Bubba Starling, after revealing he almost quit pro baseball this year, is hitting. 333 and slugging .508 in his last 35 games at Class AAA Omaha and is closer to a major-league call-up than he has ever been since signing with the Kansas City Royals for $7.5 million after he was drafted fifth overall out of Gardner Edgerton High School in 2011. (Photos by The Kansas City Star, Associated Press and files)
Can't go to lunch with a ballplayer? We'll bring one to you: Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera. We sat down with him at Garozzo’s Italian Ristorante and (in the third of three episodes) hit the wall during the dessert course. Drew theorized that the caffeine from a couple of espressos would counteract the calories we consumed earlier.