used eight pitchers, tying a club record for...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners beat Royals 6-4

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Morales hit his 18th home run to straight away center on a 1-2 pitch from Aaron Crow (7-5) with Franklin Gutierrez, who had walked, aboard. The Royals used eight pitchers, tying a club record for a nine-inning game....
Via Fox Sports
September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Cabrera continutes to put on show

This is not Broadway. This is not Hollywood. But this is where you see the best show in sports today. The balance sheets say the city of Detroit is bankrupt. It does not feel that way when Miguel Cabrera stands at home plate before sellout crowds at Comerica Park. Cabrera already has one Triple Crown, could become the first hitter ever to win two in a row, and singlehandedly transforms...
Via Fox Sports
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Cabrera’s walk-off homer gives Tigers 6-5 win over Royals

Aaron Crow just got Miggyed. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera continued to be inhuman Saturday night as his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th off Kansas City reliever Aaron Crow gave the Tigers a 6-5 win over the Royals halting a two-game losing streak. Starter Doug Fister went 6 and 1/3rd innings allowing three earned runs on 1o hits with 6 strikeouts to get the no decision...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Cabrera hits walk-off, Tigers beat Royals 6-5

Miguel Cabrera led off the ninth with a homer to right off Aaron Crow to win it. In a back-and-forth affair Cabrera doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth. Salvador Perez tied the score with a bases-empty homer in the seventh off left-handed reliever Drew Smyly. Prince Fielder put the Tigers back in front in the seventh with a bases-empty homer. Emilio Bonifacio led off the eighth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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