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On Tuesday afternoon, as his organization breathed a collective, public sigh of relief, Royals general manager Dayton Moore sidled up to his head trainer as the team took batting practice. Nick Kenney patted Moore on the back and conferred with him for a few minutes.
A disappointing Royals season experienced a potentially devastating blow on Monday night, when rookie starter Yordano Ventura left in the third inning because of an elbow injury. He gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 9-2 loss to the lowly Astros.
The receipt for the previous night arrived at 3:23 p.m., as a go-ahead home run off the bat of Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta cleared the left-field fence. He punished a belt-high fastball from Royals reliever Tim Collins, who earned responsibility in a 4-3 loss.
Danny Valencia roped a double to spark a three-run rally Saturday night as the Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-4 in 13 innings, but the consequences of his hitting could be problematic for this club. Valencia fears he fractured the hamate bone, which presses against the handle of hit bat. So an otherwise uplifting victory may sting.
The routes to the big leagues are endless. When James Shields was a sophomore in high school, he played in the prestigious Area Code Games showcase. Eric Hosmer had already received recruiting letters from Tennessee and Miami. At that point in his life, Lorenzo Cains baseball resume featured swatting at tennis balls in backyard games with his cousins, and little else. No Little League, the Royals outfielder said. Nothing. None of that.
The Royals (23-24) watched a first-inning rally fizzle, recorded only two more hits the entire night and deepened their season-long disquiet. They entered the game ranked 14th in the American League in runs scored. Their effort on Friday did not help that cause.
The switch flipped for Royals manager Ned Yost last week at Kauffman Stadium as he watched Mike Moustakas appear increasingly helpless at the plate. To Yost, after weeks without improvement, Moustakas’ demeanor had begun to match his meager production.
The Royals sent down struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas to the minor leagues Thursday, optioning Moustakas to Class AAA Omaha and calling up Jimmy Paredes. “He understands that it’s in his best interest to go down and focus on some things,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of Moustakas.
With a winning home stand in the balance, the Royals leaned on their Sox stuffer, and Jeremy Guthrie delivered. Guthrie limited the Chicago White Sox to one run in seven innings. The Royals came through with a pair of runs in the eighth inning for a 3-1 victory on Wednesday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
An inning of defensive misplays that ended without an error, and a second three-run bomb in three days allowed by a pitcher who hadnt surrendered an earned run all season. Those circumstances dragged the Royals into a hole deep enough to prevent escape in a 7-6 loss to the White Sox despite a late charge.
A pair of rarities intertwined in a painful, 7-6 Royals loss to the White Sox on Monday night.
Alex Gordon launched two home runs and supplied a career-best six RBI to support Royals starter James Shields in an 8-6 victory over Baltimore on Sunday. Gordon boomed a three-run shot in the fifth and another in the seventh as the Royals salvaged a four-game series split and pushed their record back above .500.
Danny Duffy pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his professional career on Saturday and finished seven batters shy of the fifth no-hitter in franchise history as the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. Duffy allowed two hits in all, but appeared to cemented his place in the team’s starting rotation.
Royals manager Ned Yost was irate over umpires call on foul tip in the ninth inning of the Royals 1-0 win over the Orioles on Saturday night, which led to his first ejection of the 2014 season.
The Royals were shut out by the Orioles 4-0 in Fridays game two of a Kauffman Stadium four-day series, falling below .500 on the season with a second consecutive loss.
The Royals added another reliever to their bullpen on Friday afternoon, purchasing the contract of right-hander Casey Coleman from Omaha while designating outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment.
Mike Moustakas drove in three runs and Jason Vargas held down the hard-hitting Rockies as the Royals scored a two-game sweep with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. Moustakas cracked a pair of doubles, including one worth three RBIs in the second inning. It was his third two-hit game of the season.
In a dominant, efficient performance, James Shields spun seven innings of one-run baseball as the Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. In the sixth inning, Shields fanned Troy Tulowitzki, notching his 1,500th career strikeout. Shields struck out eight batters in all. Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez homered to power the offense, while Alcides Escobar plated two runs of his own.
When Dayton Moore strives for confidence about Mike Moustakas, he does not have to search far for a comparison. He still recalls the pessimism swirling around Alex Gordon after several disappointing seasons at the outset of his Royals career.
Johnny Giavotella cracked a smile as he rounded second base, moments after his three-run home run crashed into a railing above his teams bullpen in left field. It was his first homer in more than a year in the majors, and it rung in a wild, 9-7 comeback victory for the Royals over the Seattle Mariners.