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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Wade Davis is skipping a start with shoulder soreness

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.”…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Jeff Niemann is out at least 4-6 weeks a broken right leg

    May 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, an Adam Lind comebacker hit Rays starter Jeff Niemann‘s right leg last night, knocking him out of the game in the first inning.  And now, we learn from the Tampa Bay Times, it has knocked him out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, as it gave him a small…

  15. Rays expect to be without Kyle Farnsworth for 4-6 weeks

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    farnsworth ap

    So much for Kyle Farnsworth‘s elbow injury being a minor one. Yesterday the Rays placed Farnsworth on the disabled list and today manager Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he expects to be without the closer for 4-6 weeks. No word yet on the fill-in closer, but most of the…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Do the Tampa Bay Rays have the best rotation in baseball?

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    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: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Do the Rays have the best rotation in baseball? The Phillies and the…

  17. Jeff Niemann wins final spot in Rays’ rotation, Wade Davis heads to bullpen

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    Matt Moore‘s presence in the Rays’ rotation meant they had six starters for five spots and today manager Joe Maddon announced that Jeff Niemann will be the fifth starter and Wade Davis, who started 29 games in each of the past two seasons and has never relieved in the majors, will be in the bullpen.…

  18. Rays quick to demote Alex Cobb, Juan Miranda

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    While the first-round of spring cuts is usually reserved for guys with no major league experience, the Rays demoted some bigger names Monday, sending down pitchers Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer, as well as first baseman Juan Miranda. The 24-year-old Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts for the Rays…

  19. Wade Davis isn’t thrilled with the possibility of pitching out of the bullpen

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    wade davis getty

    The Rays decided against cashing in on their starting pitching depth over the winter and will enter spring training with six realistic candidates for five spots. David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and top prospect Matt Moore are essentially locks for the rotation at this point, which means Wade Davis will compete with Jeff Niemann…

  20. Will the Padres trade first base prospect Anthony Rizzo?

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds today as part of their massive haul for Mat Latos, which has led many to wonder whether prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo will become a trade chip. With that in mind, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio this afternoon…

  21. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are Rays pitchers most likely to be shopped

    Dec 14, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    wade davis getty

    Tampa Bay has all kinds of starting pitching depth, leading to speculation that they’ll try to cash some of it in for lineup help at some point. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times examined all the rotation options and concluded that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are the most likely starters to be traded…

  22. The Rangers aren’t really hot for Prince Fielder

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    fielder getty

    We keep hearing reports about teams interested in Prince Fielder. Without putting too fine a point on it, however, those reports often seem to come from people who have been said to have Prince Fielder’s agent as a valued source. Others, however, specifically Ken Rosenthal, are hearing different things. Specifically with respect to the Rangers, who…

  23. The Reds are talking to the Rays about James Shields

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    james shields getty

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds have had “ongoing talks” with the Rays about James Shields. This is interesting inasmuch as the Rays have said that they’re not interested in dealing Shields.  It’s possible, of course, that the talks might involve other Rays pitchers like Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann. Certainly the…

  24. Fake trade: James Shields to Cincinnati for Yonder Alonso

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    James Shields

    (The following is not a done deal or even a valid rumor and should not be treated as such.) Reds acquire RHP James Shields and RHP Kyle Farnsworth from the Rays for first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Courtesy of Yahoo’s Tim Brown comes the rumor that the Reds have started shopping top prospect Yonder…

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