Royals starter Yordano Ventura surrendered four runs in seven innings Sunday against the Cardinals and opened the game in an apparent funk as the first four Cardinals reached base. But he settled down and retired 14 in a row at one point.
If Royals manager Ned Yost could have his way, he might be inclined to stock the American League All-Star roster with his own. But Yost isn’t going to have much sway or wiggle room in forming the team.
Last season, Royals manager Ned Yost was being fitted for a dunce cap by The Wall Street Journal. After an American League championship in 2014 and his success this season, he appears to have the Midas touch.
Exactly a year ago Friday, Mike Moustakas was lost in transition, gridlocked at a crossroads of his career and relegated to a remedial assignment in Class AAA Omaha. Now, Moustakas is one of the top hitters in the American League and the Royals are on top of the league.
As suddenly as starting pitching seemed to emerge as a concern for the Royals, just as suddenly it’s been revived. Punctuated by Jeremy Guthrie’s six shutout innings in a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals tied the 39-year-old franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 24.
When I was 11 years old and we had just moved from Austin, Texas, to Ardmore, Pa., Sunoco put out a 56-page stamp album called NFL ACTION ’72. Acquiring the 624 stamps (24 per team, 26 teams at the time) to fill the pages became a quest.
Catcher Salvador Perez arguably is the most indispensable player the Royals have — which continues to create a confounding dilemma for them: How to maximize this remarkably astute investment (Perez continues to be an absurd bargain at $1.75 million this year) while not depleting him.
A promise Bobby Bell made to his father decades ago was unfulfilled until Thursday, when he walked across a stage at the University of Minnesota to receive his degree in parks and recreation and leisure services.
Arguably the best female athlete in the world at the present time, mixed-martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey is comfortable arm-barring opponents in the ring as she was signing copies of her new book Thursday night in Kansas City.
Even with Greg Holland coming back and Luke Hochevar’s return increasingly imminent, a variable is surfacing that could either sabotage the enterprise or render it a lot less relevant. The rotation officially can be called wobbly after Danny Duffy got clobbered and KO’d without registering an out in the second inning on Wednesday in a 10-3 loss to Cleveland that illustrated some of the consequences of an overextended bullpen.
Three games in the Royals’ series against the Tigers were sellouts. The crowds, of course, are testament to the Royals’ resurgence. But this was about something else, too: the anticipation of a budding — and notably respectful — rivalry with the Tigers.
To understand how the University of Missouri’s Mitch Morse came to emerge as the Chiefs second-round draft pick on Friday night, to understand who he’ll be as a teammate and his abiding desire to make good, simply trace an arc back to when he was 4 years old.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid aren’t going to let winning a news conference or appeasing skeptics or any other vestige of political correctness sway what they think they should do with their first-round NFL Draft picks. Nor should they if they’ve done their due diligence on first-round draft pick Marcus Peters.
The Jack Sock story always has been a family story and, in fact, a brothers story. “We were always close, but this definitely makes you even closer,” said Eric, who was near death as Jack, the former four-time state singles champion at Blue Valley North, was working toward winning his first ATP World Tour singles title last month.
It no longer can be doubted that Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has developed an issue with self-control. And it’s an issue that’s tainting the image of the Royals, whose demonstrative style of play is abrasive to some to begin with. Their abandon, combined with Ventura’s antics (and Kelvin Herrera’s wild behavior against the A’s), has in the span of a few weeks whisked the Royals from cuddly underdogs to virtual villains in the national lens.
In the span of one magical postseason, the Royals morphed from the haunted to the hunted. On Sunday it set the scene for a delirious, mesmerizing game before 36,755, a 4-2 Royals victory that proved testament to the resolve of a team depleted by injuries to three starters and its closer, and a spree of ejections.