Danny Duffy threw his bullpen session during the ninth inning on Friday. He was available out of the 'pen. Won't be tonight or tomorrow.
Detroit Free Press "The man is still money when it matters most. This wasn't vintage Justin Verlander Friday in that he didn't leave radar guns waving white flags in surrender. There were no flirtations with a third career no-hitter. But there was a restoration of confidence that Verlander's still capable of..." September 20
Royals Review "It's just that kind of season. Royals Devil Magic abounds. In the pregame, which I wrote after last night's awful loss, I was admittedly bitter, and I did not think the Royals had much of a chance against Chris Sale. Who has been Randy Johnson since he became a starter in 2012. Here's what I..." September 18
Seattle Times "Just a few hours after he admitted that his team wasn’t an “offensive juggernaut” — a premise few would argue with him about — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon watched his team look like one on Tuesday night. The Mariners scored a combined 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings and rolled to an..." September 17
Chicago Tribune "White Sox manager Robin Ventura was still in a joking mood -- even after managing a nine-inning game that lasted 4 hours, 16 minutes Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. “I didn’t even notice,” Ventura joked of the game’s length. “I thought it was nice and crisp.” It probably helped Ventura’s..." September 17
Over The Monster "The Red Sox fell behind early, but erased a 4-0 deficit with an eight-run attack highlighted by a three-run shot from Xander Bogaerts and a Daniel Nava grand slam. While the Red Sox enjoyed some nice performances at the plate, you may have gathered that this was not exactly a banner night for..." September 15
SB Nation "Ned Yost is used to fans being mad at him. Back in 2008, he was the manager of the Brewers, and SI.com ran an article centered around his unpopularity: "I could do four hours of Ned Yost every day if I wanted to," says Steve "The Homer" True, the host of a drive time radio sports talk show in..." September 15
Danny Duffy said he survived his light bullpen session, and felt no pain during it. He still hopes to pitch Tuesday.
Fox Sports "Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night. Manager Ned Yost overhauled his batting order and got immediate results. The Royals scored seven runs for the first..." September 14
Danny Duffy plans to throw a light bullpen on Sunday. He hopes to start on Tuesday.
Boston Globe "In another blow to the Royals postseason hopes, the Red Sox got six strong innings from Allen Webster and a big game from reserve second baseman Jemile Weeks to beat Kansas City 4-2 on Friday night at Kaufmann Stadium. The win improved the Sox to 5-0 against the Royals this year. Despite David..." September 13
ESPN Boston "There's not enough time for Clay Buchholz to put lipstick on this pig of a season and make it look good. Same with the last-place Boston Red Sox, who have followed their World Series championship with a real stinker of a year. There is time, however, for the veteran right-hander to leave 2014..." September 12
Royals Review "James Shields steps into the clubhouse before putting on his warmup clothes, setting his phone in his locker. He converses with Billy Butler about the upcoming Chiefs game, both concluding it would be an unmitigated disaster for the red team, both pinkie swearing not to tell this to their Chiefs..." September 11
Detroit News "So in the opener of the big-cat twin bill Monday —– Tigers during the day, Lions at night — the Tigers benefited from history repeating itself. They piled up eight hits against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie in a six-run third inning, en route to a 9-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals at..." September 09
New York Daily News "The Stadium was a happy place early Sunday afternoon as the Yankees feted their captain, celebrating his remarkable career with Derek Jeter Day. But the good feelings — and the buzzing atmosphere — evaporated during a sloppy game that could be damaging to the club’s dream of one last postseason..." September 08
Ned Yost says there's a "good possibility" Danny Duffy is only dealing with biceps tendinitis. Yost also said he was not a physician.
Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost started Josh Willingham at designated hitter for the second day in a row on Sunday. One of his reasons was he wanted to give Billy Butler "a day off to mentally relax a little bit. He’s been grinding really hard." Butler has batted .182 in his last 10 games. He posted..." September 07
Greg Holland (triceps tightness) says he is good to pitch today. He may still be held out as a precaution.
New York Post "If the Yankees actually are going to keep September interesting, they’re going to have to play better than they have all season — and even if they manage that, they will need a lot of breaks. They got one on Saturday, when Kansas City starter Danny Duffy, among the league leaders in ERA this..." September 07
Danny Duffy diagnosed w left shoulder soreness. #Royals
Holland had tightness in tricep, held out for precautionary reasons.
Kansas City Star "The formula still worked for the Royals, at least on this night. It was Wade Davis rather than Greg Holland locking down the ninth inning Friday at Yankee Stadium, but the result was the same. And as long as Holland’s triceps issue is as minor as the Royals said it was, they can look back on..." September 06
#Royals have released LHP Bruce Chen.
