Royals Rumors & News

  • Perez goes 5-for-5 as Royals rout Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Even a lengthy rain delay couldn't slow down the red-hot bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. Perez had a career-high five hits in leading the Royals to a 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night at soggy Target Field. Perez finished a home run..." May 24

  • Cabrera helps White Sox avert sweep by Royals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier arrived to the clubhouse early Sunday to analyze video of some of his recent at-bats. "I was swinging at a lot of pitches, and I was saying, 'Slow it down a little bit, get my footwork ready,'" Frazier said. "We're all professionals,..." May 22

  • Cain's homer lifts Royals past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- With their starting pitcher on a pitch count and down two relievers in the bullpen because of overuse on Saturday, the Kansas City Royals understood the importance of efficiency. An extended appearance by Joakim Soria and a timely Lorenzo Cain home run certainly did not hurt...." May 21

  • Royals activate Mike Moustakas after DL stint

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals have activated third baseman Mike Moustakas from the 15-day disabled list. The Royals optioned Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday after he hit .255 in 13 starts in place of Moustakas." May 21

  • Orlando leads Royals over reeling White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost owes a debt of gratitude to the bottom of his lineup. "It's key," Yost said. "Especially when the middle of the order, the production has been down a little bit. You've got to pick up that production somewhere." On Friday, No. 9 hitter..." May 21

  • Red Sox win night game for doubleheader split

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. does not have any superstitious routines in his hitting streak, while David Price is pitching well like David Price. Price pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts homered as the Boston Red Sox toppled the Kansas City..." May 19

  • Eric Hosmer wants DH in the National League

    Sportsnaut "Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer wants to see the designated hitter in the National League. Not only does he want to see it, but it’s something that he sees as a pressing issue. In the most recent “What the Blank?” section of The Players’ Tribune, Hosmer was asked what he’d do if..." May 19

  • Details Are Finally Out About The Infamous Kansas City Royals Panty Raid of '14

    The Big Lead "In 2014, as the Kansas City Royals were making what was then seen as an unlikely run to the World Series, the Department of Homeland Security had an altogether different kind of run in mind. A run into a store to confiscate a bunch of panties. Vice has the details, which it acquired through..." May 19

  • Orlando carries Royals past Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Paulo Orlando opened the season on the Kansas City Royals' bench with Reymond Fuentes starting in right field and Jarrod Dyson on the disabled list. When Dyson returned, he started in right and Fuentes was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. When Dyson sputtered, manager Ned Yost..." May 18

  • Red Sox-Royals rainout postpones Ventura's start a day

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura will have to wait a day to try to slow down the potent Boston Red Sox bats. The Red Sox-Royals game scheduled for Monday night at Kauffman Stadium was rained out and will be made up as a day-night doubleheader Wednesday...." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Here’s what keeps Royals officials up at night

    Kansas City Star "The losing keeps them up at night. Sometimes, that’s phone calls past midnight or cramming the scouting reports into the early morning. Other nights, that means Royals officials waking up around 3 to the memory of another loss, the frustration and repeated setbacks driving them to pace the..." May 16

  • Morales' 13th-inning homer lifts Royals over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendrys Morales was 0-for-5 on the day with two strikeouts, his average dripping below .200, when he came to the plate in the 13th inning Sunday. He then delivered in the clutch. Morales blasted a two-run homer to straightaway center with two outs, and the Kansas..." May 15

  • It is time for Danny Duffy to get another shot at the starting rotation

    Royals Review "The Royals have been going through major starting pitching issues lately, with Chris Young and Kris Medlen serving as the main culprits for the rotation woes. The pair have combined for a 7.15 ERA in 56 2/3 innings with 4.9 walks per-nine-innings, and are averaging just 4.3 innings pitched per..." May 14

  • Perez, Volquez pace Royals over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez got the clutch hit for the insurance runs, while Edinson Volquez pitched deep into the game, which is what the Kansas City Royals needed. Perez drove in two runs with an eighth inning single and Volquez allowed one run over seven innings as the Kansas City..." May 14

  • Chris Young, Kris Medlen placed on 15-day disabled list

    Kansas City Star "The Royals placed 40 percent of their starting rotation on the disabled list on Thursday. They called on left-hander Danny Duffy to occupy one of the voids. The dominos, reinforcements and juggling of roles all came in the hours before a series finale at Yankee Stadium. The final ledger looked..." May 13

  • Headley ends home run drought, lifts Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Chase Headley did not want to know when his last home run occurred and he was not placing odds the first one of this season would travel down the left field line. It had been eight months since Headley's last home run and Thursday, the switch-hitting third baseman finally hit a..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Royals’ Ned Yost says Kris Medlen is experiencing shoulder issue

    Kansas City Star "Before Wednesday’s 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees, Royals manager Ned Yost said right-hander Kris Medlen would “more than likely” make his next start on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Kauffman Stadium. But then a shoulder issue surfaced on late Wednesday afternoon, putting that start..." May 12

  • Ventura saves Royals' bullpen in win over Yanks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Yordano Ventura opened the season as the No. 3 starter for the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals. He acted like a No. 1 starter when the Royals needed an ace-type performance Wednesday night. Ventura provided some much-needed rest to an overworked bullpen..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Cain homers three times but Royals fall to Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Keeping Lorenzo Cain in the ballpark proved difficult for the New York Yankees. On Tuesday, the Yankees had enough offense to overcome those swings. Despite giving up three home runs to Cain, the Yankees scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning as Brett Gardner..." May 10

