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Bullpen follows Keller's stout effort to stifle Sox

The Royals rode a strong start from Brad Keller to victory against the White Sox Saturday night. Keller poured in strikes -- one was hit for a homer by Nicky Delmonico in the second inning -- over five frames of one-run ball. Dylan Covey was much improved in a rebound start, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Alex Gordon reached base three times and hit a home run, and Brandon Maurer struck out the side in the eighth to strand the potential tying run on second base.

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Hokius

Royals beat White Sox with magic, 3-1

Brad Keller continues to escape impossible situations.

Brad Keller has made a habit of escaping impossible jams. In tonight’s game, he allowed only a single run, a solo home run to White Sox left-fielder Nicky Delmonico, in five innings. Keller struck out five and walked none. But he did give seven hits, which required him to escape a first-and-third with no outs jam in the fourth inning and a second-and-third with two outs jam in the fifth inning. He didn’t allow a run to score either...

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Game CXIII: Royals at White Sox

It’s a battle of Rule 5 draft picks!

Brad Keller was drafted from the Arizona Diamondbacks and traded to the Royals in this years Rule 5 draft. Dylan Covey was drafted from the Oakland Athletics in last year’s Rule 5 draft. They’ll pitch opposite each other this evening.

The Royals’ pick has fared much better than the White Sox’. Covey is 26, now, and has a cumulative major league ERA of 6.82 in 151.2 innings. That’s good for an ERA+ of 61. Keller, on the other hand, is only 22...

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Max Rieper

Royals call up reliever Jake Newberry

Jason Adam is sent down.

The Royals have called up right-handed pitcher Jake Newberry from AAA Omaha and have optioned down pitcher Jason Adam. The 23-year old Newberry had allowed just two earned runs in 20 innings of work for the Storm Chasers, for an ERA of 0.90. He had 16 strikeouts and six walks allowed, and opponents were hitting just .191/.263/.250 against him.

Newberry began the year at AA Northwest Arkansas where he had a 2.12 ERA in 29 2?3 innings with 37 strikeouts and just six...

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Hokius

Hok Talk: Never give up, never surrender!

When you’re re-building it only makes sense to give young, talented players every chance and then some.

There has been a lot of frustration with the state of the Royals bullpen, this year. This is understandable, to a degree. According to Baseball Reference, only one bullpen in all of major league baseball has given up more runs per game than the Royals’ 5.45. That dubious distinction, of course, belongs to the Baltimore Orioles who just squeak out ahead of the Royals at 5.47...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for August 18, 2018

Bring on the kids.

Weekend Rumblings - News for August 18, 2018

Ned Yost says you will see a lot more young players over the last six weeks of the season.

“We try to win every night, but I try to win every night with my young guys,” Yost said. “I am not going to limit their exposure on their opportunity to gain experience.”...

To that end, Yost will play Dozier some at first base in addition to his preferred position at third, though he said Dozier is starting to become more...

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Junis grinds before Royals fall to White Sox

Strong starts appear to be becoming the norm for Jakob Junis. The right-hander, much like his previous two starts, wasn't terribly economical with his pitches in the Royals' 9-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday night, needing 100 to navigate 5 1/3 innings.

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Royals' bullpen labors after Junis' strong start

Strong starts appear to be becoming the norm for Jakob Junis. The right-hander, much like his previous two starts, wasn't terribly economical with his pitches in the Royals' 9-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday night, needing 100 to navigate 5 1/3 innings.

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Ryan Heffernon

The bullpen is still bad, Royals lose 9-3

Jakob Junis wasn’t bad though

As we have seen many times this season, an early lead is no match for the Royals bullpen.

A rapid fire rally jump started the Royals but a really bad bullpen blew up the car in a 9-3 loss to the White Sox.

Chicago starter and Old Friend James Shields stayed out of trouble for the better half of seven innings but ran into an old-fashioned keep-the-line-moving Royals rally in the 3rd. Starting with Alcides Escobar, four of the next five Royals got hits,...

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Royals eyeing versatility with young players

Over the past week, the Royals have been experimenting with different lineups. Rosell Herrera made his third straight start at second base in Friday night's series opener against the White Sox. It was his fourth start at second in six games after only playing there once in May. Hunter Dozier will also continue to get extended looks at third base.

