Kansas City Royals News
First baseman Eric Hosmer's injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha got off to a successful start on Saturday.
Awards are piling up for the Royals' Minor League system. Ryan O'Hearn, Idaho Falls first baseman, was named Most Valuable Player of the Rookie Pioneer League. O'Hearn batted .372 and had 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.
The joint should be jumping for the Royals' rescheduled Sunday night game against the Indians. Only standing room tickets are left for the 7:07 p.m. CT game at Kauffman Stadium which was switched from the afternoon to accommodate an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast.
Danny Duffy will try to get the Royals back into sole possession of first place, while fellow left-hander T.J. House looks to complete the sweep and bump the Indians up in the standings on Sunday night.
The Cleveland Indians ruined the Retro Night party in 11 innings, 3-2, dealing the Royals their fifth loss in their last seven games in front of 35,089 fans at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night.
The Royals on Saturday optioned Christian Colon to Double-A to make room for Jayson Nix, who had to be added to the 25-man roster after being picked up off waivers from the Pirates.
No. 6 Royals prospect Brandon Finnegan fanned two and allowed a hit in a scoreless inning, while No. 4 prospect Hunter Dozier led Northwest Arkansas with two hits in a 3-2 loss to Tulsa on Friday.
Left-hander Sean Manaea, the Royals' No. 3 prospect, struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven scoreless innings to lead Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 2-0 victory against Potomac on Friday.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will begin his comeback in game situations on Saturday. Hosmer hasn't played since July 31 because of a stress fracture in his right hand, but that's to end when he reports to Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals and Indians will take a few steps back in time on Saturday night when they wear 1974-style uniforms for their 6:10 p.m. CT game at Kauffman Stadium.
Left-hander Bruce Chen's often inspiring and successful six seasons with the Kansas City Royals are behind him. Chen was designated for assignment on Friday, one day after giving up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Jason Vargas' throwing error keyed a pivotal three-run third inning as the Royals' lead in the AL Central dipped to a half-game with a 6-1 loss to the Indians on Friday night .
The Omaha Storm Chasers gained a half-game on idle Oklahoma City in the division race and are 1 1/2 games behind with four to play. Aaron Brooks posted seven shutout innings, limiting the Sky Sox to two hits and a walk while striking out seven.
No surprise that Royals manager Ned Yost is already being asked his postseason pitching plans. He took a stab at it on Thursday, making the calculations during a radio appearance.
Postseason awards keep rolling in for Royals' Minor Leaguers. Center fielder Lane Adams and right-handed pitcher Andy Ferguson of Double-A Northwest Arkansas were named to the Texas League All-Stars.
Alex Gordon belted a game-tying homer in the seventh, but Bruce Chen was tagged for six runs in the 10th inning as the Royals dropped an 11-5 decision to the Twins on Thursday night.
The Royals claimed infielder Jayson Nix on outright waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, while reliever Scott Downs was activated off the disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks was also optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks allowed four hits, no walks, one run and recorded five strikeouts in seven innings of a spot start for the Royals in Wednesday night's 6-1 win over the Twins.
Royals manager Ned Yost emphasized that he wasn't being critical of fans in his remarks after Tuesday night's dramatic walk-off victory over the Twins. The game had an attendance of 13,847 and Yost took note of that afterward.
Royals assistant trainer Kyle Turner had ruminated about a "bloop and a blast" before Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon did just that to beat the Twins, 2-1, on Tuesday night. It also turns out that one of the Royals' batboys forecast the walk-off ending for manager Ned Yost in the dugout.
Liam Hendriks was solid for seven innings in a spot start and Nori Aoki delivered the go-ahead RBI single in a six-run eighth that lifted the Royals to a 6-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.
The Royals optioned right-handed reliever Aaron Crow to Double-A Northwest Arkansas to make roster space for Wednesday night's starting pitcher, Liam Hendriks. The move was one of convenience, with Crow sent down because he has a Minor League option remaining. He could return on Monday, after Northwest Arkansas' season ends.
Second baseman Omar Infante was out of the Royals' lineup with a sore right shoulder that's been bothering him for about two weeks and rookie Christian Colon was at second base for Tuesday night's series opener against the Twins.
Shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi is among five of the Royals' Top 20 prospects who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League. He'll be joined by former No. 1 Draft picks Hunter Dozier and Bubba Starling, along with Miguel Almonte, Sam Selman and Ali Williams.
Yordano Ventura felt a back issue develop after his last outing, and the Royals hope he can return after missing just the one start.
After Danny Duffy logged 6 2/3 solid frames, Alex Gordon's two-run homer gave the Royals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Twins on Tuesday night.
The Royals paid tribute to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on Monday, in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium.
Eric Hosmer stood in the batter's box on Monday afternoon and took some pitches. Literally took some pitches, because he's not permitted to swing at them.
Royals television broadcaster Jeff Montgomery was back in the booth on Monday night, making a quick recovery from hip surgery.
The New York Yankees dropped by to make up a June 9 rainout and beat the first-place Kansas City club, 8-1, with 31,758 boisterous fans enlivening Kauffman Stadium on Monday night. It's the first time the Royals have lost back-to-back games in 26 days.