  • Your diagnosis of the Royals' attitude is probably wrong

    Royals Review "The Royals are playing lousy baseball right now, there is no doubt about that. They have dropped ten of their last thirteen, getting outscored 66-35 over that time. They have hit just .243/.292/.335 over that time with just two walks per game, striking out 20% of the time. Their starting pitchers..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Royals Top Prospect Raul Mondesi Suspended for PED Use

    KAKE "The Kansas City Royals were notified this afternoon of the 50-game suspension given to infielder Raul Mondesi Jr. Below is a statement from Royals’ Senior Vice President and General Manager Dayton Moore: “This is an unfortunate incident that we believe to be an innocent mistake, but these..." May 10

  • Chapman makes his debut in Yankees' win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- As Aroldis Chapman ran toward the mound for his anticipated debut, a flame-filled graphic surrounded his name on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard. Then the new Yankees closer lived up to the graphic by reaching 101 mph several times during the ninth inning. Chapman allowed..." May 09

  • Indians' Tomlin raises record to 5-0

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND - He is not the most physically imposing pitcher in the league, and certainly not the hardest thrower. But in five starts this year Josh Tomlin is 5-0. Tomlin pitched six innings to keep his perfect record intact and Mike Napoli homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 5-4,..." May 08

  • Morales, Kennedy give Royals shot in arm

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- This was exactly what the struggling Kansas City Royals needed. Lockdown pitching and plenty of hitting. The result was a 7-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field. "It was just what the doctor ordered for us," Royals manager Ned Yost said...." May 07

  • Royals send Moustakas to DL with thumb fracture

    The Score "The Kansas City Royals placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left thumb fracture. " May 07

  • Salazar pitches Indians to win over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians' starting rotation is starting to flex its muscles, and the wins are starting to follow. Danny Salazar became the latest starter to dominate as he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings to help lead Cleveland to a 7-1 victory over the slumping Kansas City Royals..." May 06

  • Nationals take Royals to school in 13-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals hosted "School Day at the K," but it was the Washington Nationals who did all the teaching. The Nationals outplayed the Royals from a pitching, hitting and defense standpoint, and that made the game a laugher from the start. They scored six runs in..." May 04

  • Royals rally late to defeat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seems like old times for the Kansas City Royals. After failing to mount much offense off Washington starter Tanner Roark through the first seven innings, the Royals scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to claim a dramatic 7-6 victory Tuesday night at Kauffman..." May 04

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Murphy, Gonzalez lead Nats past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Daniel Murphy's words wouldn't say it, but his smile said this one was special. Murphy collected three hits, including career hit number 1,000, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-0 Monday in the opener of an inter-league series. Gio Gonzalez..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Royals end scoreless steak, win finale at Seattle

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Mired in a five-game losing streak that saw them go two-plus games with scoring a run, the Kansas City Royals were in desperate need of a slump-buster Sunday afternoon. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy and second baseman Omar Infante provided just the antidote. Infante's two-out..." May 01

  • Smith, Hernandez lead Mariners over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez turned in another quality start and Seattle Mariners teammate Seth Smith provided all the offense with a solo home run, but it was the way centerfielder Leonys Martin finished Friday's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals that left the lasting memory. Martin, who..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Report: Alex Rios has received offers, but is seeking a significant role

    Hardball Talk "We’re almost into May and outfielder Alex Rios remains teamless. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Rios has received offers, but he hasn’t accepted any yet because he’s seeking a job with a “significant role”. Ostensibly, that means a starting role or possibly a platoon role. Rios, 35, was..." April 29

  • Angels sweep Royals but closer Street injured

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It was one of those "good news, bad news" days for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The good news came on the field as they completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a 4-2 win at Angel Stadium. The bad news came..." April 28

  • Raul Ibanez To Replace Curt Schilling On ESPN

    The Big Lead "Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN last week after sharing a controversial meme on Facebook. It didn’t take the network long to find his replacement. Former big league outfielder Raul Ibanez will take Schilling’s place after agreeing to a multi-year deal with ESPN. A release by the company says..." April 28

  • Rare Giavotella homer lifts Angels past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Johnny Giavotella endured some good-natured ribbing from some of his Los Angeles Angels teammates as he was surrounded by reporters after the game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. After all, it isn't often that Giavotella shows the pop possessed by teammates such..." April 27

  • Pujols belts two homers to help Angels defeat Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Being Albert Pujols means trying to concentrate on the task ahead while leaving some of baseball's greats behind. Pujols hit two home runs and Mike Trout added a third to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in front of..." April 26

  • Ventura, Royals shackle Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura was nearly flawless after the first inning, and he received offensive assistance from Kansas City Royals reserves Drew Butera and Christian Colon, who were making rare starts. Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings, and Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer..." April 24

  • Was there tension between Salvador Perez and Wade Davis after the game?

    Royals Review "The Royals beat the Orioles 4-2 on Friday night, but after closing out the win for his league-leading seventh save, Wade Davis did not exactly look like a happy camper. Davis appears to glare at catcher Salvador Perez before spitting in his direction, while Kendrys Morales puts an arm on him...." April 23

  • Volquez, Royals blank Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Edinson Volquez made great pitches, while Alex Gordon made a spectacular catch. Volquez threw seven scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas homered as the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Thursday night. Volquez (3-0) allowed five hits, walked one and..." April 21

  • Zimmermann leads Tigers past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Detroit Tigers awarded Jordan Zimmermann megabucks to anchor their rotation, and he has richly rewarded them. Zimmermann kept putting up zeros, and Victor Martinez collected his 1,000th career RBI as the Tigers staved off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday..." April 21