Royals hope shorthanded bullpen can keep them afloat

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With Monday's trade deadline looming large for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, their bullpens continue to get made over as they square off Friday in the second contest of a four-game series.Texas got a boost Thursday when left-hander Dario Alvarez was added to the roster to give the club another option from the left side in the bullpen. Kansas City's...
Via FOX Sports
5 hours ago

Ventura troubled by HRs in tough-luck loss

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura had it all working. His fastball was lively and topping out at 98 mph. His curveball and changeup were down in the zone and puzzled hitters' timing.
5 hours ago

Kansas City Royals trade rumors: Time to deal Wade Davis?

I wrote back in May that the Kansas City Royals should seriously consider trading star closer Wade Davis. Davis’ career was resurrected when he came to Kansas City after Luke Hochevar went down with Tommy John surgery. Davis stepped in as the team’s set-up man before becoming the closer after Greg Holland also had season-ending Tommy John surgery. Davis has been nearly unhittable...
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Rangers 3, Royals 2; Death by Home Run

Last weekend against the Rangers, Yordano Ventura was perfect through three innings before running into trouble and before a baseball ran into him. He was much better this time, going eight innings and giving up just three runs on four hits and just one walk. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Royals offense stayed mostly flaccid and the Rangers picked up a 3-2 victory to...
Via BP Kansas City
7 hours ago

Mondesi remains atop Royals' Top 30 prospects

It is no surprise that talented 21-year-old infielder Raul Mondesi has remained atop the revised Top 30 list of Royals prospects by
10 hours ago

Royals Whispers: Should KC Consider Trading Alcides Escobar?

The Royals will move on from Alcides Escobar in favor of rookie shortstop Raul Mondesi over the long term, in the opinion of league sources that talk to Today’s Knuckleball writer Jon Heyman. Is an Escobar deal a good idea? You can see Heyman’s story here. Twenty-eight year old Alcides Escobar is having a poor season […] Royals Whispers: Should KC Consider Trading Alcides...
Via Kings of Kauffman
10 hours ago

Royals put reliever Hochevar on 15-day disabled list

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City Royals reliever Luke Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Royals made the move before Thursday night's game at Texas, and said the right-hander has symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. That is a condition when blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and first rib become compressed, and can cause pain in the shoulder...
Via Associated Press
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Another Name for the Royals to Float

Things haven’t gone very well for the Royals this season. On that matter, we can all agree, right? Injuries have been a major problem, and injuries aren’t always “fair,” but what happens happens, and with the deadline coming up, the Royals aren’t in a great position. They’re eight and a half games out of first in their division, with three teams in front, and they’re...
Via Fangraphs
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KC Royals: The Mythical Mike Minor To Begin AAA Rehab

KC Royals pitcher Mike Minor will begin his rehab assignment at AAA Omaha on Thursday night. The Kansas City Royals had hoped he could return by June, but shoulder soreness put him on the shelf for almost seven weeks. Mike Minor rumors have been giving KC Royals fans hope since the rotation melted down with […] KC Royals: The Mythical Mike Minor To Begin AAA Rehab - Kings of Kauffman...
Via Kings of Kauffman
13 hours ago

Who Might Stay and Who Might Go Now? (BP Kansas City Episode 19) Royals have not started the second half well. While the 2014 season saw them make a comeback with a similar record, the odds are against another trip to the playoffs. The sensible thing is to explore some trades and try to bolster the farm system. But...
Via BP Kansas City
18 hours ago

Royals want to package Ian Kennedy, Wade Davis in trades

The Royals are looking to capitalize on the demand for Wade Davis by attempting to package Ian Kennedy’s contract with him in trade talks, reports Yahoo’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). Passan notes that the Dodgers are one team with noted interest in Davis that could afford to take on the remainder of Kennedy’s enormous contract. Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
19 hours ago

How Long Will The Royals Let Their Rotation Hold them Back?

