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Mike Moustakas has suffered indignities this baseball season. He slumped from the start, heard jeers in his home ballpark and earned a demotion to the minor leagues. His at-bats often end in strikeouts or pop-ups, a flurry of failure that obscures an undeniable reality: He can still pulverize a baseball when his barrel connects.
Royals relief pitchers Wade Davis and Greg Holland dusted the Twins on Wednesday afternoon with ease, reminding once more why Royals manager Ned Yost has developed an in-game strategy based solely around grabbing a lead after seven innings. Will they return to Target Field in two weeks for the All-Star Game? The rosters will be announced on Sunday.
He cradled the baseball in his prized left hand, gazed at it for a moment, and then tossed the ball away. Jason Vargas is the sort who executes a slick fielding play, as he did by snaring a line drive in the first inning of a 4-0 Royals victory on Wednesday, discards the evidence and advances without sentiment.
His walk lasted 33 steps, not nearly long enough to consider the 40 fourth-inning pitches that preceded it. James Shields removed himself from the diamond in expedient fashion and disappeared into tunnel leading into the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field.
The Royals managed to escape a hellish homestand Sunday with a series victory thanks to a ninth-inning error by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick. Shortly before Omar Infante won the game with a single to left, the deciding blow in a 5-4 victory, Kendrick failed to catch a throw at the bag which would have begun an inning-ending double play.
The would-be savior celebrated his 37th birthday nine days ago. Bruce Chen is the eldest member of the Royals, and his role lacks significance. He is the long reliever, a pitcher deemed unfit of the five-man starting rotation and a spectator during the high-leverage relief frames handled by his younger teammates.
When the Angels Mike Trout knocked the stuffing out of the ball in the first inning Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, Royals officials in the press box, as they always do, referred to the chart theyve long used to provide distance information and announced the blast that landed in the fountain to the left of the scoreboard at 445 feet.
The Royals’ 8-6 triumph over the Angels at Kauffman Stadium on Friday turned on a pair of firsts.
Eric Hosmer harbors an odd relationship with footage of himself. He refuses to view at-bats from his wretched 2012 season, because the tape “makes me sick,” he said. The video from last year is more encouraging — except when cued up next to his at-bats from 2014.
A two-month string of brilliance ended with a thud, a wince and a howl in the eighth inning of a 5-4 Royals loss.
The opportunities were scant and scattered for the Royals in Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. The best appeared at 9:27 p.m., with one out in the seventh inning, when the club completed a somewhat remarkable feat: They accumulated two hits off Kershaw in the same inning.
The tributes poured in while Jarrod Dyson lay crumpled at the base of the center-field wall in Kauffman Stadium.
The decisive pitch in Sunday’s 2-1 Royals loss, their fourth in a row, was an 86-mph curveball tumbling out of Yordano Ventura’s right hand. The pitch curved and bent up in the strike zone, near the waist of Seattle catcher Mike Zunino. An antagonist all weekend at Kauffman Stadium, Zunino played his role with aplomb on Sunday, crushing a solo home run to put the Mariners ahead in the seventh.
The fans at sweltering Kauffman Stadium stood and cheered Saturday as Royals manager Ned Yost made his way from the dugout in what many believed would be a pitching change.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals are chasing first place again.
The Royals’ winning streak, which reversed the course of a drowning team, raised hope for the brightest baseball summer here in two decades and vaulted the club into first place in the American League Central, ended at the hands of Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez in a 2-1 loss on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Ned Yost strutted past a clubhouse table soaked in water, the residue of yet another Royals celebration. The team’s tell-tale strobe light pulsed, the players reveled in a 2-1 besting of the Tigers and outfielder Jarrod Dyson brushed gobs of foam from his hair.
The grounds crew at Comerica Park rolled out the tarp not once but twice on Tuesday afternoon, preparing for possible inclement weather on the day the Royals ascended into first place in their division.
The juxtaposition was stark, the picture of two clubs trending in opposing directions.
His hair was slicked back, and the right side of his jersey was soaked. Royals manager Ned Yost looked unkempt despite his afternoon off, following an ejection in the first inning of a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.