KANSAS CITY ROYALS NEWS

Jason Vargas: Lucky or Good?

by John Viril— Pundits snickered when Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore signed 31-year-old pitcher Jason Vargas to a 4-year $32 million contract. Most agreed that Vargas was a useful innings eater, and that the average salary was fair market value in 2014, but that Moore had overpaid by at least one, if not two, more guaranteed years than was necessary. Right now, Dayton Moore...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals grab fourth straight win, move into tie for first

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OK, so now that's four in a row for the Royals after that disastrous weekend in Minneapolis. And with their 5-0 win over Minnesota on Friday night at The K, the Royals vaulted into a tie for first place in the AL Central, percentage points behind Detroit. And just in case you're wondering, they do havde a wild-card spot locked up if the season ended...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins can't keep pace with Kansas City in 5-0 loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jason Vargas pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who followed up a sweep at the hands of Minnesota last weekend by sweeping Houston and then taking...
Via Fox Sports North
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vargas shuts down Twins, leads Royals to 5-0 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas pitched seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who followed up a sweep at the hands of Minnesota last weekend by sweeping Houston and then taking...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–April 18, 1984

1984: Jorge Orta blasted a three-run homer to tie the game in the eighth inning, but the Royals surrendered an unearned run in the 10th and dropped a 4-3 loss to Detroit at Tiger Stadium. Orta’s home run came against Tigers starter Jack Morris, who had kept the Royals off the scoreboard by limiting them to six baserunners in the first seven innings. But Don Slaught led off the...
Via Pine Tar Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Dyson on bereavement leave

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson was placed on bereavement leave Friday, and the Royals recalled utilityman Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha. Dyson, according to manager Ned Yost, will rejoin the team Monday. Players on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games and cannot be on the list longer than seven games. Paredes, who has minor-league options...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mixed Bag

#RoyalsFreeOut - We all know about the troubling number of double plays the Royals have hit into but they've given away plenty of other outs.  Checkout more in Flanny's Five via FoxSportsKC  Duffman - We have went up and down and around with Duffy's development but if the past two appearances are an indication then he will likely stay in the bullpen until Chen pitches...
Via Pine Tar Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Money Matchup of the Day – Eric Hosmer vs Ricky Nolasco

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through nine games 13 for 33 2-2b, 4 HR, 4 BB...
Via Pine Tar Press
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Flanny's Five: Royals giving away far too many outs via DPs and caught stealing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nice bounce-back series against the lowly Astros won't mean as much if the Royals fail to take care of business this weekend against the Twins. The Royals are gambling a bit with Jason Vargas and Bruce Chen going back-to-back Friday and Saturday -- something the Royals said they wanted to avoid because of their similar pitching styles. It won't affect...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Royals Blue
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

UPDATED: Royals Injury Updates: Lorenzo Cain placed on 15-day DL, Bruce Chen starts Saturday

The Kansas City Royals won an 11-inning affair with the Houston Astros last night and they'll go for the sweep this evening when ace James Shields (0-2) takes on Houston's ace, Scott Feldman (2-0).  The start was supposed to go to Bruce Chen but an injury has forced the Royals to make adjustments to the staff.Bruce ChenChen was scheduled to start tonight but due to a...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Danny Duffy needs to Move to Rotation

by John Viril— Danny Duffy lit up radar guns in an impressive two-inning relief stint against the Astros Wednesday night, helping Kansas City take a 6-4 victory in 11 innings. Duffy pitched in the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings and struck out four. Forget about the 3 hits and one walk. His stuff was nasty. He regularly hit 98 on the gun with his fastball, and his curve made...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Kansas City's Cain to DL with groin strain

HOUSTON -- Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Cain was injured trying to beat a throw to first base in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. He is hitting .333 with five RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games this season. Manager Ned Yost says Cain is: "still sore in his leg so ... we'll give him time to...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Money Matchup of the Day: Jarrod Dyson vs. Scott Feldman

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats through eight games: 13 for 30, 2 2B, 4 HR,...
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Patience, Royals fans: There are signs that Moose is coming around

So far during this young season, the Royals have been searching for someone to come through with the clutch, game-deciding hit. And perhaps the least likely of their sources -- Mike Moustakas -- came through Wednesday night. Moustakas' home run to right field in the 11th inning catapulted the Royals to a 6-4 win and, at least for now, rescued an otherwise dismal road trip. "...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Moose, Duffy come through in the clutch to help Royals top Astros

OK, so it's only mid-April, and we're not going to do the freak-out panic thing that most Royals fans have been doing in the first two weeks. On the other hand, this was a terrific come-from-behind win, even if it was against the lowly Astros. This was a win and a game that could give a big boost to struggling hitters such as Mike Moustakas, who slammed the game-winning home...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Must Quit the Moose Excuse

Photo Credit: Keith Allison       The numbers are atrocious. The numbers are abysmal. The numbers are alarming. Most of all, the numbers are empirical. They do not lie. They are not mistakes. The numbers I’m speaking of are those that belong to Mike Moustakas. Though these numbers are far from complete, they represent the starting point on a chart which is projecting to only...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago  |  Discuss

George Brett Met Lorde And No, Only One Of Them Is 60 Years Old

Via Twitter If you’ve been following the story close (and I’m sure you have), New Zealand teenager Lorde had a smash hit with the song ‘Royals.’ You’ve probably heard it. It turns out she got inspiration for the song from a photo of Kansas City Royals legend George Brett in a back issue of National Geographic. She had no idea who he was or what he did, he just had ...
Via With Leather
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should we start worrying about Billy Butler?

Earwigs are weird little bugs. They’re long, they have pincers on their butts and they have these weird little membranous wings they rarely use. Some species of earwigs have been traced back to the Jurassic Era, and they live on pretty much every continent. You know where they don’t live? Anyone’s ears. The term earwig […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The kid is learning fast: Ventura gets first win with savvy outing

The best part about Royals rookie Yordano Ventura getting his first career win in the big leagues Tuesday night? He didn't even have his dominating stuff. Ventura threw seven innings -- his longest stint so far -- and gave up just one earned run in a 4-2 triumph over the Houston Astros. He surrendered four hits, walked three and struck out seven. But Ventura did it without really...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorde Meets Her ‘Royals’ Inspiration George Brett (Photo)

Most of us know that “Royals” song by Lorde because we have heard it 4 million times on the radio. What you may not know is that song was actually inspired by Kansas City Royals legend George Brett. Here is the story from the Kansas City Star: Last year she told VHI that she saw a photo in National Geographic “of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and...
Via BlackSportsOnline
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro vs. Jeremy Guthrie

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats through seven games: 11 for 26, 2 2B, 3 HR,...
Via Pine Tar Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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