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Ryan Heffernon

Game CXXII: Royals at White Sox

Big Game James is back in town

The Royals fall from grace since their world championship in 2015 has not been smooth. After two mediocre seasons in 2016 and 2017, the wheels finally fell off in 2018.

And it isn’t hyperbolic to say that the wheels fell off, as they currently sit at 47 games below .500.

Similarly, James Shields’ fall from grace since his 18th AL MVP finish 2014 has been a tad rough.

Since 2015, no pitcher with at least 600 IP has had a higher ERA than that of James...

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Brett Phillips has a good reason for picking this pop ballad as his walk-up song

Brett Phillips might be the only big leaguer to ever use Vanessa Carlton for his walk-up music, but you can't argue with his reasoning.

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Josh Duggan

Chicago White Socks series preview: The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly

Bringing bad baseball to America one series at a time.

The Kansas City Royals head to Guaranteed Rate Field to face the slightly less lowly Chicago White Socks. The South Side nine have been pretty bad, but they have a 7.5 game lead on the Royals, so things could have gone worse.

Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

Friday, August 17 — 7:10 PM CDT — Jake Junis versus James Shields Saturday, August 18 — 6:10 PM CDT — Brad Keller versus Dylan Covey Sunday, August 19 —...

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Prospect to Watch, Kris Bubic

Left handed pitcher Kris Bubic was chosen by the Kansas City Royals with the 40th overall pick in the supplemental first round of the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. He was assigned to a role as a starter for the Idaho Falls Chukars. So far, he is doing well. Kris Bubic sits in the nine spot […] Kansas City Royals: Prospect to Watch, Kris Bubic - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Max Rieper

Share your favorite Little League experience

Keep your eye on the ball, hustle, and quit pickin’ yer nose.

The Little League World Series began this week, running until the championship game on August 26, to be televised by ABC. The event features the best 12- and 13-year old baseball players in the world, converging on Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Here is a helpful guide to the participating teams, bracket, schedule, and history of the event.

If you haven’t met “Big Al”, well prepare yourself.

All hail Big Al...

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Pitching Prospects At Lexington-Daniel Lynch, LHP

Scooped up by the Royals in a draft that saw them acquire both Jackson Kowar and Brady Singer in the first round, Daniel Lynch could end up rounding out this trio in a big-league rotation in a few years. The Virginia starter signed for $1,697,500 as the 34th-overall pick in this year’s draft, immediately after Kowar, having compiled what were unremarkable career numbers over his first two years with the school. A spike in strikeouts (105 in 88 2/3 IP), along with a continuing drop in...

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Patrick Brennan

Historically great numbers with the glove sets the bar low for Brett Phillips at the plate

Small sample size warning, but I’m excited.

In a season filled with disappointing performances for the Royals, one of the more exciting parts of this lackluster season has been watching the newly acquired Brett Phillips. While he hasn’t been too flashy with the bat (100 wRC+ with the Royals), watching him make diving plays in the outfield, robbing a home run, and nailing runners at the plate, mixed in with a fun personality, has been a refreshing sight for a struggling organization.

When...

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Kelvin Gonzalez traded to Texas Rangers

The Kansas City Royals upset some fans by trading away speedster Terrance Gore. Thursday, it was announced they traded Kelvin Gonzalez of Burlington to the Texas Rangers. Kelvin Gonzalez was signed by the Kansas City Royals in September of 2015. He played in both the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona League before being assigned […] Kansas City Royals: Kelvin Gonzalez traded to Texas Rangers - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Friday Notes

The Royals roster currently has five players who are over the age of 30. Four of them are free agents at the end of the year (with one, Ian Kennedy, coming off the DL to add back to the 30+ group). The point here is that the youth has arrived, and while the results aren’t much better, it’s a better product to watch as a fan. Yes, Escobar is still playing too much, and yes, I’d like to see Ryan O’Hearn more as well over Lucas Duda. But every night, you’re seeing a sub-30 starting...

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Nolan Watson seems to be turning things around

The Kansas City Royals seemed to have missed on their first round picks back in 2015. Both Ashe Russell and Nolan Watson were performing well below expectations. Fortunately, one seems to be making a change in the right direction. The Kansas City Royals drafted two high school pitchers back in 2015 that were supposed to […] Kansas City Royals: Nolan Watson seems to be turning things around - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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