Aoki's 14th-inning hit lifts Royals over Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night. Cain opened the 14th with an infield single and stole second before Aoki delivered the winning hit off John Axford on a full-count pitch with one out...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers smack sinking Royals again, 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What was supposed to be a big statement series for the Royals going into the All-Star break has turned out to be more of a concession -- the Royals simply are no match for the Detroit Tigers at this moment. The Tigers continued their domination of the Royals in 2014, winning for the ninth time in 12 tries with a 5-1 triumph Saturday night. Worst yet, perhaps,...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Drop Game 2, 4-3

Entering tonight, Jason Vargas was the proud owner of a 1.52 road ERA. I’d say that it went up just a smidge. It was not a horrible start by any means. Just short of a quality start, Ned Yost took Vargas out after throwing 5.2 innings of decent baseball. 1.68 is his new road ERA, which leads the league. Jason Vargas threw 5.2 innings while only allowing two earned runs. It wasn’t...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals, 1st Place, Same Sentence

As of June1, 2014, the Kansas City Royals were in last place in the American League Central with a 25-30 record, 6.5 games behind the 1st place Detroit Tigers.  Yesterday, the Royals beat the Tigers for a 2nd straight day, and now sit alone atop the AL Central in first place thanks to a 9 game win streak!#450791524 / gettyimages.comThe Royals improved to 12-3 in June, and have a...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Take Game 2, 8-4 Over Yanks

  I was going to write something along the lines of “The Royals Upend Yanks to Take Game 2, 8-3.” Since Michael Mariott is pretty much a AAAA pitcher, I was not able to do that.   Danny Duffy was solid through 5.2 innings. It was the 6th inning that really gave him fits. It was not until there were two outs in the 5th until Duffy allowed a runner past first. However, with two...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Mock Draft: Last Minute Picks and Predictions

The Kansas City Royals will enter the 2014 first-year player draft in an unfamiliar position for them.  Their first pick of the draft will come as the 17th pick overall.  The Royals have picked lower than eighth just once in the last nine years, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.  That pick, which was used to select Aaron Crow, came as the No. 12 choice in 2009. It creates...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Offense Back, Royals Lose 4-0 to Blue Jays

After last night’s brutal loss to the Blue Jays, the Royals would kindly ask of Jeremy Guthrie to take the series from our opponents across the border. The first thing I noticed about Guthrie was that his velocity was up in the 95-96 MPH range. Guthrie struggled a bit in the first, loading the bases with two outs. Guthrie would get out of it with 32 pitches being thrown, and no...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nori Aoki Gets Racked by Fly Ball

by John Viril— Nori Aoki may have won 6 gold gloves as a centerfielder in Japan, but in the United States his fielding is an adventure. You could make a blooper reel out of his awkward plays in the field for the Royals this season. Aoki’s goofy season in right continued Friday night at the Rogers Centre in Toronto when he attempted to make a play on a foul ball. Instead, the...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Ned’s Strategy Works as Bullpen Shines in 7-4 win over Angels

“Oh no”, I thought when Tim Collins trotted out for the 10th inning of the Royals’ Saturday night tilt against the Los Angeles Angels. “I QUIT” was the message that I sent to the Royals official Twitter account when Ned Yost put Aaron Crow in the game for the 11th. The argument is still out there on whether Ned Yost’s strategy of saving closer Greg Holland until his...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

How do you celebrate a 'balk-off' win?

One of life's greater questions, which we rarely get a chance to analyze due to the rare nature of the exciting event, is what is the proper reaction after winning a baseball game by virtue of a balk? It happened Wednesday when the Indians scored a victory -- and series sweep -- over the Tigers when Al Albuquerque was called for a balk with a runner on third in the 13th inning...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s Throw Fire: Comparing Ace Ventura to Zack Greinke

One of the common denominators under pitching prospects developed under Dayton Moore is that none of have been suitable to make the starting rotation. Jake Odorizzi could have been that exception, but he was traded before he had a chance to establish himself in Kansas City. Aaron Crow had to be moved to the bullpen. […]
Via Pine Tar Press
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Notes from the Indians' balk win over the Tigers

CLEVELAND -- Wednesday's 11-10 win in 13 innings by the Indians over the Tigers will go down as one of the crazier games at Progressive Field. According to STATS LLC, it is the first walk-off balk since July 4, 2011, when Kansas City's Aaron Crow did it against the White Sox. It is the first one in extra innings since June 16, 2011, when the Braves beat the Mets in the 11th...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals show fight but can't avoid another one-run loss to White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Back-to-back 7-6 losses to the Chicago White Sox suddenly has the Royals scrambling to salvage a winning homestand. The Royals, now 4-4 on the homestand, got just a so-so performance out of Yordano Ventura (six innings, seven hits, four runs), another disappointing relief effort from Aaron Crow (three-run homer to Adam Dunn) and not quite enough offensive heroics...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Fact: Aaron Crow IS a bust

The Kansas City Royals selected Aaron Crow as a top of the rotation starting pitcher at the University of Missouri with the 12th pick of the 2009 draft.  He was the Washington Nationals first round pick in 2008 (9th pick) but they were unable to sign him and he went back into the draft in 2009.  The Royals and their fans began salivating immediately, thinking about Crow as a guy...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gordon powers Royals to victory as teams pay homage to Negro Leagues

A day after Danny Duffy pitches the Kansas City Royals to a 1-0 win, left fielder Alex Gordon uses big day at the plate to help fuel the “Boys In Blue” to a 8-6 series finale victory over the Baltimore Orioles. A struggling Kansas City offense came into Sunday’s game with Baltimore, scoring a combined two runs over their first three games of the series. The  Royals offense...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen Has Dropped Off Slightly, But Still Solid

The 2013 version of the Royals bullpen was one of the best in the majors. Every time the Royals took a lead past the sixth inning, you felt like the game was all but finished. Aaron Crow and Tim Collins in the seventh. Kelvin Herrera or Luke Hochevar set up in the eighth. Eventually, Wade […]
Via Pine Tar Press
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Shields and the Royals shame the punchless Rockies 5 - 1

Facing these relatively unfamiliar foes from Colorado, James Shields, Wade Davis, and Aaron Crow shut down the vaunted Rockies' offense. The three Royals hurlers combined to strike out 12 Rockies while not issuing a walk until the ninth, when Neifi Perez Troy Tulowitzki became the Rockies' first baserunner since the fourth inning on a one-out free pass issued by Aaron Crow...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

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
April 13, 2014  |  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
April 13, 2014  |  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
April 01, 2014  |  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
April 01, 2014  |  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
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Put down the sharp objects, Royals fans -- we've got 161 more of these to go

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You're hotter than a ghost pepper. We get that. But put down the sharp stuff, take two steps back from the medicine cabinet and consider this: In Chiefs terms, we're pretty much five minutes in. As in, five minutes into Week 1 of the NFL season. One down, 161 to go. That's 0.6 percent of the slate. Or, if you like, roughly a third of a quarter of a...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 31, 2014  |  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
March 26, 2014  |  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
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