Kansas City Royals News
A's third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had "no intention of hurting anybody" when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play in Friday's 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.
The benches cleared during the Royals-A's game in the top of the seventh inning after Brett Lawrie slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who injured his left knee on the play.
Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
One of the many things former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, now with the A's, looked forward to this weekend was getting his AL championship ring, which was presented to him during pregame ceremonies on Friday.
As the A's returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the crazy American League Wild Card game last year, the Royals themselves tried to remember all the details of that night.
Hard-throwing right-hander Yordano Ventura and the Royals will square off against A's righty Jesse Hahn in the middle game on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals on Friday recalled outfielder Reymond Fuentes from Triple-A Omaha and optioned outfielder Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Bubba Starling's double scored Jack Lopez from first as Wilmington walked off with a win in the home opener at Frawley Stadium.
The Royals pride themselves on great defense. That's why it was so strange to see them uncharacteristically not make plays in a bizarre and frustrating third inning in an 8-5 loss on Thursday at Target Field.
Joe Mauer drove in three runs, while Kennys Vargas and Kurt Suzuki belted two run homers in the Twins' 8-5 win over the Royals in Thursday's rubber match. Lorenzo Cain homered and had three RBIs for Kansas City.
Entering Thursday, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was riding a career-high 17-game hitting streak dating to last September, not long after manager Ned Yost inserted Escobar into the leadoff role.
Omaha's three-game winning streak was snapped at Memphis. Luke Hochevar continued his rehab stint, striking out two while allowing a run, one hit and four walks over one-plus innings. Aaron Brooks (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) took the loss, with both runs coming in on a homer by Xavier Scruggs. Moises Sierra led the Storm Chasers with three hits, including a double. Jose Martinez accounted for all of Omaha's scoring with a homer in the second.
Just one pitch. That's all Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez would like back from the 106 offerings he made to the Twins on Wednesday night.
Kyle Gibson outdueled Edinson Volquez, and Oswaldo Arcia connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning to help lead the Twins to a 3-1 win and hand the Royals their first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Target Field.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said he was honored to put on uniform No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. "It's a special moment," Cain said.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios spoke calmly and thoughtfully about his frustration with losing time on the disabled list after being plunked in the hand by Twins rookie and Rule 5 pitcher J.R. Graham.
When the Royals used outfielder Jarrod Dyson as a defensive replacement last season, he primarily was inserted into center field with Lorenzo Cain then shifting to right.
Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.
The unbeaten Royals now will face their first perseverance test of 2015 after learning that right fielder Alex Rios will be out indefinitely with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand.
It's become abundantly clear that the Royals aren't ever going to lose another baseball game. Ever.
The Storm Chasers opened with a win at Memphis, breaking open a scoreless contest with four runs in the sixth. Brett Eibner had two hits, two RBI and a run. Reymond Fuentes added two hits and two runs.
The Royals could only have dreamed how well Kendrys Morales has fit in with the team as its new designated hitter.
Left-hander Danny Duffy tossed 6 1/3 solid innings, and he was backed by another strong showing from the offense to help keep the Royals undefeated with a 12-3 win over the Twins on Monday at Target Field.
One of the reasons it is so hard for Royals manager Ned Yost to rest catcher Salvador Perez for a day is what Perez means emotionally for the Royals' pitchers.
Six games in April won't add up to a hill of rosin bags in the grand scheme of things. On the other hand, the Royals look abundantly capable of successfully defending their AL crown based on the way they have performed across the board in a 6-0 start.
Alcides Escobar's three RBIs and the solid pitching of Yordano Ventura helped the Royals stay unbeaten with a 9-2 win over the Angels on Sunday for a three-game sweep. Halos starter C.J. Wilson labored in a decisive four-run second.
After Angels slugger Mike Trout slid safely into home in the sixth on Sunday, he got up and yelled something rather enthusiastically. Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who was backing up home plate, seemed to take offense and had to be separated from Trout. Both benches and bullpens emptied without incident.
Once again, the Royals are dealing with the Salvy problem. This, of course, is the ongoing dilemma of when and how to get All-Star catcher Salvador Perez some rest.