With Alex Rios already disabled with a broken hand, Kansas City will be at far less than full strength when they host the Twins this week. Minnesota just took two out of three from the Royals at Target Field.
Hi. Remember me? I’m the genius that said if baseball would just let the players police themselves they’d enforce the unwritten rules of the game and harmony would return to our national pastime. And I was right…for an inning and two-thirds. That’s when Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain got hit with a pitch.
Baseball’s very efficient justice system; there are unwritten rules and, when you violate one of them, unwritten punishments. Break a rule, get punished almost immediately and everything gets back to normal—the game goes on as intended. Baseball fans saw an example of that Saturday night.
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After Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics there was plenty to talk about: Billy Butler’s return to Kansas City, Paulo Orlando hitting yet another triple and Brett Lawrie’s takeout slide of Alcides Escobar. But don’t overlook the seventh inning.
The rally in last year’s AL Wild Card Game to beat Oakland, which returned to Kansas City for a weekend series, not only enabled the Royals to advance in the 2014 playoffs but also cut them loose for all that’s happened since.
In part one of this week’s Full 90 mailbag, we discussed questions/issues related to Ike Opara’s injury and Sporting Kansas City’s issues on the backline. In part two, we’ll dive deeper into questions about the team’s attack, overall construction and midfield strength.
In “North Dallas Forty” — a movie about professional football — a player confronts a member of management and says: “Every time I call it a game, you say it’s a business. Every time I say it’s a business, you call it a game.” So what’s major-league baseball; a game or a business?
Lorenzo Cain does not feel his conduct on Thursday merited a suspension, but he won’t rage against the two-game ban levied against him by Major League Baseball. He is one of four Royals facing suspensions for Thursday’s brawl,
As the Royals prepare to play a pair of games on Sunday – on the completion of Friday’s suspended game and the other a regularly scheduled contest – the team will recall pitcher Aaron Brooks as the 26th man for the second game.
Kansas State is the only Big 12 team that doesn’t return a quarterback who started at least one game last year. The Wildcats are starting over at the position with three candidates, including freshman Alex Delton, who left high school a semester early to join the program.
If you’re mediocre, people don’t hate you. That helps explain what’s been going on with the Kansas City Royals this season. The Royals are no longer an underdog; they’re the American League champs. The Royals are good and they know they’re good and other teams are feeling less charitable toward them.