Kansas City Royals News
With aces on the mound and two strong bullpens, the AL Wild Card Game has all the makings of a low-scoring affair -- one favorable matchup might be enough to swing the outcome. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the numbers that could make an impact, including some good signs for Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick.
Alex Gordon is the embodiment of the Royals' toughness. In addition to being an excellent player, he's the spiritual leader of a team that has finally reached postseason status. "I try to go about my business in the most professional way and I think guys notice that," he said.
A crowd of 5,000 filed into Kauffman Stadium on Monday to watch the Royals work out and take batting practice in the "Take the Crown Rally" event. It was an unusual scene for a fan base that will experience postseason baseball for the first time in nearly three decades on Tuesday night when the Royals face the A's in the American League Wild Card Game.
The Royals' turning point, James Shields says, came after the All-Star break and the four losses that started the club's second half. There was a players pow-wow in Chicago and two recently-arrived players, outfielder Raul Ibanez and pitcher Scott Downs, told the Royals how outsiders viewed them.
By earning their first postseason berth since 1985, the Royals turned the previous 28 years of unpleasant history into background noise. For the season to continue, Kansas City must overcome more unpleasant history, this time against Oakland starter Jon Lester.
Even in their wildest fantasies, Royals rookies Brandon Finnegan and Terrance Gore could never have foreseen their meteoric, unfathomable rise through the organization.
Putting speed at the top of the lineup has worked well for the Royals in the last 15 games of the season, so manager Ned Yost figures he'll stay with it for the Wild Card Game against the Oakland A's on Tuesday night.
The Royals haven't set their roster for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game yet, but it's sure to be a bit light on pitchers and heavier than usual on bench players.
Ned Yost, in his five seasons as Royals manager, has been vilified for a multitude of presumed sins -- he mishandles pitchers, he bunts too much, he doesn't pinch-hit enough, he looks grumpy for goodness sake! So Yost must feel vindicated now that he's led this team into the promised land.
Here's a look at how the Kansas City Royals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
How do you beat the Athletics? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the AL Wild Card winners.
The Royals and A's will square off tonight at Kauffman Stadium in a win-or-go-home AL Wild Card Game. Here's what you ought to know about the matchup:
Following 28 long years without the thrill every team covets every year, Kansas City will host its first postseason game since 1985, an October journey that ended with the only World Series title in 59 years of Major League Baseball there. The Royals will host the A's at 8:07 p.m. ET tonight on TBS, featuring a marquee mound matchup between right-hander James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) and A's left-hander Jon Lester (16-11, 2.46 ERA).
It's a matchup that was up in the air until late in the afternoon on the final day of the season, and it will be the first playoff action fans are treated to this October. The American League Wild Card game (Tuesday night at 8:07 ET on TBS) is here, ready to open the 2014 postseason.
Kansas City makes its first postseason appearance since 1985. Oakland squeaked into the second Wild Card spot on Sunday, securing its third straight trip to the postseason. Here are the three keys to the Royals winning their first playoff game in nearly three decades.
The Royals won five of seven meetings with the A's heading into the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night in Kansas City. The two losses, however, were against Oakland's starter in the game, Jon Lester.
Sunday's regular-season finale against the White Sox, which turned out to be a 6-4 Royals victory at U.S. Cellular Field, became rather meaningless in the large scheme of things. Now all the preparations are for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game against the A's (7:07 p.m. CT, TBS), the Royals' first postseason game since 1985.
Alcides Escobar on Sunday became the first shortstop in Royals franchise history to play all 162 games at the position in a season.
Infielder Christian Colon rejoined the Royals on Sunday and was reinstated from the disabled list.
James Shields will be pitching for the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game against the A's on Tuesday night (7:07 CT, TBS), in Kansas City.
Voting is underway through Sunday exclusively at MLB.com to help decide the 16th annual winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given by "The Hammer" himself during the upcoming 110th World Series to the outstanding offensive performer in each league.
Retiring White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko took time to recognize the Royals as he made his farewell address to White Sox fans during a ceremony before Saturday night's game.
The Royals won't be satisfied with just getting to the postseason for the first time in 29 years. No, they want to win the World Series, and here's how they can get that done.
Royals outfielder and designated hitter Josh Willingham shot down a published report from St. Paul, Minn., that he is "100 percent retiring."
The party was on but there was still work to be done, so the Royals approached their postseason clinching celebration of Friday night and Saturday morning in moderation, according to manager Ned Yost.
As the Royals prepare for their first postseason since 1985, GM Dayton Moore chats with MLB.com about his team.
Typically unobtrusive and low-key, Royals owner David Glass and team president Dan Glass slipped into the team's celebration after Friday night's victory. They stood quietly and smiled proudly as their players and staff noisily toasted their first entry into postseason play since 1985 with shouts of joy, singing and sprays of champagne.
A lot of things have happened since the Royals last appeared in the postseason in 1985. Here are the top five things that influenced their resurgence this season.
The Royals are headed to the postseason for the first time in 29 seasons after posting a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
There once was a time when James Shields' career looked lost. But thanks the guidance of a big league cousin, the right-hander has built a following in Kansas City and Tampa Bay, and is poised to be one of the biggest free agents of the winter.