Royals Rumors & News

  • James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

    Kansas City Star "The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a..." April 18

  • Red Sox, Yanks, Mets, Royals, Rox, Indians, others scout Hanrahan "If you assume teams might be interested in a hard-throwing back-end bullpen piece who's now available, you'd be right. Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don't be..." April 17

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    Kansas City Royals @Royals

    #Royals place OF Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day DL, recall LHP Justin Marks from Triple-A Omaha. Marks will be available tonight vs. Houston.

  • Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings

    Kansas City Star "The reverberations of hands cracking hands echoed through the nearly empty confines of Minute Maid Park. Mike Moustakas provided one concussive stroke for the Royals in a 6-4 victory Wednesday over the Astros, a go-ahead solo home run in the 11th inning. Inside the dugout, the noise created by..." April 17

  • Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

    Kansas City Star "He emerged in the clubhouse with splotches of Miller Lite still glistening in his closely-cropped hair. Yordano Ventura shivered as he walked across the Royals’ clubhouse, but he beamed as teammates called out to congratulate him on his first career victory after a 4-2 win Tuesday over the Houston..." April 16

  • Twins move on up after Royals get caught standing around

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The object of the game is to score “runs,” which seems like a pretty big clue: Standing in one place is a bad idea. The Royals made that mistake twice Sunday, once while they were in the field and once while they were at bat, and the Twins were the beneficiaries both times, leading to a 4-3..." April 14

  • Twins bats, Nolasco hit stride in 7-1 win over Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is about to return to a team that is playing markedly better than when he left it two days ago. Saturday, the offense showed it can take advantage of a struggling starter. And Ricky Nolasco allayed fears about a possible Vance Worley redux. And after being beat..." April 13

  • Royals sign veteran righty Loe to Minor League deal "The Royals are going to give 32-year-old right-hander Kameron Loe a shot with their Triple-A club in Omaha. He was signed to a Minor League contract on Friday. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Loe has nine years of experience in the Major Leagues with a composite 34-43 record and 4.49 ERA in 322 games..." April 12

  • Gibson provides Twins much-needed win over Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Finally, the Twins could smile in their own clubhouse following a game. Behind a solid outing from righthander Kyle Gibson — who has been the best starting pitcher so far — and an excellent day at the plate, the Twins beat Kansas City 10-1 on Friday night for their first home victory in four..." April 12

  • Gordon, Guthrie, Giavotella spark Royals’ 7-3 win over Rays

    Kansas City Star "As the ball jumped off Alex Gordon’s bat and rose toward the right-field seats, the relief could be felt throughout Kauffman Stadium. On the field. In the dugout. And in the grandstands. They all exhaled when Gordon’s three-run shot broke open the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays..." April 10

  • Damn, kid! Yordano Ventura threw a 103 mph pitch last night

    Hardball Talk "Everyone already knew that Royals rookie Yordano Ventura throws incredibly hard, but his 2014 debut last night was on a whole different level. Ventura–who won’t be 23 years old until June–tossed six innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Rays and, according to’s PitchFX system,..." April 09

  • Rays win pitching duel with run in ninth, 1-0

    Tampa Tribune "It wasn't the loudest of hits. Not a stinging line drive or a blast into the fountains beyond the outfield walls he made so famous with his innocent request a few years back. It was an infield single to third base by Wil Myers in the ninth inning. And with the way both sides pitched Tuesday..." April 09

  • Royals' Omar Infante struck in face by pitch, concussion feared "Royals second baseman Omar Infante had to leave Monday night's game against the Rays in the seventh inning after he was struck in the face by a Heath Bell pitch. Infante never lost consciousness, and he was able to walk off with some assistance. The Royals this past offseason signed Infante..." April 08

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Infante has a sprained jaw, required 6 stitches and has a "non-concussive head injury." He'll be evaluated for 48 hours before DL decision.

  • Infante hurt as Escobar, Vargas lead Royals over Rays 4-2

    Kansas City Star "The collision of a baseball and the human head invokes an instantaneous horror, the sort of fear that caused Royals manager Ned Yost to break into sweat in 60-degree weather. The worry coursed through the Royals dugout in an instant, a reaction catalyzed by the impact of an 89-mph fastball and the..." April 08

  • Tim Collins lands on disabled list with flexor strain in elbow

    Hardball Talk "Our own Craig Calcaterra noted earlier today that Royals reliever Tim Collins has really struggled with his control in the early going. Now we know why. According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have placed Collins on the disabled list with a flexor strain in his left..." April 07

  • Sale, White Sox top Royals 5-1

    Chicago Tribune "Help for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale against the Kansas City Royals has been hard to come by in the past. In Sale’s last five starts against the Royals heading into Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium, he had received one total run of support. He didn’t need much Sunday. Sale pitched..." April 07

  • Salvador Perez leads Royals past White Sox for second straight win

    Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez flipped his bat as he sprinted down the first base line, a small but telling expression of his excitement. His eighth-inning double provided the winning run in a 4-3 Royals victory over the White Sox on Saturday, and saved the team from the frustration of another bullpen blowup...." April 06

  • Royals beat White Sox 7-5 in home opener

    Kansas City Star "The chant arose in the ninth inning, as Greg Holland finished carving up the White Sox lineup in the final moments of a 7-5 victory. “Let’s go Royals,” shouted those remaining from the 40,103 assembled at Kauffman Stadium, those who stuck through three hours and 37 minutes of meandering..." April 05

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Tigers-Royals game has been called. Makeup date TBD.

