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Dozier puts powerful charge in All-Star campaign

@FlannyMLB
June 23, 2019

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT and runs through Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 6 CT. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to

Bailey stays tough on Central, pins down Twins

Right-hander racks up 5 K's to help Royals split 4-game set
@FlannyMLB
June 23, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Homer Bailey has found a new home in the American League Central, in more ways than one. Bailey’s career resurgence marched on in the Royals’ 6-1 victory over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, which allowed Kansas City to split the four-game set.

Royals show support for 'Vote Dozier' campaign

@FlannyMLB
June 22, 2019

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT and runs through Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 6 CT. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to

Royals push game to extras, but lose steam

Gordon, Dozier rally in 8th to tie it before Twins go ahead in 10th
@FlannyMLB
June 22, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Royals reliever Wily Peralta had been dominant over his past 13 outings, posting a 0.71 ERA. But on Saturday, Peralta got in trouble early and couldn’t escape damage. C.J. Cron and Eddie Rosario each delivered RBI hits in the 10th inning off Peralta as the Twins held

AL 3B AS finalists: Bregman, Dozier, Urshela

June 22, 2019

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Sunday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @MannyOnMLB
June 23, 2019

Here's a look at Sunday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, SS (No. 1, No. 8 in MLB) -- 4-for-5, 2B, RBI (Triple-A Buffalo) Bichette has multiple hits in three of his past four games and is hitting

Cuthbert coming into his own with clutch hits

Infielder's 4 RBIs aren't enough as Royals' bullpen labors late
@FlannyMLB
June 22, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Royals corner infielder Cheslor Cuthbert continues his remarkable career rebirth. After a strong 2016 season (.274 average, 12 home runs) filling in for the injured Mike Moustakas, Cuthbert’s career was derailed by poor performance and injuries to the point that he was designated for assignment last offseason.

Soler can file for arbitration after 2019 season

@FlannyMLB
June 21, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Power-hitting outfielder Jorge Soler is finally having the type of breakout season the Royals envisioned when they traded Wade Davis to the Cubs for him after the 2016 season. And it likely will cost the Royals financially this offseason. There is a provision in Soler’s contract that

Royals receive winning 'Spark' against Twins

Right-hander delivers 7 strong innings, sticks to game plan
@FlannyMLB
June 21, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Glenn Sparkman threw seven solid innings of one-run ball, and the Royals jumped on Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi for three runs in the first in a 4-1 victory on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have won four of five games. Sparkman scattered five hits,

Royals unlikely to deal Merrifield at Deadline

Moore also squelches trade speculation surrounding Gordon
@FlannyMLB
June 20, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Last July, as rumors persistently circulated that the Royals might trade super utilityman Whit Merrifield, general manager Dayton Moore finally put an end to the talk. “We need [Merrifield] in our city and on our team,” Moore said then. And just prior to the Winter Meetings, Moore

Mondesi to IL with low-grade groin strain

@FlannyMLB
June 20, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi’s groin injury, which started to bother him during last week’s game in Omaha, Neb., suddenly got to the point of no return when he had an awkward collision at home plate during Tuesday’s game in Seattle. Mondesi had the groin scanned Thursday morning

Most intriguing prospects in short season

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
June 20, 2019

While the majority of the full-season leagues throughout the Minors have already reached the midseason mark, another batch of leagues, commonly referred to as short-season leagues, are just beginning and contain many of the game’s top up-and-coming prospects. The New York-Penn and Northwest Leagues (Class A Short Season) as well

Here are future All-Stars from AL Central 

@beckjason
June 20, 2019

Next month’s All-Star Game could feature a whole lot of Minnesota Twins and a selection of players from the rest of the American League Central. That’s a reflection of the way the division race has played out. But the AL Central All-Star competition could become a lot more crowded before

Rough first sinks Keller, Royals in finale

Kansas City takes series, but win streak ends at three
@DKramer_
June 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Royals quickly squandered a chance at their first four-game win streak of the season, when a runaway first inning for the Mariners helped give Seattle the cushion it needed in an 8-2 win on Wednesday at T-Mobile Park. Brad Keller was tagged for a season-high seven runs

Royals GM works for healing at hate-crime site

Moore's foundation and Overland Park JCC hold fifth youth baseball clinic
@FlannyMLB
June 19, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- More than five years after the horrific hate-crime murders of three individuals at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom, a retirement community, the Royals are doing their part to assure life and love continue to prevail again at the JCC. It wasn’t long

Merrifield's 2 HRs, 6 RBIs back Bailey in Seattle

@DKramer_
June 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- Whit Merrifield crushed a pair of homers, the Royals’ bats churned out six runs against lefty Yusei Kikuchi and Homer Bailey cruised for 7 2/3 innings as the Royals raced past the Mariners, 9-0, on Tuesday at T-Mobile Park. Kansas City is now riding a season-high-tying three-game win

Cuthbert showing his value while he can

@DKramer_
June 18, 2019

SEATTLE -- Cheslor Cuthbert is aware that he’s vying for valuable playing time at a point in his career when such an opportunity in the coming weeks could be uncertain. Cuthbert has been the fill-in third baseman for Hunter Dozier while the All-Star candidate recovers from a thorax injury on

Soler's rise continues as 19th HR lifts KC vs. M's

@DKramer_
June 18, 2019

SEATTLE -- Conversion counts, those that greatly dictate the outcome of an at-bat, are at the center of Jorge Soler's hitting approach. Winning the 0-0 count, the 1-1 count have been paramount to the Royals’ slugger blossoming into the elite power hitter many envisioned he’d become, even if it took

Teen phenom leads updated Top 100 list

@JonathanMayo
June 18, 2019

Another month and change has gone by since we last updated our Top 100 Prospects list. We’re just about at the half-way point of the 2019 Minor League season and short-season leagues have just gotten underway, so it’s a perfect time to make some tweaks to the list. This will

Royals rely on clutch relief, hits against Twins

Diekman, Peralta pitch out of key jams in Father's Day finale
@FlannyMLB
June 16, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three takeaways from the Royals’ 8-6 victory over the Twins on Sunday afternoon, a triumph that avoided a three-game sweep at Target Field. “That was work, but it turned out good,” manager Ned Yost said. “We had some big heroes ... it was a good win.” Phenomenal bullpen

Here is each team's most deserving All-Star

@williamfleitch
June 16, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Every team gets an All-Star. That’s the rule for All-Star Games, and I’d argue that's that way it should be: The

Nicky Lopez shares baseball bond with his father

@FlannyMLB
June 16, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez knows the baseball diamond brought he and his father, Bob, closer together from an early age. Bob Lopez was a famous softball (the 16-inch kind) player from Chicago. And from as early as Nicky can remember, he wanted to be a star on