ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Super utility man Merrifield HR shy of cycle

About two hours before the Royals-Tigers game on Sunday, Royals rookie super utility man Whit Merrifield saw that he would be replacing Gold Glover Eric Hosmer at first base in the lineup. "We're finally going to get some power at that position," Merrifield joked to a reporter.
Via Royals.com
4 hours ago

Royals hit four homers in 12-9 win over Tigers

DETROIT -- Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas City's first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat Detroit 12-9 Sunday and drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race.The defending World Series champions avoided elimination from this year's postseason race by chasing Detroit starter Matt Boyd (6-5) before he retired a hitter. Kansas City...
Via Associated Press
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals win 12-9, knock Tigers 1½ behind wild card

DETROIT (AP) Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas City's first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat Detroit 12-9 Sunday and drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race. The defending World Series champions avoided elimination from this year's postseason race by chasing Detroit starter Matt Boyd (6-5) before he retired a hitter. Kansas...
Via Associated Press
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals erupt early, hold off Tigers in slugfest

A day after the Royals slowed the Tigers' playoff pursuit with a five-run rally in the ninth, they did their damage at the start, putting up a four-run opening inning Sunday and adding on from there before withstanding a furious Tigers comeback attempt for a 12-9 win at Comerica Park.
Via Royals.com
5 hours ago

Defending champ Royals accept 2016 not their year

Ned Yost is nothing if not a realist. He has managed in the major leagues for 13 seasons. While he has won 1,003 games in that span, the Kansas City Royals skipper has also lost 1,048. “Nothing lasts forever in this game,” Yost said. “You’re not going to lead a charmed life every year. Eventually, […] The post Defending champ Royals accept 2016 not their year appeared first...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Cheslor Cuthbert

TEAM: Kansas City Royals AGE: 23 (he will turn 24 in mid-November) POSITION: 3B, 1B (upon occasion) BATS: Right THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 WEIGHT: 190 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Kansas City Royals signed Cuthbert as an international free agent from Nicaragua in 2009. ***** STRENGTHS Cuthbert is an excellent pure hitter, a skill he practiced in Nicaragua from the time […] The post...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Volquez, Royals aim to move up in WC race

Left-hander Matt Boyd takes center stage in Sunday's series finale between the Tigers and Royals at Comerica Park as Detroit tries to inch closer to a postseason berth. While Boyd faces the Royals for the second time this season, right-hander Edinson Volquez heads to the mound to take on the Tigers for the fourth time.
Via Royals.com
1 day ago

Royals (likely) miss out on a third straight World Series

Barring a total collapse of the teams ahead of them in the standings, the American League representative to the last two World Series, the Kansas City Royals, will be on the outside looking in at this year’s playoffs. The Royals enter play on Saturday, September 24 with a 77-77 record, 13.5 games behind the divisional-leading […] The post Royals (likely) miss out on a third straight...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Royals look to Ventura to break losing streak

DETROIT -- "Just win" continues to be the daily mantra of Detroit and Kansas City until winning will no longer be mathematically good enough to get them into baseball's postseason."They're trained themselves not to look too far ahead," manager Brad Ausmus said of his Tigers, who Saturday afternoon host the Royals in the middle game of their weekend series. "They're not looking past...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

KC Royals Send 35 Players To Instructional League

The KC Royals announced 35 players they have assigned to their instructional league roster. The instructional league is designed to help develop skills of players in the lower minor leagues. The instructional league is similar to the Arizona Fall League, which hones the skills of players close to major league ready. You can see the […] KC Royals Send 35 Players To Instructional...
Via Kings of Kauffman
2 days ago

Friday Notes

During that terrible A’s series, I think a lot of people realized that the end of the run had come and the Royals really weren’t going to do it again this season. That led to almost a eulogy of sorts for the Royals recent run of success. I didn’t join in, but it wasn’t because I don’t think what we’ve seen the last couple years is worthy of that. Rather, it was because...
Via BP Kansas City
2 days ago

KC Royals: The Cost Of Losing Lorenzo Cain In September

The KC Royals began September with expectations of pulling into the playoff race. They had just completed a 19-9 August and had a favorable finishing schedule in September. The only fly in the ointment was outfielder Lorenzo Cain hurt his wrist in an August 30 defeat to the Yankees. In many ways, that August 30 […] KC Royals: The Cost Of Losing Lorenzo Cain In September - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
3 days ago

Milestones (BP Kansas City Episode 26)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2016/09/22/milestones-bp-kansas-city-episode-26.mp3So the Royals are going to miss the playoffs, but the Royals are still giving fans some things to watch out for. Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales are aiming to become the second set of teammates in Royals history to each hit 25 homers and drive in 100 runs in the same year, Danny...
Via BP Kansas City
3 days ago

KC Royals Edinson Volquez Wants To Return In 2017

KC Royals starter Edinson Volquez told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he wants to come back to Kansas City in 2017, despite the opportunity to choose free-agency this winter. The Kansas City Royals and Volquez have a $10 million mutual option for the 2017 season. If either side declines their option, the Royals must pay […] KC Royals Edinson Volquez Wants To Return In 2017...
Via Kings of Kauffman
3 days ago

The 2018 Royals: Probably Better Than You Think

I told a few people the other day that the Royals are “logically eliminated, not mathematically eliminated” from postseason contention; sure, there is a path to the playoffs, but it involves so many what-ifs and need-this-and-thats that it is only a slightly better bet than a lottery ticket. There will be plenty of time to assign blame for missing the postseason later, as well...
Via BP Kansas City
3 days ago

Job Postings: Kansas City Royals Baseball Systems Developer & Lead Developer

To be clear, there are two postings here. Position: Kansas City Royals Baseball Systems Developer Location: Kansas City Description: The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club is seeking a highly motivated developer to support baseball operations. The ideal applicant will be able to manage multiple concurrent projects that facilitate enhanced communications, reporting, and other interactions...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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