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

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kemp Ramirez

    Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each went yard twice. And I contemplate the return of the game-winning RBI stat.

  2. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.

  3. Red Sox hope for resolution on Jon Lester extension before Opening Day

    Mar 24, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Jon Lester Getty

    The Red Sox formally announced a contract extension with slugger David Ortiz last night. Could a deal with left-hander Jon Lester be next? Well, maybe. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that the two sides remain in touch about an extension and that he hopes for a…

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

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    Wade Davis Getty

    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 out of the…

  6. James Shields won’t negotiate with Royals past Opening Day

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Impending free agent James Shields has told the Royals that he won’t negotiate beyond Opening Day, choosing to hit the open market if a deal can’t be worked out before then. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the two sides have yet to engage in any talks, so an extension seems unlikely.…

  7. Jordan Zimmermann isn’t concerned about signing a long-term extension with the Nationals

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Four

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January. The right-hander, who has finished each of the past three seasons with an ERA of 3.25 or better, had been discussing a long-term deal with the organization, but the two sides were ultimately too far apart and agreed on…

  8. David Price thinks Masahiro Tanaka affected his trade market during the off-season

    Feb 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    David Price‘s name has been and will continue to be thrown around in trade rumors as the lefty $14 million in 2014 and is eligible for arbitration for one more year before hitting free agency. The small market Rays are expected to eventually trade Price as they have done in the past with Matt Garza…

  9. Jeremy Hellickson out until May following elbow surgery

    Feb 3, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is expected to miss the first 6-8 weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Hellickson had surgery last week to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow and the Rays are hoping he’ll be ready in mid-to-late May. He struggled last…

  10. What on earth are the Royals doing now?

    Feb 1, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    When the Royals re-signed Bruce Chen to a one-year, $4.25 million contract this week, it was generally met with tepid approval. One could argue that he’s 90 percent of the pitcher Jason Vargas is for half of the salary and one-quarter the commitment. So, that’s not bad. But then came the fallout. First, it was…

  11. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  12. Royals to give Hochevar, Davis second… mmm, sixth chances as SPs

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    After two seasons as a below average starter, Wade Davis broke through as a reliever for the Rays in 2012, amassing a 2.43 ERA and striking out 87 in 70 1/3 innings. The Royals plan after picking him up in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade? Move him back to the rotation. Luke Hochevar was a…

  13. Mariners could part with Nick Franklin and other young talent to bolster roster

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    david price getty

    If you thought the Mariners were going to call it an off-season after signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract, think again. They’re only just getting started. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Mariners could use some of their young talent, such as middle infielder Nick Franklin, to bolster…

  14. Royals have had internal discussions about trading for Brett Anderson

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    On Twitter, ESPN’s Buster Olney says that the Royals have talked about pursuing Athletics starter Brett Anderson. As Ervin Santana is seeking more than $100 million in free agency, the Royals are looking elsewhere for their starting rotation needs. The Athletics exercised the $8 million option on Anderson’s contract for the 2014 season. He has…

  15. James Shields open to staying in Kansas City beyond 2014

    Nov 16, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Per ESPN’s Jim Bowden, starter James Shields hasn’t discussed an extension with the Royals but is opened to staying in Kansas City beyond 2014 if the option should present itself. Shields will earn $13.5 million in the last year of a four-year extension signed in 2008 while with the Rays. Shields, who turns 32 years…

  16. Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award…

  17. Royals exercise 2014 option on James Shields

    Oct 31, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    In one of the bigger no-brainers of the option-decision season, the Royals have exercised their $13 million option on James Shields for 2014. Shields lived up to his end of the bargain after the Royals gave up a ton to get him (and Wade Davis) from the Rays last offseason, throwing a league-leading 229 innings…

  18. Has David Price pitched his last game for the Rays?

    Oct 7, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Barring an improbable ALDS comeback, Joel Sherman is hearing he has: Garza after ’11, Shields after ’12 were dealt 2 yrs from fr agcy, execs in sport expect same now for Price #Rays — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 7, 2013 When you’re the Rays and you’re not prepared to give him the $200 million he’ll…

  19. Hisashi Iwakuma (quietly) had a really great season

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma put the finishing touches on a fantastic season last night with eight shutout innings against the Royals, lowering his ERA to 2.66. That ranks sixth among all qualified starters, behind only Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, and Anibal Sanchez. He also ranks fifth in innings with 219.2, trailing…

  20. Justin Maxwell hits walk-off grand slam as Royals defeat Rangers, clinch AL West for Athletics

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Cleveland Indians

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” was the theme today as Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Rangers, clinching the AL West for the Athletics in the process. The Athletics entered the afternoon with a magic number of one, meaning that either a Rangers…

  21. 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…

  22. Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in effort against the Mets

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    As if the Mets hadn’t already worn enough egg on their face for having dealt Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano at the July 2004 deadline, their former lefty took them behind the shed tonight as a member of the Indians. Kazmir struck out 12 Mets hitters over six shutout innings, allowing just…

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

    Aug 28, 2013, 7:09 AM EDT

    1995 World Series

    Braves 2, Indians 0: Tom Glavine with eight shutout innings and David Justice with a big homer. Wait, sorry. Having flashbacks. The real amazing thing here is that if you would have told me before the season that the Braves would have a game in late August where Elliot Johnson got a start and tripled…

  24. Royals demote Wade Davis to bullpen, will promote Danny Duffy to make Wednesday start

    Aug 27, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    wade davis getty

    Wade Davis gave up seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks in a six-inning start Saturday against the Nationals, watching his season ERA climb to 5.67 and his WHIP jump to 1.76. He will not take another turn in the Kansas City starting rotation. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the…

  25. A time to be young

    Aug 14, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I didn’t realize it at the time, but the late 1970s was an amazing time for young baseball players. I’m arbitrarily choosing 23-and-younger as “young” — but with that age in mind, the late 1970s gave us Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Andre Dawson, Paul Molitor, Gary Carter, Robin Yount, Ozzie Smith and some pretty…

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