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Kansas City Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Accident

When he was just a teen, Yordano Ventura decided to quit school in the Dominican Republic to work in construction. His family needed the money and he worked in the hot sun day after day. However, his fortunes changed when he received a chance tryout with major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals, which changed his life forever. His electrifying fastball wowed scouts. His confidence that at times bordered on arrogant and brash served him well. His rise to the majors was quick and in 2015, he helped Kansas City win its first World Series in decades. However,... 
 

A’s Trade Ben Zobrist to Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to acquire Oakland Athletics utilityman Ben Zobrist, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This makes the second big deal the Royals have accomplished this summer having  picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds in an earlier deal . Between Cueto and Zobrist, the Royals have made two significant upgrades without sacrificing much off their major league roster.Prospects Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea are the two players heading back to the A’s. Zobrist, 34, is hitting .268/.354/.447 with 20 doubles,... 
 

Kansas City Royals DFA Jason Frasor

Traditional stats say that veteran right-hander Jason Frasor is having an effective season out of the Kansas City Royals bullpen. According to Sabermetrics, he is struggling. Based on the the latter, the Royals designated Frasor for assignment on Monday to make room on the active roster for outfielder Paulo Orlando. The 37-year-old Frasor was a key member of a Royals bullpen that was pivotal in the team’s American league pennant last season. He posted a 1.53 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23 appearances and 17.2 innings... 
 

Kansas City Royals Agree with Edinson Volquez on Two-Year Deal

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal worth $20 million reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Volquez spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates who picked him up on a one-year deal after he spent 2013 with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31 year-old Volquez has just one season of more than +1 WAR. That came in 2008 when he made 32 starts and posted a 3.21 ERA with a strikeout rate of 24.6 percent. Since then he’s posted a 4.48 ERA over more than 750 innings.... 
 

Kansas City Royals Sign Kendrys Morales

The Kansas City Royals have signed designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a two year deal worth $17 million, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal could be worth up to $18.5 million with performance incentives. Morales will slot into the DH role left vacant when Billy Butler signed with the Oakland Athletics. Morales was one of the more interesting stories last offseason. He declined the qualifying offer extended to him by the Seattle Mariners and reportedly was seeking a four or five year deal in the range of $15 million. With teams... 
 

Royals’ Bats Explode to Force Game 7

After having dropped two consecutive games to the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals were facing elimination Tuesday night. Their offense responded by racking up 10 runs in a shutout victory. The series will continues as Game 7 takes place Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Seven of the Royals runs were plated in the second inning as Jake Peavy was knocked from the game. The big blow came from Lorenzo Cain who hit a two-out, bases loaded single off reliever Yusmeiro Petit that brought in two and expanded the Royals lead to 4-1. Eric... 
 

Royals Salvador Perez Bouncing Back in the World Series

Salvador Perez helped propel the Kansas City Royals to victory over the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. His two-run double off Hunter Strickland helped the Royals break open a 3-2 game. The next batter, Omar Infante, slammed a two-run home run, giving the Royals a 7-2 edge which would hold up. Perez struggled mightily in the ALDS and ALCS. He had just one hit in the wild card game, but his line drive past a diving Josh Donaldson would give the Royals a walk-off victory. In 29 plate appearances between the ALDS and ALCS he reached base... 
 

Kansas City Royals: James Shields Continues to Struggle

The San Francisco Giants knocked off the Kansas City Royals in game one of the World Series, as Madison Bumgarner turned in another excellent postseason performance. Royals ace James Shields was not up to the task. Nicknamed “Big Game James” Shields has struggled in this postseason. This outing was his worst yet. In four playoff outings this postseason, Shields has surrendered 15 earned runs in 19 innings. With the exception of a six inning start against the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS in which he went six innings and allowed... 
 

Alcides Escobar’s Reemergence Key for Royals

After earning a Wild Card berth, the Kansas City Royals have gone on a tear. They bested the Oakland Athletics in a dramatic comeback, and have proceeded to sweep the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles. The bullpen has been dominant, and Lorenzo Cain had a huge ALCS, recording eight hits and reaching base 10 times. However, the solid play of shortstop Alcides Escobar has been key to the Royals‘ success both in the regular season and the postseason. A native of Venezuela, Escobar was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an international... 
 

Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain’s Star Shining in ALCS

With a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals have taken a 3-0 series lead on the Baltimore Orioles. Seven games into the postseason, the Royals have yet to lose a game. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain has emerged as a star this postseason. A former 17th round draft pick out of Tallahassee Community College, Cain was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade in the 2010 offseason. That trade, which cost the Royals Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt, also netted the Royals starting shortstop Alcides Escobar and Jake Odorizzi,... 
 

