CBSSports.com "When Game 3 of the ALCS was rained out last week, many speculated the Royals would take advantage by using ace right-hander James Shields in Game 4 on regular rest. Instead, they opted to start Jason Vargas as scheduled and kept Shields lined up for Game 5. Turns out that decision was based on..." October 20
Hardball Talk "College and Major League, that is. Brandon Finnegan was the first round selection of the Royals — the 17th pick overall — just this past June, signing for slot at $2,200,600. He signed out of Texas Christian University, where he posted a 2.04 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 105 and two-thirds..." October 20
USA Today "The secret to the Kansas City Royals' unexpected success is out, although opponents will say they got a whiff of what was happening a while ago. Shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Salvador Perez, two of the Royals' key players in their march to the World Series, make a habit of wearing..." October 20
ESPN.com "It's no secret Lorde's biggest hit and the Kansas City baseball team share a name. The New Zealand artist based "Royals" off a photograph of Hall of Famer George Brett, and in March Brett sent the Grammy winner a jersey. Well San Francisco is not going to stand for it. Specifically two Bay Area..." October 20
CBSSports.com "According to the Associated Press, four umpires will work the World Series for the first time this year thanks in part to their strong results on instant replace challenges during the regular season. Hunter Wendelstedt, Eric Cooper, Jim Reynolds and Jerry Meals are all heading to the Fall Classic..." October 19
Prior to today's workout, Manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will start Game 1, Yordano Ventura in Game 2. #TakeTheCrown
It's Bumgarner for Game 1. Peavy for Game 2.
As expected, James Shields and Yordano Ventura will be starting Game 1 and 2 of the World Series.
Hardball Talk "“Big Game” James Shields may have a career postseason ERA of 5.19, but he’s still a really good starter and the Royals wouldn’t be where they are now without him. But if they’re going to get back to where they are next season, they’re gonna probably have to do it without him. Andy Martino in the..." October 18
Hardball Talk "There is a certain segment of Braves people — some fans, some, it seems, in the front office — who seem to think that Dayton Moore would leave the Royals to take the GM job in Atlanta. Maybe this made more sense when Moore was on the hot seat before this year, but it makes little sense to me given..." October 16
Royals Review "Tonight's Royals were the Royals to whom we've all become accustomed. Their runs came by way of sacrifices. Their defense was marvelous. Their bullpen was untouchable. It may not seem real, but they are now one win away from flying another American League Pennant over Kauffman Stadium, the..." October 15
Kansas City Star "In the moments after the Royals won the pennant, after their 2-1 victory carried them to a sweep over the Orioles in the American League Championship Series, joy flowed like the fountains beyond this ballpark’s outfield fences. The last embers of afternoon sunshine still illuminated Kauffman..." October 15
CBSSports.com "A few years ago, Lorenzo Cain was a young and talented player who was sent to the Royals in the "Zack Greinke trade." And now, after the Royals swept the Orioles in the ALCS, Cain is the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player for 2014. The announcement was made shortly after..." October 15
Sporting News "Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie apologized to the Orioles for wearing a T-shirt to his post-game news conference Tuesday night that read, "These O's Ain't Royal." Guthrie wore the shirt, a twist on the Chris Brown song "Loyal," after Kansas City beat his former team 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in..." October 15
Fox Sports "If you're one of the people on the Royals bandwagon, this story will only make you root harder for the team. Royals relief pitcher Brandon Finnegan came through for a fan on Twitter who had asked for playoff tickets. Not only did Finnegan respond to the request ("Help a broke Royals fan out..." October 14
Hardball Talk "The rainout pushes Game 3 to Tuesday and Game 4 to Wednesday, which means we could see Game 1 starters James Shields and Chris Tillman in Game 4 on regular rest. No word from Ned Yost on that, but Buck Showalter has already said that Tillman is a possibility for the O’s on Wednesday. Tillman..." October 13
There will be no game three of the ALCS tonight.
Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3. James Shields is an option for Game 4, but Ned Yost said team will debate giving him an extra day's rest.
CBSSports.com "The Royals went into Camden Yards and took the first two games of the ALCS from the Orioles this weekend. The series now shifts to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, so the Royals have a chance to clinch their first AL pennant in three decades in front of their home fans. Speedster Jarrod Dyson,..." October 13
Jason Vargas is official to start Game 4.
Fox Sports "When will the late-game magic end? The Royals, America's darlings, kept defying the odds with yet another remarkable late rally Saturday, toppling the stunned Orioles with two go-ahead runs in the ninth to post a 6-4 victory. The Royals now come home in the best-of-seven ALCS with a..." October 12
Royals Review "You know…one of these days, this run has to end, right? Right? … Hello…? Then again, maybe not. It’s certainly not showing any signs of ending any time soon. Kansas City used a late-inning push to sneak past yet another playoff opponent, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 in game..." October 11
Jason Vargas will "probably" start Game 4, Ned Yost says. Duffy will stay in the bullpen.
Jeremy Guthrie is #Royals Game 3 starter.
