Kansas City Star "The sequence confirmed the blessed fortune shining on the Royals, even as the events hinted at the organization’s darkest fear. In the seventh inning of a 6-4 victory over Minnesota on Monday, Salvador Perez stood inside the dugout with his shirt untucked and his right knee sore. It was his turn..." August 19
Kansas City Star "The aftershocks from Greg Holland’s momentary lapses in Friday’s ninth inning were still apparent the next afternoon. Manager Ned Yost blamed himself for overusing his closer. Holland insisted he would continue to answer the call, even as he dealt with fatigue. His weariness manifested against..." August 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Let’s get the Kurt Suzuki lowlight out of the way. The Royals’ Nori Aoki took off for third base in the fourth inning on Saturday. Suzuki turned and threw to third — but the ball ended up rolling to Chris Parmelee in left. A wild throw, and then some. Aoki was able to score on the wild..." August 17
Kansas City Star "The homecoming ended with a three-child welcoming committee. A chorus of “Daddy!” rang as Josh Willingham opened the door of the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field and welcomed his boys, ages 2, 4 and 7. Willingham called this ballpark home for three years but never experienced a winning..." August 16
Kansas City Star "Throughout the wild ride to the top of the American League Central, the Royals have been front-runners, rarely accessing an extra gear to overcome a deficit. The pitching has overwhelmed opponents, and they’ve generated enough power and timely hits to take control of games early and cruise..." August 15
Royals Review "NEW WINNING STREAK One in a row! New streak! I'm also getting excited. Knowing the Kansas City sports scene (aside from Sporting), this is generally a bad thing to have happen to you, but it's probably time to just go with it. It was a predictably low scoring affair between two lefties..." August 14
MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14
CSN Bay Area "The A’s went retro Tuesday night, turning the clock back offensively and delivering the kind of smack down that was a common place over the first half of the season. They hammered out a season-high 20 hits and routed the Kansas City Royals 11-3 at Kauffman Stadium, and there were lots of..." August 13
SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13
Fox Sports Kansas City "When Billy Butler thinks about next season and ponders the possibility of not being in a Royals uniform, he quickly tries to think of something else. "It would definitely be painful," Butler tells FOXSportsKansasCity.com. Butler is in the final season of a four-year, $30 million deal he..." August 12
Hardball Talk "The Royals just announced that they have acquired outfielder/designated hitter Josh Willingham from the Twins in exchange for prospect right-hander Jason Adam. Willingham, 35, is batting just .210/.345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI over 68 games this season. However, he still offers power..." August 12
Kansas City Star "At this rate, the Royals need to add some more promotions to their schedule. A Western Carolina night for Greg Holland. Cal State Fullerton day for Christian Colon. Southwest Mississippi Community College weekend for Jarrod Dyson. The college promotions continued to pay off Saturday as the..." August 10
Kansas City Star "They are scoreboard watching in the Royals clubhouse and that’s just the start of the weirdness. This is the season that makes no sense. This is the team that demoted a key player and fired the hitting coach and sat out the trading deadline and is still within an arm’s reach of a playoff spot...." August 10
Kansas City Star "On a night when he hit another bomb, Billy Butler’s dribbler proved just as valuable. Butler’s seeing-eye single in the sixth inning provided the go-ahead run and allowed the Royals to access their greatest strength, the bullpen. It added up to a 4-2 victory over the Giants that kept the..." August 09
Kansas City Star "A red-eye flight awaited the Royals after a 6-2 victory Thursday over Arizona. They departed the desert in an ideal position, one that appeared so unlikely a few weeks ago. The Royals return to Kansas City in sole possession of the American League’s second wild card, and control their own destiny..." August 08
Kansas City Star "The impulse struck Mike Moustakas mid-sprint. He could not deduce its origins. “I don’t have any kind of explanation,” Moustakas said. “It just kind of happened.” What happened was this: He dove into first base to beat out a double-play ball in the ninth inning of a 4-3 Royals victory,..." August 07
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07
Kansas City Star "In his first 85 games as a Royal, Nori Aoki interspersed patches of success with spates of disappointments and moments of slapstick. He fielded a foul ball with his groin. He swung at a pitch that hit him. He disappointed team officials with his defense, lost his spot at the top of the batting..." August 06
USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
Kansas City Star "For two hours, 16 minutes and 23 outs, James Shields silenced this riotous multisport relic. The fans at O.co Coliseum had not witnessed the Oakland Athletics lose a series here since May. With two outs in the eighth inning on Sunday, the flag-waving, drum-thumping masses here sensed their..." August 04
CSN Bay Area "Jon Lester was the focal point Saturday as he took the mound in his A’s debut, but the story of the game unfolded with Oakland’s new ace seated on the bench. The A’s batted around in an eight-run fifth inning and coasted to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. That made a winner of..." August 03
The preliminary reading of Eric Hosmer's CT-scan set off no alarm bells. It's a stress fracture. He is not expected to require surgery.
