Hosmer and Moose homer, Hochevar deals in Royals 6-3 win

Final - 4.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Kansas City Royals (1-1) 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 6 12 1 Los Angeles Angels (1-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 9 1 WP: Luke Hochevar (1-0) LP: Dan Haren (0-1) ANAHIEM, Cal - Luke Hochevar took a shutout into the seventh inning and Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both hit solo homers in leading the Royals past the Angels 6-3 Saturday afternoon. Who was this guy on the hill? Hochevar continued where he left off in the second half of last season, where he went 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA, taking a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning, where he would eventually allow two runs - the first two allowed by a Royals starter this year in over 12 innings. He struck out four - including striking out the side in the 5th and allowed five hits against a team that he was 0-3 against with an 8.02 ERA in his four previous starts. “Early on, I think the results were better than my execution," the 2006 Royals first round draft [Read more...]

Chen tosses six scoreless; Angels score five in eighth

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E KC (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 LAA (1-0) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 - 5 9 2 W: J. Weaver (1-0)   L: A. Crow (0-1) ANAHIEM, Cal - Bruce Chen showed why he was tabbed as the Royals Opening Day starter, tossing six shutout innings with three hits - none past the third inning - and striking out four, but was outdone by Jered Weaver, who struck out 10 and allowed just four hits in eight dominant innings in the Angels 5-0 shutout Friday night. Aaron Crow struck out the side (Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter) in the seventh, but along with Greg Holland, allowed five runs in the eighth. Crow went from looking great in the seventh to throwing pitches right down the middle in the eighth, where Kendrys Morales grounded a one-out single to right, Mark Trumbo lined a single to center and Chris Iannetta drilled a single to left. "That first inning couldn't have gone better, and the second inning the [Read more...]

The DENNY MATTHEWS Drinking Game

To add to your listening pleasure of KC Royals baseball on the AM dial, gather up some friends and dive into the Denny Matthews Drinking Game. Courtesy of Royals Review, the details of an exciting - and likely intoxicating - Royals radio broadcast drinking game. *Special Note* Any and all beverages acceptable. Mountain Dew is acceptable for those not yet of age or have to work the next day. HERE WE GO!: "Gone." – Social! Everyone clinks their drinks and takes a gulp. Spells a player’s name – 1 drink Mentions a player’s hometown – 1 drink Tells a story about that town – another drink "There she goes." – This is reserved for the rare no-doubter home run ball. Round of shots. Mentions the good old days, but can’t reveal how crazy the times were due to either memory or FCC constraints. – 1 drink Bad puns. For example, "Mike Trout goes fishing on that one." – 1 drink with a 2 drink multiplier for each pun added, such as mentioning Tim Salmon was also an Angel. So 3 [Read more...]

Royals 25-man, minor league rosters set, Chen named Opening Day starter

The Royals demoted six players tonight - right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Jeremy Jeffress, lefties Tommy Hottovy, Francisley Bueno, catcher Max Ramirez and 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff - finalizing their 25-man MLB roster and their minor league rosters. Officially 26 players remain in big league camp, but Sean O'Sullivan is expected to be placed on waivers following his start tomorrow night. The Coleman demotion was a surprise, but the good news is it opens up a spot for rookie fireballer Kelvin Herrera. Everett Teaford will be the long man. Pitchers: Jonathan Broxton, Bruce Chen, Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar, Greg Holland, Luis Mendoza, José Mijares, Jonathan Sánchez and Everett Teaford. Catchers: Brayan Peña and Humberto Quintero. Infielders: Yuniesky Betancourt, Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Outfielders: Jason Bourgeois, Lorenzo Cain, Jeff Francoeur, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. On Tuesday manager [Read more...]

Royals Report 3/25/12: Is Soria done? Royals deal for catcher, ink Escobar to extension and demote Giavotella, more…

I have neglected the Royals, so there is a bunch of stuff to go over. First and foremost, the major topic is Joakim Soria, who you can add to the list of players the Royals waited too long to trade. Now, he is untradeable. The two-time All-Star, who easily had the worst year of his career last year with a 4.03 ERA, eight blown saves and a career worst in several other categories, was expected to be back in form this season but struggled all spring. Now, he will have his second Tommy John surgery April 2 to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Soria left Sunday's preseason game with a sore elbow. After, he said he "was worried." So were we. As a result, it was the worst case scenario. On Monday an MRI revealed ulnar ligament damage. On Tuesday afternoon a second opinion confirmed the injury. Yesterday, Soria opted for the season-ending elbow surgery. The question is now, will Soria - who is owed a $8 million option next season - ever pitch for the Royals again? I [Read more...]

