Royals Rumors & News

  • After hard slide night before, Brett Lawrie drilled in A’s win against Royals

    San Francisco Chronicle "Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base in the seventh inning Friday was still the primary topic of conversation before Saturday’s game at Kauffman Stadium — and then Lawrie was drilled by a 99 mph fastball from Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Ventura was ejected..." April 19

  • Lawrie, Escobar have different takes on text apology "Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses. On one end, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar claimed he had yet to hear from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who slid into Escobar while..." April 19

  • Royals closer Greg Holland placed on disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Greg Holland has been one of the game’s best relievers dating back to 2011, but the Royals will have to make due without him for a little while. The team announced this afternoon that Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain. After posting a 1.44 ERA during..." April 18

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    Joe Stiglich @JoeStiglichCSN

    Alcides Escobar a mild strain in left knee, and contusion. day to day

  • Paulo Orlando’s triple lifts Royals to 6-4 win over A’s

    Kansas City Star "The Oakland A’s at Kauffman Stadium, a sellout crowd and even a Salvador Perez knock down the left-field line. An April regular-season game or a September playoff game? It wasn’t a Wild Card Game, but the Royals’ 6-4 victory on Friday was wild, complete with a scary moment for Royals shortstop..." April 18

  • Twins unleash offense, survive shaky finish to take series from Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Paul Molitor said he and General Manager Terry Ryan recently went through an exercise in which they went down the roster and tried to project how many home runs each player would hit in 2015. “It usually doesn’t work that way,” Molitor said. “In fact, it’s usually never even..." April 17

  • Twins, with tweaked lineup, knock off Royals 3-1

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Paul Molitor on Wednesday tweaked his lineup for the first time in his young managerial career, moving Torii Hunter from fourth to second and Brian Dozier from second to fourth. But never underestimate how pitching can make an offense look good. As Kyle Gibson weaved his way..." April 16

  • Royals tab speedster Gore to replace Rios on roster

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals recalled outfielder Terrance Gore on Wednesday, manager Ned Yost told 610 Sports Radio, after injured outfielder Alex Rios was placed on the disabled list with a fractured left hand. Gore, 23, will be the Royals' fifth outfielder and last bench player. Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando..." April 15

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Alex Rios suffered a fracture in his left hand. He will be placed on the disabled list. No timetable yet for his return.

  • Royals surge into first place of American League Central with 12-3 victory over Twins

    Kansas City Star "Only four percent of the season has been completed, a seven-game sprint in the 162-game marathon. But the Royals stand alone in first place in the American League Central, unbeaten and undaunted, after a 12-3 trouncing the Twins on Monday afternoon. They are the last undefeated team remaining in..." April 14

  • Royals outfielder Alex Rios out indefinitely with fractured hand

    Hardball Talk "Kansas City’s new right fielder, Alex Rios, has been diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand and is out indefinitely after being hit by a pitch from Twins reliever J.R. Graham on Monday. Rios came to the Royals via free agency as the replacement for Norichika Aoki, signing a one-year, $11..." April 14

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Moore suggested it's too early to say how long Rios would be out, but suggested it would be "somewhere between" three weeks to six weeks.

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

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    Jeffrey Flanagan @FlannyMLB

    Rios will have xray. He thinks he is ok but not sure #royals

  • Royals crush Angels 9-2, but Yordano Ventura leaves early with another cramp

    Kansas City Star "Yordano Ventura unspooled the protective wraps from the right arm that silenced the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon. He removed another wrap from the right leg that betrayed him midway through the 9-2 Royals victory. He leaned back in a clubhouse chair and sipped from a 16-ounce bottle of..." April 13

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Yordano Ventura left the game with right calf cramp.

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    Joel Goldberg @goldbergkc

    Base hit as Ventura fails to cover first. Looks like hurt on pitch. Grabbed his knee and leaves game to "classy" boos

  • 6d
    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Kris Medlen threw curveballs off the mound this week for the first time since surgery. He plans to return to PHX for rehab outings in May.

  • Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez go deep as Royals down Angels 6-4, remain unbeaten

    Kansas City Star "Alex Rios maintains a quizzical expression when he stands at the plate, as if the opposing pitcher is a puzzle to be solved. In the fourth inning of a 6-4 Royals victory on Saturday he squinted toward the mound, where one of baseball’s great conundrums loomed. Rios tapped his left foot as he..." April 12

  • Royals return to Anaheim, down Angels again with 4-2 victory

    Kansas City Star "Six months have passed since the Royals last roamed Angel Stadium. They had arrived last year in the small hours of the first day of October, their heads still spinning and their skin still coated with the champagne sprayed after their delirious Wild Card game victory. It was in this park the..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Royals complete sweep, win 4-1 over White Sox

    Royals Review "These Royals never disappoint. Kansas City sweeps Chicago in its first series, moving to 3-0 on the year and dismantling the White Sox hype machine in embarrassing fashion. At first, it seemed as if the Royals' potent offense would continue its surprising surge without skipping a beat...." April 10

