Royals

Danny Duffy stumbles, Royals can’t recover in 10-3 loss to Indians

Wednesday night against Kansas City starter Danny Duffy, the Cleveland Indians took extended, drawn-out at-bats laden with foul balls and wayward pitches. It was torture on the mind and on Duffy’s ERA. Duffy faced 10 batters. Six collected hits. He plunked two more with pitches. Cleveland dented him for four runs and coasted for the next seven innings en route to a 10-3 win over the Royals.

NASCAR & Auto Racing

Royals manager Ned Yost opens up about his last hunting trip with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt

Ned Yost, who became the Royals’ manager in 2010, met Dale Earnhardt on a hunting trip in the mid-1980s, and the two became close friends. Yost said Wednesday that he’s got “about a million” Earnhardt-related hunting stories, but his favorite is about a trip to Iowa in 2000, Earnhardt’s last before he was killed in a final-lap crash in the Daytona 500.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals’ bullpen works to compensate for struggling starters

Even with Greg Holland coming back and Luke Hochevar’s return increasingly imminent, a variable is surfacing that could either sabotage the enterprise or render it a lot less relevant. The rotation officially can be called wobbly after Danny Duffy got clobbered and KO’d without registering an out in the second inning on Wednesday in a 10-3 loss to Cleveland that illustrated some of the consequences of an overextended bullpen.

Videos

Royals put backup catcher Erik Kratz on D.L., recall Francisco Peña

Erik Kratz, the Royals’ backup catcher, suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers and was placed on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis of the left foot. The Royals recalled Francisco Peña Jr., who made major-league debut last season, to fill the roster spot.

Wade Davis and the insurance run

In Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians with the score 4-3, Eric Hosmer tripled in the bottom of the eighth inning. His triple scored Alex Gordon from first base and provided the Royals with an “insurance run.” And being up two runs instead of one is huge.

Royals put backup catcher Erik Kratz on D.L., recall Francisco Peña

Erik Kratz, the Royals’ backup catcher, suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers and was placed on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis of the left foot. The Royals recalled Francisco Peña Jr., who made major-league debut last season, to fill the roster spot.

Wade Davis and the insurance run

In Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians with the score 4-3, Eric Hosmer tripled in the bottom of the eighth inning. His triple scored Alex Gordon from first base and provided the Royals with an “insurance run.” And being up two runs instead of one is huge.

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Becoming Yordano: A journey to the launch point of the Royals’ rocket arm

Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.

 

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Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The decision to stop the Royals’ Alex Gordon at third base in the most pressure-packed moment baseball can provide — bottom of the ninth, two outs, home team trailing by one run in the seventh game of the World Series — stands as perhaps the greatest what-if moment in Kansas City sports history. So, with the help of the Rockhurst University baseball team, we re-enacted the play and captured in photo and video what might have happened if Gordon kept running.