Greg Holland notches league high 38th save

Getty Images The Kansas City Royals did not expect close Greg Holland to pitch Monday night as they entered the ninth inning with a five run lead over the Minnesota Twins. That all changed though when Aaron Crow surrendered a three run home run to Trevor Plouffe. Holland then was inserted into the game. Holland made quick work of Chris Parmelee on a ground out and Kurt Suzuki via...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Closer Greg Holland admits he’s fatigued but will still answer Royals’ ninth-inning call

The aftershocks from Greg Holland’s momentary lapses in Friday’s ninth inning were still apparent the next afternoon. Manager Ned Yost blamed himself for overusing his closer. Holland insisted he would continue to answer the call, even as he dealt with fatigue. His weariness manifested against the Twins in a lack of command. Pitching coach Dave Eiland remarked to Yost that Holland...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

“I Still Believe”…The New Royal Anthem

Over the past several weeks, The Kansas City Royals have been the hottest team in baseball. After taking 2 of 3 in Oakland, sweeping both The Diamondbacks and Giants and taking 3 of 4 in Kansas City against Oakland, The Royals arrived in Minneapolis with a record of 66-54-in first place in The American League Central. On Friday, August 15, The Royals held on and beat the twins 6...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Holland says he's fine, just in a 'lull' right now

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Yes, Twitter is the ultimate forum for overreaction. That is why you can't take too seriously the fan concern over Royals closer Greg Holland. Holland hasn't exactly been struggling. He has 11 straight saves since his last blown one, which came in a game the Royals won 2-1 anyway. But because Holland sets such high standards, there has been worry that...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Escape Ninth, Beat Twins 6-5

The Kansas City Royals now have a 1.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the American League Central, and if the season ended today, which it doesn’t, Detroit wouldn’t even be in the playoffs. In the first inning, Danny Duffy looked to be as sharp as a tack. In the third, it would appear just the opposite. After back-to-back singles, the defense fell to pieces. On a sacrifice...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Poised to End 29-year Post-Season Drought

In early June, it appeared that the Kansas City Royals would miss the MLB Post-Season for a 29th consecutive season. After losing 18 of 30 games in May, the Royals tumbled into the AL Central basement, with a record of 26-30, 6.5-games back of the Detroit Tigers. Fast forward two months and the Royals, powered by an incredible 15-3 run, sit in control of the second AL Wild Card and...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: On top once again

Closer Greg Holland and Catcher Salvador Perez have a lot to celebrate this season ( The Kansas City Royals took over first place in the American League Central Monday night for the first time since June and at the latest point in the season since they led the division in July of 2003. The Royals have currently won 8 straight games and are winners of 11 of their last...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals, 1st Place, Same Sentence II

Back on June 18th, the original Kansas City Royals 1st Place, Same Sentence post was created.  At that time the Royals have just won their 9th straight game and 12 of 15 in June.  Last night, they were at it again, beating the Oakland Athletics and going up .5 game on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.  This on the same day they acquired Josh Willingham from the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals down A's for 8th straight win, take over AL Central lead

  The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight game and took over the American League Central lead Monday night when Yordano Ventura outdueled Sonny Gray during a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics. The victory, coupled with a loss by Detroit in Pittsburgh, gave the long-suffering Royals a division lead at the latest point in a season since 2003. Alcides Escobar drove in a run in...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals take down A's 3-2 for eighth win in a row

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight game and took over the AL Central lead Monday night when Yordano Ventura outdueled Sonny Gray during a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics. The victory, coupled with a loss by Detroit in Pittsburgh, gave the long-suffering Royals a division lead at the latest point in a season since 2003. Alcides Escobar drove in a run...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals take down A's 3-2 for eighth win in a row

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight game and took over the AL Central lead Monday night when Yordano Ventura outdueled Sonny Gray during a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics. The victory, coupled with a loss by Detroit in Pittsburgh, gave the long-suffering Royals a division lead at the latest point in a season since 2003. Alcides Escobar drove in a run...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

On Nebraska Night at Kauffman Stadium, ex-Husker Alex Gordon homers as Royals beat Giants 5-0

At this rate, the Royals need to add some more promotions to their schedule. A Western Carolina night for Greg Holland. Cal State Fullerton day for Christian Colon. Southwest Mississippi Community College weekend for Jarrod Dyson. The college promotions continued to pay off Saturday as the Royals stayed red-hot with a 5-0 triumph over the Giants in front of 35,114 at Kauffman Stadium...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pen to Win, Royals Win 4-2

