The Royals’ front office faces tough decisions as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. With the club falling out of playoff contention, it may be time to make trades that benefit the team in the long-term. The Royals’ asking price is high on some players, namely closer Wade Davis, but all are in play, general manger Dayton Moore said.
Statcast broke down left fielder Alex Gordon’s grab during loss to the Angels. Gordon covered 105 feet on his dash and made the catch in foul territory. And, yep, he got his jersey dirty while sliding to make the play.
In the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Ian Kennedy had no idea where the ball was going and gave up four runs. After that first inning Kennedy made an adjustment (he slowed down and stayed back longer) but it was too late and the Royals lost 6-2.
In his weekly Mellinger Minutes, Sam Mellinger answers these questions and more: Does Tim Kaine forward top 10 lists he appears on to all his friends? How should the Chiefs use Jamaal Charles this season? Why are the Royals are striking out so much more this season?
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain will begin a rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha on Tuesday, the club announced late Monday night. He has missed 22 games since straining his left hamstring in an 8-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 28.
Royals starter Edison Volquez has been in trade rumors approaching the August 1 trade deadline, but Volquez said he wants to stay in Kansas City for the long haul. General manager Dayton Moore said no one the team is off-limits in a deal.
The 2016 Royals are 36-9 when the other team scores three or fewer runs. That’s what made Sunday such a waste; the Royals pitchers held the Rangers hitters to two runs. When you get the pitching and defense you need to win, you need to win, and the Royals didn’t.
Delino DeShields’ solo home run off Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar was the difference as the Texas Rangers beat the Royals 2-1 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium to win the three-game series two games to one. Texas limited the Kansas City offense to just one run on a Kendrys Morales homer in the fourth. With the loss, the Royals’ record dropped to 48-49.
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It was just last week when the Royals claimed Blue Springs product Nick Tepesch. But it was three other former Blue Springs players who touched the Kauffman Stadium field before Tepesch ever did in a Royals uniform when they played in the Ban Johnson All-Star Game on Sunday.