  • Royals looking to give Salvador Perez another extension

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Royals are open to handing catcher Salvador Perez another contract extension in hopes of making him a lifetime Royal, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Perez signed a five-year, $7-million extension with the Royals back in 2012 with a $5 million club option in 2018 and..." April 10

  • Royals ride Cain, Hosmer homers to 7-5 victory over White Sox

    Royals Review "The White Sox were unhappy about the lesson in baseball they received from the Royals on Opening Day. The Royals really hammered in the lesson, which was that they are now apparently good at baseball. The White Sox took matters into their own hands. Mike Moustakas, confident with the confidence..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

  • Royals pound White Sox 10-1 on Opening Day

    Kansas City Star "The baseball collided with the elbow of Lorenzo Cain, and the Royals dugout stirred to life. They were midway through a 10-1 thrashing of the White Sox on Opening Day, and Mike Moustakas had just homered off Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija. Cain stared toward the mound with displeasure and..." April 07

  • Lorenzo Cain: Jeff Samardzija 'hit me on purpose'

    CSN Chicago "There might be some bad blood boiling between the White Sox and Kansas City Royals. Though White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija said there was no intention, Royals center field Lorenzo Cain took exception to being struck with a pitch in the fifth inning of a 10-1 Kansas City victory on..." April 07

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

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    Jeffrey Flanagan @FlannyMLB

    Ventura had a cramp in his right thumb, according to #Royals, who do not consider it serious

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Beautiful Day Lineup: Escobar 6, Moustakas 5, Cain 8, Hosmer 3, Morales DH, Gordon 7, Rios 9, Perez 2, Infante 4, Ventura 1.

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

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    Jeffrey Flanagan @FlannyMLB

    #Royals set roster and RHP Ryan Madson and OF Paulo Orlando make it. LHP Brian Flynn to Omaha.

  • Royals, Yordano Ventura agree to five-year, $23 million extension

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Royals and starting pitcher Yordano Ventura reached an agreement on a long-term extension, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Saturday. Extension talks were first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Ventura will receive $23 million guaranteed over five years,..." April 05

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Ned Yost makes it sound like there's a very good chance Mike Moustakas will bat second to start the season.

  • Sources: Yordano Ventura in deep discussions with Royals on 5-year extension

    Yahoo! Sports "Fireballing starter Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals are deep into discussions on a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth season that would guarantee him more than $20 million, sources with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo Sports. Ventura, 23, thrived in his..." April 04

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Louis Coleman cleared waivers. He is headed to Omaha.

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

  • Joe Blanton unsure whether he’ll opt out of Royals minor-league deal

    Kansas City Star "Joe Blanton faces a choice in a few days. He can stay with the Royals organization and pitch for their Class AAA Omaha affiliate. Or he can attempt to latch onto another big-league roster. The choice results from the minor-league contract he signed with Kansas City last month. He can opt-out..." March 29

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Alex Rios says his thumb feels much better. He does say it's a condition he'll have to manage all season.

  • Royals go with RHP Ventura to start opener "The Kansas City Royals' starting rotation is set to start the 2015 season. Royals manager Ned Yost told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that 23-year-old Yordano Ventura will start the Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox in Kauffman Stadium. The rest of the Royals' rotation..." March 26

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Brett Eibner left the game with a bruised left foot.

  • Kris Medlen working way back to mound after second Tommy John surgery

    Kansas City Star "Kris Medlen felt his hands shake inside the parking lot on Wednesday. The nerves were understandable. He had driven to the Royals complex for weeks in pursuit of a day like this, when what he called a “huge milestone” would coincide with the sort of anniversary no pitcher wants to..." March 20

  • Royals' stellar defense could be even better in 2015

    Fox Sports Kansas City "Advanced metrics don't tell the whole story about the Royals' spectacular defense. After all, there are the diving catches, the leaping grabs and the all-out dead sprints to the wall that narrate Kansas City's defensive tale just fine. But advanced metrics can tell part of the story, including..." March 17

  • Royals sign infielder Rafael Furcal

    Royals Review "The Royals have signed long-time veteran infielder Rafael Furcal, in a story broken by our own BHWick and confirmed by beat writer Andy McCullough. Terms have not been disclosed. The 37-year old Furcal is a fourteen year Major League veteran with a career line of .281/.346/.402. He spent 2000-2005..." March 17

  • Luke Hochevar expected to begin season on disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar is in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that he’s “unlikely” to be ready for the season. Hochevar, who is almost exactly one year removed from surgery, tossed a scoreless inning in his..." March 17

  • Alex Gordon feels good after taking first BP for first time since surgery

    Hardball Talk "Good news for the defending American League champion Royals (it’s so much fun to say that), as Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that outfielder Alex Gordon took live batting practice today for the first time since right wrist surgery in January. Gordon said he felt no discomfort..." March 16

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Luke Hochevar will get three days off again after his outing today. It still sounds unlikely he'll be ready for Opening Day.

  • American League Central preview: White Sox join the party for division title "The American League Central sets up as a four team race with the Chicago White Sox projected to jump back into contention. Covers Expert Sean Murphy breaks down the National League East as we continue our preview of each division in the bigs. Detroit Tigers (2014: 90-72, -380 units, 84-72-2..." March 16