Kansas City Royals News
Billy Butler is showing enough good signs at the plate that he might get back into his usual cleanup spot on Monday night at Cleveland.
Beginning Monday, the Indians and Royals will clash for the first time in 2014 in a four-game series at Progressive Field. Jeremy Guthrie gets the start for the Royals, with Zach McAllister taking the mound for the home team.
Billed as "The National College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic at The K," Missouri and Wichita State will converge at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to represent the Southeastern Conference and Missouri Valley Conference, respectively.
This bullpen business seems to suit Danny Duffy pretty well. When he helped preserve Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins with two scoreless innings, it gave him a nice set of statistics for his first foray into relief work. In three games, he has thrown 6 1/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts against two walks and three hits.
Early season statistics can produce some oddities.Take right fielder Nori Aoki's home and away averages as the Royals headed into Sunday's game against the Twins. Aoki was hitting a rousing .448 (13-for-29) in seven games at Kauffman Stadium, as opposed to only .103 (3-for-29) in eight games on the road.
Prize rookie Yordano Ventura wanted to make his sixth big league start a sixth straight victory for the Royals. It didn't work out that way. The Minnesota Twins got to Ventura early and ended the Royals' winning streak at five games, 8-3, on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Omaha lost the series opener to the Sounds, with the five hits a season low for a nine-inning game. Johnny Giavotella led the Storm Chasers with two hits, raising his average to .355 (11-for-31). Paulo Orlando added a two-out RBI in the seventh. P.J. Walters recorded a quality start, striking out four while allowing three runs, seven hits and a walk over 7.0 innings.
After a rusty first appearance on April 11 at Minnesota, reliever Louis Coleman didn't pitch again until a week later. And when he faced the Twins to wrap up the Royals' 5-0 win on Friday night, he was much improved.
After a worrisome and completely uncharacteristic period early in the season, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is showing positive signs of regaining his old flair at the plate -- collecting two hits in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins.
There's been a warming trend sighted recently for the Royals' bullpen. Starting in the three-game sweep of Houston and continuing through two wins in the current series with Minnesota, Kansas City relievers posted 14 scoreless innings.
Bruce Chen gave up four runs in five innings, but the offense exploded for five runs in the fourth as the Royals extended their win streak to five with a 5-4 victory over the Twins on Saturday.
Carlos Peguero's homer in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie as Triple-A Omaha took three of four from Round Rock.
With Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson absent, Justin Maxwell, who shared a backup role with Dyson, was thrust into the starting lineup. Manager Ned Yost had to decide whether Maxwell or right fielder Nori Aoki would take Cain's spot in center field.
Billy Butler's season-launching slump caught everyone by surprise, including Royals manager Ned Yost. Before Friday night's game against the Twins, Yost was asked if he'd seen anything like it from Butler.
Jason Vargas fired seven shutout innings and Mike Moustakas belted a two-run homer to lead the Royals in a 5-0 victory over the Twins on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Utility man Jimmy Paredes was called up from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals on Friday. Paredes fills the vacancy left when outfielder Jarrod Dyson was placed on the bereavement list because of a death in the family.
Royals No. 4 prospect Jorge Bonifacio drove in a pair of runs as Double-A Northwest Arkansas scored a season-high 10 runs to snap a 10-game losing streak, and No. 3 prospect Raul Mondesi tripled home two runs to lead Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 4-2 win.
When James Shields is on top of his game, few can match his dominance on the mound. Such was the case Thursday, when the Royals right-hander fanned 12, including seven straight, in a 5-1 win over the Astros.
The Kansas City Royals, who lost a replay challenge to Houston manager Bo Porter Wednesday night, won one Thursday night.
No one was happier about being a part of Kansas City's extra-inning win over Houston Wednesday night than reliever Danny Duffy, the winning pitcher.
Kansas City placed center fielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a left groin strain after Cain was injured trying to beat out a grounder in Wednesday night's win over the Houston Astros.
Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson demonstrated the perfect example of manufacturing a run in Wednesday night's 6-4 win over Houston in 11 innings.
James Shields led Kansas City to a 5-1 win over Houston at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep of the Astros.
Kansas City's Mike Moustakas, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, hung around to hit his first home run of the season in the 11th inning and boost the Royals to a 6-4 victory Wednesday night over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Astros manager Bo Porter successfully challenged a safe call on Lorenzo Cain's leadoff infield single in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game against the Royals on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. After a two-minute, 54-second review, Cain was ruled out.
Right-hander James Shields will start for the Royals Thursday night at Houston instead of Bruce Chen, who has a stiff back. Left-hander Jason Vargas will move up a day to pitch Friday night at home against Minnesota with Chen starting Saturday's afternoon game against the Twins.
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was reunited with his high school teammate, Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez, Tuesday night.
Justin Maxwell and George Springer, who made his Houston debut Wednesday night, played together at times at Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Houston organization the last two years when Maxwell was in the Minors on rehab assignments.
Omar Infante led the Royals' mild charge, drilling a first-inning home run and later tallying an RBI fielder's choice to back up Yordano Ventura's solid seven innings as Kansas City took game one of the series, 4-2, against the Astros on Tuesday night in Minute Maid Park.
Hours before the annual celebration of baseball's first African-American player showed up on the back of their jerseys in the form of the No. 42, several Royals reflected on the former Dodger star's impact on the modern game.