Mike Moustakas hit the brakes at second base and pounded his hands together. Most fans at Busch Stadium jeered. Moustakas had thumped a two-run, seventh-inning double in Monday's 6-0 victory over the Cardinals for his first hit since returning from the minor leagues. The Royals won the opener in St. Louis of this week's I-70 series.
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The Royals reunited with right-hander reliever Blake Wood, who appeared in 106 games for the club from 2010 to 2011. The team claimed him off waivers from Cleveland, and assigned him to Class AAA Omaha.
Rare is the day when Bruce Chen isn’t armed with a joke. On Sunday morning, he mentioned to a reporter that he had heard about Royals starter Yordano Ventura’s bullpen session on Saturday, and indicated the results portended “bad news.”
Toronto ace Mark Buehrle flummoxed the Kansas City lineup for eight innings in Sunday’s 4-0 loss as the Royals managed only a split in their four-game series with the Blue Jays. Mike Moustakas returned to the Royals’ lineup when Danny Valencia was placed on the disabled list after aggravating his sore left hand.
A second season began for Mike Moustakas around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, when he boarded a bus from Oklahoma City to Round Rock, Texas, with his temporary minor-league teammates. The ride took about seven hours. He slept for a few more during the afternoon. At 5 p.m., he hopped a series of flights that transported him from Texas into another country and back to the major leagues.
Is Monte Harrison the next Bubba Starling? Hardly, Harrison says. He’s his own man. But the similarities between multisport star Harrison, from Lee’s Summit West, and Starling, the Gardner Edgerton standout whom the Royals selected with the fifth overall pick in the baseball draft a few years ago, aren’t lost on well-trained eyes.