ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Royals see Hammel take 'good step forward'

Yes, there was a bright side to a 3-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night: The Royals may have fixed right-hander Jason Hammel.
Via Royals.com
1 hour ago

KC Royals bats go lifeless against Yankees in the Bronx

The KC Royals entered Wednesday night’s contest in the Bronx hoping to pick up a win and earn at least a split in their road series against the Yankees. But, as they say, there’s always tomorrow. Typically, I share KC Royals Twitter’s general disdain for Jason Hammel and his inability to not get the snot […] KC Royals bats go lifeless against Yankees in the Bronx - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
2 hours ago

Jacoby Ellsbury diagnosed with concussion after crashing into wall

A great catch forced New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to leave Wednesday’s game and may land him on the disabled list.During the top of the first inning, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit a fly ball to center field that sent Ellsbury racing towards the wall. Ellsbury reached up to make a one-handed catch just before crashing into the fence. Here’s video of the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Moore 'not throwing up the white flag' on '17

Royals general manger Dayton Moore prefers to hold off until at least 40 games are played before making any proclamations during a season.
Via Royals.com
6 hours ago

Gordon returns as Royals place Karns on DL

Rookie right-hander Miguel Almonte will make his first Major League start on Thursday afternoon against a very special team in a very special place: Yankee Stadium.
Via Royals.com
6 hours ago

Free Agent Stock Watch: Lorenzo Cain

It’s tempting to look in on pending free agents when they are clearly trending up or down. Sometimes, though, the news is mixed, and that’s the case for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain, 31, emerged as a force in 2014 and fully broke out in the following season. Helping to drive the Royals to a World Series title, Cain slashed .307/.361/.477 with 16 home runs and 28 steals...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
8 hours ago

Salvador Perez Is Making the Most of Swinging at Everything

Salvador Perez has been aggressive from the start. He’s long been an aggressive hitter, and a talented bat-to-ball hitter, and pitchers have responded as you’d expect. This is Perez’s seventh year in the big leagues. In every successive year, he’s seen a lower rate of pitches in the zone. He’s also steadily seen fewer fastballs, this year owning the lowest fastball rate...
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals Tap Almonte for Thursday Start

It was confirmed that Miguel Almonte will get the Thursday start against the New York Yankees opposite the struggling Tanaka.  Almonte has had an up and down career so far with the Royals, mainly bouncing around the levels of the farm system. Almonte managed to climb all the way to being a top 50 prospect in MLB prior to the 2014 season. After struggling the next 3 seasons...
Via Royals Blue
9 hours ago

KC Royals Potential Departures, Vol. 7: Breaking Up

I spent a couple of weeks breaking down the different potential free-agent departures the KC Royals were looking at possibly losing, whether through in-season trade or off-season signing. Now it’s time for the guys under contract—who makes the most sense to deal, where could they go and what could they bring back (or force the […] KC Royals Potential Departures, Vol. 7: Breaking...
Via Kings of Kauffman
10 hours ago

Alex the Used-to-Be Great

When Alex Gordon signed the largest contract in Royals history in January of 2016, many fans loved that he was going to stay in the only home he’d ever known. Some were worried about his age, but even most of those worriers figured it wouldn’t be an issue in the first couple years of the deal, when the team had hoped to be competitive and maybe push for another title. Since signing...
Via BP Kansas City
16 hours ago

Diamonds in the Rough 5-23-17

The Royals affiliates split the two games that finished while Lexington and NW Arkansas were suspended. HR Roll Call None BPKC Hitter of the Day Chris DeVito 2-4 2-2b, RBI BPKC Pitcher of the Day Cristian Castillo 6 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K 3-7 GO-FO 76p/48k Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 Lynchburg Hillcats 0 The Blue Rocks moved back over .500 with a series opening win over Lynchburg...
Via BP Kansas City
18 hours ago

Yankees honor victims of Manchester bombing attack by playing 'God Save The Queen'

The sports world has offered thoughts and support to victims of Monday night’s bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, with stars like Manchester City’s Yaya Touré stepping forward with donations. The support has crossed the Atlantic. One of the more interesting stateside examples comes from the New York Yankees, who played the United Kingdom’s...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals have key decisions to make this offseason

Although the MLB regular season is just a quarter of the way over, it’s never too early to plan ahead as a baseball organization. As a small market team, the Kansas City Royals will not have the money to pay big contracts to many of their elite players this off-season. With that being said, the Royals have been excellent in the past at trading away big salaries for young prospects...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Royals’ window appears to be closing

