Kansas City Royals News
The Royals and Tigers, who sit in first place by a half-game, engage in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday that will go a long way in determining the fate of the American League Central. Justin Verlander and Jason Vargas will square off Friday night.
Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer and Alcides Escobar went deep for a solo shot as the Royals turned up the heat against AL Cy Young candidate Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Nori Aoki set the club mark for hits in a three-game series with 11, and Yordano Ventura picked up the win with seven outstanding innings.
Nori Aoki made Royals history Wednesday night with his 11th hit of the series against the White Sox, bypassing Willie Wilson (1980) and George Brett (1982) for most hits in a three-game series.
The Royals began their rubber match with the White Sox by winning a challenge to end the top of the first inning. Jose Abreu was initially ruled to have stolen second base, but officials overturned the call after Royals manager Ned Yost used his challenge.
The Royals and broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre will host the annual Gloves for Kids charity event on Thursday. The event, which benefits area youth, will be held at Kansas Sampler - Oak Park in Lenexa, Kan., from 5-7 p.m. CT.
To gain more flexibility in possible postseason roster moves, the Royals on Wednesday placed infielder Christian Colon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sept. 7.
As the final out of the Triple-A Championship Game landed in right fielder Brett Eibner's glove Tuesday night, Triple-A Omaha stormed out of the third-base dugout at BB&T Ballpark. The Storm Chasers had defeated Pawtucket, 4-2, to win their second straight title.
There was no happy follow-up to the Royals' magical footloose victory of 24 hours earlier. Just when a chance to dance closer to first place had presented itself, too. The Chicago White Sox ruined that ambition with a 7-5 victory on Tuesday night, keeping Kansas City from slicing into the 1 1/2-game lead that front-running Detroit holds in the American League Central. The Tigers lost at Minnesota.
With the regular season winding down, the Royals announced that potential American League Wild Card and AL Divisional Series tickets will go on sale to the general public today.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was named the Royals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award on Tuesday. The Clemente Award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
The Royals switched up their rotation on Tuesday to maximize their pitching matchups for the final 12 games of the regular season -- and possibly beyond. Kansas City slid Jeremy Guthrie, originally slated to start Friday's series opener against the division-leading Tigers, to Sunday's series finale, and bumped up Jason Vargas and James Shields to keep them on normal rest.
Danny Duffy had no shoulder problems in a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday, and the Royals left-hander is in line to start on Monday night at Cleveland.
Royals outfielder Nori Aoki, who was brought in to infuse his speed and on-base abilities at the top of the order, reached base five times in sparking the Royals' thrilling 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox on Monday night.
And so on Monday night, the Royals played one of those games in which an entire season of hope flashed before their eyes. They began the day having lost five of seven to slip to 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. With the Tigers having won six of seven at the beginning of the day, the Royals understood what's at stake.
Kyle Zimmer has thrown four scoreless innings for the Storm Chasers, helping them win the Pacific Coast League and reach Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship Game against Pawtucket, the International League champions.
Down to its last strike in Game 4 of the Governors' Cup on Friday at Durham, Pawtucket rallied. Newly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo hit an RBI single to tie the game and Pawtucket went on to win in 13 innings. It won again the next day in Game 5 to claim the International League title for the first time since 2012.
Billy Butler, absent from the Royals' lineup in seven of their previous nine games, returned to his familiar designated hitter role in Monday night's 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox. Butler, who went 0-for-3, has just one hit in his last 29 at-bats.
Pinch-runners Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore scored the tying and winning runs as Lorenzo Cain's infield single capped the Royals' wild 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox on Monday night.
Right-hander Aaron Brooks pitched a complete-game two-hitter as Triple-A Omaha beat the Reno Aces, 4-0, on Sunday to win the Pacific Coast League Championship Series, 3-2.
Relieving Jason Vargas in a tight spot, Aaron Crow gave up a go-ahead grand slam as the Royals fell to the Red Sox, 8-4, on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
No big surprise that the Royals' revised batting order, which erupted for a 7-1 victory over Boston on Saturday night, remained intact for Sunday's game.
A group of title-winning 13-year-old baseball players were the guests of Royals owner David Glass on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Brandon Finnegan, the Royals' first-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, had retired all eight batters he'd faced since being called up to the Majors this month. But in pitching a scoreless ninth inning to finish up a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night, Finnegan surrendered a single to pinch-hitter Allen Craig.
Thanks to a new-fangled lineup and a stellar start from Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals cruised to a 7-1 win over the Red Sox to stay a half-game back of the Tigers in the American League Central.
Greg Holland seemed rarin' to go after his successful return to the mound. He pitched one inning against the Red Sox and struck out the side with one walk in Friday night's 4-2 loss.
Royals manager Ned Yost in Thursday's postgame scrum with reporters was asked about his use of Billy Butler and Josh Willingham as the club's designated hitter. But the question came from Joe Q. Fan, who wandered into the room and decided to join in.
Eric Hosmer's two-run jack behind Yordano Ventura wasn't enough as a three-run third aided by an error and a wild pitch hurt the Royals in a 4-2 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night.
A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 with remembrances of the heroism and sacrifices of that tragic day was held before Thursday night's Royals-Red Sox game at Kauffman Stadium.
Liam Hendriks went just 2 1/3 innings and the defense made three errors as the Royals missed a chance to extend their AL Central lead with a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox on Thursday night.
The celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is on, as Francis Scott Key's memory is honored for his poetic description of the "dawn's early light" of Sept. 14, 1814, at the height of the War of 1812. With that in mind, two centuries later, we go around the horn with nine things to know about the song that is now eternally connected to the Grand Old Game.