Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals credit Moylan’s espresso machine for helping with turnaround

    Yardbarker "After they were essentially left for dead early on in the season, the Kansas City Royals have showed plenty of life as of late. The team has won seven of its last eight games and is now 11-5 in the month of June, and caffeine has played a big role in the newfound success. Relief pitcher Peter..." June 19

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Red Sox among contenders scouting Royals' Minor

    CSN New England "The Red Sox are one of several teams reportedly scouting Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. Minor returned this year after missing the last two seasons with shoulder issues. The 29-year-old left-hander was in the Braves' starting rotation from 2010-14,..." June 11

  • Ranking MLB managers on the hot seat after Cardinals' Matheny dodges bullet

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced some personnel changes designed to right their course following a winless road trip. Manager Mike Matheny was not among those impacted, though many wondered if he was about to be fired leading into the Cardinals' press conference. Matheny has become..." June 11

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Report: Nationals keeping close eye on Kelvin Herrera

    Larry Brown Sports "After Jonathan Papelbon in 2015 and Mark Melancon in 2016, the Nationals may be continuing their streak of trading for a closer midseason. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports on Tuesday that the Nationals are “keeping a close eye” on Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin..." June 06

  • Hosmer: Volquez pitching no-no on Ventura's birthday wasn't a coincidence

    The Topeka Capital-Journal "Caught up in all the hoopla with Saturday being what would have been Yordano Ventura’s 26th birthday, Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer didn’t know former teammate Edinson Volquez was starting Saturday for the Marlins. But as the afternoon and evening progressed, Hosmer and the rest of..." June 05

  • Royals option OF Jorge Soler to minors

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals have optioned slumping outfielder Jorge Soler to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, recalling Billy Burns to take his place on the roster. Soler was the Royals' prize acquisition when they got him in a trade that sent reliever Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs." June 03

  • The Royals have released Bobby Parnell

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals have released righty reliever Bobby Parnell. Parnell actually opted out of his minor league deal and asked for his release when it became clear that he had no spot in the big league bullpen for the Royals. This after he posted a 4.71 ERA and a 17/13 K/BB ratio over 21..." June 02

  • Royals manager Ned Yost struggling to find playing time for Jorge Soler

    Kansas City Star "Outfielder Jorge Soler was out of the starting lineup again Wednesday as the Royals concluded a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. It was his second consecutive day off and his fifth in the last seven games. In his team’s last 11 contests, he has started just four times. Soler, 25,..." June 01

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting

    MLB.com "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • Royals Place Danny Duffy On DL, Select Contract Of Eric Skoglund

    MLB Trade Rumors "May 30: The Royals have formally announced that Duffy has been placed on the 10-day DL, and Skoglund’s contract has indeed been selected from Omaha in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old Skoglung was Kansas City’s third-round pick back in 2014 and entered the year ranked third and fourth,..." May 30

  • Royals starter Danny Duffy expected to miss 6-8 weeks with oblique injury

    Sporting News "The Royals' rough start to the season hit another bump Monday as Danny Duffy, the club's $65 million arm, hit the disabled list with a Grade 1-plus strain of his oblique. The southpaw was lit up by the Indians on Sunday, giving up six runs over just four innings. But the injury is expected to..." May 29

  • Royals should sell, but will they find acceptable offers?

    Sporting News "The Royals have decisions to make. This isn’t a surprise, of course. They’ve long known about these looming decisions concerning a crop of talented players they’ll try to extend, let walk as free agents or trade away to restock a farm system that ranks in the bottom third in baseball, in terms..." May 25

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Sabathia pitches Yankees to victory over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- CC Sabathia had been struggling in his previous four starts by pitching to a 9.58 ERA. It was the Kansas City Royals, however, who were struggling to hit Sabathia on Tuesday night. Sabathia pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter homered as..." May 17

