Kansas City Royals News
Josh Reddick belted a three-run homer and right-hander Jesse Hahn tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings before leaving with a blister on his throwing hand, as the A's toppled the Royals, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. Reddick's blast preceded Brett Lawrie being hit by a pitch by Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth. Ventura was immediately ejected.
For the second straight day, benches and bullpens emptied at Kauffman Stadium, first because Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday, and second because Royals starter Yordano Ventura drilled Lawrie on Saturday and was ejected.
With success usually follows awards -- which the Royals have acquired in bunches. Before Saturday's game, the reigning American League champs were honored with the presentation of four GIBBY Awards for their historic season-long run that resulted in their first pennant in nearly three decades.
Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses.
A tense three-game set between the A's and Royals at Kauffman Stadium concludes Sunday in the rubber game. A pair of lefties will start: Scott Kazmir for Oakland and Danny Duffy for Kansas City.
The Royals placed All-Star closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a right pectoral strain. The club recalled fellow right-hander Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha to take Holland's place on the active roster.
Left-hander Brian Flynn, who nearly made the Royals' 25-man roster out of Spring Training, will miss 3-5 months because of a torn lat muscle.
Christian Binford allowed four earned runs in six innings as Triple-A Omaha fell to New Orleans, 5-3.
A's third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had "no intention of hurting anybody" when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play in Friday's 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.
The benches cleared during the Royals-A's game in the top of the seventh inning after Brett Lawrie slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who injured his left knee on the play.
Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
One of the many things former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, now with the A's, looked forward to this weekend was getting his AL championship ring, which was presented to him during pregame ceremonies on Friday.
As the A's returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the crazy American League Wild Card Game last year, the Royals themselves tried to remember all the details of that night.
The Royals on Friday recalled outfielder Reymond Fuentes from Triple-A Omaha and optioned outfielder Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Bubba Starling's double scored Jack Lopez from first as Wilmington walked off with a win in the home opener at Frawley Stadium.
The Royals pride themselves on great defense. That's why it was so strange to see them uncharacteristically not make plays in a bizarre and frustrating third inning in an 8-5 loss on Thursday at Target Field.
Joe Mauer drove in three runs, while Kennys Vargas and Kurt Suzuki belted two run homers in the Twins' 8-5 win over the Royals in Thursday's rubber match. Lorenzo Cain homered and had three RBIs for Kansas City.
Entering Thursday, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was riding a career-high 17-game hitting streak dating to last September, not long after manager Ned Yost inserted Escobar into the leadoff role.
Omaha's three-game winning streak was snapped at Memphis. Luke Hochevar continued his rehab stint, striking out two while allowing a run, one hit and four walks over one-plus innings. Aaron Brooks (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) took the loss, with both runs coming in on a homer by Xavier Scruggs. Moises Sierra led the Storm Chasers with three hits, including a double. Jose Martinez accounted for all of Omaha's scoring with a homer in the second.
Just one pitch. That's all Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez would like back from the 106 offerings he made to the Twins on Wednesday night.
Kyle Gibson outdueled Edinson Volquez, and Oswaldo Arcia connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning to help lead the Twins to a 3-1 win and hand the Royals their first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Target Field.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said he was honored to put on uniform No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. "It's a special moment," Cain said.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios spoke calmly and thoughtfully about his frustration with losing time on the disabled list after being plunked in the hand by Twins rookie and Rule 5 pitcher J.R. Graham.
When the Royals used outfielder Jarrod Dyson as a defensive replacement last season, he primarily was inserted into center field with Lorenzo Cain then shifting to right.
The unbeaten Royals now will face their first perseverance test of 2015 after learning that right fielder Alex Rios will be out indefinitely with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand.
It's become abundantly clear that the Royals aren't ever going to lose another baseball game. Ever.