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Royals believe chickenpox cases limited to two players

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The AL Central-leading Royals are confident no other players will come down with chickenpox after reliever Kelvin Herrera and left fielder Alex Rios were diagnosed last weekend. Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Herrera and Rios were both recovering quickly, and they could come to the ballpark early Friday for a workout. They would be sure to leave before...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Friends of PTP Scouting Report – Kyle Zimmer

Report via Josh Payton @josh_payton I was excited to watch last night’s game (September 2nd, 2015) between the Tulsa Drillers and The Naturals primarily because Kyle Zimmer was the starting pitcher. Prior to last night, I had witnessed Kyle Zimmer pitch in Tulsa and NW Arkansas on three separate occasions (July 10th, August 2nd and […]
Via Pine Tar Press
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: September 3

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. Bret Saberhagen outdueled Tom Seaver, leading the Royals to their second straight 3-2 win over the […]
Via Pine Tar Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Diagnosis: Johnny Cueto

The Dodgers lead the Giants by six games in the loss column. That’s a pretty secure lead, with a month left to go. The Mets lead the Nationals by six games in the loss column. Same thing. The Royals lead the Twins by 12 games in the loss column. It’s also the same thing, except twice the amount, so if ever a team could afford to coast, it’s Kansas City. They’re more or less...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals are facing a chickenpox epidemic nearing post-season

Owning the second-best record in the majors as of Wednesday afternoon – and claiming territory with one of sports’ most dynamic fan bases – two players on the Kansas City Royals have fallen ill to a common medical condition in children, chickenpox. Relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera and outfielder Alex Rios broke out in their respective infections and are required to abstain from...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keeping Alex Gordon in Royals Blue Should Still Be Priority

In case you missed the trumpets blaring and the dancing in the streets, the Royals activated Alex Gordon from the disabled list prior to yesterday’s game and he wore the pajamas of the Kansas City Royals during a Major League Baseball game. It was the first time he’d done that since we saw him lying […]
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals relive childhood nightmare with chickenpox scare

The Kansas City Royals are arguably one of the hottest teams in the MLB right now, boasting a record of 80-50 and leading the AL central by 13 games above the Minnesota Twins. But this doesn’t mean the team isn’t prone to injuries like the rest of the MLB. It seems the Royals are in a little bit of health crisis. Royals skipper Ned Yost, as well as some of the other Royal team...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Giving Yost credit

(fansided.com) The Kansas City Royals currently sit at 80-50 with just a month left to play in the regular season. Barring a dramatic collapse, the Royals have the American League Central wrapped up and have a chance to finish the year with the best record in the American League. The Royals went 29 years without a single playoff appearance and now have a legitimate chance at appearing...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals dealing with chickenpox outbreak

    The Kansas City Royals are currently dealing with the an issue that plagues kindergarten classes across the country on a daily basis. They have the chickenpox. Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports that outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera have both been infected with the chickenpox virus and are expected to miss at least two weeks. Both players...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals set September Roster

  It was announced by the Royals on twitter today that they have removed Alex Gordon from the disabled list as well as made some roster moves. With the expansion of rosters for the month of September to 40 players, the Royals have added some depth to the big league club. The Royals purchased the contracts of Miguel Almonte and Scott Alexander to move them to the Royals 40 man roster...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Number Munchers: Why Jonny Gomes? Why Now?

News broke late last night about a #Royals trade for the well-traveled Jonny Gomes. Like most Royals fans, I initially met this trade with a bit of an eyebrow raised. Not anger, disdain or anything silly like that. More just “Why do we need this?” Don’t get me wrong. We didn’t give up very much at all. We sent Luis Valenzuela to the Braves. He is an overaged single A middle...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago  |  Discuss

With Alex Gordon returning, Royals will unlock the real value of Ben Zobrist

Ok, I’ll admit it, I just never saw what all the fuss was about with Ben Zobrist. To me, he was always a jack of all trades, master of none. In a good lineup, Zobrist would excel, but make him the focal point and watch his numbers slide. Moneyball and the Joe Maddon mystique made his .270/.350/.450 slash line (although as the game skews more and more to the pitcher, that line looks...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Zobrist Continues to Reward Royals Fans

  When the Royals acquired Ben Zobrist back on July 28, I was beside myself with excitement.   There was not a more perfect fit available for what this Royals team needed than in what Zobrist can bring to the lineup and in the field with his versatility. While scrolling through social media for reactions, I was quite surprised at how much negative reaction there was to the trade...
Via Royals Blue
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays outfielder fooled by Tropicana Field catwalk

