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
7 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
7 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
8 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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11 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  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...
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16 days ago  |  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...
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19 days ago  |  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
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ready to lock down second straight series win with victory over Indians

Behind a productive offense and some outstanding work on the mound, the Kansas City Royals have been the best road team in the majors since the beginning of last month. Now the Royals have an opportunity to lock down their second straight series win on a nine-game, three-city trip. Kansas City seeks its fifth win in six games overall and 12th in 14 road contests Saturday night when...
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27 days ago  |  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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29 days ago  |  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

Selective Endpoints, Small Sample Sizes and Cherry Picked Stats

  A few of the more interesting stats in the Royals world right now:   Moose–Last 10 games .226/.314/.419 .734OPS — Since June 1st (return from AAA) .233/.291/.438 .729OPS Hosmer– Since May 10th .190/.230/.285 .515OPS James Shields– Since End of April (!) 4.77ERA BA Against .314 Alex Gordon–Since May 8th .310/.408/.513 920OPS Danny Duffy–Since becoming a starter 2.76ERA...
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June 27, 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

Aoki's role could be diminished when he returns from the DL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For over a month now, we have seen quite a bit of the outfield of Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain. It is, without question, the fastest, most ground-covering trio the Royals can employ, especially in the vast stretches of the Kauffman Stadium outfield. Manager Ned Yost knows this, of course. He began using that trio over a month ago specifically for...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals can't catch a break in final frame, drop heartbreaker to Dodgers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oh, my. You can't get much more unfortunate than the Royals did on Wednesday night. With the tying run on second and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Lorenzo Cain rifled a shot headed for the right-field corner and extra bases. It looked like the Royals had the scored tied 5-5 with the winning run possibly on second or maybe even third because of Cain&...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome Back, Zack: Royals Beat Dodgers 5-3

Welcome back, Zack! The Royals roughed up their former teammate for five earned runs in just 5.2 innings. The fans of Kansas City certainly did not give Zack Greinke a warm welcome. The same can be said for the guys we traded for him. Lorenzo Cain had two hits as well as Alcides Escobar. The hit parade got started with a Salvador Perez solo bomb to left field. Two batters later,...
Via Royals Blue
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Yost didn't want to, but he has shaken up the Royals' batting order

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals skipper Ned Yost never has been all that big on lineup construction. In his perfect world, he'd set his players in a certain spot in the order, keep them there the whole season, and then simply sit back and watch them produce. But the gnawing inconsistencies that plague the Royals' offense are forcing Yost out of his comfort zone. On Monday he juggled...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Don't boo Zack Greinke, Royals fans -- thank him for the pieces he brought to KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Boo Zack Greinke? After all he's done for you? There's Lorenzo Cain, tracking down another screaming liner in right field and making it look easy. There's Cain with another two-hit night, raising his average to .314. There's Alcides Escobar at short, keeping one of the best defensive infields in baseball water-tight. There's Escobar with another...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Cy Young winner bites the dust courtesy of the Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Guess all it takes is a Cy Young winner to show up and get the Royals' offense going again. For the third time in a week, the Royals knocked out a Cy Young winner, this time Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke, in a 5-3 win Monday night that snapped a four-game skid. Last week the Royals roughed up Detroit's Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. The Royals...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan takes first steps forward

DETROIT -- It would have understandable if 35,715 Tigers fans cringed when they saw Joe Nathan heading for the mound in the ninth inning Thursday afternoon. After all, Detroit only had a 2-1 lead, and the 39-year-old closer has a 13.50 thus far in June. And, the way the Tigers are playing, if anything could go wrong, it probably would. Fifteen pitches later, the worrying was over...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending June 18th

This week, we’ve got double plays, game-savers, and some history that was saved. June 12th, Diamondbacks vs Astros – George Springer can fly. Not once, but twice. Springer’s defense has been much better than I expected. I think the best part of the way he’s played in the field this season is how quickly he gets into a position to throw after laying out. June 14th, Angels...
Via The Outside Corner
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What the hell has gotten into the Kansas City Royals?

If you were to awake from a coma, and someone told you the Kansas City Royals had won nine in a row; the latest a pounding of incumbent Cy Young Max Scherzer in Detroit, you would swear you were being lied to. It gets better. The Royals moved into first place tonight in the American League Central. We’re not sure that has happened since this blogs inception. It definitely hasn’t...
Via Diamond Hoggers
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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