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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  7. Orioles “going hard” after Brewers ace Zack Greinke

    Jul 6, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    There will be no shortage of teams interested in Zack Greinke if the Brewers make him available before the July 31 trade deadline and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are already “going hard” after the former Cy Young winner. Connolly spoke to a an unnamed MLB executive from a non-Baltimore…

  8. Brewers “preparing to move” Zack Greinke if they can’t sign him to extension

    Jun 26, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Zack Greinke is three months from cashing in as a free agent and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that other teams believe the Brewers are preparing to trade him if they can’t agree to a long-term extension by July 31. Milwaukee is 7.5 games out of the NL Central lead at 33-40, but the addition…

  9. The end of last night’s Royals/Cardinals game was pretty wild

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    AP Tyler Greene Humberto Quintero

    The end of last night’s game between the Royals and Cardinals was truly bizarre. Jonathan Broxton entered the bottom of the ninth with a 3-2 lead and retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Tyler Greene. With Rafael Furcal at the plate as a pinch-hitter, Greene took off…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  11. Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena

    Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well. After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.…

  12. Jim Tracy and Ned Yost: peas in a pod

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Because I can’t help talking about major league lineups.

  13. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    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 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  14. Royals demote projected second baseman Johnny Giavotella

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…

  15. Royals agree to long-term contract with Alcides Escobar

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    alcides-escobar-royals-spring

    Alcides Escobar and the Royals have agreed to a four-year contract that includes team options for 2016 and 2017, the team announced. Escobar is just 25 years old and not even eligible for arbitration yet after being acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade last offseason, so the four-year contract simply buys out…

  16. Yuniesky Betancourt and the Royals, together again

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    In a hilarious yet oddly predictable reunion the Royals have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal. Betancourt was Kansas City’s starting shortstop for the second half of 2009 and all of 2010, but was traded to Milwaukee as part of the Zack Greinke blockbuster and had a terrible season for the Brewers. Now he…

  17. With free agency one year away Zack Greinke has left his agent for … no one

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Zack Greinke left his representatives at CAA and is currently without an agent. Greinke has one season left on his contract and will hit the open market next offseason ready to cash in for a huge deal, so every agent in the business would love to nab him as…

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