Royals Make Numerous Moves For September

September brings roster expansion to Major League Baseball. The additional depth gives the Kansas City Royals some flexibility as they look forward toward a possibly playoff run. The roster moves allow the team to bring Eric Hosmer back from his injury and some familiar faces to the roster. Here is the press release that the team sent out: KANSAS CITY, MO (September 1, 2014) ...
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Diamonds in the Rough 08.31.14

While most the Affiliates struggled, Omaha would clinch its 4th straight division title. The Affiliates had a record of 1-4 today.HR Call: Paulo Orlando (6), Johnny Giavotella (7), Eric Hosmer (1), Humberto Arteaga (2), Brandon Thomasson (2)  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Miguel Almonte 5.0 IP  5 H  2 ER  1 R  1 BB 5 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella...
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Diamonds in the Rough 08.28.14

The Affilaites would go 3-4 as the season winds down.HR CALL: Johnny Giavotella (6), Brett Hayes (2), Orlando Calixte (11), Humberto Arteaga (1), Kenny Diekroeger (4), Joshua Banuelos (3), Mike Hill (3) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Brooks 7.0 IP   2 H  0 R   1 BB  7 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella  3-4  2 R  2B  HR  3 RBI [caption id...
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Diamonds in the Rough 08.25.14

A rough day for the Affiliates as they went 2-5.HR CALL: Cody Stubbs (10) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day:  Glenn Sparkman  5.0 IP  7 H  1 R  1 BB  6 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Ryan O'Hearn (2 games)  4-6   2 R   2 RBI  BB  Omaha Storm Chasers 1                   Reno Aces 7The Chasers offense would struggle as they fell back into a first place...
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Number Munchers: Back to the Minors – Part 1

We as humans just cannot resist the bright, shiny and new. In the immortal words of the legen … wait for it … dary Barney Stinson, “New is always better.” New clothes, new cars, new phones, new people, new new new! We really don’t care that what we have is just fine and perfectly functional. We just want new. On June 7th, 2010, the Kansas City Royals selected Christian...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.10.14

The Affiliates had 2-4 record today, but Omaha picked up a big win late.HR Call:Johnny Giavotella (5),  Raul Mondesi (5) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Omaha Bullpen (Blake Wood, Casey Coleman, Louis Coleman)  7.0 IP  3 H  0 R   4 BB  8 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella 2-2 R  HR  2 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 4              Colorado Springs...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Moose Back in the Bigs

Photo Credit: Keith Allison Mike Moustakas has played eight games in AAA Omaha, and suddenly the Royals feel like he’s ready to be back on the big league roster. Almost anybody else. I would’ve preferred almost anybody else over Mike Moustakas right now. Heck, I would’ve preferred Johnny Giavotella at third. It has been EIGHT games, and while Moose has dominated AAA pitching...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pine Tar Podcast w/ Todd Gold of Perfect Game

After a rough couple games with the White Sox this week David and Clint decide to turn to 2014 MLB draft talk. What better guest to have on to talk draft than Perfect Game's scouting director Todd Gold who talks a few prep arms and college bats including some that the Royals could be intrigued by. Also David and Clint discuss the Justin Maxwell, Johnny Giavotella demotions and...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Goose’s Tuesday Take — Moose Crossing Edition

    In what was to be the most anticipated news following a Royals off day, many fans had hoped the  whispers that Mike Moustakas might be demoted would to come to fruition. It would seem it is all for naught however as Ned has stated he is most likely not going to be the casualty on the roster in the Royals desire to get another arm into the bullpen.  While his .147 batting...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnny Giavotella’s three-run homer rallies Royals to 9-7 win over Mariners

Johnny Giavotella cracked a smile as he rounded second base, moments after his three-run home run crashed into a railing above his team’s bullpen in left field. It was his first homer in more than a year in the majors, and it rung in a wild, 9-7 comeback victory for the Royals over the Seattle Mariners. “It almost felt like I was walking on clouds as I rounded the bases,”...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Escobar and Giavotella homer in Royals win

SEATTLE -- Alcides Escobar hit a grand slam and Johnny Giavotella added a three-run shot to give the Kansas City Royals a comeback 9-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Escobar had provided a 4-0 lead for the Royals in the second with his first career home run off starter Roenis Elias. But the Mariners rallied behind Dustin Ackley's two homers and Kyle Seager's...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 04.20.14 by Shawn Rebman

