Ventura Shines as Royals Rough Up Keuchel, Take Series from Astros

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com Six days ago, Kansas City's front office had seen enough of Yordano Ventura. After allowing six runs in four innings against the Pirates, the Royals demoted their Opening Day starter to Omaha. He was recalled the next day after the Jason Vargas injury, but Dayton Moore got his message across to the 24 year-old Ventura. On a day when the Royals acquired All Star starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, Ventura had no...

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Volquez Shines as Royals Blank Yankees, 6-0

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com To this point in the season, starting pitching has been the only question mark about the reigning A.L. champion Royals. If they can continue to get starts like the ones Edinson Volquez has provided more often than not, they're going to be just fine. Volquez dominated the Yankees, the bullpen did their thing, and the offense plated more than enough runs to give Kansas City a 6-0 victory on Sunday afternoon....

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You Saw That Coming All the Way from Holland: Tigers Clip Royals, 6-5

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com Before Ned Yost was an American League Champion, he had some issues with late-inning bullpen management. He's not the only manager in baseball who believes in saving his best reliever for a hypothetical save situation, but he has been criticized when the option is exercised to use an inferior reliever. Enter Yohan Pino. As Greg Holland (and Wade Davis, from the dugout) watched, Pino took just two pitches to...

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Royals Drop Finale to Detroit, Settle for Series Split

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com Anibal Sanchez continued to dominate the Royals, even if he actually allowed more than one run in Sunday's outing. The Tigers' offense finally broke out, scoring more runs on Sunday than they did in the first three games of the series together en route to a 6-4 victory over the Royals. A steady arsenal of hits against Jeremy Guthrie did the trick for Detroit; it banged out 11 hits in the first six...

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The Night is (Chris) Young: Royals Down Tigers, 4-1

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com It's no secret that the Tigers dominated the Royals all throughout last season, especially at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City was an abysmal 2-8 against Detroit in home games, and the first home series in May really set the table for what was to come. The Royals were 14-12 in April last year, and the Tigers came to town for a three-game set for early season control of the AL Central. The result was hideous,...

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Royals Dealt Two Losses in One Day; Lose Series Despite Gordon’s Brilliance

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com Through the first week of the season, the Kansas City Royals were literally unbeatable. They started the season 7-0 and hit at least one home run in each game. Since that magical first week, the defending AL Champions now find themselves with a 5-6 record in their last 11 games. The Royals have homered in just two of their last nine games. They've lost consecutive division series against the two worst teams...

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Tensions Were High, But the Royals Ultimately Topped

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com   In the season's first 10 games, Royals players were hit by a whopping 14 pitches. None of those pitchers were ejected, including Oakland's Scott Kazmir, who spiked a fastball right to the foot of Lorenzo Cain in the first inning Sunday. The benches were warned, and home plate umpire Greg Gibson quickly ejected both Royals manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Greg Eiland. People had speculated that...

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Royals Swipe Right: Singles Find Home as KC Reaches 4-0

Follow @RoyalsBlue_com Last year, the Royals "manufactured" runs. This season, they said that they wanted to hit for more power. Baseball experts all talked about how if Kansas City could only hit more home runs, it'd be a force in the playoff picture once again. Through four games, it's easy to see what they were saying. The Royals squeaked past the Angels of Anaheim 4-2 on Friday night, improving to 4-0 for the...

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