That’s pretty much how Ned Yost, James Shields and Mike Moustakas summed up Monday night’s 8-1 loss to the Yankees. The score was still 2-1 going into the top of the seventh inning, then Martin Prado homered on a 1-1 pitch to put the Yankees up by two. After that, the hits just kept on coming.
Richie Incognito, who played in college at Nebraska, was suspended in November last season for bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, and he has a reputation as one of the NFL’s dirtier players. On the other hand, he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012.
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Defensive end Markus Golden, left tackle Mitch Morse, wide receiver Bud Sasser and strong safety Braylon Webb were selected Monday as senior captains for the Missouri football team in a vote by players.
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So as I type these words, the Royals are 57-53. That is a pace for 84 wins. They are 1 ½ games out of a playoff spot with 52 games left to play. If you figure they need 88 wins for the playoffs, they need to go 31-21 the rest of the way.
If you’re a baseball fan you’ve probably already seen it. Cleveland outfielder Ryan Raburn spiking a ball into the ground on a throw from left field. Raburn’s throw allowed Mike Moustakas to circle the bases and that eventually sent the game to extra innings where the Royals beat the Indians 2-1 on Thursday night. What hasn’t gotten as much publicity is why Raburn spiked the ball.
Royals catcher is one of the rarest forms of a baseball player — young and established, a friendly star, the clubhouse bridge between Americans and Spanish speakers, a defensive force at a premium position with enough pop to hit in the middle of the lineup.
Defensive infield shifts are all the rage in baseball this season; when certain hitters come to the plate the defense will overload one side of the infield and dare the hitter to hit the ball through that shift or hit the ball to the other side of the field. When Mike Moustakas comes to the plate he often sees one guy between second and third and three guys between first and second. So what should he do?
Some encouraging results like the narrow losses by Oklahoma State and West Virginia against the nation’s top two ranked teams, Florida State and Alabama, provided an upbeat opening weekend in the Big 12. The cold water came Monday with injury reports. Texas lost center Dom Espinosa for the season and quarterback David Ash for at least this week’s game against Brigham Young. Iowa State lost its top wide receiver, Quenton Bundrage, for the season.