Do you know who saved the Kansas City Royals season?

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Kansas City Royals looked at their 86 win season and celebrated it as a "success" because they were comfortably above .500 and legitimately a part of the chase for the Wild Card up until the middle of September.  Many fans were happy to see them get hot and win a lot of games in the 2nd half of the season.  Others lamented the...
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dyson's hot bat means a few less swings for Cain -- and a lot more options for Yost

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the fourth time in the past five games, Lorenzo Cain did not start Monday night. Jarrod Dyson did. Cain wasn't exactly sure why. He said he is completely healthy. "You'd have to ask (manager Ned Yost)," Cain said. "I have no idea." Yost explained that the decision to start Dyson lately was not a reflection on Cain. "I'm just...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

After acing 'hard' part of the schedule, Royals now must handle the cupcakes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cinderella didn't just survive the gantlet. She went all medieval on its backside. The Kansas City Royals used Oakland, Arizona, San Francisco and Oakland (reprise) as a launch pad to the penthouse, a prelude toward scoreboard watching and October dreaming. Now comes the hard part. The cupcakes. Rows and rows and rows of 'em. "Suddenly, a playoff...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals End Streak, Blasted by A’s 11-3

It was a great run that boosted the Kansas City Royals from third place, and eight games back from the AL Central lead, to first place, and half a game up on the Detroit Tigers. Surely everybody knew that we wouldn’t win out. It’s a nice thought, but we were due for a loss, and this one came in embarrassing fashion. It was a night where not much could go right for the Royals...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

First-place Royals? Better start to believe it

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When the Royals rolled out of bed Tuesday morning and glanced at the standings, they saw something that hadn't been the case since many of them were in junior high school. Kansas City was sitting atop the AL Central and the playoffs were closer than opening day. After they won their eighth straight game Monday night, against AL West-leading Oakland no less...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

In the midst of a career year Cain asks: 'What's not to smile about?'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain simply is one of those hitters who is hard to evaluate. Physically, Cain has all the tools to be a highly productive presence at the plate. He is big (6 feet 2, 210 pounds) and strong and is among the fastest runners in the league. And when Cain barrels a ball, it explodes off his bat. "When he gets ahold of one, it goes...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Take the fifth -- the one inning Royals fans can't afford to miss

There is something about the fifth inning lately that brings out the best in the Royals, and the worst. We all remember that fateful fifth inning Saturday in Oakland when the Royals' defense imploded while giving up eight runs to the A's in an 8-3 loss. But before that, the Royals last Thursday came up with two keys runs in the fifth inning against Minnesota, forging a tie...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Kansas City Royals really a “2nd half team”?

A few weeks ago, coming out of the All Star break, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost told everyone he was excited for the second half of the 2014 season.  He noted that the Royals were in better shape at the break than they were in 2013 and that he felt like the team was in a good spot because the Royals are a 2nd half team.  That is certainly cause for optimism, assuming one...
Via Pine Tar Press
15 days ago  |  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...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Nori Walks Off, Royals Sink Indians in the Bottom of the 14th, 2-1

  This game didn’t see it’s first hit until the top of the fifth inning when Carlos Santana singled off of Danny Duffy. The first Royals base runner came in the seventh when Omar Infante singled, but was stranded. The first of two Royals runs came in the eighth inning when Mike Moustakas hit a little league homerun. It was ruled a double and a two-base throwing error, and was...
Via Royals Blue
26 days ago  |  Discuss

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
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians fall to Royals in 14 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- 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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Team Meeting Sparks Club, Royals Beat Sox 7-1

  Alert the presses: The Kansas City Royals scored seven runs tonight. Without Eric Hosmer (hand contusion) and Lorenzo Cain (rest) I was afraid that that would be a tall task for Kansas City. Alas, it was not. Mike Moustakas got the scoring started with a solo homerun in the second inning. The White Sox would rally in the fourth inning with a “Big Donkey” Adam Dunn homerun...
Via Royals Blue
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals call players-only meeting in Chicago, air it out

CHICAGO -- Just after 4 p.m. on game days, the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field is almost always filled with players milling around, munching on snacks or watching TV. But Tuesday around this time, the Royals' clubhouse was vacant of players. They had all gathered in a separate room in a players-only meeting to air out all that was on their minds. The meeting lasted...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew’s Diving Stop Starts Sick Double Play For Red Sox (Video)

Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals in the Boston Red Sox’s 6-0 win Sunday at Fenway Park. Lester received some defensive help in his final frame. Lester issued a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain in the eighth inning and Omar Infante followed with a ground ball up the middle. It looked like the Royals were on the verge of getting something going,...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals blow numerous chances, give one away to Red Sox

All season long, the Royals have talked about being a big "second-half team" and that no one should worry about their scuffuling through the first half. But the second half started out almost identical to the first, with an agonizing 5-4 loss to the Red Sox in Boston on Friday night. The Royals squandered a 4-1 lead and had a chance to bust the game wide open early and...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag No. 8: Recall Seager, DFA Ethier, Trade Gordon, Acquire Cain, Vin Still The Best

Mailbag! Send us more questions using the form to the right, or to thedodgersdigest at gmail dot com. Wayne: I’m mystified as to why Coletti doesn’t bring up one of the highly touted prospects ie. Seager to fill in for one of our veteran players when they go to the disabled list, even if it’s for a few weeks. If they play them every day then they would still see lots of pitches...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Offense, Umpire Dooms Royals as They Drop Game Two, 2-1

I’m going to keep it short and sweet tonight. Poor Danny Duffy. Danny Duffy made another fabulous start tonight, but it was soiled by the offense yet again. Duffy gave us six innings of quality work as he only gave up one earned run. It was an errant throw by Duffy that gave the Tigers their second run. Nine men left on base tonight. Nine. That’s absolutely pathetic. That’s...
Via Royals Blue
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Hitter's interference call infuriates Royals in agonizing loss to Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The frustration level is mounting these days within the Royals' clubhouse. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was visibly upset -- and his locker neighbor Jarrod Dyson was even more furious -- over one of the most controversial calls of the season, a hitter's interference call in the eighth inning that short-circuited a rally that seemed likely to push the Royals...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 14

Happy birthday, America. In preparation for your big day, I give to you some Boys of Summer that are most likely available on your waiver wire. They taste as good as apple pie and could offer you some fireworks in the near future. Note: Ownership shown as (Yahoo!, ESPN.) Owned in 30%-50% of Leagues Lucas Duda, 1B/OF, NYM (17%, 30.6%) Duda is finally starting to live up to that power...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain is the Kansas City Royals’ “Tacklin’ Fuel”

Coach Klein, "Bobby, I want you to think about all those mean people.  They're gonna be your tackling fuel." Bobby Boucher: "Tacklin' Fuel."CK: "We're gonna use them to play football."BB: "Tacklin Fuel."*           *           *CK: "Bobby, can you do this for me every single game?  Can you do this?"...
Via Pine Tar Press
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cain, Infante Lead The Royals Over Angels 5-4

Things got off to a roaring start today… For the Angels. A lead off homerun to Cole Kalhoun was not the least of our problems. A fielding error by Lorenzo Cain would lead the Angels second run of the game. More errors would cost the Royals as Cole Kalhoun reached base on an Eric Hosmer throwing error. Later that inning, doubled in Kalhoun to give the Los Angeles a 3-0 lead. After...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Infante's single in 9th lifts Royals over Angels 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Omar Infante delivered another big hit against the Angels, singling home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning to send the Kansas City Royals over Los Angeles 5-4 Sunday. Lorenzo Cain hit three doubles for the Royals, finishing with four hits and two RBIs. An error by second baseman Howie Kendrick set up the game-ending hit by Infante, whose grand slam...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals slam Angels behind Infante and a shutdown bullpen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What seemed like a possible cakewalk after the Royals bolted to an 8-2 lead wound up as tense and white-knuckling as most Royals games these days. And this time the Royals held off the Angels for a gritty 8-6 win Friday night in front of 35,461 fans, thanks to a spectacular performance by the bullpen, which shut out the Angels over the last five innings. In fact...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Flanny's Five: Seriously, Royals fans, it's not that bad

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the Royals open a three-game set with the Angels starting tonight at Kauffman Stadium they will be on the final leg of a brutal 13-game stretch in which they will have faced some of the toughest pitchers in all of baseball. So far, the results have not been good. The Royals are just 4-6, although they were 3-1 against the four Cy Young winners they faced...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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