Royals Rumors & News

  • Omar Infante battles through pain and emerges on offense for Royals

    Kansas City Star "The life returned to Omar Infante’s right arm last week. His bat had to wait a few extra days. He delivered his signature moment as a Royal in the second game of the World Series, smacking his first home run in two months as the final salvo of a five-run inning that helped his team even the Fall..." October 24

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Ned Yost acknowledged possibility Jarrod Dyson might start tomorrow. Nori Aoki has more value off the bench than Dyson as a pinch hitter.

  • Strickland 'embarrassed', hopes for another chance

    CSN Bay Area "Hunter Strickland already owned up to his emotional transgressions in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night. Given a day to process everything that happened, though, and after talking with coaches and teammates, the right-handed rookie said he had an even better understanding of how bad it..." October 24

  • Fueled by big sixth inning, Royals tie up World Series with 7-2 victory over Giants

    Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez pointed to his mouth and then to his chest. The objects of his ire were the blazing eyes and flapping lips of San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland. The Royals had just treated Strickland like a piñata, busting open the sixth inning in a 7-2 victory, evening this World Series at..." October 23

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Bumgarner controls Game 1, Giants win 7-1

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants cared enough to send their very best. What other way to describe Madison Bumgarner in the World Series? With their left-handed ace mixing a crackling fastball, a snapping cutter, a sweeping curve and even a surprising, 68-mph yakker, the Giants dealt the Kansas City Royals their..." October 22

  • The Royals are not dead, the World Series has just started

    SB Nation "Royals fans booed the first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series, a fastball from James Shields that arrived at 93 miles per hour, slightly outside to Giants leadoff man Gregor Blanco, and was called a ball by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. They were not booing the pitch, but the call. And maybe..." October 22

  • Report: Marlins may have James Shields atop shopping list

    CSN Washington "The Marlins infused their roster with veterans such as Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee last offseason and it paid off, as the team improved by 15 wins from the year before. This winter, according to, Miami hopes to gain even more experience, specifically free agents who have been..." October 22

  • Greg Holland wins first Mariano Rivera Award "Back in April, Major League Baseball announced that a new award would be handed out on an annual basis to the best relief pitcher in each league. The AL version of the award is now known as the Mariano Rivera Award, and the first winner of it is Royals closer Greg Holland. The announcement was..." October 22

  • Best tip ever! Wade Davis' wife gives waiter World Series ticket as a tip

    Yahoo! Sports "This sure beats getting tipped 15 percent: A waiter at a restaurant near Kansas City was handed a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series as a tip. The customer? Katelyn Davis, wife of Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis, the team's lockdown, eighth-inning reliever. KMBC-TV in Kansas City..." October 22

  • Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer re-injures shoulder in Arizona Fall League

    Hardball Talk "Shoulder problems limited Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer to just five innings in the minors this season and now the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft has re-injured his shoulder trying to make up for those lost innings in the Arizona Fall League. Jackson Alexander of reports that Zimmer..." October 21

  • James Shields passed a kidney stone during the ALCS "When Game 3 of the ALCS was rained out last week, many speculated the Royals would take advantage by using ace right-hander James Shields in Game 4 on regular rest. Instead, they opted to start Jason Vargas as scheduled and kept Shields lined up for Game 5. Turns out that decision was based on..." October 21

  • Kansas City Royals announce roster for 2014 World Series "The Kansas City Royals have announced their 25-man roster (attached) that they will use in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, scheduled to begin tonight at 7:07 p.m. CT. The 2014 World Series is being televised by FOX and MLB International, with radio broadcasts on ESPN Radio as..." October 21

  • Brandon Finnegan to be the first player to play in two World Series in one year

    Hardball Talk "College and Major League, that is. Brandon Finnegan was the first round selection of the Royals — the 17th pick overall — just this past June, signing for slot at $2,200,600. He signed out of Texas Christian University, where he posted a 2.04 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 105 and two-thirds..." October 20

  • Is women’s perfume the secret to Royals’ success?