  • Hosmer lifts Royals past Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On the periphery, Alcides Escobar had little to do with the Kansas City Royals' victory Friday night. Lorenzo Cain scored on Eric Hosmer's eighth-inning double and the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Friday. Escobar went 0-for-4, dropping his..." May 13

  • Moss HR helps Royals edge Orioles 4-3

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brandon Moss has homered in back-to-back games, which is what the Kansas City Royals have been hoping to see from their designated hitter. Moss hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and Nathan Karns struck out a career-high 12 in a no-decision as the Royals held..." May 13

  • Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

    Yardbarker "The MLB trade deadline is nearly two and a half months away, but it isn’t too early to start assessing the market. Teams are off to good and bad starts, and those struggling may soon have to confront the reality that they’re just not going to contend this season. Those that aren’t going to..." May 12

  • Vargas remains hot, pitches Royals past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Vargas kept Tampa Bay hitters off-balance and Alex Gordon enjoyed the view from his new spot in center field. Vargas pitched seven innings and allowed three hits to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon...." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Moustakas completes Royals' comeback vs. Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After more than four hours and a combined 15 pitchers, Mike Moustakas homered with one out in the top of the 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a four-run deficit and recorded a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Moustakas gave the..." May 10

  • Seth Maness is back in the majors less than nine months after elbow surgery

    Hardball Talk "The Royals announced a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday. The club selected the contracts of relievers Al Albuquerque and Seth Maness from Triple-A Omaha. To create roster space, the Royals designated infielder Christian Colon and 1B/OF Peter O’Brien for assignment and optioned pitcher Jake..." May 10

  • Rays, Archer cruise to 12-1 victory over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After two of their most frustrating losses of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays bounced back with one of their best wins. Chris Archer threw eight shutout innings, and the Rays cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Tropicana..." May 10

  • Royals get rare road win, defeat mistake-prone Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, -- The Kansas City Royals have the worst road record in baseball, but the Tampa Bay Rays were much worse Monday night, committing a season-high four errors as Kansas City cruised to a 7-3 win at Tropicana Field. The Royals (11-20) got just their third road win of 2017 --..." May 08

  • Five Indians pitchers put together 1-hit shutout

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Corey Kluber is missed, of course, by the Cleveland Indians, but it is certainly a nice luxury to have a fill-in like Mike Clevinger. Clevinger allowed one hit over 5 2/3 innings as the Indians blanked the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Sunday. That was the only hit the..." May 07

  • Hosmer's two-run homer helps Royals beat Indians

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway went to the mound to strategize on how to pitch to Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning. The strategy backfired miserably. Hosmer hit a two-out, two-run homer to give Kansas City the lead in a 3-1 victory over the Indians on..." May 06

  • Santana, Lindor fuel Indians past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the Royals went to back-to-back World Series in 2014-15, their bullpen ranked second to none. That is no longer the absolute. Kansas City relievers Joakim Soria and Kelvin Herrera gave up three runs in the final two innings as the Cleveland Indians rallied to..." May 06

  • Karns, Royals shut down White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nathan Karns was at his best, which put the Chicago White Sox bats at their worst. Karns and two Kansas City relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Kansas City Royals topped the White Sox 6-1 on Wednesday night. Melky Cabrera's first-inning, two-out single was..." May 04

  • MRI reveals strained hamstring for Ian Kennedy

    Larry Brown Sports "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..." May 04

  • Quintana, White Sox shut down reeling Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Quintana was in complete charge Tuesday night. Quintana threw eight strong innings and Yolmer Sanchez had three hits and drove in a run as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on Tuesday. Quintana (2-4) gave up four hits, all singles, and threw..." May 03

  • Royals beat White Sox, end nine-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas knows the Kansas City Royals are a much better team than they showed lately. Vargas worked six strong innings Monday as the Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 6-1 to end a nine-game losing streak. Vargas (4-1) permitted one run on five hits while..." May 02