Royals Review "Kansas City jumped out to an early lead in the third inning on the strength of a Hercules Escobar home run, followed by a bases-clearing broken-bat double by Alex Gordon. Baltimore scored one in the bottom half of the frame, making the score 4-1 Royals after three. In the fifth, Kansas City added..." October 11
Hardball Talk "Royals starter Yordano Ventura left the field with a trainer with two outs in the sixth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Orioles on Saturday night. He threw a fastball to Caleb Joseph, who fouled it back. Ventura then stepped off of the mound and was tended to by a trainer before making a quick..." October 11
Sporting News "After his counterpart delayed naming Saturday's starter, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was coy about his pitchers for the first two ALCS games at Kauffman Stadium. Turns out, it will be nothing out of the ordinary. Jeremy Guthrie gets the call for Game 3, with Jason Vargas likely to go in..." October 11
CBSSports.com "Royals second baseman Omar Infante is still being bothered by shoulder issues, according to the Kansas City Star. Infante admitted that he's had pain all season. "When I swing in BP, I feel a lot of pain," Infante said. "I can't swing really hard. I feel bad, because all year, I've felt..." October 10
CBSSports.com "Know that there is a street in Kansas City called Baltimore Avenue. Also know that the Royals of Kansas City are playing the Orioles of Baltimore in the ALCS. Clearly, the center cannot hold. To address this desperate situation, the Kansas City Council, which is there for those with nowhere..." October 10
Hardball Talk "Andy McCullough of the KC Star has a story today noting, quite correctly, that in addition to trying to pitch his Kansas City Royals into the World Series, James Shields is also auditioning for a big free agent contract after the season ends: At 32, he figures to be the most affordable of the..." October 10
CSN Baltimore "Major League Baseball has announced the game times for the balance of the American League Championship Series. The first two game times, Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at Oriole Park had been announced earlier in the week. Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Tuesday at Kansas City are..." October 09
CBSSports.com "The Royals, who have been presumed to be a long shot to bring back ace James Shields, have decided they will indeed at least make a run at re-signing him, people familiar with the situation say. The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the..." October 08
MLB.com "It will likely be Yordano Ventura taking the mound for the Royals on Saturday at Camden Yards in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (3 p.m. CT on TBS). Royals manager Ned Yost announced on Tuesday that he was "pretty set" on his rookie starter following ALCS Game 1 starter James..." October 08
No shock here: James Shields will start Game 1 on Friday.
Royals Review "The Kansas City Royals rolled to an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep over Los Angeles in the ALDS and securing a spot in the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles. The Angels jumped on the scoreboard first. With one out in the first, Mike Trout..." October 06
CBSSports.com "The Royals beat the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday night, sweeping the series and advancing to the franchise's first ALCS since 1985. With four days off until Game 1 of the ALCS, some celebration was in order. For first baseman Eric Hosmer, that meant going out for a night on the town..." October 06
MLB.com "It's not an understatement to say that Royals closer Greg Holland is having the best week of his life. Holland celebrated the team's American League Wild Card Game win over the A's Tuesday night in Kansas City, only to bolt to North Carolina right after to be with his wife, Lacey, for the birth..." October 05
#Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera has a slight flexor strain. Ned Yost says, "He's fine." No he's not. He's probably done for this season.
Fox Sports "With three extra-inning wins in four remarkable days, the long-downtrodden Kansas City Royals have climbed from the depths of a 29-year playoff absence to the brink of the AL Championship Series. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the AL..." October 04
Hardball Talk "Royals’ reliever Kelvin Herrera had to leave last night’s game against the Angels after experiencing right forearm tightness. That could’ve been a big blow to Kansas City last night, but they survived it. Today he’ll get an MRI on the arm to see what they’re dealing with." October 03
Herrera left the game with right forearm tightness. Uh-oh.
Jeremy Guthrie will likely start Game 4, Ned Yost says.
Fox Sports "Mike Moustakas even set foot in the Midwest, he was labeled a star. The Chatsworth, Calif., native who played at UCLA, was deemed the savior of an organization in desperate need of saving. But then he was deemed a bust. During his first four major-league seasons, he produced a steady declining..." October 03
ESPN.com "Postseason fever, for the first time in nearly three decades, is getting expensive. But Kansas City Royals fans are apparently willing to pay what it takes to get into the building. Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the first home game for the Royals against the Los Angeles Angels,..." October 02
New York Post "What a tremendous scene — not just here at Kauffman Stadium, but in this whole darn city. When you go to the downtown CVS at 7:15 Tuesday morning and you’re greeted by employees wearing Royals shirts, you know they’re into it. That a 29-year wait for postseason baseball action makes folks..." October 02
Kansas City Star "They knew. They all knew, even before it was official. They had waited long enough. They would start their celebration early. Christian Colon pumped his fist before he even touched third base. The Royals leaped over the dugout railing before Salvador Perez even touched first. The sound of..." October 01
SI.com "Wednesday night's back and forth battle in the first game of the postseason caused a headache for beat writers trying to get their game stories finished on deadline, as evidenced by MLB.com publishing a story about the Kansas City Royals failed rally attempt despite the team's 9-8 victory. The..." October 01
Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01