Chris Tillman, James Shields Match Up in Game 1 of ALCS

After two days off, baseball is returning Friday night with the first game of the ALCS. The Baltimore Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the mound while the Kansas City Royals will counter with James Shields. It’s a matchup of postseason unbeatens, as the Royals beat the Oakland Athletics in the wild card game before sweeping the top seeded Los Angeles Angels, while the O’s knocked off the Detroit Tigers in three straight. Shields, who has been one of the steadiest starting pitchers in the American League since his first full... 
 

Kansas City Royals Speed, Defense Key to Success

It’s been quite a run for the Kansas City Royals. Just last week they were down four runs in the 8th inning in a wild card elimination game. By the end of the week, they had won that game and proceeded to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS. They’ll match up with the Baltimore Orioles Friday night in the ALCS, who swept the Detroit Tigers.  Speed and defense has been key for the Royals, who hit just 95 home runs during the regular season, the fewest in the major leagues. Left fielder Alex Gordon clubbed 19 home runs to lead... 
 

Royals Down A’s in Wild Card Thriller, Advance to Play Angels

The Kansas City Royals downed the Oakland Athletics in a thriller Tuesday night, and will advance to play the Los Angeles Angels in the Divisional Series. This 12 inning affair featured 28 hits, 17 runs, and two big comebacks by the Royals. Catcher Salvador Perez provided the biggest hit, a single to left that scored Christian Colon from second, giving Kansas City a walkoff victory. With ace pitchers Jon Lester and James Shields taking the hill, conventional wisdom suggested this would be a low scoring game. However, the A’s struck early... 
 

Big Game James Shields Set To Go in Wild Card Game for Royals

The Kansas City Royals will appear in the postseason for the first time since 1985 when they host the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night in the Wild Card game. If the Royals win, they will play the Los Angeles Angels, who won a major league-best 98 games. A loss sends them home before October begins. The Royals will trot out their ace, James Shields, who has acquired the moniker “Big Game James.” Shields has put in another workhorse season, making 34 starts and pitching 227 innings. He’s authored a 3.21 ERA, which is marred slightly... 
 

Alex Gordon Leading Surging Royals in Hunt for October

The Kansas City Royals last playoff appearance occurred in 1985, when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. That gives them the longest active playoff drought among the four major American sports. As of Tuesday, they are owners of a 72-58 record, which gives them a 1.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Their playoff odds sit at 63 percent, with the division race being a coin flip between them and Detroit. The Royals have been helped by a phenomenal defense. They have the fewest home... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Royals Should Move James Shields

The July 31st trade deadline is coming up this week, and so far there has been a paucity of big deals. With the second Wild Card allowing more teams to stay in contention, teams have been reluctant to deal away star players. The pitching market is especially thin. Earlier the Oakland Athletics sprung big for Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. However, the Philadelphia Phillies have stated they won’t be dealing Cole Hamels, and the recent good play of the Tampa Bay Rays makes it more likely that they will hang onto David... 
 

Royals Make Trade With Orioles to Acquire Danny Valencia

The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles completed a trade today swapping outfielder David Lough for third baseman Danny Valencia. Lough has a career slash line of  .278/.308/.396 over two major league seasons and 400 plate appearances.  The left-handed hitting Lough can play all three outfield positions. Among all outfielders that played 500 or more innings in 2013, Lough ranked 9th overall with a +14.5 UZR. Valencia has a career line of .263/.302/.412  in four major league seasons. The former Minnesota Twins prospect had a good... 
 

Royals Reach Agreement With Omar Infante

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with second baseman Omar Infante, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.  Infante’s contract is for four years and $30 million. The New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds were also interested in Infante, who turned down a three-year deal from the Yankees for $24 million. Infante, who will turn 32 in two weeks, is coming off a fine season. He hit .318/.345/.450 with a career-high 117 wRC+. His 3.1 fWAR was also a career-best mark. However, with the acquisition of Ian Kinsler through the Prince... 
 

Royals Acquire Norichika Aoki In Trade With Brewers

The Kansas City Royals have acquired Norichika Aoki  in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers will get left-hander Will Smith in return. Aokie, 32, hit .286/.356/.370 with eight homers and 20 stolen bases in 2013 and will earn  around $2 million in 2014. Aoki is primarily a right fielder and plays solid defense (+4.2 UZR/150; +21 DRS). In his two seasons, Aoki has 50 steals in 70 attempts. Steamer projects Aoki at .289/.355/.397 and a 1.8 fWAR.  It is unclear where the potential acquisition of  Carlos Beltran fits into the Royals... 
 

