Kansas City Royals News
Reliever Cory Wade was released on Wednesday by the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha. Wade, who was in Major League Spring Training with Kansas City, had no record and a 6.57 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Storm Chasers.
Jarrod Dyson is getting his first chance to see regular duty as the Royals' center fielder with Lorenzo Cain (groin) on the disabled list. Because of Dyson's great speed -- he's one of the fastest players in the game -- the bunt is one of his weapons.
Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz underwent surgery on his broken left arm on Wednesday morning in Cleveland. Kuntz was struck by a Salvador Perez line drive during batting practice on Monday at Progressive Field.
Mike Moustakas' go-ahead RBI single in the sixth after an early homer wasn't enough as the bullpen gave up a pair of late runs in the Royals' 5-3 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night.
Veteran lefty Bruce Chen brings a 7-1 career mark against the Cleveland into Thursday's series finale as Corey Kluber aims to help the Indians earn a series win over the Royals at Progressive Field.
Sugar Ray Marimon led Omaha to a matinee win over the Sounds. The righty struck out seven without a walk, holding Nashville to a run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
It's probably not fair to extrapolate numbers after just three starts, but if Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura keeps his ERA under 3.00 and his K/9 rate over 10, he could very easily give Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka a run for their money in the voting for this year's American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Missouri defeated Wichita State, 5-4, on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in "The National College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic at The K." Dillon Everett hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
Left-hander Tim Collins is getting closer to returning to the Royals' bullpen. Collins threw 20 to 25 pitches Tuesday under mock game conditions.
It's been a slow go for the Royals in the home run department. Through Monday's games, they ranked last among the 30 Major League teams in homers with six. The Angels led the Majors with 29.
Royals manager Ned Yost, doing a little reminiscing, recalled how slow his baseball career was to take off.
Since joining the Royals, James Shields has become quite the happy traveling troubadour with a dozen victories away from Kansas City. His latest win came over the Indians, 8-2, with Mike Moustakas pounding a three-run homer on a chilly Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
Omaha was held to two hits and a walk in a home loss. Francisco Pena singled in the third and Brian Fletcher added the second hit in the fifth.
Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz sustained a broken left arm after being struck by a line drive off the bat of catcher Salvador Perez during batting practice prior to Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Indians. Kuntz will undergo surgery on Wednesday morning.
At least no baseball struck the squirrel that cavorted on the field during the Royals-Indians game on Monday night. The same couldn't be said for a seagull that intervened in their game on June 10, 2009, at Progressive Field. In fact, the seagull proved to be in play in that contest.
Jarrod Dyson rejoined the Royals on Monday and was in center field against the Indians in the series opener. Dyson missed the home series against the Twins while on bereavement leave. To clear roster space, left-handed pitcher Justin Marks was returned to Triple-A Omaha.
With the running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, the tragedy of 2013 was a year away but it was remembered well by the Royals, who last year became witnesses and participants in the aftermath as they became the first team to visit Boston following the bombings.
Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar belted RBI hits during a three-run fifth, but Jeremy Guthrie yielded a pair of two-run home runs in the Royals' 4-3 loss to the Indians on Monday night.
Billy Butler is showing enough good signs at the plate that he might get back into his usual cleanup spot on Monday night at Cleveland.
Billed as "The National College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic at The K," Missouri and Wichita State will converge at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to represent the Southeastern Conference and Missouri Valley Conference, respectively.
This bullpen business seems to suit Danny Duffy pretty well. When he helped preserve Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins with two scoreless innings, it gave him a nice set of statistics for his first foray into relief work. In three games, he has thrown 6 1/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts against two walks and three hits.
Early season statistics can produce some oddities.Take right fielder Nori Aoki's home and away averages as the Royals headed into Sunday's game against the Twins. Aoki was hitting a rousing .448 (13-for-29) in seven games at Kauffman Stadium, as opposed to only .103 (3-for-29) in eight games on the road.
Prize rookie Yordano Ventura wanted to make his sixth big league start a sixth straight victory for the Royals. It didn't work out that way. The Minnesota Twins got to Ventura early and ended the Royals' winning streak at five games, 8-3, on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
After a rusty first appearance on April 11 at Minnesota, reliever Louis Coleman didn't pitch again until a week later. And when he faced the Twins to wrap up the Royals' 5-0 win on Friday night, he was much improved.
After a worrisome and completely uncharacteristic period early in the season, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is showing positive signs of regaining his old flair at the plate -- collecting two hits in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins.
There's been a warming trend sighted recently for the Royals' bullpen. Starting in the three-game sweep of Houston and continuing through two wins in the current series with Minnesota, Kansas City relievers posted 14 scoreless innings.
Bruce Chen gave up four runs in five innings, but the offense exploded for five runs in the fourth as the Royals extended their win streak to five with a 5-4 victory over the Twins on Saturday.
With Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson absent, Justin Maxwell, who shared a backup role with Dyson, was thrust into the starting lineup. Manager Ned Yost had to decide whether Maxwell or right fielder Nori Aoki would take Cain's spot in center field.
Utility man Jimmy Paredes was called up from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals on Friday. Paredes fills the vacancy left when outfielder Jarrod Dyson was placed on the bereavement list because of a death in the family.