4-14-14: The Kansas City Royals (4-7) have a grand total of one home run on the year, and the offensive power-outage has led them straight to the bottom of the AL Central to start the year. They were embarrassingly swept by the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, as Minnesota outscored KC 21-5. Fortunately, the Royals next head to Houston to face what may be the only team more offensively-deficient than they are in the Astros.
4-7-14: The Kansas City Royals followed an opening-series loss to the Detroit Tigers by taking two of three contests from the White Sox over the weekend. KC has been backed by some very solid starting pitching to open the year, as James Sheilds, Bruce Chen and Jason Vargas have all turned-in solid efforts. It’s been a rough go for reliever Tim Collins, however, as the lefty has already walked four in just two appearances, while allowing four runs in just one inning total.
4-1-14: The Kansas City Royals have high aspirations this season for the first time in what seems like forever, but their hopes of getting off on the right foot in 2014 were dashed in a walk-off 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers. The teams were knotted at 3-3 going into the bottom of the 9th, when Detroit newcomer Alex Gonzalez drilled a game-winning RBI single off of Greg Holland to win it.
3-27-14: The Kansas City Royals made an odd move to start out the final week of spring training by claiming the first overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft Patrick Schuster. Schuster was set to be returned to his original team, The San Diego Padres, from the Arizona Diamondbacks after he had been informed he would not be making the Opening Day roster in 2014. The speculation was Schuster will not be with the Royals long and this was just a procedural move to get Carlos Peguero through waivers 10 days from now rather than today, which is not that uncommon in baseball. The Royals also, in another procedural move, traded away catcher Adam Moore to the San Diego Padres for cash considerations and to step one spot closer to finalizing a 25 and 40 man roster. The Royals now will turn their attention to taking advantage of a strong spring and riding it all the way to the promised land in 2014.
3-20-14: The Kansas City Royals pitching staff was not exempt from the Tommy John surgery epidemic that is going around Major League Baseball right now after announcing that set up man Luke Hochevar will go under the knife and miss the 2014 season due to the surgery. Kansas City still has a winning record in the Cactus League and have won a few games in a row in the past week to improve the record. The Royals have been holding a fifth starter competition all spring between Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura and Ventura was named the winner as the fifth starter with Duffy likely headed to the Royals bullpen. The Royals also brought in Brett Tomko on a minor league deal as he tried to make a comeback to the Major Leagues after retiring for a few years at age 41. In an announcement that should surprise nobody James Shields will pitch in yet another big game, 2014 Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals, probably for the final time as he enters free agency after this season.
3-13-14: The Kansas City Royals lost their ace from 2013 in Ervin Santana and likely only have one more season of having James Shields in the rotation so the time is now for the Royals. The Royals still have one of the best first basemen in the league in Eric Hosmer crushing the ball this spring and a very strong third basemen in Mike Moustakas to get excited about. Luke Hochevar needs Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2014 season for the Royals. Kansas City has also named "Big Game" James Shields their Opening Day starter. The Royals also stole second basemen Omar Infante away from the Detroit Tigers and won in a bidding war with the New York Yankees for the right-handers services. The Royals are in a tough division alongside the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians but competed for a second Wild Card last season and look to build on that season this year in 2014.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the Royals regular season are: April 4th vs Chicago White Sox, June 5th vs St Louis, September 13th vs Boston Red Sox, June 7th vs New York Yankees, and June 28th vs the Angels. The June 28th game also includes a Shields bobblehead giveaway.
3-11-14: The Royals will have to go through 2014 without Luke Hochevar in the bullpen. The 30 year old reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire 2014 campaign. Hochevar was the first overall pick of the 2006 draft and is set to make $5.2 million in 2014.
3-5-14: The Kansas City Royals have shut down Luke Hochevar four spraining his ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery is a possibility. The Royals as an organization and picture James Shields have agreed not to negotiate the pitchers contract during the season. Ervin Santana is still seeking a four year contract worth at least $50 million and is currently still on the free-agent market leaving the Royals in limbo as far as who will be a part of their starting rotation.
3-4-14: The Royals bats were in action as they took care of the Cubs in spring training action 5-3 this past Sunday. Mike Moustakas hit two home runs, while Eric Hosmer had three hits. The game drew a 2014 Cactus League high 14,680 in attendance. The Royals also said goodbye to Guillermo Mota, who retired after a 14 year career.
2-25-14: Kansas City Royals single game tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. for all 2014 Kansas City Royals home games. The box office at Kauffman Stadium will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or fans can get their tickets over the phone from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1-24-14: The Kansas City Royals were ten games over .500 last year en route to a third place finish in a very tough American League Central Division. The Royals will give the ball to James Shields on opening day this year as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since they won the World Series in 1985.
1-7-14: The Kansas City Royals are currently the front-runners to sign either one of two pictures being Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez. Adding either man to the rotation would be a nice addition to James Shields. The biggest news out of Kansas City this off-season was the signing of Second baseman Omar Infante. He signed a deal worth about $30 million over for you. He also reportedly turned down a bigger deal from the New York Yankees.
12-9-13: This off-season the Kansas City Royals missed out on bringing back one of their homegrown products Carlos Beltran. Beltran and his camp inquired if the Kansas City Royals were interested in bringing him back but the price was likely to high and he wound up signing with the New York Yankees on a three-year deal. The Royals had a good start to last season wound up missing the playoffs yet again. With the inability to more lucrative free agents to Kansas City the Royals will have to count on their farm system if they want to compete in the AL Central division. It will be tough to compete with teams with higher payrolls such as the Detroit Tigers who made it all the way to the American League championship series last year. Returning to Kansas City will be first baseman Eric Hosmer who is a promising young player that they have.
8/20/13 - The Kansas City Royals have been a decent surprise this season at five games over .500 and still in playoff contention. Losers of two straight games the Kansas City Royals will host the Chicago White Sox this week. After that they will host the Washington nationals for interleague play. Young first baseman Eric Hosmer leads the Royals offensively he's batting .294 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs. The Kansas City Royals have identical records with the Yankees and I tied in terms of the wildcard race with both teams being in fifth place. The Royals are +25 in terms of run differential.
8/6/13 - The All-Star break has passed and the Kansas City Royals have managed to still stay above .500. As winners of nine of the last 10 games they are 55 – 52. This week they will host the Minnesota Twins for a three game set.
7/31/13 - The Royals have acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Astros for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith.
7/18/13 - The Kansas City Royals have struggled this season and are losers of five straight heading into the All-Star break. At 43 – 49 they are currently in third place in the American League Central division. The Royals acquired pitcher James Shields from the Tampa Bay rays this off-season and while he has managed to have a nice ERA, his win loss record is only 4-6. The Royals will host the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander in their first series out of the All-Star break. The Royals have not made the playoffs since 1985 and will have to make a serious turn around if they wish to make the playoffs this season. Left fielder Alex Gordon was selected to the American League All-Star team.
7/7/13 - Two Kansas City Royals were selected for the 2013 American League all-star team. Catcher Salvador Perez and outfielder Alex Gordon will both be making their first all-star game appearances.
6/12/13 - At 29 and 32 the Kansas City Royals are 5 1/2 games out of first place Tied with the Cleveland Indians. This week they face off against the Detroit Tigers who are in first place with a chance to chip away and the division lead. Leftfielder Alex Gordon Leads the team in hitting batting .304 with six home runs. Jeremy Guthrie leads the team in wins but the team leader in ERA is big game James Shields At 2.81. The Royals have not made the playoffs in over a decade. With this year’s slow start it looks like another year out of the postseason For the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are currently on a six game winning streak