Avoid Ervin Santana – Breaking Down The Numbers

Free agent pitcher Ervin Santana is seeking a $100 million deal. That’s unlikely to happen. For various reasons, Santana is the riskiest pitcher in the free agent market. Pitchers tend to be risky, especially those on the wrong side of 30, but several factors in Santana’s profile make him even riskier. Santana had a good 2013 season with the Kansas City Royals. He threw 211 innings, with a 3.24 ERA. This was a big improvement on the previous year when he managed a bloated 5.16 ERA and a 5.63 FIP that was easily the worst in the majors. Throwing... 
 

Royals Miguel Tejada Suspended 105 Games For Amphetamines

Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada has been suspended for 105 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned amphetamine under the joint drug agreement, MLB has announced. The suspension is effective immediately. Tejada has previously tested positive and was subject for a 25-game suspension for a second test. And then he failed a third test, which adds 80 games to the suspension  according to Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports. Tejada was been slapped with the third-longest drug-related ban ever in MLB, after Alex Rodriguez... 
 

Kansas City Royals Acquire Houston Astros Justin Maxwell

According to Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports the Kansas City Royals have acquired OF Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros. Maxwell is 29 and is hitting .241/.311/.387 with two home runs in 115 plate appearances for Houston in 2013, after hitting 18 homers in 2012. The Astros will get minor league pitcher Kyle Smith. Smith 20, has a 2.85 ERA 5-4 over 104 1/3 innings in A ball. He was rated #11 in the Royals system.  Read More »
 

David Lough Leads Royals to 9-8 Victory in Thriller at Minnesota

Kansas City Royals newcomer David Lough turned in a strong performance for the Royals on Sunday, going 4-for-4 with three doubles, a home run, and three RBI in a 9-8 victory against the Minnesota Twins that ended in thrilling fashion. Minnesota struck first in the bottom of the second as Chris Parmelee plated Justin Morneau on an RBI double to deep right field. The Twins’ lead would be short-lived as the Royals responded with two runs in the third and three more in the fourth. Lough would rip a double to deep right in the fourth, scoring Billy... 
 

James Shields Dominant Again, Royals Win Late

James Shields cost arguably the top prospect in baseball and was brought to Kansas City to be the ace of the staff. So far this year, Shields has been worth everything the Royals’ sacrificed. “Big Game” James was stellar at home against an overmatched Houston lineup, but was matched by Astros’ starter, Jordan Lyles in what would turn out to be a 4-2 Royals win. While Shields threw seven innings and gave up just two earned runs despite nine hits and three walks, Lyles also gave up two runs in seven innings, walking one and... 
 

George Brett Named Interim Hitting Coach For Kansas City Royals

Hall of Famer George Brett was named the interim hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals and will take over the job immediately. Brett will replace Jack Maloof and Andre David, who have been reassigned within the organization. Brett  has worked numerous times as a volunteer coach at spring training but this is his first in season coaching job. “I’m thankful that this organization has one of the greatest hitters and more importantly one of the greatest competitors our game has ever seen in George Brett, and he has accepted our offer... 
 

Patient Shields and Royals Overcome Cobb and Rays

After giving up a tw0-run homer to Matt Joyce in the first inning, James Shields settled in to beat the Rays 8-2. Alex Cobb was in complete control until the sixth inning when the Royals scored four runs including a two run home run by Mike Moustakas, his first of the season. The Royals went on to three more runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Shields making his first start against his former team, avoided a big inning in the first, to finish with 102 pitches and seven innings of work. He allowed only allowed three more hits over the... 
 

Kansas City Royals Wade Davis Shuts Down Red Hot Braves

How do you shut down the red hot Atlanta Braves? Send Wade Davis to the mound. Davis  threw  seven shutout innings,  scattering five hits and striking out seven and the  Kansas City Royals bullpen sealed the 1-0  win over Atlanta. The red-hot hitting Braves could only muster six hits  against Royals pitching. Atlanta  Was seeking to go 13-1 for the first time since 1994. Jeff Francoeur  had the only RBI And the only run the Royals would need with a base hit in the top of the fourth inning.  Mike Minor was strong for the Braves allowing... 
 

