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  1. 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…

  2. Ervin Santana’s gem keeps Royals moving towards the AL Wild Card

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals starter Ervin Santana was once again excellent, blanking the Tigers over six and two-thirds innings of work. The right-hander allowed just five hits and walked one while striking out five. He was lifted in the seventh after recording the second out following back-to-back singles, though his pitch count was only at 83. Lefty Will…

  3. Dennis Eckersley: Closing “not as tough as you think”

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    For years, we have been inundated with the sentiment that there is nothing tougher, nothing that requires more focus and mental fortitude than being a Major League closer. Former Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley, who authored two of the best relief seasons of all time in 1990 (0.61 ERA. 48 saves) and ’92 (won the AL…

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

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 3, White Sox 1: The Orioles win and, frankly, I’m going to credit playing at home. Yep, nothing like a home game. Makes all the difference. And if you think for a minute I’m irrationally beating this into the ground, go take a gander at the NFL Industrial Complex’s collective and concerted moaning and…

  5. Denard Span’s mom is a great hitting coach

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Outfielder Denard Span has not had a great first year with the Washington Nationals. Acquired from the Twins in the off-season for pitching prospect Alex Meyer, the Nats expected Span to be a threat on the bases and provide some occasional power. Span, however, entered this afternoon’s game against the Royals hitting .264 with just…

  6. Wade Davis outduels Chris Sale in 1-0 victory

    Jul 27, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Wade Davis

    Wade Davis entered the night with the worst ERA among all starters (min. 90 innings). Slated opposite Chris Sale, who entered the night with the 13th-best ERA in baseball, it looked like a mismatch. Nevertheless, Davis persevered, shutting out the White Sox over seven and one-third innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck…

  7. The American League wins the 2013 All-Star Game 3-0

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    Another Midsummer Classic in the bag. Another scoresheet which looks like a train wreck, but that’s how the All-Star Game rolls. And the American League rolled to victory here at Citi Field, beating the National League 3 to 0. As with most All-Star Games it was the small moments which were the most memorable. Here…

  8. All-Star roster fun: McCann, Melancon, Romo, Balfour, Holland, Tillman added

    Jul 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    The weekend preceding the All-Star Game festivities is always fun because the list of actual All-Stars expands by about ten players as injured players step down and would-be snubs finally get their call. Today, American League Sunday starters Bartolo Colon of the Athletics, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, and Justin Verlander of the Tigers were…

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

    May 7, 2013, 6:44 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    Braves 7, Reds 4: The Braves weren’t going to be able to maintain any sort of momentum if the offense was all Justin Upton — who can’t do it alone — and Evan Gattis — who is, after all, a rookie. Last night they had help from Andrelton Simmons who hit two bombs and drove…

  10. 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…

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

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, Tigers 3: Watched most of this one as I painted a couple of rooms in my house. Two highlights of the game for me were (1) overhearing my girlfriend use some really bad language the second or third time the Tigers left the bases loaded; and (2) Tigers color commentator Rod Allen, when describing…

  12. Greg Holland is still the Royals’ closer

    Apr 8, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Philadelphia Phillies

    In a week where some closers have either lost their job are look like they’re about to, Greg Holland has dodged a bullet so far. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports: “Holland’s our closer,” Yost said … in his first three appearances, Holland was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in two innings.…

  13. 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…

  14. The Unbeatable Kansas City Royals

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    SURPRISE, Ariz. — When I was columnist for The Kansas City Star, I would write an annual column where I predicted the Kansas City Royals to win the division. It wasn’t quite an inside joke … and it certainly wasn’t a serious prediction. It was, instead, my best effort to capture a little bit of…

  15. 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…

  16. Joakim Soria throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals right-hander Joakim Soria played catch on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April. Soria made 25 throws from a distance of 45 feet and reported no issues during or after the short workout. He is hoping…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Kuroda pitches to Rangers in MLB game in New York

    It was shutout Tuesday, apparently. Let’s tally the goose eggs: Yankees 3, Rangers 0: Hiroki Kuroda with the two-hit shutout. He was masterful, but man, there were a lot of ill-advised Texas swings in the parts of this one I watched. Either Kuroda had them more fooled than someone on the foolingest day of his life…

  18. Greg Holland taking over as Royals’ closer

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    Dave Eiland, Brayan Pena, Greg Holland

    The Royals dealt closer Jonathan Broxton to the Reds about 30 minutes before this afternoon’s trade deadline. And now it’s time for a fresh face to begin handling save opportunities in Kansas City. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star spoke Tuesday with Royals manager Ned Yost, who named Greg Holland the club’s next ninth-inning…

  19. Royals want a player, not a prospect, for Jonathan Broxton

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    That according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi: Broxton, who was signed to set up Joakim Soria this season, has a 1.99 ERA and 21 saves in 24 opportunities as Kansas City’s closer. Still, the Royals would likely be OK without him, as they’d still have some combination of Greg Holland, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins to…

  20. Greg Holland begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    May 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Holland_Greg

    Out since April 21 with what the Royals termed a left rib stress reaction, Greg Holland began a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A yesterday. Holland allowed one run in one inning, throwing 19 pitches, and thanks to technology Royals manager Ned Yost watched the outing live on MiLB.tv. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the…

  21. Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

    May 8, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson

    Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date: 1. Orioles – 1.54 2. Rangers – 2.02 3. Yankees – 2.31 4. Reds – 2.34 5. Athletics –…

  22. Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos placed on disabled list

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    sergio santos getty

    From MLB.com’s Vinnie Duber comes word that the Blue Jays placed closer Sergio Santos on the 15-day disabled list late Saturday night due to inflammation in the right-hander’s throwing shoulder. “He didn’t feel quite right in that save situation last night,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said after Saturday’s 9-5 victory over the Royals. “And…

  23. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  24. 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.…

  25. Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton Royals

    After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer. This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to…

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