Sal Perez knee injury will require surgery, Royals cut 11, more

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, the 21-year-old who just signed a long-term extension that could keep him as a Royal through 2019, did not return to the field in the second inning. Speculation was Perez had some sort of an injury, and today it was announced that he had a torn meniscus in his left knee and will require surgery. There was no timetable announced for his return. Most meniscus repairs last 6-8 weeks. “Right now,” Perez said, “I’m in a lot of pain. I’m disappointed because this was my first year (to be in the majors on opening day). I was really motivated. It’s very painful but, hopefully, I can bounce back and I’ll be fine.” “Even if they get in there and see it’s a real simple procedure,” GM Dayton Moore said, “you’re still probably three or four weeks.” The question now becomes what will the Royals do at catcher. Manny Pina is also out the beginning of the season after a knee surgery, leaving the Royals with Brayan Pena - who is a fine backup , former top catching [Read more...]

Butler leads Royals past Texas, 6-1 in Spring opener (links)

Billy Butler had two hits, including a 2-run, 1st-inning bomb, and the Royals scored four in the fifth inning in beating the Rangers 6-1. Is this the year Bulter meets his power potential? Via KCRoyals.com: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120304&content_id=27003802&vkey=news_kc&c_id=kc SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals designated hitter Billy Butler had two hits, including a home run, in a 6-1 victory over the Rangers in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Surprise Stadium. Third baseman Mike Moustakas also had two hits and Johnny Giavotella, trying to secure the second-base job, reached on a walk and a double, and scored twice. Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up a two-run home run to Butler in the first inning. Lewis, who led the American League with 35 home runs allowed last season, pitched two innings and threw 28 pitches before heading off to the NASCAR race in Phoenix. I felt great, especially in the bullpen," Lewis said. "I thought I [Read more...]

Royals Spring Training Update (and links) 3/3/12: Perez signs extension, Aaron Crow, Jeffers in trouble (no drugs this time), Intrasquad, MLB expands playoffs

With college basketball in full swing, we have neglected the Royals. Spring Training is under way and I already have Royals fever. On Monday, the Royals announced a "Major Announcement" was coming. Everyone assumed Alex Gordon had signed a long-term contract extension. Then we learned it wasn't him. Was it a Roy Oswalt signing? No. Hosmer or Moustakas? No. We were all stunned to find out that 21-year old catcher Salvador Perez - who had played just 38 games for KC last season and just 59 games over AA - had signed a very club-friendly extension worth $7 million over five years, with three club options that could keep him in Kansas City through 2019, with the last two years being free agent years. Dayton Moore said catcher is the "most important position on the field" and when manager Ned Yost was asked to compare Perez to someone, he kept saying, "Salvador Perez." Yost was so impressed with Perez last spring that he wanted him to make the team as a 20-year old, but Moore wouldn't [Read more...]

Royals Hot Stove 12-6-11: Trade talks heat up, more

Royals GM Dayton Moore mentioned last week that the Royals would likely not acquire any starting pitching, instead would look toward moving parts for pitching. One of the biggest names the Royals are linked to is Oakland's Gio Gonzalez, but the A's asking price of multiple impact prospects has turned off the Royals. One scout views them as a good match for the A's, given Kansas City's deep farm system. The Royals are also interested in Trevor Cahill, but the A's will not take anyone besides Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer or uber-prospect Wil Myers. NO THANK YOU! Cahill and Gonzalez have friendly contracts of three and four years respectively. The Royals also inquired about Tampa Bay's James Shields., but the Rays have told them it would take closer Joakim Soria, Wil Myers and shortstop prospect Christian Colon in order to land the right-hander. In other words, a deal won't happen unless the Rays lower their demands significantly, which they really have no reason to do since [Read more...]

Chen choses Royals over $$$$$ and Royals Hot Stove 11-30-11

Bruce Chen turned down more money elsewhere to stay with the Royals. This is good news for the Royals, that people actually want to stay here. Reportedly Chen turned down at least $1 million to sat in KC... In an interview with Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (audio link), GM Dayton Moore said he is looking for someone to backup Alcides Escobar at short, as well as a right-handed bat that can play third base to give Mike Moustakas the occasional break. "We will be open minded with continuing to improve our rotation," added Moore during the interview. He expects any upgrades to come via trade (like the Jonathan Sanchez acquisition) rather than free agency. Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star hears that the Royals believe the price to add an impact starting pitcher is too high, so they're attempting to build a lock-down bullpen (Twitter link) instead. Not a bad idea, especially if our starters continue to go just five innings. In a another [Read more...]