  • Ian Kinsler, Max Scherzer lead Tigers to second straight walk-off win over Royals

    Detroit News "If you’re a destination person — never mind the journey, in other words — you’re happy the Tigers are 2-0. Nothing matters more than that: They are 2-0. But if you’re more into how the Tigers have gotten there and how the ride has gone, there’s been plenty of scenery, even more in Game 2..." April 03

  • Jason Vargas brings calm approach to Royals’ starting rotation

    Kansas City Star "On the mound, when the game starts to spiral, Jason Vargas focuses on his breathing. Impassivity is his crutch. A racing pulse is his enemy. As a boy growing up with a baseball coach for a father, he learned the importance of composure. As a major-leaguer trying to compete with a fastball in..." April 02

  • Betting 101: How to safely bet early-season MLB action "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01

  • Nice start! Alex Gonzalez is hero, Tigers win on walk-off hit

    Detroit News "Underneath all that snow, there wasn’t just a diamond – as the Tigers’ commercial told us all winter there would be. There was a perfect Opening Day in the works. So was the long wait worth it? All that skidding, all that shivering, all that shoveling? The largest crowd to attend an..." April 01

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Omar Infante still feels a pinch in his right elbow when he swings and throws, but he said he is good to go. The 25-man roster is set.

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Wade Davis will be the Royals set-up man.

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Hearing #Royals Everett Teaford is heading to Korea to play for the LG Twins.

  • Omar Infante could start season on disabled list for Kansas City Royals

    Fansided "Searching for answers for a lineup that simply did not produce enough runs in 2013, the Kansas City Royals added veteran infielder Omar Infante to bring some stability and get on base at the top of the order. Among other things, the move was designed to move outfielder Alex Gordon down into a..." March 29

  • Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer to start throwing next week

    Kansas City Star "Kyle Zimmer, a right-hander considered one of the jewels of the Royals farm system, is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the season next week, beginning a progression that could deliver him to the major leagues by September. The Royals intend to keep Zimmer in extended spring..." March 29

  • Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Omar Infante remained in Arizona today, Dayton Moore says. That's not too encouraging for his chances for Opening Day.

  • Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27

  • Royals reliever Louis Coleman may start season on DL because of finger bruise

    Kansas City Star "On the first day of workouts here, a groundball struck Royals reliever Louis Coleman on the middle finger of his right hand. He sat out for the first week of Cactus League games. The Royals referred to the injury as a jammed finger. On Wednesday morning, manager Ned Yost revealed the actual..." March 26

  • MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Ramon Hernandez opting out with #Royals but staying with club to work out. Can leave for big-league job with no compensation to KC.

  • Royals take cautious approach with Alcides Escobar’s sore shoulder

    Kansas City Star "Alcides Escobar rose from his seat on a bucket behind home plate and trotted toward his position at shortstop. As his teammates took batting practice, he bent to scoop grounders swatted at him by Royals instructor Jason Kendall. Instead of throwing, Escobar deposited the balls in a neat pile near..." March 19

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Omar Infante received a cortisone shot for elbow on Tuesday. He says he won't throw again until the weekend. This roster needs a middle IF.

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    The Royals project 180 to 200 innings from Yordano Ventura, Ned Yost said.

  • Yordano Ventura wins final spot in Royals’ rotation

    Kansas City Star "Ned Yost walked across the Royals clubhouse, high-fived Yordano Ventura and told him the worst-kept secret in camp was finally ready for public consumption. “I told them,” Yost said. “You’re free. You can talk.” After four outstanding performances in the Cactus League, Ventura won the final..." March 18

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    The #Royals traded infielder Brandon Laird to the #Nats for a player to be named later or cash. #Nationals #MLB

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Alcides Escobar received a cortisone shot for his shoulder. The team wants to eradicate the inflammation quickly.

  • Royals To Sign Brett Tomko

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals and right-hander Brett Tomko have agreed to a minor league contract, according to a tweet from Tomko's brother, Scott. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (via Twitter) that Tomko will earn $510K if he makes the big league club. Tomko is represented by Full Circle Sports Management...." March 13

  • Ervin Santana, Braves agree to deal "The Atlanta Braves and free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana have agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $14 million, a source told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. The deal is pending a physical examination that will be conducted Wednesday at the Braves' spring training facility in Lake..." March 12

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    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Ervin Santana likely to make a decision on his destination within the next day or two. Word is he wants to get into a camp ASAP. #orioles

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    David O'Brien @ajcbraves

    Hearing from person connected to Royals that #Braves could be making a run at Santana.

  • Wade Davis is no longer in the running for a rotation spot

    Hardball Talk "The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch..." March 08

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Told Royals haven't decided on an assignment for John Lamb, but they're hoping he pitches his way into Omaha rotation. #AllLambEverything

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery, Yost says.

  • Royals release Brad Penny

    Hardball Talk "Brad Penny‘s comeback attempt didn’t last very long, as the Royals just released the 35-year-old right-hander. Penny didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season and hasn’t been effective since 2010, when he made nine good starts before getting hurt. Since then he has a 5.41 ERA in 210 innings..." March 07

  • Royals reliever Luke Hochevar is out at least two to three weeks with elbow injury

    Kansas City Star "The Royals have shut down pitcher Luke Hochevar after an MRI on Tuesday revealed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Hochevar will receive two to three weeks to rest and recover, manager Ned Yost said. The organization hopes he can return to big-league action by the end of..." March 05