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier climbed the outfield wall at Tropicana Field on Friday night, and instead of coming down with the ball, he landed with a little embarrassment. He was anticipating the hard hit ball by Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales would land close enough to the wall where he could rob a home run, but the ball traveled so high...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Morales' two-run homer lifts Royals over Rays 3-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kendrys Morales hit his 15th homer, Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night. Morales put the Royals up 3-1 with a two-run shot in the third off Erasmo Ramirez (10-5) that struck an overhanging catwalk. He has 89 RBIs this season, including a majors-best 46 with...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier looks like a fool after Kendrys Morales homer hits catwalk

The catwalks at Tropicana Field are awful, and make the lovely game of baseball look kind of stupid at times. On Friday night, Kevin Kiermaier looked really bad after scaling the wall for this Kendrys Morales homer…only for the ball to hit a catwalk and fall safely into middle of the outfield. Whoops. Get the Rays a retractable roof stadium without catwalks, OK MLB? The post Kevin...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: September Schedule Preview

The 2015 MLB season is entering its final month of the regular season. The Kansas City Royals are almost a certainty to lock up the AL Central and have a great chance at being the top seed in the AL. Looking at the rest of the schedule means that there could be an issue down the road. Many teams benefit from a weaker schedule. This gives them the opportunity to tack on some extra...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals are impossible to hate

I’ve tried, really I have. As a Baltimore Orioles fan, the Kansas City Royals should be my mortal enemy. I should hate them, their lousy outfield waterfalls, their goofy lion mascot, and their overly passionate fan base that nearly committed one of the more egregious sins of all time by electing Omar Infante to the All-Star Game. Really, the Royals should make me think things...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Filling the MLB playoff picture: Royals rolling

As we enter the final weekend of August, the playoff chances are beginning to enter “they could always collapse" stage for a few teams, while others have it all in their own hands. The Mets have opened a 6.5 game lead entering Friday over the Washington Nationals: a team with Bryce Harper, a rotation that was the envy of the world in March, and a bad manager. The Cardinals can...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ventura overpowers Orioles as Royals take series with 5-3 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura struck out a career-high 11 in just six innings, Paulo Orlando homered and the Kansas City Royals hung on to beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Thursday. Ventura (9-7) allowed two hits and four walks to improve to 5-0 in his last seven starts. The Royals' usually solid bullpen nearly gave it away, though. Kelvin Herrera served up a homer...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cueto open to signing with Red Sox in free agency

This embed is invalid   " /> When Hanley Ramirez and Johnny Cueto were spotted chatting before Thursday’s game at Fenway Park, it was reasonable to wonder whether they discussed uniting for the Boston Red Sox in 2016. The Red Sox need a front-line starter and Cueto is one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. He also happens to be a free agent this offseason...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Eric Hosmer returns home to Cincinnati: ‘He’s freaking King Kong around here’

Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals are headed to Cincinnati to play the Reds. The road trip offers a rare opportunity for Hosmer to return to his old stomping grounds where he dominated his peers at the high school level. For two summers, Hosmer played for Midland High School, earning a reputation as a man amongst boys. “He’s freaking King Kong around here,” Hiler said...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Kruk texted with George Brett about KC ribs for two years and had no idea

John Kruk had been communicating with Kansas City Royals legend George Brett about BBQ ribs for over two years and, until Sunday, he had no idea. At least that’s what he says. It goes without saying that Kruk loves his food. Whenever he’s in Kansas City, he arranges specially to get some ribs delivered to him via Meat Mitch. Kruk even scarfed them down on national TV during...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

John Kruk unknowingly texted with George Brett about ribs

One of the most appealing things about John Kruk as a broadcaster is his willingness to make fun of himself and to tell self-deprecating stories on the air that nicely fill the gaps between action during a ballgame. The analyst provided a funny example of that on the Sunday Night Baseball telecast between the Angels and Royals. During the bottom of the fourth inning, play-by-play...
Via Awful Announcing
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Royals' playoff run lead to a Kansas City baby boom?

    The Kansas City Royals reignited their fan base last season with a surprise run to the World Series. They may have inspired an increase in the local population while they were at it. According to a recent feature story in the Kansas City Star, the Royals’ success may have coincided with a baby boom. One area hospital, Shawnee Mission Birth Center, noticed a significant...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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