Royals Beat Twins Behind Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana pitched eight innings, allowed eight hits and struck out seven.  Alcides Escobar back up the effort when he doubled home the go-ahead run and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday in its home opener. Santana allowed only four hits after the first inning, when the Twins scored their lone run.  Aaron Crow recorded his first save of the season for the Royals instead of Greg Holland. “The decision was easy,” Yost said. “(Greg) Holland and (Kelvin) Herrera were unavailable. It’s too early in the... 
 

Royals News: Luke Hochevar Moved To Bullpen

When the Kansas City Royals signed right-hander Luke Hochevar to a new deal worth $4.56 million In January, we questioned which pitcher they  were signing, The  Hochevar that  pitched to a 2.12 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 106  innings of work  in 16 starts or the one who 10.55 ERA in his other 16 starts. As  it turns out Hochevar  won’t be starting at all  as the team announced  they were moving the former number one overall pick to the bullpen,  and will pitch in long relief for the team. Overall  the 28-year-old Hochevar was... 
 

Royals News: Wade Davis to Miss Start With Sore Shoulder

It certainly isn’t time to panic, but Wade Davis acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays  this winter along with James Shields will skip his next start due to a sore shoulder. Davis  It is attempting to move back to the starting rotation. He went 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 54 relief appearances for Tampa Bay last season. Davis has  Pitched five scoreless innings across two starts so far this spring.Davis was 25-22 with a 4.22 ERA as a starter from 2009-11.  Dead arms and tired shoulders are common at this time of year,  but the situation is worth... 
 

Royals News: Shields Perfect in Spring Debut

It’s just one inning. It was only 13 pitches  In a spring training game in February.  James Shields acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay made his Kansas City Royals debut and breezed through a perfect 1-2-3  inning.  After his inning of work Shields headed to the bullpen and through a simulated inning of 15 pitches. “No breaking balls. I ended up throwing some cut fastballs, and obviously I was working my four-seam and my changeup as well,” Shields said. Manager Ned Yost was impressed. “It’s funny,” Yost said. “There’s... 
 

Royals’ Wade Davis Gets First Spring Start

The big news for the Kansas City Royals this off-season  was the acquisition of James Shields from the Tampa Bay Rays.  The second player in that trade was right-hander Wade Davis.  Davis is scheduled to pitch in his first spring training action today as the Royals begin using pitchers  they expect to be in their starting rotation. Davis spent last season in the Tampa Bay bullpen where he was 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games. He had 87 strikeouts against 29 walks in 70 1/3 innings. Davis  compiled 58 starts in 2010 and 2011  winning 12 games... 
 

Kansas City Royals: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

For the first time in a decade, the Kansas City Royals have a chance to emerge as legitimate contenders in the American League Central. Starting pitching is the main reason. This offseason, the club traded for  Ervin Santana , signed free agent Jeremy Guthrie, and acquired the durable James Shields and the versatile Wade Davis from Tampa Bay in a deal that shipped uber prospect Wil Myers and promising minor league pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery to the Rays. Shields, Guthrie, Santana and Davis project as the top four starters in... 
 

American League: Projected Platoons for 2013

With the ever rising cost of offense, more and more teams are looking to platoons as a low-cost, high-reward alternative. Even though penny-pinching organizations like the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays have long been using the platoon, now even bigger market teams–like the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox–are beginning to join the fray. Below is an in-depth, projected list of the organizations and their respective platoons for 2013. Baltimore Orioles: LEFT FIELD – Nate McLouth quickly went from a hot... 
 

Which Luke Hochevar Did The Kansas City Royals Sign?

The Kansas City Royals signed right-hander Luke Hochevar to a new deal worth $4.56 million, plus performance bonuses. Last season Hochevar made $3.51 million. Hochevar was 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA in 32 starts in 2012. Hochevar was the first overall pick in the 2006 draft. Since making his debut in 2007, he has a career record of 38-59 in 132 games with a 5.39 ERA. The Royals re-signed free agent Jeremy Guthrie during the offseason and traded for James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana, which means that Hochevar will battle Bruce Chen, Luis... 
 

Kansas City Royals: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Even after sending uber prospect Wil Myers, and two quality starting pitchers in Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery, to Tampa Bay for veterans James Shields and Wade Davis, the Kansas City Royals still have a deep and talented farm system. The parent club features an assortment of core players developed in the organization like first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, DH Billy Butler, catcher Salvador Perez and left fielder Alex Gordon. The Royals believe in their next wave of prospects, though most of their top names – including ... 
 

