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MLB announces Tigers-Royals 2019 game in Omaha

MLB announces Tigers-Royals 2019 game in Omaha

Major League Baseball announced Thursday the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game in Omaha, Neb., the week the 2019 College World Series begins.The contest is scheduled for June 13, 2019, as reported earlier this week.The event will mark the first major league game ever played in Nebraska and will take place at TD Ameritrade Park, host site of the CWS. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN."As fans enjoy the excitement of the College World Series, I am pleased to announce that we will be playing a Major League game in Omaha next season," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "We look forward to partnering with the NCAA and all the various parties who have worked hard to put this game together. This represents another significant step in our efforts to showcase the solidarity that links each level of our great game."The game will reportedly be the third of a three-game series between the teams. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Kansas City.
Royals, commissioner explain reasons behind moving MLB game to Omaha before 2019 CWS

Royals, commissioner explain reasons behind moving MLB game to Omaha before 2019 CWS

Royals fans watching their struggling team might say next year can't come soon enough. The team got a jump on the future, at least on the schedule, Thursday with the announcement of a home game in Oma ... Continue Reading
Here is the call that led to Alcides Escobar's ejection from Royals game

Here is the call that led to Alcides Escobar's ejection from Royals game

An 0-8 home stand amidst a nine-game losing streak has understandably left the Royals frustrated.That may explain the ejection of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar from Wednesday's game against the Te ... Continue Reading
Hyphenated battery helps Rangers sweep Royals

Hyphenated battery helps Rangers sweep Royals

Rougned Odor homered, and Austin Bibens-Dirkx picked up his first win of the season as the visiting Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night at Kaufmann Stadium.It was the fifth consecutive victory for the Rangers, who have won 17 of their past 20 meetings with the Royals dating back to July 23, 2016.Kansas City dropped its ninth straight game, its longest losing streak of the season. The Royals have dropped 15 of their past 16 games.Bibens-Dirkx (1-1) allowed just five hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock after scheduled starter Yohander Mendez was sent down as a disciplinary measure after what was called a violation of team rules following Monday night's 6-3 win over the Royals.The right-hander walked one and didn't strike out a batter. He also made history by combining with catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa to form the first battery in major league history of players with hyphenated surnames. Kiner-Falefa, making his big league catching debut, threw out Hunter Dozier trying to steal second to end the game.Jakob Junis (5-8) dropped his fifth straight decision despite allowing just three runs on five hits over six innings, walking four and also striking out four. Alex Gordon and Dozier each had a single and a double for Kansas City.Texas left fielder Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a single to right and later scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Nomar Mazara. Choo extended his streak of reaching on base to 34 games, the longest active streak in the majors and the second longest of the season behind Odubel Herrera of the Phillies, who had a 40-gamer.
Watch Royals' minor-league star Seuly Matias take part in Class A Home Run Derby

Watch Royals' minor-league star Seuly Matias take part in Class A Home Run Derby

Colorado Rockies prospect Chad Spanberger won the South Atlantic League's All-Star Game Home Run Derby on Tuesday night, but he was expecting a challenge going into the competition.That's because Spa ... Continue Reading
Explaining - not endorsing - what the Royals are doing in rebuilding the franchise

Explaining - not endorsing - what the Royals are doing in rebuilding the franchise

There can be no illusions now that a popular and homegrown star is sold. There can be no misunderstandings about a proud group currently riding a bullet train toward 100 losses. The Royals' last three ... Continue Reading
Hamels outpitches Hammel as Rangers extend Royals' woes

Hamels outpitches Hammel as Rangers extend Royals' woes

Cole Hamels allowed just four hits and an unearned run in seven innings and rookie third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa and right fielder Nomar Mazara each had three-hit games to lead the visiting Texas Rangers to their fourth straight win, 4-1, over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.Keona Kela picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities in 2018 and 19th in a row dating back to last season with a 1-2-3 ninth for the Rangers. Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect eighth to garner his eighth hold.Hamels (4-6), who has a 1.45 ERA and .176 opponent batting average in his last five road games, walked three and struck out seven and departed after throwing 108 pitches, 72 of which were strikes.It was the eighth straight loss and 14th in 15 games for the Royals, who fell to 10-28 at home this season. Jason Hammel (2-8) took the loss, falling to 0-5 this season in seven home starts and also extending his home winless streak to nine games.Hammel allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.Hamels, who entered the contest with the second lowest run support in the American League (2.74), including a total of four runs in his previous four starts, had a 4-0 lead to work with after just 2 1/2 innings.
Jakob Junis improves on biggest weakness, but Royals' losing streak goes on

Jakob Junis improves on biggest weakness, but Royals' losing streak goes on

This was better for Jakob Junis ... but not good enough to help his team end a long skid.The 25-year-old Junis bounced back from a pair of rough outings with a quality start, but KC's offense remaine ... Continue Reading
Royals to play regular season game in Omaha in 2019

Royals to play regular season game in Omaha in 2019

The Royals will play a regular-season game against the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park before the College World Series in 2019.A news conference with Commissioner Rob Manfred is scheduled for Th ... Continue Reading
Here's the scouting report on the players the Royals got in Kelvin Herrera trade

Here's the scouting report on the players the Royals got in Kelvin Herrera trade

Closer Kelvin Herrera has been to a pair of All-Star Games, and there is a good chance he would have been the Royals' representative at this year's Midsummer Classic.As the Royals start on a rebuild, ... Continue Reading
After trading Kelvin Herrera, who will the Royals use as their new closer?

