The Globe and Mail "It is hardly the blockbuster that many fans were hoping for but the Toronto Blue Jays have made a deal in advance of Thursday’s non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline. The Blue Jays have sent backup catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks, who were both playing in Triple-A for the..." July 29
Kansas City Star "Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was laboring. The Indians played merry-go-round on the bases in the second inning and didn’t stop until they reached five runs. Even Guthrie appeared to be getting dizzy. He didn’t cover the bag after an impressive diving stop by first baseman Billy Butler, and..." July 27
Kansas City Star "Billy Butler didn’t knock off a season’s worth of frustration with one swing, but Friday’s two-run homer in the eighth-inning to break a tie and send the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Indians made an entire clubhouse smile. Manager Ned Yost, who had benched Butler for the second time in..." July 26
Billy Butler is going to lose time at DH in the coming days, Ned Yost says. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will get reps there.
Kansas City Star "The throw from center field was true, and Mike Moustakas understood he would require good fortune to snap a ninth-inning deadlock. Major-league baseball outlawed home-plate collisions this last offseason, so Moustakas said he chose the next best option, “trying to slide in hard” toward Chicago..." July 24
Eric Hosmer left today's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," the team announces.
Kansas City Star "Dayton Moore tapped his hand against the back of a bench. Seated next to him, Ned Yost kicked his foot up against a nearby railing. Together they sat inside the visitors’ dugout Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field and watched the latest edition of the Royals take batting practice. Moore built this..." July 23
The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23
CSN Chicago "Whenever Chris Sale pitches the White Sox think they have a pretty good chance to win. But this season the team’s level of execution is significantly better. Sale had just enough to get through a few trying times on Monday night and his offense and defense chipped in too in a 3-1 White Sox..." July 22
CBSSports.com "The Royals are looking for corner bats as they try to fix their offensive woes and get back into the AL Central race, and Rangers right fielder Alex Rios is one player they've considered. Kansas City is 14th in the AL with a .687 OPS and 12th with 388 runs, so it understands it needs some help." July 22
Dayton Moore: "We need the group of players we have to produce. We believe they will." Doesn't sound like Royals are close on any trades.
Royals have interest in trading for Marlon Byrd, sources say, but it's no longer certain they will be deadline buyers. They are 48-48.
WEEI Boston "Entering Saturday’s game against the Royals, the Red Sox had only scored two runs over starter Rubby De La Rosa‘s last four starts, equaling out to an unsightly 0.73 run support average. Boston was able to double that run total on Saturday night, and while two runs isn’t much, it was..." July 20
Kansas City Star "Billy Butler swung a pair of Mariucci bats inside the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park, rotating the lumber from hand to hand, pondering the factors behind his first-half torment. “Some years, you just have a down year,” said Butler, the Royals’ designated hitter. “And you feel the same. For..." July 19
The Royals acquired RHP Jason Frasor from Texas for minor-league RHP Spencer Patton.
MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16
ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15
Hardball Talk "Last week the Mariners were said to be interested in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and now their search for a right-handed hitter apparently includes Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Mariners have “talked to the Royals about Butler,” who has..." July 15
AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P
NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P
Detroit News "One would think that even at this late hour, with the break beginning after Sunday’s games, there’d be room on the American League All-Star team for a pitcher with 12 wins. Such as Rick Porcello. After all, there’s no one in the A.L. with more than Porcello’s 12 – the latest being his 5-1..." July 13
Villanueva and Ruggiano being looked at by the Royals per Levine
Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers got just enough offense tonight to improve to 5-0 at Kauffman Stadium this season. The Tigers were outhit, 11-5, but went on to beat the Royals, 2-1. The Tigers had pounded out 19 hits in a 16-4 win over the Royals on Thursday night. The Tigers, leading 2-1, got a bit of..." July 12
CSN Philly "As baseball’s trade season heats up, Marlon Byrd will be connected to any team looking for a bat. The Phillies’ rightfielder is having an excellent season. He leads the team in homers (18) and slugging (.481) and is second in RBIs (52). Byrd has been down this road before. He was traded from..." July 12
Detroit News "Ah, yes, first place versus second again — the Tigers and Royals. For a series to be a showdown, though, both teams need to show up — which only one did Thursday night. And that team, in a 16-4 trouncing, was the Tigers. With three runs in the first, three more in the fourth, another..." July 11
Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez wagged his tongue as he bounded up a flight of steps away from the scene of his heroics. The door to the visitors’ clubhouse at Tropicana Field slammed behind him. The concrete walls could not muffle the resulting roars from his teammates. A ninth-inning bolt of lightning, a..." July 10
CBSSports.com "Angels shortstop Erick Aybar as been named to the AL All-Star Team has an injury replacement for Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, MLB announced. Gordon is dealing with a wrist issue. Aybar, 30, is heading to the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his nine-year career. He is hitting..." July 10
Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays scored a couple of runs in the eighth inning Tuesday night to extend their lead to three, which seemed like plenty of insurance with reliever Jake McGee on the mound. Turns out, they needed both of those runs because the Kansas City Royals made things exciting as McGee tried..." July 09
Jason Vargas needs an appendectomy. He won't return to Kansas City until Friday. Bruce Chen expected to start in his place on Sunday.
