<![CDATA[The K Zone: Sports Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST The K Zone 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Ten Royals spring-training games will be televised http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article58146378.html#storylink=rss Last year, four games were shown on TV

Both games against the Rangers in San Antonio are on the schedule

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:02:44 CST

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Initial Royals spring-training radio schedule is announced http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article57268198.html#storylink=rss The Royals and KCSP (610 AM) announced the first 14 broadcasts of spring-training games

At least six more games will be broadcast

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:08:31 CST

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The Royals’ World Series trophy is going on tour http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/for-petes-sake/article57012433.html#storylink=rss The trophy will be on display at sites in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska from Feb. 8 to Feb. 27

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:01:55 CST

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Five bobbleheads are part of Royals’ 2016 promotions http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article57244183.html#storylink=rss The Royals on Friday announced their planned promotions and special-events calendar for the 2016 season

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:27:40 CST

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Royals announce autograph session times for FanFest http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article56881473.html#storylink=rss The two-day event begins Friday at the Kansas City Convention Center at Bartle Hall

Royals players, coaches, announcers and alumni will be on hand to sign autographs at specified times

Those times are subject to change

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:55:22 CST

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Ask Rustin: Is Jarrod Dyson ready to play right field? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article56809443.html#storylink=rss The Royals mailbag returns as spring training approaches

Is Jarrod Dyson ready to assume full-time duty in right field?

What to expect from Ian Kennedy and Bubba Starling in 2016

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:55:12 CST

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Royals podcast with new beat writer Rustin Dodd http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article56648698.html#storylink=rss We discuss the Royals’ offseason, including adding Ian Kennedy

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:28:15 CST

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Meet The Star’s new Royals beat reporter: Rustin Dodd http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article55980515.html#storylink=rss He replaces Andy McCullough, who now covers the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times

The lifelong Kansas Citian most recently was The Star’s KU reporter but has been involved in Royals coverage

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:29:05 CST

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Andy McCullough honored for second time as Missouri Sportswriter of the Year http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article54146960.html#storylink=rss The Star’s Royals writer has been honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assoctiation

McCullough, who covered the Royals for the past two seasons, is leaving The Star to work in LA

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:04:12 CST

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How big will Royals’ 2016 payroll be? It’s approaching $130 million http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article53333815.html#storylink=rss Before the Alex Gordon deal, Royals had 15 players under contract for $85.725 million

After Mike Moustakas and Ian Kennedy are signed, payroll would approach $130 million or more

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:31:43 CST

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Alex Gordon tops chart of largest Royals contracts http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article53295795.html#storylink=rss Gordon’s four-year, $72 million agreement is largest total and by yearly average

Ian Kennedy will join list after his free-agent deal is official

Mike Sweeney, Gil Meche signed for five years and $55 million

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:39:05 CST

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The key dates and times of Royals FanFest and start of spring training http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article53307390.html#storylink=rss Here’s the information of when and where Royals FanFest will be held and the start of spring training

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:44:53 CST

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Five of the top moments in Alex Gordon's career http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article53297370.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:54:48 CST http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article53297370.html Sam Mellinger: Alex Gordon re-signs? Alex Gordon re-signs! http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article53278895.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:56:08 CST http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article53278895.html Fox Sports Kansas City plans marathon of Royals games on Christmas Day http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article51266325.html#storylink=rss Fox Sports Kansas City will show five games, the parade and a retrospective

It’s all part of a marathon of the Royals on Christmas Day

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:47:14 CST

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Andy McCullough’s top five Royals stories from 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article50052990.html#storylink=rss We asked our Royals beat reporter for his top five stories of the year

Here’s what Andy came up with

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:56:30 CST

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Royals working on deal with former Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article49768610.html#storylink=rss Right-hander pitched 8 games for New York in 2015, finished with 5.90 ERA

Gee was demoted to Class AAA and not recalled

He went 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA two years ago

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:09:23 CST

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Royals’ spring-training tickets are on sale http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article49499990.html#storylink=rss The Royals open spring-training games on March 2

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:38:45 CST

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Royals finalize deal with reliever Joakim Soria, still seek another starter and outfielder http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article49117470.html#storylink=rss Reliever is a 31-year-old former two-time All-Star with the Royals

Soria can also earn up to $4 million each season based on incentives

Club earlier this week signed starter Chris Young to free-agent deal

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:59:54 CST

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Royals lose minor-league pitcher in Rule 5 Draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article48984085.html#storylink=rss Phillies select left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who was with Class AA Northwest Arkansas

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:38:07 CST

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Major League Baseball recommends netting between dugouts at stadiums http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article48804035.html#storylink=rss League calls for changes to be made at every stadium

Protective netting sought between dugouts for field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate

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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:47:54 CST

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Royals hire Jamie Quirk to manage Class A team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article48810525.html#storylink=rss Last season, Quirk spent time managing in the Padres organization

He is a former Royals player

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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:16:25 CST

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Rusty Kuntz to return as Royals’ first-base coach http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article48510305.html#storylink=rss He’s served in that position since 2012

Kuntz has been instrumental in Royals’ base-running game

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 17:07:44 CST

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Tickets for 2016 Royals FanFest will have specific time for entry http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article47993130.html#storylink=rss Royals FanFest is Jan. 29-30 at Bartle Hall

Tickets purchased Friday or after will have an allotted time to enter FanFest

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:24:07 CST

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Andy McCullough is leaving The Star and hopes he did the Royals’ remarkable story justice http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article47747405.html#storylink=rss Royals beat writer covered a two-year period in which team rose to World Series champs

McCullough says he doesn’t know “if I will ever cover a team more interesting than the Royals from 2014 to 2015”

He’ll still be with The Star until January

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:16:14 CST

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Royals sign Orlando Calixte to a minor-league contract http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article47724035.html#storylink=rss The Royals signed Orlando Calixte to a minor-league contract on Thursday

A day earlier, the Royals declined to tender him a contract for the 2016 season

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 10:41:39 CST

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Royals announce spring training schedule, including two games vs. Rangers in San Antonio http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article47390840.html#storylink=rss World Series championship club’s spring schedule includes 34 games

Two games will be played at Alamodome in Texas in March

Regular season begins April 3 vs. Mets at Kauffman Stadium

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:59:08 CST

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Royals agree to one-year $1.475 million contract with reliever Tim Collins http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article47262570.html#storylink=rss Collins, 26, missed all of 2015 because of Tommy John surgery

He posted a 3.86 ERA in only 22 games in 2014

The Royals will hang on to him to retain their bullpen depth

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:24:56 CST

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Royals Charities will make donations in Kansas City as part of ‘Giving Week’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article46356930.html#storylink=rss Royals Charities will make at least one stop each day from Monday through Friday

It will donate money and have giveaways at some stops

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:07:05 CST

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Two eras of KC’s playoff teams have similarities http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article43636569.html#storylink=rss Royals’ first playoff era, from 1976-1985, included 43 games and two World Series

Their second run, which started in 2014, has 31 games and two World Series as well

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 19:29:02 CST

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