Royals Review "In a night where Justin Verlander continues his season-long slow burn back from whatever planet he occupied all by himself, catalyzing a 7-0 Detroit Tigers loss, the Kansas City Royals stepped ahead. Kansas City won 4-1 against the Texas Rangers, finishing a sweep that was so desperately needed..." September 04
Hardball Talk "The Royals best win of the season came on Tuesday night. But because there were only 13,000 people there, Ned Yost took it upon himself to call out the fans for not showing up, saying that the Royals needed their support: “I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game? . . . We’re in..." September 01
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Only Mother Nature could prevent the Indians from sweeping the first-place Royals. And she only did half the trick. A late-night summer storm passed through Kauffman Stadium just as Kyle Crockett took the hill to attempt to close out a 4-2 Indians win, a triumph that would complete a three-game..." September 01
Ned Yost hopes Josh Willingham will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. His back is still stiff.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jose Ramirez rose up off his backside, his pants dirtied, his helmet jarred loose. He smacked his hands together and exhaled as his foot graced third base. After nearly 11 innings, many dripping with late-season drama, he was 90 feet from home. The Indians have been pushed to the brink on..." August 31
Cleveland Plain Dealer "This is what the Indians have wanted. It's what they have aimed for all year. Despite a season defined, to this point, by inconsistency and shortcomings in all phases of the game, the Indians are playing meaningful contests against teams that sit ahead of them in the standings. The schedule now..." August 30
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Usually, there are no saves awarded in an 11-5 victory like the Twins’ over Kansas City on Thursday night. But go ahead and credit Trevor Plouffe with a big save. Plouffe intercepted Jordan Schafer as he muttered his way past umpire Ron Kulpa, the man at third base who had just called an irate..." August 29
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have claimed infielder Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pirates, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star tweets. Nix was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Monday. Nix, 31, has bounced around a good deal this year, and will now join his fourth organization on the season." August 29
Hardball Talk "Kansas City TV station KSHB in Kansas City interviewed Royals catcher Salvador Perez. It’s the standard stuff: he hopes the Royals will win the World Series this year. He used to play a different position before playing catcher. He is close friends with his teammates. He wears womens’ perfume..." August 29
#Royals' Hosmer taking BP. Could go on rehab assignment this weekend
Kansas City Star "As Alex Gordon’s game-winning home run sailed over the fence on Tuesday night, Kim Clawson shook her husband, Kevin, in excitement. From their home in Topeka. The Clawsons have attended some 25 Royals games at Kauffman Stadium this season and made it over for Wednesday’s game against the..." August 28
Kansas City Star "The chants overlapped as Nori Aoki stepped toward the plate. From both sides of Kauffman Stadium, the fans threw their voices toward the diamond, the sounds mixing but not muddling. The words were simple — “Let’s go Royals” — but the volume blared in the eighth inning of a 6-1 victory over..." August 28
#Royals recall RHP Liam Hendriks from AAA, he will start tonight vs. Twins; option RHP Aaron Crow to Northwest Arkansas (AA).
Kansas City Star "For a team that couldn’t hit the ocean falling out of a boat for two games and eight innings, Royals starter Danny Duffy had a feeling in the bottom of the ninth. He knew who was due up. “You got Gordo coming up and you know something big’s going to happen,” Duffy said. Like a charm, Alex..." August 27
Kansas City Star "Back in the training room, Danny Duffy is fixated on the television as a ninth inning that feels more important than most begins. The Royals need two runs to win. They have scored two runs in their last 28 innings. The Twins have called on their All-Star closer, the one with a biting fastball and..." August 27
Eric Hosmer will undergo another X-ray on his hand on Monday. Hopes to be cleared to start his hitting program.
Fox Sports Kansas City "One pitch, one run. And then it was smooth sailing for Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie gave up a leadoff home run by Shin-Soo Choo, but didn't allow another run over eight innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Saturday night for their 24th win in 30 games. Alex Gordon had two..." August 24
Kansas City Star "On his first day as a Kansas City Royal, Josh Willingham leaned back in a clubhouse chair and took in his surroundings. Across the room, a group of reporters ringed a corner locker. Willingham turned to new teammate Danny Duffy and asked about the status of the locker’s inhabitant. “So Alex..." August 24
Kansas City Star "The follow-through of Yordano Ventura can resemble a combination of beauty and chaos. His right leg rises to his waist and whip-saws his body toward first base. His right arm resembles a windmill. His limbs flail as his body absorbs the energy created by the velocity of his fastball. At times..." August 23
Scott Downs (neck thing) is slated to throw a session of live B.P. when the team returns home. He is eligible to come off the D.L. Shrug.
Hardball Talk "Good news here for the first-place Royals — I just like saying that — as Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that an MRI on Salvador Perez‘s right knee revealed no structural damage. Perez left Monday’s game after he tweaked the patella tendon in his knee while running the bases. He..." August 22
Kansas City Star "Two days after he first tweaked the patella tendon in his right knee, and one day after he returned to the lineup without any extra rest, Royals catcher Salvador Perez was scratched from Wednesday’s game at Coors Field. He experienced a recurrence of symptoms shortly before the game began. “He..." August 21
Denver Post "Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa has found a home sweet home on the Front Range. Although his team owns the worst record in the National League, he departed Wednesday night's 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals with a 13-8 record and 4.21 ERA. He has a legitimate chance to surpass his..." August 21
Kansas City Star "On the plane ride into Colorado, as Monday evening segued into Tuesday morning, Ned Yost celebrated his 60th birthday. His team arrived at its hotel at 2 a.m. He awoke the next morning still the steward of a first-place club and a manager suddenly incapable of missteps. He crafted his Royals..." August 20
Kansas City Star "The sequence confirmed the blessed fortune shining on the Royals, even as the events hinted at the organization’s darkest fear. In the seventh inning of a 6-4 victory over Minnesota on Monday, Salvador Perez stood inside the dugout with his shirt untucked and his right knee sore. It was his turn..." August 19
Kansas City Star "The aftershocks from Greg Holland’s momentary lapses in Friday’s ninth inning were still apparent the next afternoon. Manager Ned Yost blamed himself for overusing his closer. Holland insisted he would continue to answer the call, even as he dealt with fatigue. His weariness manifested against..." August 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Let’s get the Kurt Suzuki lowlight out of the way. The Royals’ Nori Aoki took off for third base in the fourth inning on Saturday. Suzuki turned and threw to third — but the ball ended up rolling to Chris Parmelee in left. A wild throw, and then some. Aoki was able to score on the wild..." August 17