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Cooler Heads Needed in Kansas City

A wild weekend in Kansas City came roaring to a hostile conclusion yesterday afternoon. Little did new A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie know when he slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday night, that he was setting off what has the makings of one of the best baseball feuds in recent memory. Escobar is now day-to-day with a sprained knee. Here is the slide, which...
Via Baseball Essential
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie goes off on Royals P Kelvin Herrera for dangerous pitch

Tensions ran extremely high during the A's-Royals series over the weekend. It all started Friday night when Oakland third baseman slid very hard into second base trying to break up a double play. Kansas City thought the play was dirty and the rest of the series was filled with hit batters and ejections, summed up here by Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi. Sunday's gamed featured Royals...
Via Fox Sports
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Preview: Twins at Royals

The Kansas City Royals are off to their best start in 12 seasons but couldn't take a series from the Minnesota Twins last week. The Royals won't have to wait long for a rematch with a three-game set in Kansas City beginning Monday night, and they'll try to get the better of Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson for the first time. The Royals (9-3) have their best record after 12 games since...
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Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 18

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals and A’s Both Take Blame for Weekend Shenangians

On Friday night, the Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s began a three-game rumble that included some baseball games along the way. The storyline was supposed to be Billy Butler‘s return to Kansas City, and it was…for a few innings. Then a ball glanced off Kelvin Herrera to Mike Moustakas, which led to a throw […]
Via Pine Tar Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Royals-A's game filled with more ejections

The Kansas City Royals have a problem with the Oakland Athletics, and one beanball from Yordano Ventura to Brett Lawrie wasn’t going to fix that. In the first inning of Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium, Scott Kazmir plunked Lorenzo Cain (it looked accidental since if you’re going to throw at someone, you don’t throw at their feet, but whatever). Home plate umpire Greg...
Via The Outside Corner
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Naturals Claim Series with 5-0 Win Over Midland

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Northwest Arkansas (4-5) picked up their second consecutive victory over the Midland RockHounds (3-6) on Saturday night, defeating them by the score of 5-0 to take the 3-game series. LHP Brandon Finnegan andRHP Andy Ferguson combined for the shutout by throwing 9 innings of four-hit baseball. Finnegan, in his 2015 home debut, made the start and went 4 scoreless...
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This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: April 19

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. The Royals, who had hit only three home runs total in eight games, exploded for five […]
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Benches clear after Yordano Ventura hits Brett Lawrie with pitch (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. During the fourth inning of Saturday’s game between the Royals and A’s, Brett Lawrie was drilled with a 99 mph fastball by Yordano Ventura, who was subsequently ejected by home plate umpire Jim Joyce. On Friday, Alcides Escobar was injured as a result of a hard slide into second...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For one, throwing at players is stupid...
Via The Outside Corner
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Royals Place Holland on DL, But Is it as Significant of a Loss as We Think?

Earlier in the week, Kansas City announced that Alex Rios would be placed on the disabled list for 3-6 weeks with a fractured metacarpal (finger). Just hours ago, the club also announced another devastating blow to their bullpen. Greg Holland is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a pectoral strain. Two significant losses in just five days. Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson, though are...
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Royals Place Greg Holland on DL

View image | It's a good thing the Kansas City Royals have one of, if not the best bullpen in the MLB. They just placed their closer, Greg Holland, on the disabled list with a pectoral strain. Wade Davis is next in line to pick up a save with Kelvin Herrera picking up a vulture save or two on back to back nights.  The 3 headed monster has pitched 14 innings...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
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Alcides Escobar Day to Day After Controversial Slide

According to Kansas City Royals reporter Josh Vernier, 28-year-old Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is day-to-day after a controversial slide last night with a mild left knee sprain and contusion. The injury took place when Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie slid late into second with his cleats up and collided with Escobar’s left leg. Lawrie, known for his gritty play-style...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What to Make of the Kansas City Royals’ Hot Start

The Kansas City Royals had a majestic 2014 Season. KC not only reached the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, but the team was also crowned Champions of the American League during their regal pennant run. Their miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Oakland Athletics in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game will go... The post What to Make of the Kansas City Royals’ Hot Start...
Via The Garbage Time
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Mike Moustakas Elected to Naturals Hall of Fame

SPRINGDALE, AR – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals proudly announce that Mike Moustakas, a member of the 2010 Naturals and current Kansas City Royals third baseman, has been elected as the third inductee into the Naturals Hall of Fame. Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 June Amateur Draft joins fellow 2010 teammate Clint Robinson and former Manager Brian Poldberg as...
Via i70baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Wild Card Rematch – A’s at Royals

Billy Butler & Lorenzo Cain. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   Friday will be the first time that the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals will meet since the dramatic back and forth, that was the 12-inning 2014 American League Wild Card playoff game. It will be a Wild Card rematch with a few differences. Once again the two teams will meet at the Royals’ home Kauffman...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain Hints at the Next Step

With certain players, you just don’t get the usual questions. Lorenzo Cain is one of them. By our numbers, last year, Cain was just about a five-win center fielder. In large part, this was powered by a Defense rating close to +20. UZR and DRS both absolutely loved him, and frequently that magnitude of statistical […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Stay Hot in 2015

Just like the end of the 2014 season, the Royals are hot yet again in the start of 2015. Since September 28, 2014, the Royals are 18-5 (Including postseason). During that span, they completed postseason series sweeps of the Halos and the O’s, were 90 feet away from tying up game 7 of the World Series against arguable one of the best postseason pitchers of any era in Madison Bumgarner...
Via i70baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Call up Speedster Gore

Next Man Up.   The sign of a good (and well constructed) team is the ability to make personnel adjustments as injuries and performance necessitates.  With the injury to starting Right Fielder Alex Rios, the Royals are faced with their first real quandary of the season; how will they replace (even for a few weeks) a player that they banked $11 million on being a stable...
Via Royals Blue
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Were we all wrong about the Kansas City Royals?

Rushing to judgement about the success of a particular player or a specific team after only a week of the Major League Baseball season is always a rather questionable endeavor. This is particularly true in the event of declaring a team to be a contender or otherwise after such a limited sample size of games. However, in the case of the Kansas City Royals, that may not necessarily...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Picking up where they left off

Alex Rios and teammates celebrate Monday afternoon during at 12-3 victory at Target Field ( The Kansas City Royals began the postseason last year after their Wild Card matchup with the Oakland Athletics with an 8-0 record and two series sweeps against the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles. Fast forward six months and the Royals are doing it again. The...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

12 HBP for Royals batters this season. How should the Royals respond?

If you are keeping track at home, the Royals do not only lead the league in wins, but also in the number of times they have reached first base as a result of being hit by baseballs.  Here in the early going of the 2015 season the Royals have stepped up to the plate 291 times and out of those 291 plate appearances Royals batters have been hit by twelve different baseballs. ...
Via Royals Blue
6 days ago  |  Discuss

When Should You Start Believing in Mike Moustakas?

Mike Moustakas was supposed to be the Royals’ savior. When he came up in 2011 he was hailed as the second coming of George Brett, just like Alex Gordon in 2007, and Eric Hosmer earlier the same year. The hype around Moustakas was insane. The guy got a standing ovation when he hit the on-deck circle before his first at-bat. Talk about pressure on a young kid. As we all know,...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals sweep Chicago to open season

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the Kansas City Royals in terms of their success in the 2014 postseason. Through the first three games of the 2015 regular season, one can assume that a lot of that chatter has ceased. For a team that finished last in the Major Leagues in total homers, five different players managed to go yard in their first series. The Kansas...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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