Miguel Tejada Reaches Agreement With Kansas City Royals

Tejada will get another shot at the major leagues with Kansas City Free-Agent Miguel Tejada has reached an agreement on a minor-league deal with the Kansas City Royals. The deal is reportedly worth $1.1 million if Tejada makes the team. Tejada would likely serve as a backup to  Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar on the left side of the Royals infield. Tejada, 38, hit just .239/.270/.326 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games for the Giants in 2011. Tejada has been playing winter ball for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican league,... 
 

Kansas City Royals Reach Agreement With Endy Chavez

    Royals add outfield depth with Chavez signing The Kansas City Royals have reached agreement with free-agent outfielder Endy Chavez. Terms of the deal were not immediately announced. Chavez would likely serve as a fourth outfielder behind Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, and Jeff Francoeur. Chavez hit .203/.236/.278 with two homers, 12 RBI, six doubles and three steals in 2012 with the Baltimore Orioles. In 2011 with the Texas Rangers Chavez hit .301 with 11 steals. The Royals were 72-90 in 2012 finishing third in the American League Central... 
 

Rays and Royals Trade Analysis

Kansas City acquired two major league ready players, and Tampa Bay received coveted prospects The Royals think they are a pitching staff away from being a contender. Tampa Bay needed to add some offense, organizational depth, and create some salary relief. So the trade was made to send Tampa Bay right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for uber-prospect Wil Myers,  right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.  Based on the potential of the prospects Tampa Bay received, many opinions ... 
 

James Shields, Wade Davis To Royals for Wil Myers and Prospects

The coveted Myers may start in left field for Tampa Bay Tampa Bay has agreed to trade James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for 2012 Minor League Player of the year Wil Myers and prospects in a blockbuster deal. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said other players are involved in the trade, but the Kansas City just confirmed they are right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. Tampa Bay General Manager Andrew Friedman said, “Personally, I think this is the most... 
 

Jeremy Guthrie From 6.35 ERA to a New Three-Year, $25 Million Deal

 Guthrie turned around his season and his value in Kansas City Jeremy Guthrie was traded  from the Baltimore Orioles to the Colorado Rockies last off-season for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, where he compiled 91 innings of work and a 6.35 ERA, that included a .324 opponents batting average. The Rockies in an effort to recoup some of their losses then traded him to the Kansas City Royals for Jonathan Sanchez in a proverbial ” hope they change of scenery does him good” kind of trade. It worked out for Guthrie, not so much for Sanchez. Guthrie... 
 

Angels Ervin Santana Traded to Royals

Royals will be paying the majority of Santana’s $13 million deal Sometimes where there is smoke there is fire. The Los Angeles Angels reportedly have been shopping starters Dan Haren and Ervin Santana ahead of Friday’s option deadline. Today the Angels traded right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk. The Angels exercised Santana’s $13 million option for next season before trading the Dominican veteran and cash to the Royals. Santana as a 96-80 record with the Angels... 
 

American League Central – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a Baseball News Source division-by-division series that will address what teams might do this off-season. We started with the American League East. Here is a look at the American League Central. Anibal Sanchez was acquired to make starts like these for the Detroit Tigers. The 28-year-old right-hander, who was acquired along with second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins at July’s trade deadline for a package that included top pitching prospect Jacob Turner, will take the mound on Sunday... 
 

AL Recaps – Billy Butler Leads Royals Past Orioles

Kansas City 8  – Baltimore 2 – Billy Butler homered in a four-run first inning, doubled in the third and tripled in fifth to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Wei-Yin Chen allowed a career-high seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles. Manny Machado went 2 for 4 in his major league debut. Boston 3 –  Cleveland 5 –  Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 Boston Red Sox to earn his first victory in more than a month, allowing three runs over six... 
 

Rockies, Royals Trade Struggling Starters, Guthrie – Sanchez

Jeremy Guthrie and Jonathan Sanchez have been traded. The Colorado Rockies sent right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Both pitchers have struggled this season and the two teams agreed on a trade, hoping a change of scenery would be best for both. Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals. The Royals designated him for assignment earlier this week. Sanchez was acquired in a now infamous trade with the San Francisco Giants. The Royals sent Melky Cabrera to the Giants for... 
 

Can the Royals Be This Bad?

Losing 10 games in a row is never easy for a major league team.  Lots of bad things have to happen. Starting pitchers have to falter, Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar have both struggled.  Which in turn taxes the bullpen. Hitters have to stop hitting.  Eric Hosmer is currently hitting.183. The Kansas City Royals are 3-12. The Royals loss to Toronto Sunday dropped their record to 0-9 at Kauffman Stadium this season. Kansas City is the first major-league team to lose its first nine home games of a season since the 1995 Marlins, and the Royals’... 
 
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