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  1. 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…

  2. Miguel Cabrera blasts walk-off home run as Tigers defeat the Royals

    Aug 17, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    It was, as baseball endings go, about as predictable as they come. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera led off the bottom of the ninth with the game tied 5-5. He was 1-for-4 to that point with an RBI single. Entering the night with a .450 on-base percentage, simply reaching with a single or a walk…

  3. Danny Duffy will return from Tommy John surgery tonight

    Aug 7, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Danny Duffy

    Danny Duffy, who last pitched for the Royals on May 13 of last season, will rejoin the rotation tonight after completing his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Duffy was off to a good start last season when he was shut down with elbow problems and before going under the knife the left-hander was a…

  4. 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…

  5. Joe Blanton and pitching coach Mike Butcher had a heated exchange

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton allowed four runs in four-plus innings of work this afternoon, ending his first half with a 5.53 ERA, the second-worst mark in the American League behind Wade Davis at 5.89. After Blanton was taken out after allowing the first three batters he faced in the fifth inning to reach base on a single,…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Anna Scorecard

    Athletics 10, Mariners 2: This game was a Father’s Day treat for me. Why? Because I used it to teach my daughter how to keep score. I printed out scoresheets. I did a little sketch on the top of hers to illustrate the numbers which correspond with each defensive position. I paused the TV after…

  7. Rays could promote Wil Myers soon

    Jun 8, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Wil Myers AP

    Rays prospect Wil Myers could be promoted to the big leagues within the next 10 days, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden. The Rays acquired Myers in the trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals. With Triple-A Durham, Myers entered today’s game with an .841 OPS with ten home runs in 257…

  8. Jake Odorizzi could replace David Price

    May 17, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

    Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says that although the Rays haven’t announced anything officially, prospect Jake Odorizzi is likely to replace the injured David Price in the starting rotation. The Rays placed their defending AL Cy Young award winner on the disabled list yesterday with a strained left triceps muscle, an injury they…

  9. Rays prospect Jake Odorizzi pitches in for tandem no-hitter

    May 5, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

    The Durham Bulls tossed a tandem no-hitter this afternoon against the Pawtucket Red Sox behind starter Jake Odorizzi, who threw seven hitless, shut-out innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked four. Relievers Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates and Jeff Beliveau held the Sox hitless over the final two innings as the Bulls went on…

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

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:27 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Athletics 10, Angels 8: Nineteen innings. Six and a half hours. Sixteen pitchers, including A’s Opening Day starter Brett Anderson who pitched five and a third innings out of the pen. The Angels, for their part, had two pitchers — Tommy Hanson who started it and Jerome Williams who came in later — each of…

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

    Apr 18, 2013, 5:55 AM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    Reds 1, Phillies 0: CONTINUED FROM TUESDAY NIGHT: Nine minutes, a quick score and then the whole thing was over. About as good a night as you coulda hoped for when you were 17, but for the Phillies this had to be disappointing. Reds 11, Phillies 2: Well, maybe not as disappointing as this. The…

  12. Rays choose Roberto Hernandez for rotation, send Jeff Niemann to bullpen

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Roberto Hernandez

    Last year the Rays had a lot of success shifting Wade Davis from the rotation to the bullpen, as he went from a mediocre starter to a very good reliever (and then they traded him to the Royals). This year they’re making the same shift with Jeff Niemann, moving him to the bullpen in an…

  13. Royals choose Luis Mendoza over Bruce Chen for final rotation spot

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Kansas City has decided on Luis Mendoza as the fifth starter, which means Bruce Chen is headed to the bullpen after leading the Royals in starts, wins, and innings last season. Of course, Chen wasn’t actually much good with a 5.07 ERA. Luke Hochevar was previously shifted to the bullpen by the Royals, so by…

  14. Royals name James Shields as Opening Day starter

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Royals Shields and Davis Baseball

    Making official what was expected, manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will get the Opening Day start for the Royals. Kansas City gave up a ton to get Shields (and Wade Davis) from Tampa Bay this offseason, parting with a four-player package that included stud outfield prospect Wil Myers, and a huge part of…

  15. 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…

  16. Wade Davis is skipping a start with shoulder soreness

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    wade davis getty

    Wade Davis‘ move back to the rotation has hit a snag, as Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals will have him skip a start due to shoulder soreness. It might prove to be a minor thing, but Davis hasn’t started a game since September of 2011 (and was never particularly…

  17. 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…

  18. The Royals can win this trade even if Myers blossoms — and they can lose it even if he flops

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Wil Myers Getty

    Because it’s the Internet overreactions abound with respect to the Royals-Rays trade. Some people are saying this is the dumbest trade ever for the Royals, some saying that they won it. Some are totally overvaluing prospects like Wil Myers, acting as if he’s cant-miss, while some are totally discounting Myers and acting like James Shields…

  19. Watch as the Rays act like they didn’t totally rip the Royals off in the Myers-Shields trade

    Dec 10, 2012, 6:40 AM EDT

    james shields getty

    Via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, listen to Rays GM Andrew Friedman act like he didn’t just totally rip off Dayton Moore and the Royals: “Personally I think this is the most difficult trade we’ve made to date. Both guys were drafted and developed here, they’ve been key players in this organization’s turnaround…

  20. 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…

  21. The Royals trade Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    UPDATE: Yes, this is much bigger. The Royals have made an official announcement: #Royals acquire RHPs James Shields, Wade Davis and player to be named or cash from Tampa Bay for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard. — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) December 10, 2012 My first take was that this was a “big, big gamble.”…

  22. Behind James Shields, Rays set AL record for strikeouts

    Sep 21, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    James Shields

    Rays right-hander James Shields reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season Friday in a 12-1 win over the Blue Jays. Along the way, he recorded the team’s 1,267 strikeout, breaking the American League record set by the 2001 Yankees. J.P. Arencibia was the victim. It was Shields’ third strikeout of the night on his…

  23. Tales of Feliz, Bard figure to scare off future starting conversions

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    If the Reds were still thinking of putting Aroldis Chapman into the rotation next year, today’s announcement will surely give them pause. Former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss most or all of 2013 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. It means two of this year’s…

  24. Rays strike out 21 batters, lose in 15 innings anyway

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

    David Price

    The Rays had MLB’s highest strikeout game in five years Monday, fanning 21 A’s in 15 innings, only to lose 4-3 on a Jemile Weeks sacrifice fly. The 21 strikeouts were a franchise record for Tampa Bay, as well as a franchise record for A’s hitters. It was the first team a team has struck…

  25. Rays turn to Alex Cobb, not Wade Davis, as Jeff Niemann’s rotation replacement

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    Jeff Niemann is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right leg, but rather than shift Wade Davis back to the rotation the Rays are turning to Alex Cobb as the fill-in. No official announcement has been made yet, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Cobb will pitch in Niemann’s place tomorrow…

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