Follow along during Friday's game between the Royals and the Houston Astros for updates from The Star’s sportswriters and photographers. Fox Sports Kansas City will telecast the game, which begins at 7:15 p.m.
A study proposed by scouts and used by The Star shows the Royals in MLB’s bottom half. It’s the biggest hole in an organization that’s otherwise exemplary. The issue is full of nuance, good and bad for the Royals, but, “We ought to be able to develop starting pitching,” Dayton Moore says.
Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is the most important improvement the Chiefs made this offseason. He turns one of the league’s worst right tackle spots into one of its best. That’s particularly important for Alex Smith, who doesn’t handle pressure as well as some others.
An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, according to a lengthy text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press.
In 47 games, the Royals’ Paulo Orlando is batting .354 with a .380 on-base percentage and 12 extra-base hits. He enters Friday with the third highest OPS (.835) in the Royals’ lineup. The production has surprised his manager and aided an offense riddled by injuries. What was once a hot May has turned into an extended surge.
Brenna Dowell was a member of the 2015 gymnastics world championship team. She has distinguished herself in the sport, including having a move named after her. She is a long shot to make a deep team but has an X-factor of determination that coach Al Fong has never seen before.
Mondesi was suspended in May for performance-enhancing substance Clenbuterol. He will start rehab assignment with Class A Wilmington on Saturday. He could return to Class AA Northwest Arkansas by July 4.
Mitchell and Geoff Schwartz will release a book in September. Mitchell is a tackle for the Chiefs, Geoff is a former Chief who plays for Detroit. The book touches on food, their religion, and their path to the NFL.
Hallmark Cards employees welcomed a famous visitor to celebrate the company's annual food drive for Harvesters. Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez doused the winners of the Hallmark food drive with his trademark bucket of water celebration.