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  1. Brewers sign Jeremy Jeffress to a minor league deal

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jeremy Jeffress

    The Brewers got their first round pick from the 2006 draft back.

  2. Inside Ned Yost’s head

    Apr 2, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Have you ever wondered what Royals manager Ned Yost is thinking when he puts in pinch-runner after pinch-runner, rather than maybe hitting for the guy who was arguably the league’s worst hitter last year?

  3. Omar Infante cleared for Opening Day despite battling elbow, shoulder problems all spring

    Mar 30, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

    omar infante getty

    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star has the update … 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. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 30, 2014 Infante also dealt with some right shoulder inflammation early…

  4. 2014 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? Kansas City made a big jump…

  5. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  6. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  7. 2013 leads the way in spectacularly bad offensive performances

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    By OPS, the 2013 season boasts three of the six worst offensive seasons since 2000: .545 – Cesar Izturis (2010 Orioles) .559 – Alcides Escobar (2013 Royals) .562 – Nick Punto (2007 Twins) .564 – Neifi Perez (2002 Royals) .565 – Adeiny Hechavarria (2013 Marlins) .569 – Darwin Barney (2013 Cubs) .576 – Ramon Santiago…

  8. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  9. Max Scherzer unsuccessful in fourth attempt to get his 20th win

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    After shutting out the Mets over six innings on August 24, it seemed like even 25 wins was possible for the Tigers’ right-hander. But in four starts since, Max Scherzer has lost twice and earned two no-decisions, failing to reach the 20-win threshold. As MLB Network’s Brian Kenny will be quick to point out, this…

  10. This clinches it: Ned Yost has no idea what he’s doing

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Setting the scene: Indians up 4-3 on the Royals in the top of the ninth. Cleveland closer Chris Perez gives up a single to Salvador Perez and a walk to Mike Moustakas to begin the inning, setting things up very nicely. Very nicely indeed, for Ned Yost to trample all over what was left of…

  11. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Brewers 4, Reds 3: Holy moly that was a crazy game-ending catch for Carlos Gomez, robbing Joey Votto of the go-ahead home run: Incredible. Rays 7, Twins 4: The Rays continue to roll, winning their ninth in ten chances. Joe Maddon talked about his team going ten games over .500: “The thing I like is…

  12. Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

    May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jean Segura

    With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency. Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

    Angel Hernandez, Bob Melvin

    Indians 4, Athletics 3: Angel Hernandez said there was not enough evidence with which to overturn the original call of double on Adam Rosales‘ would-be game-tying home run.  Of course, the replay clearly shows that it was a home run, with the ball hitting off the railing above the wall.  This is pretty simple: If…

  14. Billy Butler, Alex Gordon power Royals to victory in dramatic fashion

    May 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    The American League's best left fielder?

    The Royals won their fourth consecutive game this afternoon thanks to clutch hitting from Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Trailing the White Sox 5-3 going into the ninth, the Royals were 18% to win according to FanGraphs win expectancy. It fell as low as 9% when Alcides Escobar flied out to center with runners on…

  15. Jose Valverde earns save in first appearance

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    jose valverde getty

    Without his patented goggles but sporting a new windup and two-toned goatee, veteran right-hander Jose Valverde converted his first save of the 2013 season on Wednesday night as the Tigers defeated the Royals 7-5 at Detroit’s Comerica Park. It was his first appearance since being promoted late Tuesday to the major leagues and he retired…

  16. Royals set lineup has a disastrous debut

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    Despite facing a very tough left-hander in Chris Sale, the Royals had Mike Moustakas batting cleanup today. Why? Because Ned Yost wants a set lineup. Pay no attention to those splits behind the curtain. That set lineup: LF Alex Gordon SS Alcides Escobar DH Billy Butler 3B Moustakas C Salvador Perez 1B Eric Hosmer CF…

  17. 2013 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Royals Shields and Davis Baseball

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? For a while the Royals were a…

  18. Royals misjudge their talent, Wil pay the price

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore, David Glass

    Royals GM Dayton Moore has told us for years to “trust the process.” For better or worse, he put forth his endgame on Sunday night, sacrificing top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, not to mention third baseman Patrick Leonard and left-hander Mike Montgomery, in order to bring in James Shields and Wade Davis from…

  19. Royals willing to include top prospect Wil Myers in trade for a frontline starting pitcher

    Nov 23, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Wil Myers Getty

    After trading for Ervin Santana and re-signing Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals are determined to add a frontline starting pitcher in order to give some legitimacy to their rotation. And they are willing to go to great lengths in order to accomplish their goal. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Royals have dangled top…

  20. Royals have their eyes on Mariners prospect James Paxton

    Oct 27, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    James Paxton

    While he’s a step down from fellow Mariners prospects Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen, James Paxton is regarded by many to be among the minors’ top 20 or so pitching prospects. He’s also the one of the trio working in the Arizona Fall League right now, and the Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker noted several Royals…

  21. Royals fire hitting coach Kevin Seitzer

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas, Kevin Seitzer

    Kansas City finished 12th in the 14-team American League in runs scored this season and today the Royals fired hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. Seitzer was hired as hitting coach before the 2009 season and the Royals have ranked 12th, 6th, 10th, and 13th among AL teams in scoring during those four years. Eric Hosmer regressing…

  22. Royals call up pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi for debut

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

    With their Triple-A team eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs the Royals have called up pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi for his first taste of the big leagues. Odorizzi was the Brewers’ first-round pick in 2007 and was traded to the Royals as part of the haul for Zack Greinke. He rated among Baseball America‘s…

  23. MLB overrules the hit that broke up Jeremy Guthrie’s no-hitter

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer, Paul Konerko

    It doesn’t matter much now, but the controversial Paul Konerko infield single that broke up Jeremy Guthrie‘s no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday is no more. MLB has ruled the play an error on Alcides Escobar. As you may remember: The slow-footed Konerko hit a grounder into the hole at short. Escobar grabbed…

  24. Jeremy Guthrie loses no-no on controversial infield hit

    Aug 19, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer, Paul Konerko

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was credited with an infield hit with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday, costing Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie his chance for a no-hitter. The slow-footed Konerko hit a grounder into the hole at short. Alcides Escobar grabbed it, but made a poor throw that bounced high off the…

  25. Alcides Escobar is bunt happy

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Escobar_Alcides

    This is no news to Royals fans who spend a lot of time getting mad at the Royals for bunting a lot. But if you don’t pay attention to such things, stuff like this will make you happy to not follow the Royals: Alcides Escobar bunted in the first inning Sunday against Baltimore after Alex…

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