They had an exciting run, but it seems to be time to rebuild. The Royals of the 2014 and 2015 seasons were one of the most fascinating teams in baseball history. The team had a subpar starting rotation, and the offense did not hit for much power. It is hard to be competitive with those deficiencies, but the Royals made up for it like perhaps no other team ever has. They had a historically...
Via Beyond The Box Score
1 day ago

Duffy beats Yanks for 2nd time in week as Royals win 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Duffy beat the Yankees for the second time in a week and rookie Jorge Bonifacio capped a three-run, seventh-inning rally with a go-ahead, two-run homer that led the Kansas City Royals over New York 6-2 on Tuesday night. Lorenzo Cain, Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas also homered late for the Royals, who went deep four times in a span of nine batters. New...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Kansas City Royals: What to Do with Lorenzo Cain

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Bonifacio’s Blast Isn’t Enough as the KC Royals fall to Yankees

Homers burned the KC Royals on Monday night at Yankees Stadium as the KC Royals dropped game one of a four-game series, 4-2. Kansas City fell to 18-26 on the year. KC Royals’ left fielder Jorge Bonifacio hit a solo shot in the third inning, homering in his third straight game. The homer was Bonifacio’s fifth […] Bonifacio’s Blast Isn’t Enough as the KC Royals fall to Yankees...
Via Kings of Kauffman
2 days ago

LOOK: Gregory Polanco pays tribute to Yordano Ventura with customized cleats

Yordano Ventura’s tragic death produced a shock that was felt around the MLB world, and it’s still having an impact. Ventura’s Dominican teammate Gregory Polanco had said in the past he was going to get some gear customized to pay tribute to the former pitcher, and sure enough, he made good on his word. Check out these customized New Balance cleats. Those are pretty intricate...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

#Royals Twitter Talks: Is it Raul Mondesi time again?

We here at Royals Blue like to tout ourselves as “for fans, by fans”. As opposed to regurgitating the same old information from the same old blowhards you hear everywhere else in the same old media, we like to take to our favorite social media platform to get the opinions and feedback directly from you. And so we asked … @RoyalsBlue_com Since his demotion, Mondesi has...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago

Gregory Polanco pays tribute to late Yordano Ventura with custom-made cleats

When Yordano Ventura passed away suddenly in January, Gregory Polanco did not hesitate to express his condolences about the loss of the fiery pitcher he had faced a few times across his career.Polanco recently gave tribute to Ventura, who was killed in a car accident during the offseason in his native Dominican Republic. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder had custom-made New Balance...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter trolls Twins fan who flubbed catching home run

A Twins fan nearly came down with a home run ball off the bat of Salvador Perez, but it wasn’t to be.The fan lined up perfectly with the ball, and looked set to make the catch with his glove, but it bounced off, and his moment in the limelight was ruined.Former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, who’s now an analyst/commentator for the network, thought it was pretty damn funny at...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

4 reasons why the Kansas City Royals are red hot

At the end of April, the Kansas City Royals lost nine straight games and posted an overall record of 7-16. Many Royals’ fans found it hard to watch this team and had given up all hope of a playoff berth. However, if there is one concept you should know about the Royals, it’s to never say never when it comes to this ball club. The Royals have won six of their last seven contests...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain hits little league home run on groundball to center field

Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier is a defensive wizard. Usually.But if you only saw the following play from Monday night, you’d have a hard time believing in Kiermaier’s defensive prowess.The Kansas City Royals’ Lorenzo Cain — also an awesome centerfielder — hit your run-of-the-mill groundball single to center field, and Kiermaier completely whiffed on the...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Thousands of bees invaded Kauffman Stadium and were removed humanely, pleasing Ned Yost

Baseball and bees have often gone together, as in the Cubs-Mariners and Rockies-Padres games disrupted by swarms this March. The latest incident happened Sunday, where thousands of bees invaded the upper deck of the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium ahead of their game with the Cleveland Indians, prompting quite a funny response from the Indians’ Twitter account: As this Kansas...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

MRI reveals strained hamstring for Ian Kennedy

The Kansas City Royals are off to a brutal start to the 2017 season, and things appear to only be getting worse.Ian Kennedy, who has been one of the team’s best pitchers this season, has a strained hamstring and could end up on the DL. Kennedy entered Thursday’s game against the White Sox with a 2.30 ERA, but that jumped to 3.03 after he allowed four earned runs in 4.1 innings...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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