Kansas City Royals News
The much-anticipated Royals debut of Johnny Cueto seemed to be following the perfect script. Cueto delivered a quality start against a tough Toronto team on Friday night and had a 6-3 lead after six innings, but the bullpen lost the lead in a 7-6 defeat.
Ben Zobrist notched his first base hit with the Royals, and Kendrys Morales scored the second run on the play with an agile slide to beat Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin in the first inning of a 7-6 loss on Friday at Rogers Centre.
GM Dayton Moore and his staff acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto, one of the biggest names on the trading block, as well as super-utility player Ben Zobrist, whom the Royals have admired for some time. Those moves have made for a happy manager in Ned Yost.
Right-hander Chris Young has been sent to the bullpen and struggling right-hander Jeremy Guthrie will keep his spot in the rotation, Royals manager Ned Yost said on Friday.
Right-hander Yordano Ventura (5-7, 4.86 ERA) is set to take the hill for the Royals against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle (11-5, 3.29 ERA). Ventura is coming off one of his best starts of the season in a win over Houston, while Buehrle got a no-decision in his last outing against Seattle.
Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning to send the Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Royals on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
This was an especially confusing night for Royals starter Danny Duffy. He felt good in his bullpen before Thursday night's game and he felt strong on the mound during the game. But the results just weren't there in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, on the disabled list because of a Grade 2-plus left groin strain, swung a bat on Thursday for the first time since the injury on July 8.
Dioner Navarro, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson each homered while right-hander Marco Estrada tossed 5 2/3 strong innings in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Royals on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
Newly acquired Ben Zobrist showed up at Rogers Centre on Thursday, greeted his new Royals teammates, and donned his familiar No. 18 -- the price tag from first-base coach Rusty Kuntz for giving up his jersey will be a leaf blower.
The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
At some point, Royals manager Ned Yost will have to decide between Jeremy Guthrie or Chris Young for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. Though Yost could skip the No. 5 spot in the rotation next turn because of Monday's off-day, Yost said he still will make the decision by next Tuesday.
When newcomer Ben Zobrist joins the Royals in Toronto on Thursday, he is slated to take over primarily in left field, filling in for the injured Alex Gordon. But if Gordon comes back in early September, there has been an assumption by some fans that Zobrist immediately will take over for Omar Infante at second base. Nope. Not going to happen.
The Indians unleashed a week of pent-up offensive frustration upon the Kansas City Royals with a season-high 18 hits and four home runs in Wednesday's 12-1 win at Progressive Field.
Bubba Starling saved the easiest for last, hitting a single to complete the cycle in the top of the ninth inning of Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 10-4 win over Arkansas.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas couldn't quite decide which play he enjoyed more: The Eric Hosmer snag of a hot grounder by Michael Brantley to save a run in the seventh, or the circus-act Omar Infante /Alcides Escobar play to get the first out in the ninth of the Royals' 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Legends For Youth clinic was well worth the sweat beads, if the smiles on the kids' faces were any indication. The enthusiastic participants received autographs from eight former Major Leaguers, station-to-station instruction on all aspects of the game and life lessons from Kansas City-area residents and former Royals players Brian McRae and John Mayberry.
Royals manager Ned Yost has no explanation for why Eric Hosmer wears out the Indians. Hosmer had three more hits, a go-ahead homer and two RBIs in Kansas City's 2-1 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Before this week, the Kansas City Royals could return to the World Series. Now they should return to the World Series. Before, they might win the title. Now, they'd better win the title.
Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning off Indians starter Trevor Bauer as the Royals secured a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
When newly acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto drove here from Cincinnati on Tuesday morning and arrived at the Royals' team hotel, there was a welcoming committee of players and staffers waiting for him.
The Royals acquired super-utility man Ben Zobrist from the A's on Tuesday, their second big splash leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The A's received right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks and Minor League left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea.
The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.
Right-hander Edinson Volquez came through with six innings and a quality start in the Royals' 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday night.
Eric Hosmer delivered a three-run homer to left-center field in the first inning, setting the tone in the Royals' 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night.
The Royals belted two homers, including a three-run shot by Eric Hosmer in the first inning as part of his four-RBI night, in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.
Johnny Cueto is heading to Kansas City. One day after the Reds' ace was almost dealt to the Royals in advance of his dominant start against the Rockies, the two teams agreed to a deal that was officially announced on Sunday afternoon. In exchange for Cueto, the Royals dealt left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed to Cincinnati.