After trading Kelvin Herrera, who will the Royals use as their new closer?

Kelvin Herrera was the last remaining piece of the vaunted HDH bullpen that guided the Royals to back-to-back World Series appearances.But the Royals' dominance in the ninth inning actually predates ... Continue Reading
Royals draft pick Kowar deals 13 strikeouts in College World Series win over Texas

Royals draft pick Kowar deals 13 strikeouts in College World Series win over Texas

Florida right-hander Jackson Kowar pitched like there was no tomorrow at the College World Series.But there is life for the Gators, thanks to Kowar's 13-strikeout performance in a 6-1 elimination gam ... Continue Reading
Lightning struck when a Royals player sat on Iron Throne from 'Game of Thrones'

Lightning struck when a Royals player sat on Iron Throne from 'Game of Thrones'

Royals manager Ned Yost is an avid television watcher and quickly burns through a series on Netflix while walking on his treadmill each day.But there's a popular show he's not really interested in wa ... Continue Reading
Make it eight: Rangers pounce early and extend Royals' losing streak

Make it eight: Rangers pounce early and extend Royals' losing streak

Over the past month, Royals starter Jason Hammel had developed better command of his pitches, a topic of conversation he frequented when crediting a string of resurgence.But the command was gone Tues ... Continue Reading
Rangers extend winning streak to 4, beat Royals 4-1

Rangers extend winning streak to 4, beat Royals 4-1

Cole Hamels allowed four hits over seven innings, Delino DeShields doubled home two runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to a seas ... Continue Reading
'I'm gonna miss you all.' Kelvin Herrera writes farewell message to Royals, fans

'I'm gonna miss you all.' Kelvin Herrera writes farewell message to Royals, fans

The last time Kelvin Herrera went to Washington, D.C., he was going to meet President Obama as part of the Royals' team visit to the White House.Herrera, who was traded Monday night from the Royals t ... Continue Reading
Colon makes history as Rangers top Royals

Colon makes history as Rangers top Royals

Bartolo Colon became the winningest pitcher born in the Dominican Republic in major league history and Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre each homered as the visiting Texas Rangers handed the Kansas City Royals their seventh straight loss, 6-3, on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.It was the 244th career win for the 45-year-old Colon (4-4), breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most wins by a Dominican-born player and moving him within one win of tying Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez (245) for most wins by a pitcher from a Latin American country.Colon gave up three runs on nine hits in six innings, walking one and striking out one, giving him 2,503 strikeouts in his career which also broke a tie with Christy Mathewson for 33rd place in MLB history.Choo, who also doubled and walked three times in five at-bats and scored twice, reached base for the 32nd straight game, the longest active streak in the major leagues.Colon was staked to an early 5-0 lead thanks to a leadoff home run by Choo, who barely cleared the fence in right with a towering drive off a fastball by Ian Kennedy (1-7) that measured at just 366 feet for his 13th of the season, and a four-run third inning that included a three-run homer by Adrian Beltre. It was the third home run of the season for Beltre and 465th of his career, moving him into a tie for 34th place on the all-time list with Dave Winfield and Miguel Cabrera.The Royals cut it to 5-2 in the bottom of third on an RBI double by Adalberto Mondesi driving in Abraham Almonte, who opened the inning with a single, and a sacrifice fly by Mike Moustakas which drove in Mondesi, who had moved to third on a single by Alex Gordon.
Nationals land Royals closer Herrera for 3 prospects

Nationals land Royals closer Herrera for 3 prospects

The Washington Nationals added to the back of their bullpen when they acquired two-time All-Star closer Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals, the Nationals confirmed in a press release issued Monday.The Royals are getting three prospects in return, but none of them from among a handful believed to be the best in the Nationals' farm system.Kansas City received third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins and right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel.Herrera, 28, arrives as Washington's bullpen is 12th in the majors in ERA (3.74) and ninth in batting average against (.231).The Nationals, who entered Monday trailing the Atlanta Braves by three games in the National League East, get a closer who has World Series experience for a pen that already includes Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle.By acting well before the trade deadline, the Nationals also keep Herrera away from rivals also looking for bullpen help.
Escobar's consecutive streak as Royals' SS to end

Escobar's consecutive streak as Royals' SS to end

Alcides Escobar's streak of making 406 consecutive starts as the Kansas City Royals shortstop is about to end.Manager Ned Yost said he plans to play Adalberto Mondesi, 22, a couple of days a week at ... Continue Reading
This Royals prospect went to drastic measures to inform his parents he was called up

This Royals prospect went to drastic measures to inform his parents he was called up

Heath Fillmyer left a ballpark in Reno, Nevada, just before midnight on Monday, hours after receiving the best news of his professional life.A promotion to the major leagues. The Royals summoned him ... Continue Reading