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  1. Against all expectations, Ned Yost figured it out

    Oct 15, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

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    Ned Yost’s team is going to the World Series. Ned Yost’s team. Ned Yost…

  2. ALCS, Game 4: Orioles vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 15, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Miguel Gonzalez vs. Jason Vargas.

  3. Royals grab ALCS Game 3 lead on sacrifice fly

    Oct 14, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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    A leadoff single from Norichika Aoki, a one-out single from Eric Hosmer, and then an RBI sacrifice fly to deep left field by Billy Butler has given the Royals their first lead of this ALCS Game 3 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

  4. ALCS, Game 3: Orioles vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 14, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Jeremy Guthrie vs. Wei-Yin Chen.

  5. ALCS, Game 2: Royals vs. Orioles lineups

    Oct 11, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Yordano Ventura vs. Bud Norris.

  6. Royals take a 4-0 lead with a four-run third inning in Game 1 of the ALCS

    Oct 10, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

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    The Royals battered Orioles starter Chris Tillman for four runs in the third inning of ALCS Game 1.

  7. ALCS, Game 1: Royals vs. Orioles lineups

    Oct 10, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    James Shields vs. Chris Tillman.

  8. Eric Hosmer’s emergence, Kelvin Herrera’s return bode well for Royals in ALCS

    Oct 6, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT

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    Some thoughts on the Royals’ plans as they get ready to battle the Orioles.

  9. Royals sweep Angels, punch their ticket to the ALCS

    Oct 5, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

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    The Royals have swept the Angels out of the playoffs. They’ll move on to face the Orioles in the ALCS.

  10. C.J. Wilson fails to make it out of the first inning in ALDS Game 3 against the Royals

    Oct 5, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

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    The Royals fell behind in the top of the first of ALDS Game 3, but rallied for three runs in the bottom half to chase C.J. Wilson from the game.

  11. ALDS Game 3: Angels vs. Royals lineups

    Oct 5, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the Angels-Royals series in Kansas City …

  12. ALDS, Game 2: Royals vs. Angels lineups

    Oct 3, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Yordano Ventura vs. Matt Shoemaker.

  13. ALDS, Game 1: Royals vs. Angels lineups

    Oct 2, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Jered Weaver vs. Jason Vargas.

  14. Royals complete thrilling comeback to defeat A’s in the American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:10 AM EDT

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    Salvador Perez was held hitless in his first five at-bats of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, but he smacked a walkoff RBI single down the left-field line in the 12th inning to give the Royals a 9-8 victory over the A’s.

  15. Wild Card Game: A’s vs. Royals lineups

    Sep 30, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Some surprises for Oakland. Zero surprises for Kansas City.

  16. Omar Infante cleared for Opening Day despite battling elbow, shoulder problems all spring

    Mar 30, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star has the update … Omar Infante still feels a pinch in his right elbow when he swings and throws, but he said he is good to go. The 25-man roster is set. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 30, 2014 Infante also dealt with some right shoulder inflammation early…

  17. Carlos Gomez will bat leadoff for the Brewers

    Mar 22, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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    After dealing outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Royals in December, the Brewers were left without an ideal option for the leadoff spot, but manager Ron Roenicke has settled on his choice. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Roenicke announced today that Carlos Gomez will hit leadoff to begin the year. Jean Segura, who will now…

  18. 2014 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. The powerful, yet dysfunctional, Brewers lineup

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

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    In trading last year’s leadoff man, Norichika Aoki, and failing to add the quality left-handed-hitting first baseman they wanted, the Brewers have left themselves with the most unbalanced lineup in baseball. Here are the likely starters, along with my projection for each: C: Jonathan Lucroy (R) – .283/.337/.443 1B: Mark Reynolds (R) – .231/.328/.455 2B:…

  20. Report: Royals agree to a deal with Omar Infante worth about $30 million over four years

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Royals and Omar Infante have agreed to a contract in which the free agent infielder will earn approximately $30 million over four years. Infante solves an obvious middle infield need for the Royals, who are loading up for a run at the AL Central in 2014. Infante, who…

  21. Brewers lefty Will Smith has already heard your jokes

    Dec 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    When it was announced that the Brewers had acquired lefty hurler Will Smith from the Royals for outfielder Norichika Aoki, the Internet was rife with Fresh Prince jokes, for the baseball player shares the same name as the star of the hit ’90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith has heard the references plenty…

  22. Royals haven’t offered three years and $48 million to Carlos Beltran

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran had a three-year, $48 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Most assumed that it came from the Royals, as they have been the hottest team on him recently, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that no such offer was made. Sources: #Royals…

  23. Ryan Braun is changing positions

    Dec 5, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Miguel Cabrera isn’t the only MVP changing positions. As part of the Norichika Aoki trade the Brewers announced that Ryan Braun will move from left field to right field for 2014, opening up left field for Khris Davis after he showed a ton of power in a 56-game debut. Moving from one outfield corner to…

  24. Brewers trade Norichika Aoki to Royals for Will Smith

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Kansas City has a new starting outfielder, as the Royals announced that they’ve acquired Norichika Aoki from the Brewers for left-hander Will Smith. Aoki has been a tremendous bargain for Milwaukee since coming over from Japan two seasons ago, playing nearly every day and hitting .287 with a .355 on-base percentage, 50 steals, and quality…

  25. Mets have had internal discussions about trading for Ryan Braun

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Matt Cerrone of Metsblog is reporting that the Mets have had internal discussions about pursuing Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, per people connected to the team. Recently, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said that the two teams would make a good match as trading partners. The Mets are looking to move first baseman Ike Davis and the…

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