Kansas City Royals News
Danny Duffy just seems to get better with every start. The Royals left-hander, who will take the mound Wednesday night against the Twins, has an 0.92 ERA over his last three starts, but he's just 0-2 in that span. He'll be opposed by the Twins' Phil Hughes, who was cleared to start despite a shin contusion.
Last year the Royals absolutely loved playing the Minnesota Twins and why not? They were 15-4 against them. Times have changed. Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Twins dealt the Royals a sixth loss in their 10 meetings this season, 2-1, on Tuesday night in front of 30,686 fans at Kauffman Stadium.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire unsuccessfully challenged a play in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Royals and was ejected by home-plate umpire Ted Barrett for arguing the call after the review.
It took eight-plus seasons in the Minor Leagues before catcher Erik Kratz finally made his Major League debut at age 30. That's a long wait.
One of the big reasons that manager Ned Yost liked Monday's trade with Toronto is that it enabled the Royals to bring up infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was back in the Royals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Indians.
It now appears that left-hander Jason Vargas might -- repeat, might -- start Saturday's game for the Royals at Oakland. Vargas, out since July 9 because of an appendectomy, threw the equivalent of four innings in a simulated game on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Vance Wilson, manager of the Royals' Double-A Northwest Arkansas club, will manage the Peoria Javelinas in this year's Arizona Fall League.
The Naturals dropped game one at Arkansas as they matched up with rehabbing Angels' hurler C.J. Wilson (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO). Cheslor Cuthbert's single scored Trapp to give the Naturals a 1-0 lead in the first. Cuthbert is ranked 15th among Royals prospects by MLB.com. Trapp hit a solo homer off of Wilson in the third. Murray (3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) took the loss.
The Royals have a new backup catcher in veteran Erik Kratz and perhaps Mike Moustakas' platooning days are behind him.
It took nearly four months, and 100 games, but the "Mooooose" chant finally got its legs back on Friday. When Mike Moustakas tattooed a home run off the back of the visiting bullpen versus the Indians, the Kauffman Stadium faithful responded with its patented elongated "Moose" chant.
Foster Griffin held Kingsport to one run on four hits and two walks through 2 2/3 innings. The 27th overall pick in this year's Draft, Griffin has held opponents to a 1.26 ERA and .157 average through 14.1 innings. He's ranked ninth in MLB.com's updated list of Royals prospects.
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.
Over the weekend, there were intriguing hints in the Royals' camp as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches on Thursday. On Saturday, general manager Dayton Moore and his scouting brain trust were observed in lengthy conference with manager Ned Yost.
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium and will do the same on Thursday, upping the number of pitches he'll throw to the 60 range.
Toward the end of his playing career, Ned Yost went to Double-A Greenville, S.C., in 1986 for the Braves to catch some young pitchers who could benefit from his MLB experience. One of them was Tom Glavine, the left-hander who was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Bruce Chen struggled in a key four-run fifth and gave up six runs on the day as the Royals' bid for a series sweep was spoiled with a 10-3 loss to the Indians on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Double-A Northwest Arkansas' Christian Binford, Sam Selman and Ali Williams combined on a shutout of Springfield, with Binford -- the Royals' No. 11 prospect -- scattering seven hits, allowing no walks and striking out six.
Greg Holland bounced back and the rest of the bullpen stayed on their scoreless track in the Royals' 7-5 victory over the Indians on Saturday night.
Jeremy Guthrie labored in a five-run second, but the Royals climbed back to tie it before Billy Butler belted a go-ahead two-run homer to help the Royals earn a 7-5 win over the Indians on Saturday night.
Omaha won the opener at New Orleans. Paulo Orlando started the scoring with a three-run double in the third. Jason Adam tossed 2.0 perfect innings for his first Triple-A win. He is ranked eighth among Royals prospects by MLB.com.
On Friday, in a 6-4 victory, 42-year-old Raul Ibanez became the oldest player in Royals history to connect on a three-base hit.
Billy Butler came off the bench and blasted a two-run pinch-hit homer for a 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday night, delighting a hometown crowd of 33,460.
Lost in the jumble of Thursday's bizarre, 14-inning win was a splendid effort from the bullpen, particularly in the extra frames. Four relievers combined to shut out the Indians over the final five innings, setting up Nori Aoki's walk-off single in the 14th.
Legendary Braves manager Bobby Cox will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, a proud moment for Royals skipper Ned Yost, who spent 12 seasons on Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta.
No. 18 Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert recorded two hits, a walk and a run for NW Arkansas.
The Indians won a crucial challenge at first base in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Royals on Thursday night. But Tribe manager Terry Francona couldn't make it 2-for-2 on his second challenge in the 14th inning.
Mike Moustakas crossed home plate giddy and bemused, with a group of Royals waiting to greet him atop the steps of the dugout. Indians starter Corey Kluber stood idly behind home plate, a perplexed look on his face as he attempted to contemplate what he had just witnessed.
Eric Hosmer knows the significance of every game at the current juncture of the Royals' season, and for him, that's the most frustrating part of missing Thursday's series opener against Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium due to his injured right hand.
Nori Aoki's single to left field drove in Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in a taut marathon on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.