Kansas City Royals News
Second baseman Omar Infante was out of the Royals' lineup with a sore right shoulder that's been bothering him for about two weeks and rookie Christian Colon was at second base for Tuesday night's series opener against the Twins.
Shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi is among five of the Royals' Top 20 prospects who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League. He'll be joined by former No. 1 Draft picks Hunter Dozier and Bubba Starling, along with Miguel Almonte, Sam Selman and Ali Williams.
Yordano Ventura felt a back issue develop after his last outing, and the Royals hope he can return after missing just the one start.
Liam Hendriks and the Royals will look to stretch their lead in the American League Central when they battle Phil Hughes and the Twins on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
After Danny Duffy logged 6 2/3 solid frames, Alex Gordon's two-run homer gave the Royals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Twins on Tuesday night.
Omaha dropped a second straight at Reno to fall into a first place tie with Oklahoma City.
The Yankees won a challenge and gained a run against the Royals on Monday night. The final run of New York's four-run seventh came on a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann, but that's not initially how it was ruled.
Francisco Pena of the Omaha Storm Chasers was named catcher on the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team by managers and media representatives.
The Royals paid tribute to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on Monday, in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium.
Eric Hosmer stood in the batter's box on Monday afternoon and took some pitches. Literally took some pitches, because he's not permitted to swing at them.
Royals television broadcaster Jeff Montgomery was back in the booth on Monday night, making a quick recovery from hip surgery.
The New York Yankees dropped by to make up a June 9 rainout and beat the first-place Kansas City club, 8-1, with 31,758 boisterous fans enlivening Kauffman Stadium on Monday night. It's the first time the Royals have lost back-to-back games in 26 days.
Omaha lost Game 1 at Reno on a walk-off sacrifice fly. The Storm Chasers built a 3-0 lead in the first, with Francisco Pena hitting his 27th home run. Pena is third in the league in homers and one behind teammate Carlos Peguero. Johnny Giavotella doubled twice, bringing his total to 31, which is tied for third in the league. John Lamb pitched five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) with two strikeouts.
The Royals pulled off an inning-ending double play in the seventh inning on Sunday by prevailing in an instant-replay challenge.
So the Texas Rangers were short of pitching and had to use a spot starter on Sunday and, wouldn't you know, the Kansas City bats were stilled. Scott Baker and his bullpen buddies contrived to cool off the Royals, 3-1, on a sun-drenched, 96-degree afternoon at Globe Life Park.
Although Greg Holland is the first Kansas City closer to record back-to-back 40-save seasons since Dan Quisenberry in 1983-84, he's not dwelling on the distinction.
Royals manager Ned Yost went stalking to the mound in the ninth inning on Saturday night with every intention of replacing Aaron Crow with closer Greg Holland. Then Yost looked in Crow's eyes and saw a deeply determined, dark stare.
Road trip. Sounds like fun. And, on this particular occasion, that's what it has been for the Royals, who continued their journey with a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. That gave the Kansas City tourists a 6-2 record on their trip with one game remaining.
Rangers manager Ron Washington lost his fourth straight challenge during the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Royals.
Stop, don't touch that panic button. Yes, Salvador Perez was not in the Royals' starting lineup on Saturday night against Texas. No, there was nothing wrong with him. Just a day off from the relentless Texas heat.
Right-hander Kelvin Herrera has been on quite a roll. After a rescue job in Friday night's 6-3 Royals win over the Rangers, Herrera had pitched 21 straight scoreless innings, dating back to June 27. Much to his surprise.
Outfielder Josh Willingham has fit in nicely since being obtained from the Twins on Aug. 11. After hitting a home run in the series-opening 6-3 win on Friday night at Texas, he was 11-for-32 (.344 average) with four doubles, two homers and six RBIs with the Royals.
The Royals restored their sizzle as a ballclub, snapping back after a loss to knock off the Texas Rangers, 6-3, as 26,991 fans soaked up the Friday evening at Globe Life Park. Billy Butler and Josh Willingham each homered for Kansas City and Yordano Ventura picked up the win.
As anticipated, catcher Salvador Perez was in the Royals' starting lineup on Friday night after clearing his MRI examination on Thursday's off-day.
Statistics? By this time in the Royals' run for the postseason, they mean little to manager Ned Yost. The subject at the moment happened to be right fielder Nori Aoki, who was 11-for-29 before a 0-for-10 skid going into the Texas series.
The Royals announced they have extended their association with four of their Minor League clubs.
Good news for the Royals: Catcher Salvador Perez's right knee passed an MRI examination. "Everything is OK, I'm feeling pretty good," Perez said on Thursday after undergoing the test in Texas.
There's Billy Butler coming off the bench to belt a pinch-hit home run to sink Cleveland. There's Butler going 4-for-5 with a three-run blast in a blowout win at Arizona. There's Billy going behind the bag to snare a hot shot to help beat Minnesota. And there he is scoring all the way from first base, his heart pounding wildly in the Colorado altitude.
It's been 29 years since the Royals last enjoyed baseball's postseason. No sense getting in a hurry right now. Manager Ned Yost certainly isn't. He is enjoying what has happened in the last month, but he knows better than to start thinking about what could transpire in the next month.
Colorado's Matt McBride came through with his first career grand slam to hand the Royals a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night and put an end to their streak of eighth consecutive series victories.