Kansas City Star "The eldest member of the Royals settled into the batter’s box against the youngest member of Oakland’s pitching staff Friday. Raul Ibanez turned his head and trained his eyes on Sonny Gray. In their previous encounter, the 24-year-old Gray overran the 42-year-old Ibanez with fastballs before..." August 02
Kansas City Star "The pitch that injured Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connected with his right hand on July 20 in Boston, and induced a spate of swelling around the area. That swelling, according to Hosmer, camouflaged the underlying damage, a non-displaced stress fracture of the third metacarpal, a vexing..." August 01
Kansas City Star "Whether the Royals’ inactivity at the trade deadline was a vote of confidence for the current roster or a lack of other options, the team the front office stayed with patched it together once again. These Royals, whose offensive struggles have been well-documented, capitalized on a four-run..." August 01
CBSSports.com "The Royals, Giants and Mariners, and to a lesser degree the Reds and Indians, are in on Ranger outfielder Alex Rios, one of the better hitters on the market. The Yankees do not seem to be heavily involved at this point." July 31
#Royals have backed off Jonny Gomes because they want a bat that can play RF. He doesn't fit that description.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ron Gardenhire knew there was a good chance he was going to get thrown out because of a replay challenge Tuesday. But he was astounded by the reason why. The Twins manager watched Kyle Gibson hold Kansas City to two hits over seven innings on Tuesday and collect the victory in a 2-1 decision..." July 30
Kansas City Star "For the 105th game of the Royals season, manager Ned Yost crafted a lineup as if the preceding 104 games had essentially not occurred. The batting order was an almost exact replica of the one sketched out for opening day, with little concession given to the subsequent events. Nori Aoki entered..." July 30
The Royals have inquired on John Lackey, as @GordonEdes reported. The Red Sox are said to be seeking a sizable return.
New York Daily News "A new possibility has emerged for the Mets’ Bartolo Colon, although it remains to be seen how serious it is. According to major league sources, the Kansas City Royals are considering making a run at one of Monday night’s starters in New York, Colon or Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett." July 29
The Globe and Mail "It is hardly the blockbuster that many fans were hoping for but the Toronto Blue Jays have made a deal in advance of Thursday’s non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline. The Blue Jays have sent backup catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks, who were both playing in Triple-A for the..." July 29
Kansas City Star "Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was laboring. The Indians played merry-go-round on the bases in the second inning and didn’t stop until they reached five runs. Even Guthrie appeared to be getting dizzy. He didn’t cover the bag after an impressive diving stop by first baseman Billy Butler, and..." July 27
Kansas City Star "Billy Butler didn’t knock off a season’s worth of frustration with one swing, but Friday’s two-run homer in the eighth-inning to break a tie and send the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Indians made an entire clubhouse smile. Manager Ned Yost, who had benched Butler for the second time in..." July 26
Billy Butler is going to lose time at DH in the coming days, Ned Yost says. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will get reps there.
Kansas City Star "The throw from center field was true, and Mike Moustakas understood he would require good fortune to snap a ninth-inning deadlock. Major-league baseball outlawed home-plate collisions this last offseason, so Moustakas said he chose the next best option, “trying to slide in hard” toward Chicago..." July 24
Eric Hosmer left today's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," the team announces.
Kansas City Star "Dayton Moore tapped his hand against the back of a bench. Seated next to him, Ned Yost kicked his foot up against a nearby railing. Together they sat inside the visitors’ dugout Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field and watched the latest edition of the Royals take batting practice. Moore built this..." July 23
The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23
CSN Chicago "Whenever Chris Sale pitches the White Sox think they have a pretty good chance to win. But this season the team’s level of execution is significantly better. Sale had just enough to get through a few trying times on Monday night and his offense and defense chipped in too in a 3-1 White Sox..." July 22
CBSSports.com "The Royals are looking for corner bats as they try to fix their offensive woes and get back into the AL Central race, and Rangers right fielder Alex Rios is one player they've considered. Kansas City is 14th in the AL with a .687 OPS and 12th with 388 runs, so it understands it needs some help." July 22
Dayton Moore: "We need the group of players we have to produce. We believe they will." Doesn't sound like Royals are close on any trades.
Royals have interest in trading for Marlon Byrd, sources say, but it's no longer certain they will be deadline buyers. They are 48-48.
WEEI Boston "Entering Saturday’s game against the Royals, the Red Sox had only scored two runs over starter Rubby De La Rosa‘s last four starts, equaling out to an unsightly 0.73 run support average. Boston was able to double that run total on Saturday night, and while two runs isn’t much, it was..." July 20
Kansas City Star "Billy Butler swung a pair of Mariucci bats inside the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park, rotating the lumber from hand to hand, pondering the factors behind his first-half torment. “Some years, you just have a down year,” said Butler, the Royals’ designated hitter. “And you feel the same. For..." July 19