Kansas City Royals News
Omaha finished the regular season with a five-game sweep vs. the Sky Sox. Andy Ferguson (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO) notched his first Triple-A win, with Andrew Triggs earning the save in his Triple-A debut. Matt Fields hit a three-run homer in the fourth. Brian Bocock doubled three times and scored twice. Omaha opens a playoff series on Wednesday against Memphis.
Derek Holland makes his season debut for the Rangers on Tuesday night in Kansas City after missing the first five months recovering from knee surgery. Jeremy Guthrie starts for the Royals.
After a three-game dry spell and one very wet suspended game, the Royals got back in the win column. Salvador Perez knocked in three runs with a home run and a double as Kansas City worked on a 4-3 Labor Day victory over the Texas Rangers on a 75-degree Monday evening.
The Royals had a distinguished visitor on Sunday, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Manager Ned Yost revealed the previously undisclosed visit on Monday.
Clubhouse leader and pitching ace James Shields good-naturedly made sure the raw rookie knew his place. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan, drafted into pro ball just last June, already had landed with the Royals and was sandwiched in a locker between Shields and another veteran pitcher, Jason Vargas.
Carlos Peguero finished Triple-A Omaha's rain-delayed game about 1:30 on Monday morning and was called into manager Brian Poldberg's office. Pack your packs and head for Kansas City, he was told.
Eric Hosmer is back. The Royals recalled Hosmer, their regular first baseman, from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Monday after just two games with the Storm Chasers. He went 3-for-10 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Naturals lost a second straight vs. their in-state rivals. Starter Matt Murray yielded five runs, six hits and four walks with a strikeout over four innings. Aaron Crow tossed a scoreless seventh with one hit and one strikeout. Jorge Bonifacio drove in two, bringing his RBI total to 51. Christian Colon was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run.
Eric Hosmer's stay in Omaha can continue if the Royals want him to continue his injury rehab stay. The Storm Chasers clinched their fourth straight division title on Sunday night with a 13-8 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
When lightning strikes from Salvador Perez's arm, opposing baserunners feel the bolt. Or the tag.
Nine players from the Royals' Top 20 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, are included on the rosters for the Arizona instructional league, which begins play in two weeks.
A left-handed reliever, an outfielder and a pinch-runner are September callups headed to the Royals. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan and outfielders Lane Adams and Terrance Gore were involved in roster moves announced by the Royals on Sunday.
Sunday night's game that drew 39,009 fans was the third sellout of the season at Kauffman Stadium. The other sellouts were for the home opener against the White Sox on April 4 (40,103) and the June 20 game against the Mariners (38,475).
Hold everything. The Kansas City-Cleveland game on Sunday night is in a state of suspended animation after play was stopped by rain midway through the 10th inning with the Indians ahead, 4-2. The game was suspended and will resume in Cleveland prior to the game on Monday, Sept. 22.
Eric Hosmer's ninth-inning single lifted Omaha to a walk-off win. KC's first baseman was 2-for-6 with two RBIs in the first game of a rehab assignment.
First baseman Eric Hosmer's injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha got off to a successful start on Saturday.
Awards are piling up for the Royals' Minor League system. Ryan O'Hearn, Idaho Falls first baseman, was named Most Valuable Player of the Rookie Pioneer League. O'Hearn batted .372 and had 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.
The joint should be jumping for the Royals' rescheduled Sunday night game against the Indians. Only standing room tickets are left for the 7:07 p.m. CT game at Kauffman Stadium which was switched from the afternoon to accommodate an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast.
The Cleveland Indians ruined the Retro Night party in 11 innings, 3-2, dealing the Royals their fifth loss in their last seven games in front of 35,089 fans at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night.
The Royals on Saturday optioned Christian Colon to Double-A to make room for Jayson Nix, who had to be added to the 25-man roster after being picked up off waivers from the Pirates.
No. 6 Royals prospect Brandon Finnegan fanned two and allowed a hit in a scoreless inning, while No. 4 prospect Hunter Dozier led Northwest Arkansas with two hits in a 3-2 loss to Tulsa on Friday.
Left-hander Sean Manaea, the Royals' No. 3 prospect, struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven scoreless innings to lead Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 2-0 victory against Potomac on Friday.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will begin his comeback in game situations on Saturday. Hosmer hasn't played since July 31 because of a stress fracture in his right hand, but that's to end when he reports to Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals and Indians will take a few steps back in time on Saturday night when they wear 1974-style uniforms for their 6:10 p.m. CT game at Kauffman Stadium.
Left-hander Bruce Chen's often inspiring and successful six seasons with the Kansas City Royals are behind him. Chen was designated for assignment on Friday, one day after giving up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Jason Vargas' throwing error keyed a pivotal three-run third inning as the Royals' lead in the AL Central dipped to a half-game with a 6-1 loss to the Indians on Friday night .
The Omaha Storm Chasers gained a half-game on idle Oklahoma City in the division race and are 1 1/2 games behind with four to play. Aaron Brooks posted seven shutout innings, limiting the Sky Sox to two hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Postseason awards keep rolling in for Royals' Minor Leaguers. Center fielder Lane Adams and right-handed pitcher Andy Ferguson of Double-A Northwest Arkansas were named to the Texas League All-Stars.
Alex Gordon belted a game-tying homer in the seventh, but Bruce Chen was tagged for six runs in the 10th inning as the Royals dropped an 11-5 decision to the Twins on Thursday night.
The Royals claimed infielder Jayson Nix on outright waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, while reliever Scott Downs was activated off the disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks was also optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.