Kansas City Royals News
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.
In the aftermath of Sunday's 6-1 win over the Twins at Target Field that secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason in the American League, Royals manager Ned Yost wasn't revealing his starter for Game 1 of the AL Division Series. That decision likely won't come until Tuesday or Wednesday. But the choice likely won't be a shocker.
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.
The Twins were officially eliminated from postseason contention with a 5-1 loss to the Royals at Target Field. A Lorenzo Cain roller up the first-base line plated the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and prolonged an ugly frame that effectively ended Minnesota's season.
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.
The Royals dealt the Twins a critical blow to their postseason chances, as Ben Zobrist connected on a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth in a 3-1 win on Friday night at Target Field.
Royals manager Ned Yost finds himself in a tough spot this weekend. He would like to rest some of his banged-up players, but Yost also has to respect the fact that other teams are fighting the Twins for the second Wild Card spot.
For three innings against the White Sox on Thursday night, Royals right-hander Kris Medlen looked a bit too much like the last time he took the mound -- six runs in fewer than four innings against Cleveland.
Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales left Thursday night's game against the White Sox in the fifth inning with tightness in his left quad.
Right-hander Chris Young returned to the Royals earlier this week after flying home to Dallas on Sunday to be with his family following the death of his father, Charles, who passed away on Saturday.
The horrific shootings on Thursday in Roseburg, Ore., touched Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie in a deeply personal way: Guthrie grew up in Roseburg, spending the first 12 years of his life there.
Right-hander Kris Medlen likely solidified his postseason rotation spot with six solid innings, and Jonny Gomes drove in three runs as the Royals held off the White Sox for a 6-4 win on a chilly Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and manager Ned Yost both had the same feeling when Hosmer roped a liner toward the right-field wall in the 10th inning on Wednesday night -- a two-run homer that produced a 5-3 win at U.S. Cellular Field.
Once again, Royals manager Ned Yost has adjusted his batting order and shortstop Alcides Escobar is back on top.
Eric Hosmer smashed a two-run homer in the 10th inning off White Sox closer David Robertson and the Royals clinched the No. 2 seed and home-field advantage in the American League Division Series with a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Royals' scoring drought had reached 17 innings when Eric Hosmer finally got his team on the board with a rocket to left in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night.
Never underestimate the competitiveness of baseball players and the men who put teams together. No matter the circumstances, they always want to win.
It has become almost redundant to mention great catch and Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain in the same sentence. But Cain was back at it Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular with a terrific catch up against the center field wall in the second inning.
Royals manager Ned Yost has announced his rotation for this weekend and it could be telling: His starter for Saturday is right-hander Yordano Ventura and the starter for Sunday's regular-season finale is right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who tossed a one-hit shutout in his previous outing, came back with seven strong innings allowing just two runs, and Adam Eaton slammed a two-run homer as the White Sox held off the Royals for a 4-2 win on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Though the Royals' one-time grip on the American League's best record is slipping away, they found something else on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
Has right-hander Chris Young put himself into the Royals' postseason rotation debate with his five-inning, no-hit outing on Sunday?
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.
The Royals are headed to the postseason after winning their first division title since 1985, and this will be the first time that many fans across the league will be focusing on their roster. Here's our attempt to give them a head start with the origins of every player on the reigning American League champions.