Series Preview: Royals at Indians 4/21-24

The Indians are on a roll. Sideways on the ground in front of a bus, but a roll none-the-less. The offense has been depressing with the only bright spots coming from bottom of the line-up players, Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy. The starting rotation has been similarly disappointing, especially considering length of start. They currently rank last in the league with just 5.1...
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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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Two-Startapalooza — Week 4

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link. Before a big test, my high school history teacher would always announce that it would “separate the Dukes from the Chiefs.” Since he liked to be known as Chief, and he called everyone he liked Chief, I’m assuming that this meant that the “Chiefs” were the...
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Royals Sweep Astros -Fan 37

Photo: David Eulitt/Getty Images   The Kansas City Royals completed their second straight series sweep of the Houston Astros (dating back to last year) with a 5-1 victory Thursday night. The game was a pitched to near perfection by Royals Starter James Shields.  Shields had the most strikeouts for a pitcher dressed in Royals Blue since  Zack Greinke had 12 in 2010 and helped...
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James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The wipeout stemmed from a variety of factors: The hapless Astros themselves, a free...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ride three-game winning streak into weekend series with the Twins

While their pitching staff has started to build some confidence, the Kansas City Royals have put together their longest winning streak of the young season. They'll try to extend that run while exacting some revenge on a Minnesota Twins team that swept them last weekend. Kansas City goes for its fourth straight victory Friday night when it opens a three-game home set against the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

More like it: Shields, Royals slam the door on Astros for the sweep

Yes, it was only the Astros. But the Royals certainly needed the Astros after that awful stumble in Minnesota last weekend. And at least the Royals didn't fumble away a series against a lesser opponent (as they did last year in Houston). This time, the Royals took care of business. Or, more accurately, James Shields did. Shields dominated the Astros, going eight strong innings...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields strikes out 12, Royals sweep Astros 5-1

HOUSTON -- James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win Thursday night. Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. He got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak snapped in his last start at Minnesota when sloppy defense led to six unearned runs...
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DraftStreet Matchups: April 17 (Late Games)

Yesterday was a very good day for Team BaseballProf as we entered the $10,000 contest and placed inside the top 30 — twice! The net result was $100 profit between our two entries. Yesterday shows why I like playing DraftStreet so much: You’re allowed to make multiple entries so in tournament style play, where it’s always best to choose highly volatile (boom or bust) players...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Heck yes, it’s time to worry. Not panic, but worry. It’s just 12 games, but the way the Kansas City Royals have started the season has to worry you if you’re a Royals fan (or player, or coach, or front office type). It’s still early of course, and all the small sample size caveats apply, but there are plenty of things to be concerned about. First, the bullpen has been...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Second Tier AL Starting Pitchers

The second tier list in the National League was a mixed bag. We saw a cross between pitchers that some people would think would be tier one guys and guys that some people thought would be tier three guys. So, going through both lists was fun just to see what big names might fall out either way. Tier two pitchers are pitchers that finished with a fair run average (FRA) between 4.00...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Invade Royals Dome

Photo Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports I wrote last week that the upcoming string of games against poor competition was going to be a barometer for the level of play we can expect this year. I certainly hope I was wrong. The Kansas City Royals went up to visit the Twins of Minnesota, and for all intents and purposes, had their doors blown off, being outscored by a total of 21...
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Twins clobber Royals

Hannah Foslien, Getty Images After scoring 10 runs off the Royals last night, the Twins made a statement today, scoring 7 runs off Royals ace, James Shields. After a quick top of the 1st inning, in which Ricky Nolasco took the Royals down in order, it took the Twins little time to score off Shields, as Brian Dozier hit his 2nd leadoff home run of the year and 5th of his career. http...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

One bright spot? Duffy looks dominating in relief

It'™s normally pretty hard to find bright spots in a 7-1 thumping. But the Royals can at least take some comfort in the relief outing turned in by left-hander Danny Duffy during their pounding at Minnesota. Duffy, recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday morning, came on in relief of starter James Shields and retired all seven hitters he faced, three on strikeouts. It was Duffy...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Who are these guys? Kansas City Royals suffer rare back-to-back beatings

Whoa. The Royals certainly weren't expecting this kind of start to a nine-game stretch against the Twins and Astros. Much like Friday night, the Royals' game against the Twins on Saturday was over in a heartbeat. A six-run second, aided by two Royals errors, ended the suspense as the Twins romped again, this time 7-1. Couple that with Friday's 10-1 trouncing and you get...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Shields undone by defense as Royals fall to Twins 7-1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals. A day after getting his first RBI of the year, Mauer drove in three more runs against Kansas City starter James Shields. Brian Dozier had a leadoff homer for Minnesota, which has...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Solid all-around effort pushes Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals. A day after getting his first RBI of the year, Mauer drove in three more runs against Kansas City starter James Shields. Brian Dozier had a leadoff homer for Minnesota, which...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields looks to help Royals rebound in Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins were among the league's worst both at the plate and on the mound in 2013. While the pitching staff has yet to come around, at least their offense has been able to produce at times without some of their key hitters. Coming off their third double-digit scoring performance of the season, the Twins hope to get a better outing from Ricky Nolasco as they face James...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields looks to help Royals rebound in Minnesota

The Royals hope they can overcome their struggles at the plate from the opener in support of James Shields.  
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Royals' Shields: 'I'm not trying to hit Abreu there'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you're thinking that Royals starter James Shields plunked Jose Abreu on purpose in the sixth inning, well, he states adamantly that it wasn't the case. Shields drilled Abreu with two outs and no one on in the White Sox sixth. That came after Abreu had stepped on Eric Hosmer's ankle while crossing first base on a close play in the fourth inning...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals shut down by White Sox 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Sale gave up four singles in eight scoreless innings as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers each drove in a pair of runs as the White Sox won the series finale after dropping the first two games. Sale (2-0) struck out six and walked one. In his previous four starts against the Royals, the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals hope offense stays lively as they go for sweep of Chicago

Chris Sale got some of the worst run support in baseball in 2013. Against the Kansas City Royals, it was far worse. The Chicago White Sox will try to give their ace some offense to work with Sunday in Kansas City as they look to avoid a three-game sweep. It'll have to happen against No. 1 starter James Shields, who allowed just nine runs in six starts last season against Chicago...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals head home for opener against White Sox

It will take more than a couple of bitter, one-run defeats in Motown to make the Kansas City Royals feel any less optimistic about what could be a watershed season. The Royals head home from their season-opening series in Detroit to play the Chicago White Sox in their home opener Friday. Kauffman Stadium is expected to be sold out, and not just because it represents the first chance...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals In Familiar Spot

Last year, the Kansas City Royals dropped the second game of the year to the Chicago White Sox after Ervin Santana allowed three homers. The loss came after they lost the first game of the year 1-0 as Chris Sale outpitched James Shields. That put the Royals at 0-2 in a season that many saw as the year they could break their 28 year playoff drought and be really good for the first...
Via Pine Tar Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

3 in the Kee: Why this might be the most awesome Royals Opening Day ever

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hello, old friend. It's been a while. We've missed you. More than ever. No waiting. No teasing. No intangible greatness promised down the road. No spring of watching seeds being planted, no summer of amusing yourself with the visions of what's to come. It's here. It's now. The Kansas City Royals won 86 games last season, a 14-victory jump from...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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