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Max Rieper

This is not a re-run, Adalberto Mondesi is headed to the Injured List

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Ryan O’Hearn to be called up

Adalberto Mondesi will be placed on the 10-day Injured List with a left oblique injury, according to multiple reports. This is the opposite side from the injury that cost Mondesi the first six weeks of the season. First baseman Ryan O’Hearn will be recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

Royals GM Dayton Moore met with reporters today at his C You in the Major Leagues camp. He said SS Adalberto Mondesi is likely headed to...

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Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi likely headed back to IL

Between that lengthy IL stint and another trip to the injured list for a hamstring strain, Mondesi has appeared in only 10 games all season.

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Max Rieper

The Nicky Lopez appreciation thread

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Has the infielder found his role?

Earlier this season, former beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan, now unfettered from his beat responsibilities, let loose with some opinions on his time covering the Royals. In particular, he had thoughts on how the fanbase treated Nicky Lopez, going from excoriating the Royals for not calling him up despite some flaws to his game, to turning on Nicky when his bat became an obvious black hole in the...

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Matthew LaMar

Who’s most to blame for the Royals’ runners in scoring position woes?

Michael A. Taylor #2 of the Kansas City Royals reacts to a called third strike against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum on June 10, 2021 in Oakland, California. | Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

They’ve struggled to score recently. Why?

There have been a lot of problems over the last few weeks for the Kansas City Royals, but one of the most jarring and frustrating has been the performance of the team with runners in scoring...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for June 21, 2021

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The Royals finally win a series again!

Royals Rumblings - News for June 20, 2021

Jarrod Dyson talks about his great battle that led to a double on Sunday.

“The approach was not to hit it back to the pitcher like I did my previous at-bat,” Dyson quipped. “I was just trying to get me a fastball I could handle. They were feeding me a lot of fastballs away, and I just wanted to stay with that approach.

“I actually was trying to hit something...

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Matthew LaMar

Major Minor performance augmented by bats as Royals win 7-3

Starting pitcher Mike Minor #23 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium on June 20, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. | Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It was music to our ears

Would you look at that? For the first time since June 4-6, the Kansas City Royals came away with a series win. They accomplished this feat after defeating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 in an exciting and rather enjoyable game in which they were...

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Matthew LaMar

Game 70 Thread: Red Sox vs. Royals Finale

Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield (15) is tagged out at home by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Look on the bright side, Royals fans: we won’t be thinking “gee, that 11-game losing streak really sunk our playoff hopes because they played pretty well outside of that,” because the Royals have decidedly not played better outside of that streak. Baseball-Reference puts the...

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Hokius

Royals lose 7-1

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You rarely win when you can’t get a single hit with a runner in scoring position

The game started so well, too.

Through four innings, Brad Keller looked like himself, again. He gave up a run in the first inning but was due more to excellent and lucky hitting by Xander Bogaerts than poor pitching by Keller. He threw his bat at a two-strike slider out of the zone and managed to get just enough on it to get it to the outfield and drive in the...

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Royals were hilariously trolled by Andy Reid lookalike

Reid has such a distinctive appearance that he’s easy to parody.

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Hokius

Gamethread LXIX: Red Sox at Royals

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Salvy always has a smile for us

The Royals snapped their most recent losing streak last night, but given that their stretch of poor play extends beyond just the six-game losing streak it would behoove them to string a few wins in a row before losing another. They face the Red Sox again today. The Red Sox are a tough opponent, but the Royals beat them last night, so who knows.

You’ll note when you get to the bottom of this gamethread preview that...

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Hokius

Hok Talk: The missing piece

I just like this picture of Adalberto Mondesi smiling | Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Royals are missing a key component of a winning club.

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: It’s June, and the Royals’ most consistent hitter is their left-fielder. The designated hitter might be the worst hitter on the team. Their most dynamic player can’t seem to stay on the field. The third baseman had a tremendous spring, but now everyone wants him demoted to AAA....

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Hokius

Royals Rumblings - News for June 19, 2021

A flag in recognition of Juneteenth is flown over Fenway Park in 2020 while baseball was suspended. | Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Happy Juneteenth, everyone!

Song of the Day

Bugsnax was one of the first launch titles announced for the PlayStation 5 when it was officially unveiled. It quickly got strong word-of-mouth advertising on its wild premise, as described in the chorus of the theme song:

Kinda bug and kinda snack
Try to catch ‘em in your trap
Feed somebody and...

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Ryan Landreth

Mondesi’s big bomb leads Royals past Red Sox, 5-3

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It was a good night at the K!

It was a great night for the Royals on Friday, as they used two home runs to take down the first-place Boston Red Sox, 5-3.

The only people in Kansas City that were left sad were the many, many Johnson County Boston fans in their Walmart Red Sox jerseys. There were plenty of them at the K on Friday night, but the good news is that they left unhappy.

The biggest moment of the night was the ridiculous three-run moonshot home run by...

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Ryan Landreth

Friday Thread: Red Sox at Royals

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Yikes.

The first-place Red Sox come to town. Oh boy.

Kyle Zimmer is starting for the Royals, who are looking to win for just the second time in their last 12 games. First pitch, from the K, is at 7:10 pm.

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Royals Select Anthony Swarzak

The Royals announced they’ve selected the contract of reliever Anthony Swarzak. Righty Ronald Bolanos was transferred to the 60-day injured list to create 40-man roster space.

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David Lesky

Boston Red Sox Series Preview: If the Royals can’t beat the Tigers...

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The Red Sox are good. The Royals are not, at least not right now. This could get even uglier.

In the midst of a six-game losing streak and with losses in 11 of their last 12, the Royals welcome in the second best team in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox. After a year of struggles in 2020, the Red Sox hired back their once suspended manager, Alex Cora, and are back on the plus side of the ledger in just about everything in 2021 as one of the best teams in...

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kcscoliny

Catching up with Jim Callis

Jim Callis

MLB Pipeline’s Draft expert talks the draft and more

Wednesday night I got the opportunity to catch with MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis to discuss the current draft, draft history, and the CWS.

On the Draft date coming after the College World Series:

“I don’t think it’s going to affect too much one way or the other. The good thing, and it rarely happened, but a team won’t draft a guy, and he ends up getting hurt. Teams have seen Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter sixteen...

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David Lesky

Lesky’s Notes: The peaks and valleys are strong with this team

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If the pattern holds, the Royals will look like the best team in baseball for a few weeks starting soon.

I’ve said this multiple times and I’ll keep saying it because this boggles my mind. The Royals, sequentially, have gone 16-9, 0-11, 13-6 and 1-11. They’ve come to an overall record of 30-37, which is a pace of 72 to 73 wins, which is probably not terribly far off where most people predicted. And if you had said before the season that Danny Duffy...

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 18, 2021

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Happy Friday!

Here’s your daily Alec Lewis at The Athletic:

Setting aside wins and losses for the remainder of 2021, there are a handful of things that are more important than the rest. Here’s what needs to happen: https://t.co/mDKvyWKyJ0

— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) June 17, 2021

Another paywall-y item, this one from The Star

Royals fans know. This is what the beginning of a season slipping away looks like. https://t.co/bZXtRwNTaf

—...

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Matthew LaMar

Royals option Edward Olivares to Triple-A Omaha for the third time in two weeks

Kansas City Royals right fielder Edward Olivares (14) catches a line drive against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Back and forth

The Kansas City Royals just announced that they are optioning outfielder Edward Olivares back to Triple-A Omaha on their off day today. A corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow (and this article will be updated when they do so).

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