<![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 Ask Rustin: The Royals’ defensive start, All-Star voting, and how to look at April results http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article74546632.html#storylink=rss Rustin Dodd answers reader questions about the team

There are questions about the Royals’ defense and how many All-Stars Kansas City will get

The Royals are 12-9 after getting swept in Anaheim this week

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:37:48 CDT

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Former Royal Mike Sweeney cuts Ned Yost’s hair. The payment? A hug http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73924492.html#storylink=rss Royals manager says former All-Star began cutting his hair during spring training

Sweeney attended the Royals’ game against the Angels on Monday

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:48:05 CDT

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Teenager job-shadowing Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler has ‘best day of my life’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73452292.html#storylink=rss Madeline Adams, formerly of Lee’s Summit, is interested in journalism and broadcasting

She saw Hudler work and also got to meet her favorite Royals players

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:16:43 CDT

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Royals’ attendance increased for three 6:15 p.m. midweek games http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73432342.html#storylink=rss Royals started three night games vs. Tigers this week an hour earlier

Seven Monday-Thursday games in September also will begin at 6:15 p.m.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:06:59 CDT

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Fox Sports Kansas City will have one-hour pregame show Friday http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73382977.html#storylink=rss The network will focus on Cuban baseball before the Royals-Orioles game

It will include content from the documentary “Cuba: Baseball’s Final Frontier”

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:42:09 CDT

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Ask Rustin: A look at Lorenzo Cain’s slow start, the right-field spot and Sturgill Simpson’s latest http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73329697.html#storylink=rss Rustin Dodd, who covers the Royals for The Star, answers reader questions about the team

There are questions on Cain, Terrance Gore, Kyle Zimmer and injuries

The Royals are 10-5 entering a weekend series against Baltimore

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:20:27 CDT

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Royals reinstate long reliever Dillon Gee from the paternity list http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73149087.html#storylink=rss Right-hander Miguel Almonte was optioned to Class AAA Omaha

Gee’s wife, Kari Ann, gave birth to a daughter on Monday

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:44:18 CDT

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Is Dave Eiland already working his magic on Joakim Soria? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article73121402.html#storylink=rss Joakim Soria made a mechanical adjustment Wednesday

One pitch showed greater movement with the change

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:19:16 CDT

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Royals trade minor-league first baseman Cody Decker to Colorado for cash http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article72835547.html#storylink=rss Decker was in his first season with the Royals’ organization

He batted .250 with three homers during spring training before being sent to Class AAA Omaha

He spent his first seven professional seasons in the Padres organization

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:52:37 CDT

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Royals GM Dayton Moore drives to St. Louis to present Ben Zobrist’s World Series ring http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article72729002.html#storylink=rss Former Royal was in St. Louis for a Cubs-Cardinals series

Zobrist signed with the Cubs after helping Royals win World Series last fall

The Royals have tried to present all World Series rings in person, if possible

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:37:01 CDT

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All three Royals-Tigers games this week at Kauffman Stadium start at 6:15 p.m. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article72434032.html#storylink=rss The Royals moved the start times up an hour this year because school is in session

The weekday games will also be earlier in September

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:12:18 CDT

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A new app lets users to get instruction from Royals coaches http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article72086542.html#storylink=rss Developers say Dave Eiland, Dale Sveum and others will offer advice via their app

Using the app, players can send a video and choose a coach to offer instruction

The cost of the one-on-one instruction is between $10 and $60.

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:37:59 CDT

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Ask Rustin: Royals’ roster decisions, Wade Davis’ health and much more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article71591767.html#storylink=rss Rustin Dodd, who covers the Royals for The Kansas City Star, answers reader questions about the team

There are queries about Wade Davis, the roster, Eric Hosmer, barbecue and music

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:32:07 CDT

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World Series hero Christian Colon now a bobblehead http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article71032047.html#storylink=rss Statue of Colon captures World Series-clinching hit

Sale of limited edition memorabilia begins Monday

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:03:12 CDT

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Alex Gordon: Eric Hosmer ‘sent’ out first to clear path after Justin Bieber concert http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article70512172.html#storylink=rss Royals left fielder jokes that teammates planned to send first baseman into crowd first

Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wade Davis were among players who attended show

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:26:57 CDT

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Greg Holland returns to KC to collect World Series ring, still waiting to sign with a team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article70123507.html#storylink=rss Holland remains a free agent after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October

He recorded a 2.42 ERA and 145 saves during six seasons with the Royals

The pitcher is currently rehabbing in Tempe, Ariz.

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:58:22 CDT

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Royals superfan Jimmy Faseler thankful for 'simple acts' of blood donors http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article73104097.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:52:44 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article73104097.html Royals' Joakim Soria talks about his early season struggles on the mound http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72914847.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:02:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72914847.html Ground broken for Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72915297.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:24:31 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72915297.html Rusty Kuntz on his evolution as a baseball coach http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72440427.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72440427.html Alcides Escobar discusses his defensive gem http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article71981227.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:24:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article71981227.html Rusty Kuntz on how retrieving a beach ball led to a great catch http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71117117.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71117117.html Danny Duffy’s ‘It’s a bear suit Joel’ quote now captured on a coffee mug http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article70049847.html#storylink=rss Duffy wore costume after Royals clinched division last year

Fox Sports KC’s Joel Goldberg got the response after asking what pitcher was wearing

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:13:02 CDT

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What will the Kansas City Royals’ World Series championship rings look like? We’ll know soon http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article70031287.html#storylink=rss This afternoon, the Royals and their fans will finally get the ultimate prize in baseball

But what will their World Series championship rings look like?

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:08:26 CDT

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Oops: Volquez wears wrong cap; Salvy quips ‘he can wear whatever hat he wants’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article69787532.html#storylink=rss Volquez switched hats before coming out for the second inning

Pitcher started game wearing his spring training headwear

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 20:44:02 CDT

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Helicopter ride over The K before start of Royals’ opener produces stunning visuals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article69835522.html#storylink=rss KC Star photographer Jill Toyoshiba got the ride of a lifetime Sunday

She and ‘Sky Mike’ shared a helicopter over the Royals’ opener

The object of their aerial journey: a large poster of The K at dusk

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:02:19 CDT

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Edinson Volquez on his 106-pitch start in Royals' 4-3 win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69808502.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:26:26 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69808502.html 'Sky Mike' makes aerial photos on Royals' opening night to benefit youth baseball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805547.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:18:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805547.html Eric Hosmer interviewed by Salvador Perez after Royals' 4-3 opening win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805567.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:17:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805567.html New World Series artwork adorns entrance to Royals’ clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/k-zone/article69768652.html#storylink=rss Images of trophies and years won cover one wall

Another wall is covered with photos of the team’s, and fans’ celebration

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 18:15:56 CDT

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