Kansas City Royals News
The Astros struck quickly in their first Division Series since 2005, jumping on right-hander Yordano Ventura and the Royals for two runs in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium and tacking on another run in the second.
When the Royals acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds on July 26, they figured they were getting a surefire ace they could lean on down the stretch and into the postseason. But it didn't quite work out that way, as the right-hander uncharacteristically struggled, going 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts with Kansas City.
The Royals sent four players from their expanded September roster to their spring complex in Surprise, Ariz., in order for them to keep playing games in case of a sudden need in the American League Division Series.
The Royals' roster for the American League Division Series was finalized this morning, with the only real roster battle being between outfielders Jonny Gomes and Terrance Gore. The Royals chose the electrifying speed of Gore over Gomes' bat.
The Royals don't walk, and they don't hit homers. Overall, they're barely an average offense. But somehow they scored the seventh-most runs in baseball. How did they do it? A fantastic display of clutch hitting.
The Kansas City Royals will tell you that the difference between 2014 and 2015 hasn't been all that much. Yes, the expectations have risen dramatically. But the game hasn't changed, nor has the Royals' approach to it, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is nursing a bone bruise and Kendrys Morales has a sore quad muscle. But manager Ned Yost said his club is healthy enough.
As a free agent following the 2014 season, veteran right fielder Alex Rios' top priority was to sign with a contending team.
In this American League Division Series matchup that begins at 7:30 ET tonight at Kauffman Stadium and on FS1, the only thing standing in the way of the Astros continuing their wild rise and ride is a Royals team looking to build off 2014's triumphs Here's a position-by-position breakdown.
Way back in Spring Training, manager Ned Yost marveled at the focus of his 2015 Royals.
Good baseball buddies stick together through thick and thin. Royals reliever Wade Davis and Blue Jays starter David Price became good friends when they both came up through the Rays' system. They roomed together in Double-A and Triple-A.
Here's a look at how the Kansas City Royals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
MLB.com sits down for a question-and-answer session with Royals general manager Dayton Moore before the club opens Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the winner of Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser between the Yankees and Astros.
On the heels of the Royals' magical 2014 postseason run to Game 7 of the World Series, this year's version of the Royals ran into many speed bumps.
From the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, the Royals were one of the model franchises in all of baseball, capped with a World Series title over the Cardinals in 1985.
The Royals captured home-field advantage throughout the postseason in the American League with their 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday at Target Field. That edge could prove crucial over the coming weeks.
With a 6-1 victory over the Twins on Sunday, the Royals officially clinched the American League's best record, giving them home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Royals are now off until Thursday, when they will open the best-of-five American League Division Series at home against the winner of the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. The Wild Card Game will be played between the Astros and Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was a late scratch from the lineup because of a bruised knee before Sunday's 6-1 win over the Twins at Target Field. But both Cain and manager Ned Yost said the center fielder would be ready to go for Thursday's Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
On the biggest play of the Royals' 5-1 win over the Twins on Saturday, Lorenzo Cain actually reminded himself he better steer to the right as he ran toward first base.
As gear-ups for the postseason go, you won't find much better than Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura's in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Twins.
Royals manager Ned Yost really didn't want to do it. He didn't want to have to use reliever Ryan Madson again.
Again, Royals right-hander Chris Young put his focus on baseball, though with a heavy heart. And again, Young came through -- firing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the Royals' 3-1 win over the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain has been nominated for two more awards, while teammates Salvador Perez, Kendrys Morales and Ryan Madson also have been nominated for awards.