Things are not looking good for the Kansas City Royals’ chances of repeating as pennant winners. In fact, at this juncture, they only have a 2.6 percent chance of making the playoffs at all according to Fangraphs. Part of the reason for the uninspiring 2016 has been the performance of the starting rotation. Royals’ fans have grown used to having a mediocre (at best) rotation...
Via Royals Blue
21 hours ago

Diamonds in the Rough 7-27-16

A 5-1 day for the Royals affiliates with only a walkoff loss in the Pioneer league. HR Roll Call – None BP KC Hitter of the Day – Bubba Starling 2-5 2b, 3 RBI BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Matt Tenuta 6 IP 2 H 0 R 2 BB 9 K 5-3 GO-FO 83p/55k Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Round Rock Expres 5 The Chasers got another good start from Luke Farrell and a big insurance run in the ninth to win...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

Mondesi gets first big-league hit on 21st birthday, Royals win 7-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Raul Mondesi had a bunt single for his first big league hit, with two runs scoring on the play on pitcher Matt Shoemaker's throwing error, as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.Shoemaker, who did not allow a base runner until the fifth inning, yielded singles to Alex Gordon and Paulo Orlando to start...
Via Associated Press
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Report: Royals want more for Wade Davis than Chapman cost

If you were wondering what the price of relief pitching is on the trade market right now, it’s exceptionally high. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Royals are taking calls for closer Wade Davis, but if a team wants him they’ll have to pay up. An example of deals the Royals are mulling: A team that asked about Wade Davis said it was told the Chapman package "wouldn...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals fall under .500 with rubber game loss to Rangers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Delino DeShields homered in the seventh to break a tie and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Sunday.DeShields, who was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Round Rock, walked and doubled before leading off the seventh with his third home run. DeShields hit a 2-1 pitch from Luke Hochevar out to left.The loss dropped the Royals to 48-49, the first...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Johnny Cueto was only a Royal for a few months. But that doesn’t mean he deserves this kind of shade. Cueto, who won the World Series with Kansas City last year, was not invited by the Royals on their recent trip to the White House despite having both an off day and a desire to attend, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. The All-Star right-hander was acquired by the Royals...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals trade rumors: Ervin Santana edition

  With already half of the regular season of baseball behind us, the third place Kansas City Royals have made it apparent that they are desperate for better arms on the mound. Kansas City’s starting rotation has been inadequate as of late and has not reflected the dominance they displayed just over a year ago in the World Series. After losing Johnny Cueto and having their top...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals trade rumors: Buyers or sellers?

The Kansas City Royals have struggled this season to kind a consistent rhythm, and with that they find themselves barely staying above .500 halfway through July. However, the Royals are still in position to overtake a wild card spot and still have two and a half months of baseball in order to try and defend their American League Central title. General Dayton Moore has to make the...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mr. Belding from 'Saved By the Bell' got ahold of Royals World Series ring

Mr. Belding should not have a World Series ring. This much we know. There's no reason Dennis Haskins, the actor who played the perpetually put-upon principal of the hit '90s high school sitcom, should have this bauble. But Mr. Belding has his ways, and he caused more than a couple eyebrows to rise when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Kansas City Royals ring on an airplane...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher nailed the batter, catcher and umpire with a single pitch

What do Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, Royals catcher Salvador Perez and umpire D.J. Reyburn have in common? Yes, they all got hit by the same Danny Duffy "magic bullet" pitch.It happened during Sunday's Royals-Tigers game and escaped my eye but fortunately not Reddit user The Don Giggity, who posted this GIF showing the sequence:Iglesias' arm took the brunt of the 93-mile-per...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees, Royals have discussed Carlos Beltran deal

After losing two of three to the Boston Red Sox to open the unofficial second half of the season, the New York Yankees may very well find themselves out of contention in the American League. Now sitting one game under .500 and 5.5 games out of the final wild card spot in the American League, it might be time for New York to throw in the towel on what has been a disappointing season...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes is mad the Royals didn’t invite him to the White House

Jonny Gomes signed to play in Japan in 2016, but he is still upset that he wasn’t invited to the White House for his role in the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series championship. Gomes was acquired by Kansas City on August 31 of 2015, but didn’t play for the Royals for any of Kansas City’s three playoff series. However, he said that he isn’t happy that he wasn’t...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon acknowledges he has ‘played like crap’

Alex Gordon has endured a rough season so far, one that has left him acknowledging he’s “played like crap.” The Kansas City Royals outfielder is batting a career-worst .206 in 58 games this season. This all comes after he signed a four-year, $72 million contract in the offseason. His lack of performance — especially given his big payday — has him frustrated. “All I...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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