Kansas City Royals News
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.
Orlando Calixte singled in a run in NW Arkansas' 2-1 loss to Springfield. Calixte is the Royals No. 12 prospect.
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.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez will go for an MRI on his sore right knee Thursday after he was a late scratch for Wednesday's series finale against the Rockies.
While it wasn't exactly glamorous, Christian Colon came through with a big-time play Tuesday when he was asked to pitch-hit in the eighth. And on Wednesday, manager Ned Yost rewarded him with a start at third and a chance to prove himself in the leadoff role.
For one day only, the Royals are offering their fans an opportunity to watch the hottest team in baseball at a discounted price. On Thursday, fans will be able to purchase single-game tickets online at www.royals.com or by phone for the Royals remaining home games with all additional fees being waived.
Carlos Peguero drove in all four Omaha runs. He hit a solo homer in the second, a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth.
The last time the Royals were in first place this late in the season was in 2003, though they couldn't hold their lead and make the postseason. As Kansas City tries to ensure that history doesn't repeat itself, Yordano Ventura takes the hill against Colby Lewis and the Rangers on Friday.
On Tuesday night, the Royals scored six runs with two outs in the seventh and eighth to rally for a 7-4 series-opening victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.
Twenty-nine years removed from the only World Series championship in franchise history -- and the last postseason appearance the Royals made -- this is a team that has gone from wanting to claim a Wild Card spot to a team that feels it can win a division.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged Nori Aoki's apparent steal of third and umpires quickly overturned third-base umpire Laz Diaz's safe call.
On Tuesday, the Royals named Class A Advanced Wilmington right-hander Glenn Sparkman and Rookie Ball Idaho Falls first baseman Ryan O'Hearn their pitcher and player of the month for July.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was back behind the plate one day after being removed from Kansas City's 6-4 victory over the Twins with a sore right knee.
Eighth-ranked Royals prospect Christian Binford (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO) made his Triple-A debut in Omaha's victory.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was removed from Monday night's 6-4 victory against the Twins because of what the team described as "discomfort in his right knee." But as he toweled off and prepared to board the Royals' charter flight to Colorado for an Interleague series beginning Tuesday night, he declared that he would play against the Rockies.
The way Billy Butler figures it, why should the Royals just settle for winning the American League Central? Why not improve their potential playoff position as well?
The Royals have promoted their eighth-ranked prospect, pitcher Christian Binford, to Triple-A Omaha to test him as a reliever as the club checks out its September callup possibilities.
All-Star catcher Salvador Perez had to leave with a sore right knee. Then, Erik Kratz replaced him and socked two solo home runs. In the end, there was good news all around. Perez's injury wasn't considered serious and Kratz's home runs provided the margin of victory in Kansas City's suddenly tight 6-4 victory over the Twins on Monday night at Target Field.
Jorge Bonifacio, ranked No. 7 among Royals prospects, recorded four hits and a run in Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 6-3 loss in 13 innings to San Antonio on Sunday.
Right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, made his season debut on Sunday by facing three batters for Class A Idaho Falls.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie had pitched through 3 1/3 innings when rain delayed Sunday's game against the Twins. Play was held up for 54 minutes, but he came back and finished seven innings to get credit for the Royals' 12-6 victory.
Royals manager Ned Yost used left-handed-hitting Jarrod Dyson in center field instead of right-handed-hitting Lorenzo Cain on Sunday. Solid reason: Twins starter Tommy Milone has actually been hit better by left-handed batters (.274) than righties (.263) in his career.
Jeremy Guthrie weathered two rain delays and a seven-run second propelled the first-place Royals to a 12-6 win over the Twins on Sunday at Target Field.
Top Royals prospect Raul Mondesi doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored twice in Class A Wilmington's 6-5 win in 10 innings Saturday.
Royals manager Ned Yost scampered out onto the field, apparently curious about the balk call on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. But he quickly retreated without saying much or getting an explanation either in Saturday night's 4-1 loss.
It wasn't hard to predict how the Royals' Greg Holland would react to manager Ned Yost's worries that he was wearing out his closer. "No, I feel good," Holland said before Saturday's game against the Twins.
Rookie Yordano Ventura fired six scoreless frames, but he was knocked from the game in a decisive three-run seventh as the Royals dropped a 4-1 decision to the Twins on Saturday night.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was disappointed because he'd hoped to start swinging a bat by Friday, but the doctors told him no-go. Hosmer underwent a CT scan and an X-ray on Thursday at the University of Kansas Medical Center and he was told to cool it.