    USA Today "The secret to the Kansas City Royals' unexpected success is out, although opponents will say they got a whiff of what was happening a while ago. Shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Salvador Perez, two of the Royals' key players in their march to the World Series, make a habit of wearing..." October 20

  • San Francisco radio stations ban Lorde's 'Royals' during World Series "It's no secret Lorde's biggest hit and the Kansas City baseball team share a name. The New Zealand artist based "Royals" off a photograph of Hall of Famer George Brett, and in March Brett sent the Grammy winner a jersey. Well San Francisco is not going to stand for it. Specifically two Bay Area..." October 20

  • 4 umps to work World Series for first time thanks to strong replay results "According to the Associated Press, four umpires will work the World Series for the first time this year thanks in part to their strong results on instant replace challenges during the regular season. Hunter Wendelstedt, Eric Cooper, Jim Reynolds and Jerry Meals are all heading to the Fall Classic..." October 19

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    Kansas City Royals @Royals

    Prior to today's workout, Manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will start Game 1, Yordano Ventura in Game 2. #TakeTheCrown

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    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    It's Bumgarner for Game 1. Peavy for Game 2.

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    As expected, James Shields and Yordano Ventura will be starting Game 1 and 2 of the World Series.

  • The Royals are “not hopeful” that they’ll sign James Shields

    Hardball Talk "“Big Game” James Shields may have a career postseason ERA of 5.19, but he’s still a really good starter and the Royals wouldn’t be where they are now without him. But if they’re going to get back to where they are next season, they’re gonna probably have to do it without him. Andy Martino in the..." October 18

  • Royals owner David Glass says Dayton Moore isn’t going anywhere

    Hardball Talk "There is a certain segment of Braves people — some fans, some, it seems, in the front office — who seem to think that Dayton Moore would leave the Royals to take the GM job in Atlanta. Maybe this made more sense when Moore was on the hot seat before this year, but it makes little sense to me given..." October 16

  • Royals defense and arms eke out 2 - 1 win over Orioles. One win away.

    Royals Review "Tonight's Royals were the Royals to whom we've all become accustomed. Their runs came by way of sacrifices. Their defense was marvelous. Their bullpen was untouchable. It may not seem real, but they are now one win away from flying another American League Pennant over Kauffman Stadium, the..." October 15

  • Royals head to World Series after sweeping Orioles in ALCS

    Kansas City Star "In the moments after the Royals won the pennant, after their 2-1 victory carried them to a sweep over the Orioles in the American League Championship Series, joy flowed like the fountains beyond this ballpark’s outfield fences. The last embers of afternoon sunshine still illuminated Kauffman..." October 15

  • Lorenzo Cain wins ALCS MVP "A few years ago, Lorenzo Cain was a young and talented player who was sent to the Royals in the "Zack Greinke trade." And now, after the Royals swept the Orioles in the ALCS, Cain is the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player for 2014. The announcement was made shortly after..." October 15

  • Jeremy Guthrie apologizes for 'These O's Ain't Royal' T-shirt

    Sporting News "Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie apologized to the Orioles for wearing a T-shirt to his post-game news conference Tuesday night that read, "These O's Ain't Royal." Guthrie wore the shirt, a twist on the Chris Brown song "Loyal," after Kansas City beat his former team 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in..." October 15

  • Royals' Finnegan gives overjoyed fan on Twitter ALCS tickets

    Fox Sports "If you're one of the people on the Royals bandwagon, this story will only make you root harder for the team. Royals relief pitcher Brandon Finnegan came through for a fan on Twitter who had asked for playoff tickets. Not only did Finnegan respond to the request ("Help a broke Royals fan out..." October 14

  • The rainout could mean Chris Tillman and James Shields come back for Game 4

    Hardball Talk "The rainout pushes Game 3 to Tuesday and Game 4 to Wednesday, which means we could see Game 1 starters James Shields and Chris Tillman in Game 4 on regular rest. No word from Ned Yost on that, but Buck Showalter has already said that Tillman is a possibility for the O’s on Wednesday. Tillman..." October 13

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    Sam Mellinger @mellinger

    There will be no game three of the ALCS tonight.

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3. James Shields is an option for Game 4, but Ned Yost said team will debate giving him an extra day's rest.

  • Jarrod Dyson is mighty confident the Royals will win the ALCS "The Royals went into Camden Yards and took the first two games of the ALCS from the Orioles this weekend. The series now shifts to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, so the Royals have a chance to clinch their first AL pennant in three decades in front of their home fans. Speedster Jarrod Dyson,..." October 13

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Jason Vargas is official to start Game 4.

