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Eric Hosmer looking to take charge early for Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer is hoping the end can bring a new beginning. The Kansas City first baseman struggled last year with injuries and production, having the worst season of his career with just nine home runs and 56 RBIs. But in the postseason, Hosmer showed what the Royals have envisioned for years when he hit .351 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. read more

Native Sons and Daughters honor Royals GM as Kansan of Year

Baseball was very much a part of Dayton Moore’s youth. Enough so that he chose a profession dedicated to the game he loves and rose through the ranks to become the general manager for the Kansas City Royals. That would be the reigning American League champion Royals, by the way, in case you need to practice saying that line before Kansas City opens the 2015 season on April 6 against the Chicago White Sox in Kauffman Stadium. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 29, 2015

Kevin Haskin: Finnegan delights fans during caravan stop in Topeka

Excuse Brandon Finnegan if he does not want the dream to end. Realize that the Kansas City Royals pitcher has barely had time to pinch himself. Finnegan, called up from Double-A late last season as a left-handed ringer with wicked stuff out of the bullpen, became the answer to a trivia question – the first baseball player to participate in the College World Series (for TCU) and the World Series (for Kansas City) in the same year. read more
CSN Washington Jan 29, 2015

2015 outlook: Kansas City Royals

Can the Royals recapture the magic that defined their October to remember, or was that playoff run a mere blip for the previously woebegone franchise?
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 28, 2015

KC at the bat: Royals lineup will have new look

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There aren’t many things in baseball that can rile up a fanbase quite like a manager’s lineup card, especially if it’s Ned Yost’s. Though the Kansas City manager won’t be filling one out until spring training, and even those aren’t exactly the real thing, he has been contemplating potential batting orders for a while. “After New Year’s you start getting your mind ready for a full season,” Yost said. “You’re constantly thinking about lineups and constantly thinking about your team.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 26, 2015

Royals invite 23 non-roster players to spring training

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to spring training, including former fifth overall pick Bubba Starling and promising youngsters Miguel Almonte and Raul Mondesi. Starling, who grew up in Gardner, has struggled in the minor leagues but will get a taste of big league camp. Almonte, a right-hander, and Mondesi, an infielder, are non-drafted free agents who have become two of the club’s top prospects. read more
Red Reporter Jan 25, 2015

RR Classic: Royal Meridian or the Evening Blueness in the Central - A 2013 Kansas City Royals Preview

Ed. Note: Far and away the best of the 2013 alter ego previews was Farney Fool's preview of the Kansas City Royals as Cormac McCarthy. This is seriously one of my favorite things I've ever read on this site. Bon appétit. Dear friends my name is Cormac. I am a writer and teller of truths. I once stated: There's no such thing as life without bloodshed. I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone could live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are the first ones to give up their souls, their freedom. Your...
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 23, 2015

Brandon Finnegan leads annual Royals caravan into Topeka next Thursday

The Kansas City Royals announced on Friday the schedule for the team’s annual caravan tour, with the club slated to appear in Topeka next Thursday. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan, outfielder Lane Adams, FOX Sports Kansas City broadcaster Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery will host a meet and greet from 7 to 8 p.m. at Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 1133 SW Wanamaker Rd. Topeka will be the third stop for the group Thursday, with the caravan making earlier visits to Hutchinson and Salina. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 23, 2015

Local sports briefs for Jan. 22: Royals' season opener set for 3:10 p.m. April 6

The Kansas City Royals will begin defense of their American League championship at 3:10 p.m. April 6 when they play the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, the team announced Thursday when it unveiled the 2015 schedule. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 21, 2015

Royals to offer single-game tickets beginning Feb. 27

The Kansas City Royals will make single-game tickets for everything but the Opening Day game available for sale online beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Ticket sales by phone will start the next day at 9 a.m., while in-person purchases at all Royals ticket outlets, including the Hy-Vee store in Topeka, begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 2. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 20, 2015

Aoki finalizes $4.7M, 1-year deal with San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Nori Aoki is offering a bold challenge to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, one of his new San Francisco Giants teammates. “I’ve heard that Madison likes to wrestle, I think I’m going to initiate the wrestling,” the left fielder joked Tuesday. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 20, 2015

Giants finalize one-year, $4.7M deal with ex-Royal Nori Aoki

SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent outfielder Nori Aoki has finalized his $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical. Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 19, 2015

Aoki finalizes 1-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent outfielder Nori Aoki has finalized his $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical. Aoki played last season with the Kansas City Royals, who lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. The 33-year-old from Japan will be formally introduced Tuesday at AT&T Park. He receives a $4 million base salary, and the Giants have a $5.5 million option for 2016 with a $700,000 buyout. The option can become mutual, and the deal includes performance bonuses. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 16, 2015

Report: Tigers have contacted Shields' agent

Max Scherzer has been the talk of the MLB free agent market as of late. The right-hander is the best starting pitcher available and, after spending the past five seasons with the Detroit Tigers, questions have been in abundance about a potential re-marriage. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski’s answer to them all has remained the same. The Tigers aren’t in active pursuit of Scherzer and went as far as to say Thursday at the owners meetings that “I would say no, probably not,” that they would re-sign Scherzer. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 16, 2015

Royals sign relievers Collins, Coleman to one-year deals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Relief pitchers Louis Coleman and Tim Collins agreed to one-year contracts with the Kansas City Royals on Friday, allowing both of them to avoid arbitration. Collins agreed at $1,475,000 and Coleman at $725,000. The 25-year-old Collins, a left-hander, had a 3.86 ERA in 22 appearances with the Royals and earned $1,362,500. He made four appearances in the postseason, including three during the World Series. read more

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