Hitting Heroics: Pick your favorite game for Royals marathon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quick, Royals fans, what was the most thrilling offensive moment of 2014? Big Sal's homer in Tampa? The shelling of Chris Sale in September? That memorable four-hit day from Pedro Ciriaco? (Just kidding.) We want to know. Over the next four days you can help pick four great Royals victories of 2014 (regular season) to air as part of our Christmas Eve marathon...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Power outage a problem throughout baseball

Top Stories Jordan Bastian of believes that power among the MLB is down significantly from how it was a few years ago. According to Bastian, only 18 players had 27 home runs and only 11 had 30 home runs or more. That is the least amount of 30 or more home run hitters since 1992. Bastian also states how most chatter among teams is to get a big bat and watch the power numbers...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 27, 1974

1974: The Royals scored one run in the bottom of the 11th to tie the score, and then won the game with one run in the 12th, collecting a 5-4 win over Texas at Royals Stadium.The Rangers scored three runs in the second, and the Royals tied it with three runs in the third. After that, the teams remained deadlocked until the 11th.Royals starter Al Fitzmorris, who pitched all 12 innings...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wednesday Links: Home runs victimize Ranaudo, Red Sox

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor The Red Sox began their second to last road series of the 2014 season with a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Two Pirates home runs, and an unproductive offense spoiled an otherwise effective start from the 25-year old rookie. Pittsburgh backstop Russell Martin was the first to take Ranaudo deep, as his second inning blast gave...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough – AAA Championship Game

Photo Minda HaasOmaha Storm Chasers hottest starter, Aaron Brooks took the hill for Omaha in the deciding fifth game of the AAA championship game Sunday versus the Reno Aces. The Chasers right-handed starter had caught fire during the past month winning his last six starts with slightly over a 1.40 ERA to pace the Chasers through the playoffs and finish to the regular season. On...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.13.14

HR CALL: Brian Bocock (1,2), Pedro Ciriaco (1), Brett Hayes (1), Brett Eibner (1)  Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Brian Bocock 3-4   2 R  2 HR  3 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 11          Reno Aces 2            Series tied 2-2The Chasers offense slugged their way to a series tie. Fallin behind 1-0 in the 3rd, the Chasers would score 9 unanswered runs in...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.10.14

HR CALL: NONE Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Whit Merrifield 4-4 R  2B Omaha Storm Chasers 2                  Reno Aces 4                Series tied 1-1The Chasers could not recover from John Lamb's rough start. Lamb would only pitch 2.0 innings, giving up 4 runs on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out none. Clayton Mortensen came on and struggled...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.09.14

HR CALL: None Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Aaron Brooks  7.0 IP  4 H  2 R  1 BB  5 K  Omaha Storm Chasers 6                  Reno Aces 2                Chasers lead series 1-0Aaron Brooks once again pitched great as the Chasers jumped out to a series lead.  The offense jumped on Aces' starter Clayton Richard and chased him out of the game...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.06.14

A big inning would send the Chasers to the next series.HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (3) Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Christian Binford 4.0 IP 2 H 0 R  1 BB  4 K  Omaha Storm Chasers 6                Memphis Redbirds 2                    Chasers win series 3-1. A big 5th inning would propel the Chasers to their 4th straight PCL Championship series...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.05.14

Omaha took a step closer to advancing with strong pitching and an early home run.HR CALL: Paulo Orlando (1) Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Paulo Orlando 3-4 R  HR  2 RBI [caption id="attachment_12305" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo by Levi Payton[/caption] Omaha Storm Chasers 2                Memphis Redbirds 0               Chasers lead...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.04.14

Despite some late hitting and strong pitching Omaha saw their series tied up while Idaho Falls finished off their season.HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (2), Marten Gasparini (1), Luis Valenzuela (2)  Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Clayton Mortensen 5.0 IP  1 H  1 R  0 ER  0 BB  8 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 3                   Memphis Redbirds 4        ...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.24.14

The Affiliates would play multiple doubleheaders today ending with a record of 3-5.HR CALL: Francisco Pena (27), Fred Ford (2), Cameron Gallagher (5), Ryan O'Hearn (12) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Sean Manaea 7.0 IP  5 H  2 R  2 BB 4 K [caption id="attachment_28917" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Photo Jake Rose Photography)[/caption]Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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 08.11.14

