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Duffy gives Royals' rotation a needed lift

@FlannyMLB
11:28 PM CDT

This is the ace the Royals hoped left-hander Danny Duffy would turn into in 2020. Duffy delivered six strong innings -- the first Kansas City starter to go that deep into a game this season -- but it wasn’t enough for the Royals in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs

Singer set for Wrigley start on 24th birthday

@FlannyMLB
August 3, 2020

On Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, Royals rookie Brady Singer will make his third big league start on the day he turns 24 years old. And already, the right-hander has learned one valuable lesson at the highest level: Unlike in the Minor Leagues, a pitcher can’t let down for one

Royals turn kick save into snazzy double play

@SlangsOnSports
August 2, 2020

This isn’t a play you see every day -- but that’s baseball. Although maybe in this case, it’s closer to soccer. In the second inning of the Royals’ 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday, the team turned a particularly unusual double play. With Eloy Jiménez batting with one

Junis' arm, glove look just fine in IL return 

@FlannyMLB
August 2, 2020

KANSAS CITY -- It won’t be long now until the Royals have most of the rotation they envisioned starting the season with back in place. Right-hander Jakob Junis returned from the injured list on Sunday and provided an encouraging start against the White Sox, going 4 1/3 innings with two

Here is 1 surprise player from each team

@williamfleitch
August 3, 2020

Everything in this season so far has been surprising, both good and bad. At this point, it is probably best just to steel one’s self for these kinds of surprises all season. That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. It just means that surprise should be the default emotion at

Royals' bullpen continues to shut the door

@FlannyMLB
August 1, 2020

KANSAS CITY -- A 3-6 start isn’t how the Royals drew up this shortened 2020 season. But there is one highly encouraging sign: The performance of their bullpen. For the most part, Kansas City’s bullpen once again picked up a shaky outing by a starter and kept an opponent within

No. 6 prospect Bubic comes into his own

Left-hander bounces back from early jitters in MLB debut
@FlannyMLB
August 1, 2020

KANSAS CITY -- One would understand, and even expect, a young pitcher making his MLB debut to be a little nervous or perhaps too amped up. That seemed to be the case for left-hander Kris Bubic, the Royals’ No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline and somewhat of a surprise choice

Royals vets impressed by bold promotions

@FlannyMLB
July 31, 2020

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have not been afraid this season to promote their young pitchers. And that boldness has not been lost on the veteran players, including super-utility man Whit Merrifield. “I love seeing it,” Merrifield said. “As a player, it shows what the front office’s view is. It’s

MLB, MLBPA agree to 7-inning twin bills

@HarriganMLB
July 31, 2020

In the interest of player health and safety, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association jointly announced Friday that both games of doubleheaders will be seven innings in length for the duration of the 2020 season. The change will be effective Aug. 1. In these doubleheader games, the automatic

Late-innings pop a key to KC's series split

@FlannyMLB
July 30, 2020

Finally, the Royals got some late-innings production. Kansas City had taken early leads in two previous losses to the Tigers but then watched its offense go dormant, not scoring a run after the third inning in either the 4-3 or 5-4 defeats. Not on Thursday. The Royals scratched across a

Missed opportunities 'brutal' for Duffy, Royals

@ladsonbill24
July 30, 2020

Royals left-hander Danny Duffy left Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Tigers after the fifth inning and took a no-decision. But with the way his outing began, Duffy acknowledged that he should shoulder the blame for Kansas City squandering what had been a 4-0 lead. Duffy was dealing for the first

Mahomes Sr. on son: 'Baseball is in his blood'

@ladsonbill24
July 29, 2020

Former Major Leaguer Pat Mahomes never thought he would see his son, NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, become involved in baseball in any capacity. After all, Patrick helped guide the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February. But that changed Monday afternoon when the

Merrifield's hit streak a bright spot in KC loss

@FlannyMLB
July 28, 2020

After the Royals roared back from a four-run deficit to win Monday night, they had to feel good when Whit Merrifield’s three-run blast in the third inning gave them an early lead Tuesday against the Tigers. But that was all she wrote for Kansas City’s offense. The Tigers shut down

NFL star Mahomes joins Royals ownership

@JayCat11
July 28, 2020

The Royals have added some Kansas City royalty to their franchise. Patrick Mahomes -- the star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs and reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player -- now is part owner of the Royals, the franchise announced Tuesday. “We are very proud and excited to have Patrick

KC sends LHPs Griffin, Montgomery to IL

@FlannyMLB
July 28, 2020

The Royals’ already thin rotation, which was missing right-handers Brad Keller and Jakob Junis due to COVID-19, just got even thinner Tuesday. Kansas City placed left-handers Foster Griffin (forearm strain) and Mike Montgomery (lat strain) on the injured list, and recalled outfielder Nick Heath and right-hander Jake Newberry, who had

Franco's 1st 2 KC HRs among 6 in Royals' win

@FlannyMLB
July 28, 2020

At some point, the Royals figured they would have to break out of an early-season slump after scoring only five runs in three games in Cleveland to open the 2020 campaign. And the Royals did so with authority on Monday night at Comerica Park, blasting six home runs, tying a

Royals ink Matt Harvey to Minor League deal

July 28, 2020

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey to a Minor League contract. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Harvey, 31, made 12 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA (47 ER in

6 OFs ... nearly 7? How KC shifted vs. Miggy

@FlannyMLB
July 27, 2020

Throughout Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s glorious MLB career, teams have tried numerous different shifts and alignments to try to slow his offensive game. But the Royals may have pulled off a first on Monday night at Comerica Park, essentially employing a six-man outfield against Cabrera. The Royals lined up their

In return from IL, O'Hearn adds to KC offense

@FlannyMLB
July 27, 2020

The Royals are inching closer to having the type of batting order that manager Mike Matheny raved about during Spring Training. After previously testing positive for COVID-19, first baseman Ryan O'Hearn was activated from the injured list on Monday and joined the team in Detroit. Left-hander Richard Lovelady was optioned

30 teams, 30 first impressions

@williamfleitch
July 27, 2020

Baseball returned over the weekend. Did you catch that? What a weekend it was. It was goofy and exciting, sometimes awkward and disorienting and a total blast. This whole season is going to be like nothing we have seen before -- sometimes uncertain, always riveting. So, to celebrate this first

KC gets look at slew of relievers on 'pen day

Newly acquired Bolaños (2 IP, 1 K) aims to stick in the rotation
@FlannyMLB
July 26, 2020

This wasn’t what Royals manager Mike Matheny envisioned in his team’s first “bullpen game.” Kansas City, which even back in Spring Training didn’t have a set fifth starter, is also missing rotation pieces Brad Keller and Jakob Junis -- both on the injured list with COVID-19 related issues. So Matheny

Singer sparkles before Royals win in 10th

@FlannyMLB
July 25, 2020

If right-hander Brady Singer is indeed part of the Royals’ future, that future could be very bright. Singer, 23, made his Major League debut on Saturday evening at Cleveland and tossed five superb innings, giving up just three hits and two runs while striking out seven in the Royals’ 3-2,