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Enthusiasm contagious for Royals fans in Wichita

An unfamiliar word was used to describe Kansas City Royals fans during the team’s caravan stop in Wichita Thursday night – bandwagon.

Dayton Moore says starter Ervin Santana isn’t off Royals radar

Starting pitcher Ervin Santana remains on the open market and Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the team could be interested in retaining Santana, who delivered one of his best major-league seasons in 2013. But Moore wouldn’t say how long of a contract the team might be interested in offering.

Royals sign Hosmer, Hochever, Bonifacio to one-year deals

The Royals agreed to terms with first baseman Eric Hosmer, relief pitcher Luke Hochevar and infielder Emilo Bonifacio on Friday, avoiding arbitration with those players.

Royals announce signings of pitchers Guillermo Mota, Brad Penny

The Royals have signed veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to a minor-league contract, the club announced on Thursday. Mota, 40, last pitched in the majors in 2012, when he made 26 relief appearances for the Giants.

Pro Football Writers select Chiefs’ John Dorsey as NFL executive of the year

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, who in one short season changed the culture within the franchise, was selected NFL executive of the year Thursday by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Royals, pitcher Brad Penny agree to a deal

Two-time All-Star pitcher Brad Penny has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, although the deal hasn’t been finalized.

Jeremy Guthrie, Royals restructure contract

The Royals have restructured the contract of pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, freeing up some payroll space for 2014.

Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry selected to NFL’s All-Pro team

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and strong safety Eric Berry were selected to the NFL’s All-Pro team, chosen by The Associated Press.

Royals deal outfielder David Lough to Orioles for infielder Danny Valencia

David Lough, an outfielder who showed flashes of brilliance for the Royals in the field last season, has been traded to Baltimore for Danny Valencia, a third baseman who will factor into the club’s mix of infielders.

New second baseman Omar Infante likes Royals’ young energy

Part of the allure for second baseman Omar Infante signing with the Royals might have been the contract they offered: four years with a club option for 2018 worth a guaranteed $30.25 million, longer than any other deal Infante had on the table. But Infante, 31, made it clear that the Royals’ youthful energy played a role in his decision.

Chiefs return to days of yore on special teams

The Chiefs’ long history of strong special teams and returners has never included this many weapons in the same season.

Second baseman Omar Infante reportedly agrees on four-year, $30 million deal with Royals

Omar Infante, a second baseman with pop in his bat, appears to be headed to Kansas City. Infante, who hit .318 with 10 home runs for the Detroit Tigers last season, reportedly agreed on a four-year contract with the Royals on Friday night. The Royals have not confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Royals don’t take anyone in Rule 5 Draft

A light week of activity for the Royals at the Winter Meetings concluded Thursday morning — appropriately — with a whisper at the Rule 5 Draft. The Royals did not select a player in the major-league or minor-league portions of the draft, and they lost only one player, pitcher Tyler Sample, throughout the three phases.

Royals still shopping but looking for safe investments

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of the holiday shopping season even as the baseball industry begins dispersing Thursday from its annual Winter Meetings. That includes the Royals, of course, even with their limited payroll flexibility. They remained linked to several free agents, including infielder Omar Infante and right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel.

Chiefs are relying on guard Geoff Schwartz’s run blocking

On Sunday against Washington, in icy conditions that practically begged for power football, right guard Geoff Schwartz and his fellow linemen had risen to the occasion by consistently winning the battle up front and paving the way for running back Jamaal Charles’ season-best 151-yard performance.

Have the Royals already solved their need for a middle-of-the-order bat?

The Royals believe they have succeeded in adding a power bat to the middle of their lineup despite missing out in their pursuit of free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. That power bat is left fielder Alex Gordon, who now can shift down in the order to fifth.

Lorde's mom: George Brett photo was in Lorde's vintage National Geographic collection

Lorde's mom, Sonja Yelich, emailed the Star March 20 and helped explain the George Brett connection. National Geographic had confirmed that pop star Lorde was referring to a photo of Kansas City Royals’ baseball legend George Brett when she explained where she got the inspiration for her megahit “Royals.”

Carlos Beltran to sign with Yankees for three years, $45 million

Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran is returning to New York — and not to the Royals — on a three-year deal for $45 million. The news broke Friday night on Twitter by several media outlets. Beltran’s wife, Jessica, soon thereafter tweeted: “Back to NY!”

Royals get Brewers RF Norichika Aoki for P Will Smith

The Royals landed a new outfielder Thursday morning, but it wasn’t free-agent Carlos Beltran, who held a much-publicized visit earlier this week at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals make push to sign Carlos Beltran

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals’ push to reacquire free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran accelerated Tuesday in face-to-face meetings and negotiations in Kansas City.

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