The Royals see Saunders as a useful piece for rotation depth. He also could aid their bullpen down the stretch. Low-risk move. No-risk move.
Kansas City Star "He had twirled shutouts on this surface and spilled champagne on its fringes, but never before had James Shields stood atop the Tropicana Field mound wearing the road grays of the Royals. At 7:14 p.m. on Monday, Shields scooped a baseball off the AstroTurf and paced a semi-circle. He toed the..." July 08
Tampa Bay Times "Longtime Rays ace RHP James Shields is eagerly looking forward to coming back and pitching at the Trop tonight for the first time since being traded to the Royals after the 2012 season. "I'm very excited," he said. "And ready to go." The Rays are starting RHP Jake Odorizzi, one of the four..." July 07
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians trail the first-place Detroit Tigers by 6.0 games in the AL Central. The Tigers (48-37) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3, Sunday night at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Tigers lost the final three of the four-game series. The Tigers are off Monday; the Indians begin a four-game..." July 07
The Royals signed LHP Scott Downs, and optioned Casey Coleman.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "T.J. House's first big league victory came with all the perks: four game balls, the game's lineup card, plenty of text messages from home and. . . wait for it. . .a beer shower from his teammates. "I'll take one of those every time I pitch if it means the team wins," said House. The details..." July 06
Kansas City Star "Christian Colon heard the news around 5:45 p.m., a few hours before Friday’s 7-1 Royals’ victory. He was walking off the field after scooping groundballs before the game when Royals manager Ned Yost pulled him aside. Colon, Yost explained, would start at second base. When Omar Infante suffered..." July 05
Infante is dealing with tightness in his lower back. Colon gets the first start of his career.
Source: #Royals sign Paul Janish to minor league deal and assign him to AAA.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Even when the Twins win, they still can’t win. It was star first baseman Joe Mauer’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded double that sparked the Twins’ biggest lead in recent memory. But while the crowd cheered Eduardo Escobar and Sam Fuld home, Mauer pulled up in pain at second base. Mauer’s injury..." July 02
Ned Yost does not expect Nori Aoki to be activated on this road trip.
Kansas City Star "His left leg aching after absorbing yet another foul tip, Alcides Escobar limped into the Royals clubhouse, a boisterous room that had settled down more than an hour after a 6-1 victory over the Twins. Escobar played a critical role in the triumph: He ripped a two-run double to open the scoring,..." July 01
The Royals have signed Raul Ibanez to a big-league deal, and called up Christian Colon. Ciriaco and Maxwell were DFA'd.
#Royals announce that they've traded LHP Donnie Joseph to Miami for cash considerations. Joseph was DFA'd on June 24.
Los Angeles Times "EY MOMENT: The Angels nursed a 2-0 lead through a four-hour rain delay, but David Freese gave them two more runs in the sixth inning. He had three hits — tying his high with the Angels — and drove in three runs. His batting average rose to a season-high .238. Freese is batting .175 when he bats in..." June 29
lhp brandon finnegan signed for slot $2,200,600 with royals. 17th pick overall.