Kansas City Royals News
Mike Moustakas' grand slam capped a seven-run first inning, while Alex Gordon also went deep for the first time this spring for the Royals in an 11-7 win over the Rangers on Monday.
Royals outfielder Terrance Gore could resume playing soon after being hit in the face with a pitch in a Minor League game last week.
The Royals have picked 16 songs that got the highest vote totals last year and those songs will square off in a bracket-style competition beginning Opening Day on April 6.
Outfielder Whit Merrifield isn't a likely candidate to make the 25-man roster, though he is still in camp. If the Royals had opted for an eight-man bullpen, perhaps Merrifield's versatility could have earned him a spot.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he is not concerned with left fielder Alex Gordon's slow start this spring in Cactus League games. Gordon was hitting just .125 with no extra-base hits entering Monday's action.
Royals manager Ned Yost sat down for a Q&A with MLB.com about the 2015 season and the pain of how the '14 season ended with the World Series Game 7 loss to the Giants.
Veteran Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson found the ballpark on Sunday, but he's still trying to find his spot in the rotation with only a week to go in the Cactus League season. Jackson was pitted against another veteran, right-hander Edinson Volquez, starting his first season with the Royals in a game the Cubs won, 7-0.
When Ryan Madson came into camp this spring with the Royals, he wanted to prove to himself he's healthy enough to pitch again in the Major Leagues. That mission has been accomplished.
Though the Royals will have an off-day during the first week of the regular season, manager Ned Yost said he will not skip right-hander and No. 5 starter Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.
A five-run seventh was capped by RBI doubles from Paulo Orlando and Moises Sierra as the Royals completed a comeback win, 10-5, over the D-backs Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
In the company of one of the liveliest bands of players in baseball, Alex Rios is reinvigorated. The American League champion Royals are taking the graceful, athletic right fielder back to his youth following a dark, injury-derailed season in Texas.
Last season unquestionably was a breakthrough season for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who hit .301. But the Royals still don't know what Cain's ceiling is, especially in terms of his power.
Terrance Gore, the Royals' speedster outfielder who became a baserunning weapon for the Royals last September and October, suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a pitch in a Minor League game Friday, according to manager Ned Yost.
Royals ace Yordano Ventura figured out he had a no-hitter going on Friday night somewhere around the fifth inning. The right-hander made it look easy with seven hitless frames in a 5-1 win over the Mariners.
Yordano Ventura logged seven hitless and scoreless frames, while Eric Hosmer belted a two-run homer to lead the Royals in a 5-1 win over the Mariners on Friday night at Surprise Stadium.
One of the seemingly two roster spots left open this spring for the Royals is a battle between Moises Sierra and Paulo Orlando for the fifth outfielder spot. The edge would appear to belong to Orlando, who has options.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Yordano Ventura, who was slated to throw 90-95 pitches against the Mariners on Friday, will be backed down to about 60-65 pitches on Wednesday against the Dodgers in the final Cactus League game in Arizona.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios' injured right thumb is not a major concern to him. Rios aggravated the thumb injury -- the same injury that set him back last season -- during his final at-bat Wednesday night.
Jimmy Faseler, the Royals superfan who was shot recently in a home invasion, thanked fans and friends on Twitter for their support as he recovers in a Kansas City area hospital.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw six strong innings while allowing just two hits and one run Thursday, but Royals veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was even better with 5 2/3 scoreless frames in a 3-0 Cactus League pitchers' duel, won by Kansas City, at Peoria Stadium.
With a week to go before the Royals leave Arizona, the battle rages on for what likely is one remaining bullpen spot. If Franklin Morales makes the team, that would leave just one spot open among Louis Coleman, Brian Flynn, Ryan Madson and Luke Hochevar.
The Royals' Rule 5 experiment, right-hander Jandel Gustave, has ended with the San Diego Padres claiming him off outright waivers.
Overshadowed a bit by the news of Yordano Ventura being named the Royals' Opening Day starter was the fact that another young pitcher has been elevated to the No. 2 spot in the rotation -- left-hander Danny Duffy.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios will miss at least the next two games because of a jammed right thumb -- the same injury that saddled him for much of the 2014 season.
Veteran catcher John Buck, who was in Spring Training camp with the Braves, announced his retirement Thursday in order to spend more time with his family.
Left-hander Jason Vargas turned in a solid six-inning outing, but the Royals managed little against some of the White Sox best young pitching prospects in a 6-0 loss on Wednesday night at Surprise Stadium.
Right-hander Yordano Ventura, who had a breakout season for the Royals in 2014, will start on Opening Day on April 6 against Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox.
In the past two decades, the Royals have enjoyed just three winning seasons and signed and developed just three pitchers who could manage 10 victories in a single year for Kansas City. Those two developments aren't unrelated, though the future looks brighter in both regards for the defending American League champions.
Hall of Famer George Brett still enjoys being a part of the game and welcomes the chance to put the uniform back on every spring to work with the Royals. But when he decided his career was over, it was over.