Kansas City Royals News
Scott Feldman will start Thursday's series finale against the Royals at Minute Maid Park, facing James Shields, and trying to snap the Astros' three-game losing streak.
No. 3 prospect Raul Mondesi was 3-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday night for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and starter John Lamb had a rocky outing in the Omaha Storm Chasers' loss to Round Rock.
Kansas City's Mike Moustakas, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, hung around to hit his first home run of the season in the 11th inning and boost the Royals to a 6-4 victory Wednesday night over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Astros manager Bo Porter successfully challenged a safe call on Lorenzo Cain's leadoff infield single in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game against the Royals on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. After a two-minute, 54-second review, Cain was ruled out.
Right-hander James Shields will start for the Royals Thursday night at Houston instead of Bruce Chen, who has a stiff back. Left-hander Jason Vargas will move up a day to pitch Friday night at home against Minnesota with Chen starting Saturday's afternoon game against the Twins.
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was reunited with his high school teammate, Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez, Tuesday night.
Justin Maxwell and George Springer, who made his Houston debut Wednesday night, played together at times at Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Houston organization the last two years when Maxwell was in the Minors on rehab assignments.
The Storm Chasers posted their first shutout of 2014. Francisco Pena's homer in the second gave Omaha a 2-0 lead. Christian Colon added two hits, an RBI and a run.
Omar Infante led the Royals' mild charge, drilling a first-inning home run and later tallying an RBI fielder's choice to back up Yordano Ventura's solid seven innings as Kansas City took game one of the series, 4-2, against the Astros on Tuesday night in Minute Maid Park.
The Royals have hit just one home run in their first 356 at-bats and tallied only 111 total bases during that span. Entering Tuesday's game in Houston, Kansas City's .312 slugging percentage is last in the Majors by 21 points.
Hours before the annual celebration of baseball's first African-American player showed up on the back of their jerseys in the form of the No. 42, several Royals reflected on the former Dodger star's impact on the modern game.
Whether or not the Justin Maxwell sees the field during Kansas City's three-game set, the outfielder is just happy to be back in the place he called home for nearly two years.
The Blue Rocks received a strong start from Sean Manaea, who ranked fifth among Royals prospects by MLB.com, in a Wilmington win Monday.
What took place on Saturday at Target Field wasn't in the Royals' blueprint -- at least the latest revision -- for the 2014 season. Left-hander Danny Duffy wasn't supposed to pitch in relief.
Jorge Bonifacio, the Royals' fourth-best prospect, recorded two hits and three RBIs for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.
When is it going to happen? The Royals' previous 10 games didn't offer much in the way of scoring, just an average of 2.9 runs a game. Designated hitter Billy Butler says the club has too much talent not to turn things around at the plate.
The Royals will join all of Major League Baseball in marking Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday, in commemoration of his breaking the game's color barrier. Today's players have benefited because of the sacrifices made by Robinson and the African-Americans who followed him.
Jason Vargas was solid in his third start, but a throwing error by reliever Wade Davis enabled the Twins to rally for a 4-3 win over the Royals on Sunday in the finale at Target Field.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on Saturday introduced four members of the inaugural class of the "Hall of Game," the museum's tribute to MLB stars who played the game with the same passion, determination, flair and skill as the heroes of the Negro Leagues. Inductees Lou Brock, Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield attended the event. Roberto Clemente Jr. represented his father. Roy Firestone served as the emcee.
Royals No. 12 prospect Christian Binford struck out 10 batters over seven innings in the Wilmington Blue Rocks' victory on Saturday.
It was something different on Saturday when Danny Duffy relieved James Shields in the sixth inning during a 7-1 loss to the Twins. But Duffy reeled through all seven batters he faced, struck out three and used 45 pitches to do it.
Danny Duffy's latest turnabout came on Saturday when he rushed to Target Field and fired 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief for the Royals in a 7-1 loss. He was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and second baseman Johnny Giavotella was optioned to the same club.
Right-hander James Shields labored in a six-run second -- all unearned -- as the Royals committed two costly errors in a 7-1 loss to the Twins on Saturday at Target Field.
Matt Fields recorded a single in the Triple-A Storm Chasers' 5-4 victory, and the first baseman has hit safely in all nine games this season.
Omar Infante got through batting practice all right and was in the Royals' starting lineup against the Twins on Friday night. Infante returned after missing just two games after being struck in the face by a pitch on Monday night by Tampa Bay's Heath Bell.
Left-hander Danny Duffy was held out of his scheduled start for Triple-A Omaha on Friday at the Kansas City organization's request, according to the Omaha World Herald. That could indicate a recall to the Royals for Duffy.
Veteran southpaw Bruce Chen was tagged for six runs in just 3 2/3 innings as the Royals dropped a 10-1 decision to the Twins on Friday in the series opener at Target Field.
The Royals on Friday signed right-handed pitcher Kameron Loe to a Minor League contract. He'll begin with Triple-A Omaha.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas lost an error, but pitcher Bruce Chen added an earned run to his ledger as the result of a scoring change in the Royals' 4-3 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
Lorenzo Cain is a center fielder par excellence, a far-ranging wizard on a Royals team known for its defensive wizardry. "I had to work at it. God gave me the gift to be able to run down balls the way I do and to track balls -- and definitely gave me speed," Cain said.