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Benches clear after Yordano Ventura hits Brett Lawrie with pitch (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. During the fourth inning of Saturday’s game between the Royals and A’s, Brett Lawrie was drilled with a 99 mph fastball by Yordano Ventura, who was subsequently ejected by home plate umpire Jim Joyce. On Friday, Alcides Escobar was injured as a result of a hard slide into second...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For one, throwing at players is stupid...
Via The Outside Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals Place Greg Holland on DL

View image | gettyimages.com It's a good thing the Kansas City Royals have one of, if not the best bullpen in the MLB. They just placed their closer, Greg Holland, on the disabled list with a pectoral strain. Wade Davis is next in line to pick up a save with Kelvin Herrera picking up a vulture save or two on back to back nights.  The 3 headed monster has pitched 14 innings...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals put closer Holland on 15-day DL with pectoral strain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have put closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right pectoral muscle. The Royals made the move before Saturday night's game against Oakland. Holland has four saves this season and has not allowed a hit in four scoreless innings. He has been an All-Star the last two years. Holland had 46 saves last year...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alcides Escobar Day to Day After Controversial Slide

According to Kansas City Royals reporter Josh Vernier, 28-year-old Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is day-to-day after a controversial slide last night with a mild left knee sprain and contusion. The injury took place when Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie slid late into second with his cleats up and collided with Escobar’s left leg. Lawrie, known for his gritty play-style...
Via Baseball Essential
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: April 18

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Jim Rice homered in the 14th inning to give the Red Sox a 4-3 victory over […]
Via Pine Tar Press
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Single Parade, Paulo Orlando Spoil Billy Butler’s Emotional Homecoming

  Kansas City sent Oakland back to the Intercontinental Hotel with flashbacks of the 2014 Wildcard game. The Royals squeaked one out a 6-4 win tonight in another thrilling match against the Oakland Athletics, but before the series started, the Royals presented Billy Butler with his AL Championship ring as the crowd stood and chanted, “BIL-LY BUT-LER!” It was an emotional...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What to Make of the Kansas City Royals’ Hot Start

The Kansas City Royals had a majestic 2014 Season. KC not only reached the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, but the team was also crowned Champions of the American League during their regal pennant run. Their miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Oakland Athletics in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game will go... The post What to Make of the Kansas City Royals’ Hot Start...
Via The Garbage Time
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Moustakas Elected to Naturals Hall of Fame

SPRINGDALE, AR – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals proudly announce that Mike Moustakas, a member of the 2010 Naturals and current Kansas City Royals third baseman, has been elected as the third inductee into the Naturals Hall of Fame. Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 June Amateur Draft joins fellow 2010 teammate Clint Robinson and former Manager Brian Poldberg as...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Royals vs. Oakland A’s, April 17-19

The Kansas City Royals take on their first victim from the 2014 playoffs as they welcome the Oakland A’s to town for a three-game series. While the A’s don’t have the same they did on that fateful night in late September, they are still a solid team with playoff aspirations. Last year, the Royals won […]
Via Pine Tar Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Wild Card Rematch – A’s at Royals

Billy Butler & Lorenzo Cain. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   Friday will be the first time that the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals will meet since the dramatic back and forth, that was the 12-inning 2014 American League Wild Card playoff game. It will be a Wild Card rematch with a few differences. Once again the two teams will meet at the Royals’ home Kauffman...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain Hints at the Next Step

With certain players, you just don’t get the usual questions. Lorenzo Cain is one of them. By our numbers, last year, Cain was just about a five-win center fielder. In large part, this was powered by a Defense rating close to +20. UZR and DRS both absolutely loved him, and frequently that magnitude of statistical […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Stay Hot in 2015

Just like the end of the 2014 season, the Royals are hot yet again in the start of 2015. Since September 28, 2014, the Royals are 18-5 (Including postseason). During that span, they completed postseason series sweeps of the Halos and the O’s, were 90 feet away from tying up game 7 of the World Series against arguable one of the best postseason pitchers of any era in Madison Bumgarner...
Via i70baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Call up Speedster Gore

Next Man Up.   The sign of a good (and well constructed) team is the ability to make personnel adjustments as injuries and performance necessitates.  With the injury to starting Right Fielder Alex Rios, the Royals are faced with their first real quandary of the season; how will they replace (even for a few weeks) a player that they banked $11 million on being a stable...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Were we all wrong about the Kansas City Royals?

Rushing to judgement about the success of a particular player or a specific team after only a week of the Major League Baseball season is always a rather questionable endeavor. This is particularly true in the event of declaring a team to be a contender or otherwise after such a limited sample size of games. However, in the case of the Kansas City Royals, that may not necessarily...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Picking up where they left off

Alex Rios and teammates celebrate Monday afternoon during at 12-3 victory at Target Field (kansascity.com). The Kansas City Royals began the postseason last year after their Wild Card matchup with the Oakland Athletics with an 8-0 record and two series sweeps against the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles. Fast forward six months and the Royals are doing it again. The...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

12 HBP for Royals batters this season. How should the Royals respond?

If you are keeping track at home, the Royals do not only lead the league in wins, but also in the number of times they have reached first base as a result of being hit by baseballs.  Here in the early going of the 2015 season the Royals have stepped up to the plate 291 times and out of those 291 plate appearances Royals batters have been hit by twelve different baseballs. ...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

When Should You Start Believing in Mike Moustakas?

Mike Moustakas was supposed to be the Royals’ savior. When he came up in 2011 he was hailed as the second coming of George Brett, just like Alex Gordon in 2007, and Eric Hosmer earlier the same year. The hype around Moustakas was insane. The guy got a standing ovation when he hit the on-deck circle before his first at-bat. Talk about pressure on a young kid. As we all know,...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Success Is Unsustainable Right Now

Since making the playoffs last season, a lot of attention has been paid to the Kansas City Royals organization. The team came 1 win away from making baseball history, a story that continues to be told today. In the off-season, KC stayed quiet, letting James Shields and Billy Butler walk while only signing medium-value players like Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales. Now a week into...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Skoglund Shines as Wilmington Blue Rocks Split Series With Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – A strong outing from Eric Skoglund coupled with some timely hitting led the Wilmington Blue Rocks to a win on Sunday night over Myrtle Beach. With the win, the Rocks move back to .500 (2-2) on the season as they hit the road, opening a three game series in Zebulon, North Carolina against the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night. Skoglund, a third round pick by the...
Via i70baseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals sweep Chicago to open season

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the Kansas City Royals in terms of their success in the 2014 postseason. Through the first three games of the 2015 regular season, one can assume that a lot of that chatter has ceased. For a team that finished last in the Major Leagues in total homers, five different players managed to go yard in their first series. The Kansas...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Royals Prospects by Projected WAR

Over the weekend, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Kansas City Royals. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Kansas City’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Royals system who are most ready […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals have signed Yordano Ventura long-term

Don’t worry, Kansas City Royals fans – your young stud pitcher isn’t going anywhere. The club has agreed to a five-year extension with pitcher Yordano Ventura that guarantees him $23 million. The deal also has a pair of club options that can keep Ventura in Kansas City through his age 30 season. Sources: Ventura deal is for $23M guaranteed. 5 guaranteed yrs, 2 option yrs...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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