AN exciting game in for Omaha gave the Affiliates a 1-1 record today as Manaea struggled in his 3rd start. HR Call: None      Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day:  Chris Dwyer  3.0 IP  1 H  0 R   0 BB  2 K    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella  3-4  2 R   2B   2 BB       Omaha Storm Chasers 7      Nashville Sounds...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Roster Move: Danny Duffy Called Up, Giavotella Optioned

The Kansas City Royals continued their run of early season roster moves by supplementing their bullpen by calling up Danny Duffy to serve as the left-hander out there and sending second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Omaha. Giavotella was called up before Wednesday's game to handle second base while Omar Infante was recovering from being hit in the jaw by a pitch from Heath Bell...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gordon homers, drives in four as Royals beat Rays 7-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer and matched a career high with four RBIs, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays in their series finale Wednesday. Norichika Aoki, Johnny Giavotella and Billy Butler also drove in runs for the Royals, who have struggled to find offense all season. They had scored more than four runs only once in their...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Attention, Johnny G fan club: Giavotella recalled from Omaha; Royals go without a lefty in 'pen

With Omar Infante nursing his sore jaw a few more days, the Royals looked to Johnny Giavotella for immediate support at second base. But that means the Royals have only 11 pitchers at the moment.
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Attention, Johnny G fan club: Giavotella recalled from Omaha; Royals go without a lefty in 'pen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Johnny Giavotella fan club can rejoice. At least for a few days. Giavotella, popular to a certain segment of the fan base, was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday and immediately inserted into the second spot in the lineup as the starting second baseman. But caution: Giavotella's stay likely will be brief. Giavotella probably will be with the club...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Infante should stabilize second base for Royals

Second base has been a revolving door lately for the Kansas City Royals. So much so that Miguel Tejada started 22 games at second base for the Royals in 2013. To put that in perspective, Tejada had four career starts at second base in 14 previous seasons and over 1900 games. But Kansas City was desperate for someone to fill in at the key infield spot. The Royals tried six different...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

With signing of Infante, futures of Colon, Giavotella are muddled

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last year at this time, the names Johnny Giavotella and Christian Colon were on the tip of the tongues of most Royals fans. The hope then was that one or the other would take the second-base job away from Chris Getz in spring training. That's not the case this time around. Getz is long gone, but the Royals' signing of veteran Omar Infante to a four-year...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Omar Infante edition

Second baseman Omar Infante would be a great addition to the Royals in 2014.( The Kansas City Royals have had a relatively quite offseason up to this point. The most noise that has come out of Kansas City was the potential signing of Carlos Beltran, but failed to as he signed with the Yankees. It’s time to make a splash though, and second base seems to be the spot that...
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals September call-ups playing a different role this season

From September 1 to the end of the season, Major League Baseball allows teams to expand their rosters from 25 to a maximum of 40 players. Teams call up players from the minors to give them major league playing time, or to add depth for a team’s potential playoff run. For many years, the Royals were out of the playoff hunt by September. So to make games somewhat interesting, the...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals make series of roster moves for stretch run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have made a series of roster moves to bolster their bullpen and overall depth as they play for their first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years. The Royals, who began Tuesday 4 12 games out of the final wild-card spot, recalled pitchers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman from Class A Wilmington, where they were optioned last week. They also...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Potential September call-ups

by John Viril— As long as the Royals remain on the fringes of the playoff race, any September call-ups will be brought in with an eye on how they might help produce wins rather than “prospect development”. With that criterion in mind, I will try to anticipate who we are likely to see coming to KC from the minor leagues this September. The most obvious candidates are additional...
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August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Miguel Tejada seizes 2nd base job

by John Viril— The Kansas City Royals have struggled all season to find production at second base. They’ve tried Chris Getz, Elliot Johnson, and Johnny Giavotella at the keystone with 39-year-old Miguel Tejada as nothing more than an occasional fill-in. That is until Chris Getz injured his left knee July 27. Since that time, Tejada has been a fixture in the Royals lineup.  He’s...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals' Getz: 'We're still in it'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals second baseman Chris Getz is back, and he says he is ready to help the Royals make their move. Cue the collective groan from all the Johnny Giavotella fans. Getz was back in the clubhouse on Friday after spending the past three-plus weeks at Triple-A Omaha, and he said he believes the Royals are still in contention in the American League Central. The...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore is grasping at straws

by John Viril— Kansas City GM Dayton Moore knows that his time is short. You can see it in every move he makes and in everything he says. If Moore does not win soon, he’s going to be out of a job. That’s the only way to make sense of Moore’s latest roster moves and comments. Today, Moore sent 2B Johnny Giavotella and P Everett Teaford back to AAA, and recalled 2B Chris Getz...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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