        Greg Holland got his 100th career save tonight in a 4-2 win, so that’s a huge accomplishment for him. Jason Vargas was very solid over five innings of work, and only allowed two earned runs while striking out five San Francisco batters. Both Giants runs were scored in the third inning when Joaquin Arias doubled in Pablo Sandoval to put San Fran on the board. Matt Duffy...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Holland gets career save No. 100 as Royals win fifth straight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Make that five straight and 13 of 16 as the Royals' train kept rolling Friday night with a tense, 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Closer Greg Holland, who notched his 100th career save, put it simply: "It was like a playoff atmosphere out there." Indeed, the Royals battled one of the best teams in baseball in recent years, and squeezed...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals stay hot in 4-3 victory over Diamondbacks

The impulse struck Mike Moustakas mid-sprint. He could not deduce its origins. “I don’t have any kind of explanation,” Moustakas said. “It just kind of happened.” What happened was this: He dove into first base to beat out a double-play ball in the ninth inning of a 4-3 Royals victory, waited for a challenge from his dugout to overturn the call and pocketed his fourth...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Post All Star Game and Post Trade Deadline

Salvador Perez Royals -Photo Credit – Keith Allison The Kansas City Royals went into the All Star break with a record of 48-46. They had 3 players who were selected to go to the All Star Game in Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Greg Holland. Unfortunately Alex was unable to play in the All Star Game (ASG) because of an injury but at the same time Royals catcher Perez got to...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Face Tough Bullpen Decision

If the Kansas City Royals have a lead in the sixth inning, it's a comforting sight to look into their bullpen and see both Greg Holland and Wade Davis beginning to stretch out as they know the eighth and ninth innings will be their time to control the game. When they come in, the game is more often than not, simply over. I saw people leaving Kauffman Stadium last week as the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Opponents Sent to the Pen-itentiary

Since arriving in 2006 General Manager Dayton Moore has done one thing extremely well year in and year out. That's building a competent bullpen from which to finish off games. To illustrate this point the Royals have had an All Star closer on four different occasions over the past eight years of the GMDM tenure.Joakim Soria 2008 Joakim Soria 2010 Greg Holland 2013 Greg Holland...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals do their part in American League's 5-3 victory in All-Star Game

So, how much did the Royals contribute to the American League's 5-3 victory over the National League on Tuesday night that gave the AL the home-field advantage in the World Series? Well, a bit. Closer Greg Holland, like he has all season, did his job. Holland came into the game in the seventh inning for Boston Manager John Farrell's bunch, protecting a 5-3 lead. Holland got...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Royals selected to All-Star Game; catcher Salvador Perez to start

For the second straight season, three players -- catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Alex Gordon and relief pitcher Greg Holland -- will represent the Royals in the All-Star Game. All three players will be making their second consecutive appearances for the American League squad -- the first time since the 1987-88 seasons that the Royals have had three players named to the team in...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Vargas Leads Royals to Series Win over Twins

As they approach the time of year in which they saw themselves surge a season ago, the Royals completed one of the things that helped them make their climb in 2013 – winning games against the Twins. Behind Jason Vargas (8-3) and a dominant bullpen, Kansas City earned their first shutout in Minnesota since 2006. The Royals’ southpaw was sharp and consistent the whole way through...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #6 Owens Brings Believer Into Fold

McGraw turned a bullpen from worst to first and led them to the 1980 World Series. Most modern Major League general managers will tell you that one of the keys to staying under budget while fielding a competitive team is spending wisely on relief pitching. These days, Jonathan Papelbon’s four-year, $62 million pact gets a lot of, deserved, flack for perhaps being too long, too...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners hang on to beat the Royals, 7-5

Brad Miller will get the headlines, and rightfully so. After all, it was his solo home run off Royals closer Greg Holland that broke a tie in the ninth inning and propelled the Mariners to a 7-5 victory Friday. “What a swing by Miller,” first baseman Logan Morrison said. “Oh, my goodness. They don’t get much bigger than that.” But it was the toil of reliever Charlie Furbush...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals lose in home sellout

When the Royals lose, a Kansas City steak never fails credit: Kansas City Steak Company Google+ The Kansas City Royals fell to the Seattle Mariners 7-5 at Kauffman Stadium and put a damper on their spotlight, which had been shining since their recent 10-game winning streak, their longest since 1994. The game was symbolic of their transitory week. Kauffman stadium sold out for the...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners rattle Holland in the ninth and boot Royals from first place

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The one thing still missing from the Royals' recent surge is a huge pull-one-out-of-their-you-know-what win or a dramatic walk-off. The stage certainly was set Friday before a packed house at Kauffman Stadium when Alex Gordon came up with two runners on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, trailing 7-5. Gordon, facing Seattle closer Fernando Rodney, could...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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