With several of the affiliates off today they had a record of 2-2.HR CALL: None  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Niklas Stephenson 6.0 IP 3 H  2 R  1 ER  2 BB  8 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Pedro Ciriaco 4-5 R   2 2B  3B  Omaha Storm Chasers 7              Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8A back forth game would go in the opposite direction for the Chasers tonight...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.01.14

A good day for the affilaites with plenty of strong pitching performances. They went 4-3 today.HR Call: Francisco Pena (23),  Orlando Calixte (9) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Liam Hendriks 7.0 IP  7 H 2 R  0 BB  12 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Pedro Ciriaco 4-5  2 R  2B  3B RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 4                Memphis Redbirds 3Recently acquired...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamond in the Rough 07.24.14

The affiliates would go 3-3 today.HR Call: Carlos Peguero (13), Jose Martinez (1), Ryan O'Hearn (8), Pedro Gonzalez (2) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day:  Aaron Brooks 7.0 IP  6 H  2 R   1 BB  7 KPine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Ryan O'Hearn 3-4  2 R   HR  4 RBI  BB Omaha Storm Chaser 3            Memphis Redbirds 2          F/10A throwing error by Pete Kozma...
Via Pine Tar Press
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 07.20.14

A busy day for the Affiliates as they went 2-6.HR Call: Christian Colon (7), Pedro Ciriaco (2), Raul Mondesi (2), Fred Ford (8), Brandon Dulin (5), Ryan O'Hearn (7) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: John Lamb 6.0 IP  2 H  0 R  3 BB 6 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Pedro Ciriaco 3-4 R  HR   5 RBI   Omaha Storm Chasers 9             New Orleans Zephyrs 2The middle...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals News and Notes

Today the Royals welcomed back an OLD friend to the team.  Raul Ibanez was signed after being released by the Angels earlier this month.  Ibanez brings in a Royal slash line of .157/.258/.265 with 3 homers in just under 200 plate appearances.  Not exactly staggering numbers, but the career body of work makes me somewhat hopeful that the return to friendly confines will wake up...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals bring back familiar face in Ibanez; DFA Maxwell, Ciriaco

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seeking to improve the Royals' bench, general manager Dayton Moore signed veteran Raul Ibanez, who resurrected his career in Kansas City, and called up utility infielder Christian Colon, the team's top pick in 2010. Ibanez, 42, will give the Royals a veteran left-handed bat off the bench for now, as well as depth in right field, left field and even first base...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals at Twins: Series Preview

  The Royals escaped Kauffman Stadium by the skin of their teeth. After a 3-6 home stand, the team will look to bounce back on the road against Minnesota. To aid in their quest up north, they have added the likes of 2003 Royals alum Raul Ibanez as well as called up infielder Christian Colon, former first round pick. To make room for these two, the Royals announced they have designated...
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June 30, 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's speed...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

“Same Old Story”? Mariners budge Royals as Skid hits Three Games

“Same old Royals”? Possibly. However, I wouldn’t be so quick to put the Royals jersey that you dug out last week back in the closet for the rest of the summer. Facing his former team, Jason Vargas was terrific for 8 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, the Royals and Ned Yost had asked him to go a full nine, and the order was just a bit too much for Vargas to handle. Vargas was coming...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals rally to beat Blue Jays 8-6 in 10

TORONTO -- Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion to beat the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday night, snapping Toronto's winning streak at nine games. Facing Todd Redmond (0-4), Alcides Escobar singled to begin the 10th. Pedro Ciriaco was hit on the front of the helmet while squaring to bunt and Nori Aoki...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #49: Rally monkeys everywhere – Angels 4, Royals 3

We’ve officially reached the stage of the season in which the Angels have come from behind so frequently and so effectively, that I merely shrug when they fall behind early. It has been a few years since I’ve gotten that feeling about this club, but it is in full effect right now. Perhaps they learned how to do it after watching it done against them and their bullpen for so many...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals suffer stinging 4-3 loss in series finale at Anaheim

Yet another loss that is going to sting. The Royals seemingly had a win and the series locked up as they held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. With the Royals' bullpen, those types of leads are almost automatically converted into wins. Not this time. A ground-ball double by the Angels' Mike Trout off right-hander Kelvin Herrera in the seventh made it 3-1, and a two...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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