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  1. Tigers beat Royals to clinch AL Central

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Billy Butler

    The White Sox emphatically defeated the Indians 11-0 on Monday night, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Tigers came through to beat the Royals 6-3 to clinch the AL Central. Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer in the win to move closer to the Triple Crown. He raised his average to .329, pushing him…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Nationals' Wang throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 2 of their MLB National League baseball doubleheader in Washington

    Nationals 4, Dodgers 1: Congrats to the Nats for clinching the first postseason birth for a D.C. team since 1933. Pour one out for Joe Cronin, Moe Berg, Lefty Stewart and Heinie Manush. Reds 5, Cubs 3: And congratulations to the Reds too, who clinched their spot hours before the Nats did.  The Reds are…

  3. Give the guy an error already!

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Baseball-reference.com has spent the evening counting down to the 500,000th error of all-time. Not that it’s really the 500,000th error, but at least it’s the 500,000th error in the best database the Internet has to offer. The Royals’ Jeff Francoeur pretty obviously committed what would have been No. 499,999 here — at least I think…

  4. Lorenzo Cain expected to miss rest of season with hamstring injury

    Sep 15, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Lorenzo Cain Getty

    When the Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez over the winter, the objective was to give Lorenzo Cain an opportunity to be the regular center fielder. Things haven’t exactly worked out as planned. While Sanchez was a major bust before being traded to the Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie, Cain just hasn’t…

  5. No. 1 Royals prospect Wil Myers won’t be called up Sept. 1

    Aug 31, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    The Royals have the need for another outfielder with Jarrod Dyson sidelined by a strained lat, but they won’t be calling up Wil Myers when rosters expand Saturday. The 21-year-old Myers will remain with Triple-A Omaha through the end of the minor league season, and because the Storm Chasers are in the playoffs, that could…

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

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  7. And the worst outfield fans in baseball are …

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Phillies-Fans

    … OK, that’s not fair. It was just one man’s opinion in the course of this long and fun article from Jerry Crasnick in which we hear all about the interaction between fans and outfielders across the majors. The good, the bad and the ugly. As for the ugly, Crasnick asked one guy who has a…

  8. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks last night

    Aug 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur AP

    I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the box score this morning, but there it was. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks in last night’s 4-2 win over the White Sox. The three walks were actually a career-high for Francoeur. The free-swinging outfielder came into last night’s action with just 20 walks all season.…

  9. Stephen Strasburg won’t pitch in the playoffs

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    It was reported on Friday that Stephen Strasburg‘s new innings limit for the season is 180.  Bill Ladson of MLB.com has a source telling him that that is not accurate, and that there is not necessarily a magic number of innings. Rather: The Nationals are expected to have right-hander Stephen Strasburg miss two or three…

  10. Jeff Francoeur just wants a little of what you’re having

    Aug 8, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Jeff Francoeur is the most inconsistent player in the game. He’ll give $100 to bleacher dudes for them to buy pizza, but then he’ll steal your popcorn.

  11. Shocker: public dollars given to a baseball team are being used in a questionable manner

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Royals logo

    Via Deadspin, here’s an investigative report from 810 WHB radio in Kansas City, detailing how millions of public dollars given to the Kansas City Royals for repairs and maintenance to Kaufman Stadium have not been used for repair and maintenance. Indeed, 91% of it has been used for things besides maintenance: The Royals have received at…

  12. Royals phenom Wil Myers hits 31st, 32nd homers in minors

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers reclaimed the professional lead in homers from Adam Dunn on Monday, smacking his 31st and 32nd homers in Triple-A Omaha’s game against Oklahoma City. The 21-year-old Myers has gone 7-for-12 with three homers, eight RBI and four walks in the series versus Oklahoma City. He’s hitting .294/.380/.596 with 19 homers in 255 at-bats…

  13. That Melky Cabrera trade isn’t looking so good

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera‘s return to Kauffman Stadium was a roaring success Tuesday, as he went 2-for-3 and captured All-Star Game MVP honors in the National League’s 8-0 shutout of the American League. Cabrera earned his trip to Kansas City by collecting an NL-leading 119 hits in the first half. He’s batting .353/.391/.519 with eight homers and…

  14. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  15. U.S. crushes World team in Futures Game

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

    When the Futures Game rosters were announced last month, the difference in the pitching staffs appeared dramatic; the U.S. was littered with big-time arms featuring first-round pedigree. The World team just didn’t match up. So, it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that the U.S. beat up on the World’s second-tier pitchers Sunday in running away…

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

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  17. Lorenzo Cain restarts rehab assignment following April setback

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Lorenzo Cain Getty

    The Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants during the offseason with the idea that Lorenzo Cain would be their starting center fielder moving forward. That trade obviously hasn’t worked out so well for the Royals, as Cabrera is hitting .364 this season and leads the majors in hits while Jonathan Sanchez has been terrible…

  18. AL All-Star balloting update: Jose Bautista joins the leaders

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The latest American League ballot totals are in and the red-hot Jose Bautista has moved into third place in the outfielder voting, with Nelson Cruz dropping out of the lineup to fifth place. Bautista had the AL’s highest vote total last year, but his slow start guarantees he won’t duplicate that feat this year. Instead, it looks…

  19. Jeff Francoeur is on the board!

    May 13, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson, Jeff Francoeur

    And Robin Ventura still seems out of his element. Jeff Francoeur finally hit his first homer Sunday, taking Nate Jones deep in the eighth inning as part of the Royals’ 9-1 win over the White Sox. The homer came in his 124th at-bat of the season. Francoeur last year hit 20 homers in 601 at-bats.…

  20. Royals prospect Wil Myers up to nine homers already

    May 7, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    It’s been an entirely disappointing year in Kansas City thus far, but there’s still talent in the system worth getting excited about. For instance, Wil Myers, who just homered in a second straight game for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday and is up to nine homers for the year. Myers is hitting .336/.390/.692 overall. The…

  21. Jeff Francoeur continues to be an awesome human being

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Remember that time Jeff Francoeur signed a baseball, wrapped a $100 bill around it and tossed up to the fans with a message telling them that the pizza was on him?  Yeah, he did it again, this time for beer. Yeah, that’s a great way for people to cut you some slack over a .245/.290/.330…

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

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Matt Wieters homered twice. The first one coming in the eighth, which kicked off the O’s comeback after finding themselves down 4-1, the second one: a 10th inning grand slam which put the game out of reach. Twins 7, Yankees 3: Joe Mauer had three hits and Justin Morneau played in…

  23. Jeff Francouer delivers pizza to an entire section at the Oakland Coliseum

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Last year, you’ll recall, Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur gave some A’s fans who sit in right field a $100 bill and an autographed baseball with explicit instructions that they use the money to purchase bacon dogs and beer. Well, he’s still making friends with those guys: Yesteraday he had 20 pizzas delivered to their section 149.  This…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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