ERIK KRATZ NEWS

The Royals and Patience Don’t Mix

With some exceptions, the Kansas City Royals have struggled to score runs throughout their history. If you don't believe me, I'll give you some facts here in a little bit on that. The Royals headed into the off-season following their World Series run with a couple edicts. The one we'll talk about today is that they needed to score more runs. As much as the 2014 Royals succeeded with...
Via Pine Tar Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals send Liam Hendricks back to Blue Jays in trade

  The Royals have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendricks one day after losing in Game 7 of the World Series. The 21-year-old Nessy appeared in 69 games for Class-A Lansing and Dunedin this season, hitting .231 with a homer and 28 RBI. He's spent the past four years in the Blue Jays' minor league system after...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals send Hendricks back to Blue Jays in trade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendricks one day after losing in Game 7 of the World Series. The 21-year-old Nessy appeared in 69 games for Class-A Lansing and Dunedin this season, hitting .231 with a homer and 28 RBIs. He's spent the past four years in the Blue Jays' minor...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz "Never Thought" Phillies Would Trade Him; Happy To Be In World Series

The Phillies were looking for pitching depth in the 2014 offseason. The team felt that they could get it in the form of right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. So, the Phillies shipped their backup catcher Erik Kratz and prospect Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kratz. While...
Via Philliedelphia
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Re-Sign or Release: Wil Nieves

Photo: USA Today The Phillies currently have 12 players on their 40-man roster “in flux”. There are four outright free agents, six arbitration eligible players, and a pair of players with options. We will review each of the 12 players starting today, reviewing the case to either re-sign the player, the case to release the player, and the final verdict of what the Phillies should...
Via Phillies Nation
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals keep same roster, Orioles add Matusz for ALCS

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals will enter the AL Championship Series with the same 25-man roster they used in a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ned Yost has an 11-man pitching staff, six outfielders, five infielders, designated hitter Billy Butler and catchers Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz. Baltimore's roster, as expected, does not include suspended first baseman...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals play pat hand; Orioles add Matusz for ALCS

BALTIMORE (AP) The Kansas City Royals will enter the AL Championship Series with the same 25-man roster they used in a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ned Yost has an 11-man pitching staff, six outfielders, five infielders, designated hitter Billy Butler and catchers Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz. Baltimore's roster, as expected, does not include suspended first baseman...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

AL Wild Card: Small markets, big rewards

The Phillies are out of the postseason for the third straight season. It stinks, but baseball will go on and I will be paying attention. It gets started tonight with the American League Wild Card game, or the play-in game. The Kansas City Royals, in the postseason for the first time since 1985, host the Oakland Athletics, a team much more familiar with the postseason in recent seasons...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians and Royals will try again to finish what they started

CLEVELAND --€“ When we last left the Indians and Royals game on Aug. 31, there was a deluge at Kaufman Stadium as the bottom of the 10th was about to start with the Tribe holding a 4-2 lead. Three weeks later and 794 miles from where it started, the teams will finish it before tonight's regularly scheduled game at Progressive Field. Mike Moustakas, Erik Kratz and Alcides Escobar...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians and Royals will try again to finish what they started

CLEVELAND --€“ When we last left the Indians and Royals game on Aug. 31, there was a deluge at Kaufman Stadium as the bottom of the 10th was about to start with the Tribe holding a 4-2 lead. Three weeks later and 794 miles from where it started, the teams will finish it before tonight's regularly scheduled game at Progressive Field. Mike Moustakas, Erik Kratz and Alcides Escobar...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians beat Royals 3-2 in 11 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Kansas City has lost three in a row to fall into a first-place tie with Detroit, which split a doubleheader at Chicago. Cleveland is just 3 1/2 back in the bunched AL Central. The...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

This Week In Tribe 8/26-31: Sweet Home Chicago, Kansas City, Hey, Hey, Hey

The Indians will wrap up the month of August in this upcoming week and it was a month of extremes. There have been two winning streaks and one losing streak of four games each largely due to incredibly good pitching (2.49 ERA, .211 BAA and 179 K’s) and a mediocre at best offense. The worst part of the offense was that they were able to score just two or less in eight different...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Salvador Perez to have MRI on knee

The Kansas City Royals fell to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. The loss dropped the Royals to 70-56, a game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Alex Gordon and Erik Kratz knocked in the only runs for the Royals. Kratz was starting for the injured Salvador Perez, out with a knee injury. Perez is scheduled for an MRI on his knee. ...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

One defensive misfire derails the Royals in Colorado

Pitching and defense have been the Royals' calling card all season. But a rare defensive miscue turned what looked like a victory into a loss as the Colorado Rockies scored four unearned runs in a 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday night. Third baseman Christian Colon, playing for Mike Moustakas, fielded a hot grounder with two outs and none on in the sixth and promptly threw the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Kratz, Vargas Lead Royals Over Twins 6-4

The Kansas City Royals just keep on winning. On July 21st, Kansas City had an unimpressive record of 48-50. Fast forward three weeks, and the Kansas City Royals are 69-55, and now have a two game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the American Central lead. Trevor May cruised through four innings, but hit a wall in the fifth inning. May allowed three walks in the inning, and all of...
Via Royals Blue
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kratz, Vargas lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kratz goes yard twice for Royals after knee discomfort sidelines Perez

MINNEAPOLIS -- The joy from taking three out of four games from Minnesota and winning their eighth straight series was tainted a bit for the Royals over concern for their All-Star catcher, Sal Perez. Perez left Monday's game -- a 6-4 win by the Royals -- because of discomfort in his right knee. Manager Ned Yost said afterward that Perez injured his patellar tendon as he came to a...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals evade Twins, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vargas, Kratz lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals evade Twins, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via Fox Sports North
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vargas, Kratz lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

5th Inning Dooms Royals, Lose 8-3

Back-to-back games when the Royals scored one run in very important games. The difference? Yesterday’s game was a shutout, and a shutout is a win 100% of the time. The A’s scored eight runs today, so you can’t tell me that they missed Cespedes…. For today at least. Today, they had no trouble scoring runs against a troubled Royals defense. At the beginning of the fifth inning...
Via Royals Blue
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals trade Valencia, designate Hayes for assignment

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night. The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals acquire Liam Hendriks from Blue Jays

The Kansas City Royals have acquired right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Catcher Erik Kratz is likely to headed to Kansas City as well, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.com. Like what you're reading? Subscribe for daily updates!* indicates requiredEmail Address * Follow @sprtsrumoralert
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #90: Love-Hate – Angels 8, Blue Jays 7

It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. It was, well, a game. By all rights this should’ve been a very exciting game. It was close, featured a late-inning go-ahead homer from a superstar and multiple lead changes. However, it also lasted almost four hours, had four replay reviews, 12 pitchers used, four errors, three wild pitches, two TOOTBLANs and one botched sacrifice...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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