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

    Sep 17, 2014, 7:08 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Celebrate

    Beer showers on the Beltway as the Nats and Orioles both clinch

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

    Sep 15, 2014, 6:11 AM EDT

    Orioles celebrate

    Against all odds, the Orioles are poised to clinch their first AL East title in seventeen years.

  3. Ned Yost’s bullpen management strikes again

    Sep 14, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Royals manager Ned Yost wanted a strikeout, so he brought in Aaron Crow, who has the bullpen’s lowest strikeout rate.

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

    Sep 11, 2014, 7:02 AM EDT

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    Big Game James Shields shows up big in a big game . . . James . . . etc. etc. infinity

  5. Royals beat Tigers, reclaim American League Central lead

    Sep 10, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    james shields getty

    James Shields struck out eight batters and yielded just two hits over seven scoreless innings and the Kansas City bullpen kept the shutout intact as the Royals beat the Tigers 3-0 on Wednesday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park to reclaim a one-game lead in the American League Central standings.

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

    Sep 2, 2014, 7:10 AM EDT

    Phillies pitchers

    Four Phillies combine for the no-no. I’m actually surprised we haven’t seen more of these in recent years.

  7. The Royals have moved into first place in the American League Central

    Aug 11, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

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    The Royals haven’t been in first place this late in a season since 2003.

  8. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  9. 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…

  10. Greg Holland is the Royals’ single-season saves leader

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    Greg Holland

    Royals closer Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth in a 3-2 game against the White Sox on Thursday, giving him his team-record 46th save in 49 chances this season. Holland overtook Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993) for the Royals record. He also fanned two batters to top 100 strikeouts for the season; he’s…

  11. 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…

  12. Royals activate Salvador Perez, recall Kelvin Herrera

    Jun 4, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez Getty

    Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is back from bereavement leave and the Royals have also recalled reliever Kelvin Herrera. Perez has been away from the team since May 25, but will resume starting nearly every day behind the plate. Herrera was oddly demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago despite a 3.04 career ERA because of…

  13. Royals demote Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A

    May 23, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Kelvin Herrera

    Kelvin Herrera was one of the best relievers in baseball last season as a 22-year-old rookie, throwing 84 innings with a 2.35 ERA and 77/21 K/BB ratio while leading MLB with an average fastball velocity of 98.5 miles per hour. He’s struggled this season, mostly due to serving up eight homers in 20 innings, but…

  14. Daniel Nava powers Red Sox to comeback victory in first game at Fenway since marathon bombings

    Apr 20, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Daniel Nava

    Baseball was back in Boston this afternoon for the first time since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. And the Fenway faithful went home happy. Capping off an emotional day, Daniel Nava delivered a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the…

  15. Braves hit three homers in eighth, move to 12-1

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    The scorching Braves broke open a 2-2 game in the eighth Tuesday, with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla all hitting homers off Kelvin Herrera in a 6-3 win over the Royals. Crushing Herrera made the victory especially impressive. While hardly a household name, Herrera has been one of the AL’s best relievers since…

  16. 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.…

  17. Billy Butler knocks in seven in Royals’ 9-8 win over Phillies

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Billy Butler had a grand slam, a two-run single and an RBI groundout to drive in a career-high seven runs as the Royals topped the Phillies 9-8 on Sunday. Butler’s slam off Cole Hamels was originally ruled a double, but it was correctly overturned on replay. The Royals won today despite going down 4-0 in…

  18. 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…

  19. Dominican Republic defeats the Netherlands, will face Puerto Rico in WBC final

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes Reuters

    The championship game for the 2013 World Baseball Classic is set. The Dominican Republic defeated the Netherlands by the score of 4-1 this evening at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will advance to face Puerto Rico in the WBC finals tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. Samuel Deduno is slated to start for the…

  20. Scout on Aroldis Chapman starting: “Joba Chamberlain all over again”

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Ken Rosenthal talked to a rival scout about the chance of Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman joining the starting rotation, and the scout wasn’t exactly a fan of the transition: “I hope they do start him, but they’re crazy if they do,” said the scout, who works for another National League club. “It’s Joba Chamberlain…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera is MLB’s new hardest thrower

    May 9, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kelvin Herrera

    Averaging a cool 99.1 mph with his fastball, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera has taken over as the league’s hardest thrower since being called up last month. Here’s the top 10, according to Fangraphs data: 99.1 – Herrera 98.6 – Andrew Cashner (Padres) 98.4 – Henry Rodriguez (Nationals) 96.8 – Nate Jones (White Sox) 96.8 –…

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