  • Sano drives in five as Twins top Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Sano struck out in his first at-bat Sunday. In his next three at-bats, he drove in five runs. Sano's big day at the plate and Phil Hughes' effective pitching into the sixth inning allowed the Minnesota Twins to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday. "My..." April 30

  • Nationals Interested In Kelvin Herrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "Barring a turnaround over the next couple months, the 7-15 Royals will be prime candidates to sell several veterans prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. One of those players could be closer Kelvin Herrera, who’s already drawing the Nationals’ interest, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal..." April 30

  • Twins send Royals to eighth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is glad he does not have to face teammate Miguel Sano. Sano homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Friday night. "Miggy is swinging the bat well,"..." April 29

  • White Sox put up double digits vs. Royals again

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier almost always plays third base for the Chicago White Sox. So on the rare days when he shifts to designated hitter, he doesn't know how to sit still in the dugout. "I talk the whole time," Frazier said with a grin. "I'm yapping. I'm yelling. Some of the pitchers get..." April 26

  • Garcia, Quintana lead White Sox over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- After working six solid innings, Jose Quintana made one final pitch on Wednesday -- this one to Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria. Quintana, who entered his start against the Kansas City Royals still searching for his first victory, implored Renteria to allow him to go back..." April 26

  • Eight-run inning propels White Sox to rout of Royals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- If given the chance, Matt Davidson would prefer to play every day for the Chicago White Sox. But for the time being, all Davidson can do is to make the most of each opportunity he is given. He certainly did on Monday. Davidson homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel..." April 25

  • In midst of a major offensive funk, Royals may be digging a hole they can't get out of

    CBS Sports "Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Chicago White Sox blew out the Kansas City Royals (CWS 12, KC 1) thanks largely to Matt Davidson's big game. The 26-year-old went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run, and 4 RBI. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stifled the Royals for eight innings, holding..." April 25

  • Andrus's walk-off hit lifts Rangers past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers still aren't hitting on all cylinders offensively. However, they are hitting at the right time. Elvis Andrus lined an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over Kansas City. It was the third..." April 23

  • Gallo, Chirinos power Rangers past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers flexed their power muscles in a big way, getting two-homer games from Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos on their way to a 6-2 victory over Kansas City on Friday night. Gallo's first two-homer game of his career included a tape-measure shot that bounced..." April 22

  • DeShields' single in 13th propels Rangers past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Delino DeShields Jr. couldn't have picked a better time for his first RBI of the season. The Texas outfielder drilled a one-out single to left field in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night...." April 21

  • Eric Hosmer's contract year is not off to a good start for him or the Royals

    CBS Sports "The Kansas City Royals lost a frustrating 13-inning game to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Thursday. The game was scoreless until Delino DeShields knocked a walk-off single for Texas (TEX 1, KCR 0). The Royals had four hits (three singles, one double) and went 0 for 7 with..." April 21

  • Vargas, Royals win pitching duel with Giants, Bumgarner

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Madison Bumgarner has been one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game for several years. On Wednesday night, Kansas City Royals left-hander Jason Vargas was better than the San Francisco Giants ace, winning 2-0. Vargas (3-0) struck out nine, one shy of his..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Panik's RBI single in 11th lifts Giants past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The San Francisco Giants pushed the Panik button. Joe Panik's two-out single in the 11th scored Nick Hundley as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night. Hundley doubled into the left-field corner with two out to set up Panik's..." April 19

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Royals slip past Angels 1-0 with run in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alcides Escobar had three hits, but it was the last one that paid off with a victory. Escobar's ninth-inning single scored pinch runner Raul Mondesi as the Kansas City Royals blanked the Los Angeles Angels 1-0 on Sunday to complete a sweep of the series. Mondesi was..." April 16

  • Perez, Moustakas power Royals past Angels

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The slumbering Kansas City Royals' bats are beginning to wake up. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas each homered and drove in two runs as the Royals topped the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 on Friday night. "Tonight was a good night," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You..." April 15