Delino DeShields’ solo home run off Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar was the difference as the Texas Rangers beat the Royals 2-1 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium to win the three-game series two games to one. Texas limited the Kansas City offense to just one run on a Kendrys Morales homer in the fourth. With the loss, the Royals’ record dropped to 48-49.
Nick Collison looked like a Kansas City native as he walked to the grass in front of the mound at Kauffman Stadium. A heather gray Charlie Hustle KC Heart t-shirt, a Royals cap, an un-buttoned Royals jersey and jeans — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward looked every bit like he belonged as he tossed the first pitch.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained June 28. That included a sacrifice on Thursday, as he stayed in Kansas City while the rest of his teammates traveled to Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House.
The Kansas City Royals were praised Thursday at the White House by President Barack Obama, who spouted off a number of the team’s signature phrases, like “That’s what speed do.” But Obama said the Royals need to work on the players’ nicknames. He also touted the Royals’ involvement in the Urban Youth Academy.
Cleveland tagged Royals starter Ian Kennedy for four home runs, more than enough fireworks in an 11-4 blowout victory on a hot, humid Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, 47-47, fell to .500 for the first time since June 10, and when they arrive in Washington, D.C. later Wednesday night, they will sit nine games behind the first-place Indians in the AL Central.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer will miss the rest of the season and return for spring training in 2017. His 2016 season has been marked by shoulder fatigue and inconsistent velocity. The injury is becoming more commonly diagnosed in baseball pitchers.
In the moments after the most inexplicable hit of this Royals season, a towering grand slam that soared through the humid July air and landed in the seats in right field, Jarrod Dyson tossed his bat aside and stared toward the first-base dugout. Eric Hosmer greeted him with a smile and a full-body fist pump. Salvador Perez jumped in the air like a child.
In an interview with Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Jonny Gomes expressed disappointment that he did not receive an invitation to join his former Royals teammates at the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama honors the 2015 World Series champions. The White House limits the number of people who can attend, and many former Royals will not be able to make the trip.
An offense in need of a spark hobbled into Comerica Park on Saturday evening. The jolt came via the right hand of Detroit starter Mike Pelfrey, who acted as a human defibrillator in the Royals’ 8-4 victory over the Tigers.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has struggled this season, hitting .205 with a .655 OPS entering Saturday. He has worked with hitting coach Dale Sveum on making mechanical adjustments. Manager Ned Yost says Gordon’s performance will be “key” down the stretch
As expected, the Royals on Saturday afternoon activated Wade Davis from the 15-day disabled list. Davis, who battled a forearm strain before the All-Star break, will be available out of the bullpen tonight against the Tigers. In a corresponding roster move, the Royals optioned rookie reliever Brooks Pounders to Class AAA Omaha.
Royals closer Wade Davis could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Saturday morning, manager Ned Yost said Friday. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s hamstring might take a little longer to mend.