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This Royals team appears on the verge of a breakthrough, but so have others in the franchises history that ended up crumbling under the pressure.
Mike Moustakas traveled to Venezuela in an attempt to uncover what was missing from a swing that once made him a star in waiting.
There’s a saying in baseball: if you’re going to lose, lose quick. Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes after Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw the first pitch of the game to Nori Aoki, he threw the last pitch of the game to Alex Gordon. Kluber is another sinker/slider guy and one look at the scorebook tells you he had the sinker working on Thursday; only two fly ball outs. The Royals were either pounding the ball in the ground or striking out for most of the day.
If the other team beats you, tip your cap—they earned it and you can live with that. But if you beat yourself, you gave the game away. Those losses are much tougher to take.
In the midst of a one-for-25 slump at the plate, Royals catcher Salvador Perez received his first day off of the season for Thursdays matinee against the Indians.
For the first time this season, Royals catcher Salvador Perez has the day off. The Royals look to split a four-game set with Cleveland, with the series finale starting at 11:05 a.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City. Here are the lineups as Bruce Chen (1-1, 6.60 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (1-2, 5.40 ERA):
The idea seems preposterous these days. A player builds a Hall of Fame career and never leaves his original, small-market team. In other words, a George Brett career. When Brett stepped down as the Royals interim hitting coach last week, he addressed the notion of longevity and loyalty to a franchise with a question. Where was I going to go?
When George Brett incurred some nuisance back problems in the late stages of his career with the Royals, he sought relief from a chiropractor in Overland Park. It turned out to be the man whose job Brett took in 1973. Paul Schaal laughs as he remembers what he said back then: You took my job from me at third base, remember that? Heres what Im going to do to get even.