1:58 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Kansas City Royals Rumors & News
Kansas City Star 8 hours ago
Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Thursday's Royals-Astros game for live stats and updates from The Star's reporters. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.
Ball Star | Kansas City Star 8 hours ago
For the first time this season, Billy Butler will not bat cleanup for the Royals. Manager Ned Yost dropped him to No. 6 and installed catcher Salvador Perez as his new cleanup hitter as the Royals go for a sweep of the Astros on Thursday night. The game begins...
CSN Houston 2 hours ago
James Shields struck out 12 Astros batters on Thursday in a Houston loss to Kansas City for the third straight game.
Houston Chronicle 2 hours ago
Scott Feldman’s expression hardly changed Thursday night as yet another game quickly unraveled for the Astros. The big righthander just went through the worst eight days of his life, but you couldn’t tell by his mound presence. The record will show that the...
Kansas City Star 3 hours ago
The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The string of consecutive punchouts, five of them looking, nearly matched the franchise of eight set by Blake Stein in 2001. Instead, Shields settled for a 12-strikeout performance that was his best as a Royal.
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago
HOUSTON — James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night. Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. He got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak...
Ball Star | Kansas City Star 12 hours ago
Mired in an alarming, early-season slump, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is moving out of the cleanup spot. Manager Ned Yost confirmed the impending switch during an interview with KCSP (610 AM) on Thursday morning. The most likely result means Butler will drop to No. 6 and swap places with catcher Salvador Perez.
Rotoworld 2 hours ago
Dropped from the cleanup spot for the first time this season, Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday against the Astros.
Ball Star | Kansas City Star 7 hours ago
The Royals placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Justin Marks from Class AAA Omaha before Thursday's game in Houston.
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago
HOUSTON — Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Cain was injured trying to beat a throw to first base in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. He is hitting .333 with five RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games this season. Manager Ned...
Ball Star | Kansas City Star 1 hour ago
The Storm Chasers thump Round Rock 14-1 behind three-hit nights from Jesus Flores and Brett Eibner.
Judging the Royals | Kansas City Star 1 hour ago
The Royals completed a sweep of the Houston Astros and are now back to .500 with a record of seven wins and seven losses. James Shields got his first win of the season by pitching eight innings and giving up just one run. Shields also struck out 12, while giving up two walks and four singles--and two of them were infield singles. That's some pretty good pitching.
Kansas City Star 1 hour ago
Cain will undergo an MRI and further evaluations by team doctors in Kansas City on Friday. The team will be without their talented but fragile center fielder for at least two weeks.
Detroit Free Press 7 hours ago
It was the longest, toughest Tiger game of the season, but in the end, it was simply another victory. After putting up with three days of rain, four postponed games, hours of uncharacteristic leisure and a 40-degree chill Wednesday night, the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in 10 innings -- their ninth win in nine games.
Judging the Royals | Kansas City Star 23 hours ago
The left field wall in Minute Maid Park is 315 feet from home plate. The left-field foul pole in Kauffman Stadium is 330 feet from home plate, but the wall is curved there and drops away sharply. There's no signage to give fans an exact distance, but it's clear that hitting a ball over the left field wall in Kansas City is much harder than hitting a ball over the left-field wall in Houston--and both teams proved that Wednesday night.
Ball Star | Kansas City Star Apr 17, 2014
Starter doesn't allow a run as Class A-Advanced Blue Rocks win 7-2 at Lynchburg. Wilmington drops the nightcap 3-2.
Kansas City Star Apr 17, 2014
In the eighth inning, Yost inserted Nori Aoki for Danny Valencia, who was starting for Mike Moustakas. Then he used Moustakas for Justin Maxwell, who was starting for Aoki.
Topeka Capital-Journal Apr 17, 2014
HOUSTON — Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th. A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled ‘Moooooose’ as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year. Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder’s choice. read more
Kansas City Star Apr 17, 2014
Mike Moustakas' home run in the 11th inning broke a 4-4 tie and the Royals won a wild game at Houston on Wednesday night. The Royals won for the second night in a row. With a victory on Thursday night, they can exit a road that begin in such hellish fashion with a .500 record.
Kansas City Star Apr 16, 2014
Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Tuesday's Royals-Astros game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star's Royals beat reporter. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.
Ball Star | Kansas City Star Apr 16, 2014
A minor ailment bothering veteran lefty Bruce Chen has reconfigured the Royals' starting rotation. With Chen nursing a tight left glute muscle, manager Ned Yost scratched him from his start on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. In his place, he moved up James Shields to replace Chen and tabbed Jason Vargas to start on Friday. Chen will attempt to return to the mound on Saturday when the team plays host to Minnesota.
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