  • Royals take commanding 2-0 lead over Orioles in ALCS

    Fox Sports "When will the late-game magic end? The Royals, America's darlings, kept defying the odds with yet another remarkable late rally Saturday, toppling the stunned Orioles with two go-ahead runs in the ninth to post a 6-4 victory. The Royals now come home in the best-of-seven ALCS with a..." October 12

  • Royals rally past O's to take 2-0 ALCS lead

    Royals Review "You know…one of these days, this run has to end, right? Right? … Hello…? Then again, maybe not. It’s certainly not showing any signs of ending any time soon. Kansas City used a late-inning push to sneak past yet another playoff opponent, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 in game..." October 11

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Jason Vargas will "probably" start Game 4, Ned Yost says. Duffy will stay in the bullpen.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Jeremy Guthrie is #Royals Game 3 starter.

  • Royals, eight-run army defeat Orioles in Game 1 of ALCS

    Royals Review "Kansas City jumped out to an early lead in the third inning on the strength of a Hercules Escobar home run, followed by a bases-clearing broken-bat double by Alex Gordon. Baltimore scored one in the bottom half of the frame, making the score 4-1 Royals after three. In the fifth, Kansas City added..." October 11

  • Yordano Ventura exits ALCS Game 2 with an injury

    Hardball Talk "Royals starter Yordano Ventura left the field with a trainer with two outs in the sixth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Orioles on Saturday night. He threw a fastball to Caleb Joseph, who fouled it back. Ventura then stepped off of the mound and was tended to by a trainer before making a quick..." October 11

  • Orioles, Royals have starters aligned for first two ALCS games in K.C.

    Sporting News "After his counterpart delayed naming Saturday's starter, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was coy about his pitchers for the first two ALCS games at Kauffman Stadium. Turns out, it will be nothing out of the ordinary. Jeremy Guthrie gets the call for Game 3, with Jason Vargas likely to go in..." October 11

  • Omar Infante still impacted by shoulder woes "Royals second baseman Omar Infante is still being bothered by shoulder issues, according to the Kansas City Star. Infante admitted that he's had pain all season. "When I swing in BP, I feel a lot of pain," Infante said. "I can't swing really hard. I feel bad, because all year, I've felt..." October 10

  • KC city council renames Baltimore Ave to Royals Ave for ALCS "Know that there is a street in Kansas City called Baltimore Avenue. Also know that the Royals of Kansas City are playing the Orioles of Baltimore in the ALCS. Clearly, the center cannot hold. To address this desperate situation, the Kansas City Council, which is there for those with nowhere..." October 10

  • The Red Sox are the “early favorite” for James Shields. We’re doing this already?

    Hardball Talk "Andy McCullough of the KC Star has a story today noting, quite correctly, that in addition to trying to pitch his Kansas City Royals into the World Series, James Shields is also auditioning for a big free agent contract after the season ends: At 32, he figures to be the most affordable of the..." October 10

  • MLB announces the game times for ALCS

    CSN Baltimore "Major League Baseball has announced the game times for the balance of the American League Championship Series. The first two game times, Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at Oriole Park had been announced earlier in the week. Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Tuesday at Kansas City are..." October 09

  • Royals to make run at Shields as free agent; playoff run helps "The Royals, who have been presumed to be a long shot to bring back ace James Shields, have decided they will indeed at least make a run at re-signing him, people familiar with the situation say. The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the..." October 08

  • Royals 'pretty set' on Ventura starting Game 2 "It will likely be Yordano Ventura taking the mound for the Royals on Saturday at Camden Yards in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (3 p.m. CT on TBS). Royals manager Ned Yost announced on Tuesday that he was "pretty set" on his rookie starter following ALCS Game 1 starter James..." October 08

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    No shock here: James Shields will start Game 1 on Friday.

  • Royals complete sweep of Angels with 8-3 victory, advance to ALCS

    Royals Review "The Kansas City Royals rolled to an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep over Los Angeles in the ALDS and securing a spot in the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles. The Angels jumped on the scoreboard first. With one out in the first, Mike Trout..." October 06

  • Eric Hosmer bought fans drinks to celebrate ALDS win over Angels "The Royals beat the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday night, sweeping the series and advancing to the franchise's first ALCS since 1985. With four days off until Game 1 of the ALCS, some celebration was in order. For first baseman Eric Hosmer, that meant going out for a night on the town..." October 06

  • Holland speeds from delivery room to mound "It's not an understatement to say that Royals closer Greg Holland is having the best week of his life. Holland celebrated the team's American League Wild Card Game win over the A's Tuesday night in Kansas City, only to bolt to North Carolina right after to be with his wife, Lacey, for the birth..." October 05

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    Mike DiGiovanna @MikeDiGiovanna

    #Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera has a slight flexor strain. Ned Yost says, "He's fine." No he's not. He's probably done for this season.

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