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.
The power five conferences — the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC — that make the money in college sports want to spend it as they see fit. If they can’t do that, they made go and play by their own rules.
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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.
After being pelted for 11 runs (10 earned) over his last two starts, the left-hander gave up no runs, a lone hit and one walk while striking out five in six innings to pave the way for the Royals to beat the Cardinals 6-0. A mellow mind-set was an encouraging sign from the mercurial Duffy, whose intensity and introspection can be as much his undoing as his ally.
Eric Hosmer's RBI single in the the ninth was the difference as the Royals beat the Cardinals 8-7 in St. Louis. The Royals won both games of the St. Louis half of this week's I-70 Series between the cross-state rivals. The series now moves to Kansas City for games Wednesday and Thursday nights at Kauffman Stadium.
Missouri men’s basketball announced Monday that Matt Herring had been hired as the program’s strength and conditioning coach. Herring most recently served in the same role for the San Antonio Spurs from 2011-13. He takes over as the Tigers’ director of athletic performance after Todor Pandov followed former coach Frank Haith to Tulsa.
Right now, we are at the stage of various mixed signals being sent through various means but here’s the truth: Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and power agent Tom Condon talked this week about Alex Smith. There is effectively no progress on an extension to keep Smith in Kansas City beyond the $7.5 million he’s owed this year on the contract he came with from San Francisco.