New York Post "There was serious speculation running through Kauffman Stadium before the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series that the Yankees were waiting for the end of the Series on Wednesday night to contact the Royals’ Raul Ibanez to gauge his interest in becoming their hitting..." October 30
World Series Science: don't dive into 1st base. Instant a runner leaves his feet, he slows down. May have cost Royals a run and the game.
San Francisco Chronicle "One hundred times they won for each other. They won 100 games for a manager who would just as soon bang his big head against a wall than publicly doubt them. They won 100 for a city that loves them and has come to expect the joy they have brought in this championship era. As fate would have..." October 30
SB Nation "It would have made for incredible television, but no, Alex Gordon shouldn't have tried to score the game-tying run on an inside-the-park home run. Alex Gordon came to the plate with the Royals trailing by one run and down to the their final out in the 2014 World Series. Giants pitcher Madison..." October 30
Royals expected to decline billy butlers $12M option. With aoki a free agent, may pursue torii hunter (they tried 7 yrs ago)
Royals Review "Yordano Ventura held down the Giants, while Kansas City's bats jumped all over Jake Peavy and Yusmeiro Petit. After two straight miserable games in San Francisco, the likely fallacious myth of momentum would appear to have been in the Giants' favor. Needing just one win to end the Royals'..." October 29
MLB.com "This was the way it had to be. For the two Wild Card-winning clubs that could not be denied. For the World Series loaded with punches and counterpunches. For the legion of fans invested either in the Giants' drive for dynasty status or the Royals' scintillating storyline. These two teams have..." October 29
Kansas City Star "Kyle Zimmer, the Royals’ talented but physically troubled pitching prospect, visited one of the nation’s leading shoulder specialists on Monday and could undergo a procedure to determine the source of recurring discomfort in his right arm. A week after he was shut down due to a recurrence of..." October 28
MLB.com "Yordano Ventura will take the mound from Kauffman Stadium tonight "without a net," as Royals manager Ned Yost put it, a reference to his team facing elimination entering Game 6 of the World Series. Ventura will also be pitching with a broken heart, and a few extra reminders. Scrawled on his..." October 28
Chicago Sun-Times "When Kansas City Royals ace James Shields walked off the mound at the end of a scoreless sixth inning Sunday night at AT&T Park, after his final start of the year, he looked more like “Big Game James” than he ever has. Not just because of a strong performance in his Game 5 start against the San..." October 27
New York Post "The Giants had followed up their 2010 championship by scoring the majors’ second-fewest runs in 2011. The Royals were beginning to assemble an interesting group of young position players, but craved high-end starting pitching. So on Nov. 7, 2011, two organizations without much history with one..." October 27
San Francisco Gate "The Royals led the majors in stolen bases this year, and their manager said the Giants have added extra water to their infield, particular on the basepaths, presumably an attempt to slow down Kansas City’s running game. “Yes, I thought it was a little extra wet around first,” Yost said before..." October 27
Lorenzo Cain has had leg issues for 2-3 weeks. Improved as game progressed. "I'm feeling better. I'll definitely be able to go" for Game 5.
San Francisco Chronicle "Pablo Sandoval had chills, which was understandable. He was so sick before the game, he needed intravenous fluids. After the Giants stormed back from three runs down to swamp the Royals 11-4 on Saturday night and even the World Series at two wins apiece, Hunter Pence had a different kind of..." October 26
CBSSports.com "On Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series, the Royals will send notional ace James Shields to the mound to face the Giants. With the Fall Classic tied 2-2 and now in essence a best-of-three series, this is, suffice it to day, a desperately important game. On that point, it's worth noting once..." October 26
CBSSports.com "The Royals are playing in their first World Series in three decades right now, and many fans are going to extraordinary lengths to attend games. For Stephanie Hetherington and her husband Jason, that meant attending Game 1 at Kauffman Stadium even though she was nine months pregnant. Although..." October 26
CBSSports.com "The Royals beat the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night (KC 3, SF 2), though they didn't use their trademark speed. Kansas City didn't attempt a single stolen base against Tim Hudson, who is notoriously easy to run against. After the game, several Royals told Bill Shaikin of..." October 26
Hardball Talk "We expected it to happen eventually, and it finally did in Game 3 of the World Series. In getting the final two outs of the bottom of the seventh inning, Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan became the first player to play in two World Series in one year: College and Major League. The Royals took..." October 25
Kansas City Star "This ballpark consists of red bricks, wind-whipped World Series banners and orange Giants hoodies, hard by McCovey Cove and nearly 1,700 miles west of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the stadium where Brandon Finnegan set his sights upon as last winter thawed. How could he have imagined his..." October 25
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
Ned Yost acknowledged possibility Jarrod Dyson might start tomorrow. Nori Aoki has more value off the bench than Dyson as a pinch hitter.
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
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
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
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
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
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 MLB.com, Miami hopes to gain even more experience, specifically free agents who have been..." October 22
CBSSports.com "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
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
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 MLB.com reports that Zimmer..." October 21
CBSSports.com "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
MLB.com "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
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
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
ESPN.com "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
CBSSports.com "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
Prior to today's workout, Manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will start Game 1, Yordano Ventura in Game 2. #TakeTheCrown
It's Bumgarner for Game 1. Peavy for Game 2.
As expected, James Shields and Yordano Ventura will be starting Game 1 and 2 of the World Series.
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
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 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
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
CBSSports.com "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
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
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
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
There will be no game three of the ALCS tonight.
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.
CBSSports.com "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