9/19/2014 | KC's top Minors players on hand for big series
Fourteen members of Kansas City's farm system, dressed in suits and ties, lined Kauffman Stadium's backstop watching the Royals take batting practice on Friday, undoubtedly envisioning themselves in the same spot one day.
9/19/2014 | Ticket outfit apologizes for online sales snafu
After technical difficulties interfered with online sales of postseason ticket sales on Thursday, the Royals announced that representatives would be contacting purchasers affected by the glitch and the team's technology provider, Tickets.com, apologized for inconvenience caused to fans and the ballclub.
9/19/2014 | Royals pumped for big weekend set at The K
The sun broke through the clouds in mid-afternoon on Friday, the temperature started rising and the Royals' big weekend series against the Tigers was underway at Kauffman Stadium. "We haven't seen a series like this in Kansas City in a long, long time, so this is gong to be interesting, it's going to be exciting, it's going to be fun," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
9/19/2014 | Shields, Royals aim to rebound in playoff chase
James Shields and the Royals will look to bounce back in a key series to close the gap on Max Scherzer and the first-place Tigers on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
9/19/2014 | Royals routed by Tigers, slip in playoff races
Jason Vargas labored in a three-run first and exited after 3 1/3 innings, while the Royals fell to 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Tigers with a 10-1 loss on Friday night.
9/19/2014 | Collins works perfect frame in return to Royals
Left-handed reliever Tim Collins was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday, rejoining the Royals after an absence of more than 2 1/2 months. He worked a perfect ninth inning in a 10-1 loss to the Tigers.
9/18/2014 | Gordon using all tools to fuel Royals' playoff push
There are countless figures and anecdotes that underscore Alex Gordon's brilliance in left field -- like his Major League-leading 64 outfield assists since 2011, or Royals outfield coach Rusty Kuntz's proclamation that Gordon might be the best left fielder he's seen over roughly 35 years around MLB.
9/18/2014 | Hawk, Stone provide soundtrack to Aoki's big series
Like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, the hits just kept coming for Nori Aoki, much to the amazement of White Sox announcers Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone.
9/18/2014 | Moore's big gamble paying off for Royals
Dayton Moore's decision to trade four prospects to the Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis helped to push the Royals over the hump.
9/18/2014 | Royals, Tigers battle for first place in Kansas City
The Royals and Tigers, who sit in first place by a half-game, engage in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday that will go a long way in determining the fate of the American League Central. Justin Verlander and Jason Vargas will square off Friday night.
9/17/2014 | Kansas City drops Sale, sits half-game back of Tigers
Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer and Alcides Escobar went deep for a solo shot as the Royals turned up the heat against AL Cy Young candidate Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Nori Aoki set the club mark for hits in a three-game series with 11, and Yordano Ventura picked up the win with seven outstanding innings.
9/17/2014 | Aoki sets club mark for hits in a three-game series
Nori Aoki made Royals history Wednesday night with his 11th hit of the series against the White Sox, bypassing Willie Wilson (1980) and George Brett (1982) for most hits in a three-game series.
9/17/2014 | Abreu's stolen base overturned by Royals' challenge
The Royals began their rubber match with the White Sox by winning a challenge to end the top of the first inning. Jose Abreu was initially ruled to have stolen second base, but officials overturned the call after Royals manager Ned Yost used his challenge.
9/16/2014 | Role model Hosmer nominated for Clemente Award
First baseman Eric Hosmer was named the Royals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award on Tuesday. The Clemente Award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
9/16/2014 | Vargas, Shields moved up in shuffled rotation
The Royals switched up their rotation on Tuesday to maximize their pitching matchups for the final 12 games of the regular season -- and possibly beyond. Kansas City slid Jeremy Guthrie, originally slated to start Friday's series opener against the division-leading Tigers, to Sunday's series finale, and bumped up Jason Vargas and James Shields to keep them on normal rest.
9/16/2014 | Duffy set for Monday after issue-free simulated game
Danny Duffy had no shoulder problems in a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday, and the Royals left-hander is in line to start on Monday night at Cleveland.
9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.
9/16/2014 | Aoki on top of his game to spark Royals' win
Royals outfielder Nori Aoki, who was brought in to infuse his speed and on-base abilities at the top of the order, reached base five times in sparking the Royals' thrilling 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox on Monday night.
9/16/2014 | Royals showing grit, determination down the stretch
And so on Monday night, the Royals played one of those games in which an entire season of hope flashed before their eyes. They began the day having lost five of seven to slip to 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. With the Tigers having won six of seven at the beginning of the day, the Royals understood what's at stake.
9/16/2014 | Zimmer shining in relief role with Triple-A Omaha
Kyle Zimmer has thrown four scoreless innings for the Storm Chasers, helping them win the Pacific Coast League and reach Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship Game against Pawtucket, the International League champions.
9/15/2014 | PawSox between Omaha and back-to-back titles
Down to its last strike in Game 4 of the Governors' Cup on Friday at Durham, Pawtucket rallied. Newly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo hit an RBI single to tie the game and Pawtucket went on to win in 13 innings. It won again the next day in Game 5 to claim the International League title for the first time since 2012.
9/15/2014 | Butler returns to DH in opener vs. White Sox
Billy Butler, absent from the Royals' lineup in seven of their previous nine games, returned to his familiar designated hitter role in Monday night's 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox. Butler, who went 0-for-3, has just one hit in his last 29 at-bats.
9/15/2014 | Duffy healthy, slated to throw simulated game
Royals lefty Danny Duffy, who was aiming to pitch on Tuesday against the White Sox, will instead throw a four-inning simulated game, while Liam Hendriks makes a second straight spot start. Assuming the simulated game goes well, Duffy will pitch next Monday at Cleveland.
9/15/2014 | Hendriks aims to help Royals in their playoff chase
Liam Hendriks and the Royals will continue the playoff chase when they try to make it back-to-back wins over Chris Bassitt and the White Sox on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
9/15/2014 | Royals' running men spark wild walk-off victory
Pinch-runners Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore scored the tying and winning runs as Lorenzo Cain's infield single capped the Royals' wild 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox on Monday night.
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