Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro vs. Jeremy Guthrie

Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro vs. Jeremy Guthrie

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault

Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault

Michael Engel talks about his joining the Pine Tar Press team, the Royals bullpen, Mike Moustakas and much more. Also David, Clint and Michael talk about some of the problems the R ...

Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Heck yes, it’s time to worry. Not panic, but worry. It’s just 12 games, but the way the Kansas City Royals have started the season has to worry you if you’re a Royals fan (or playe ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.15.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.15.14

Omaha pitched a shutout, NW Arkanasas stuggled to score in 20 innings, and Lexington's bullpen couldn't hold a lead as the Affiliates went 1-2 today. HR Call: Francisco Pena (1) ...

This Date In Royals History–April 15, 1972

This Date In Royals History–April 15, 1972

1972: After a 13-day players’ strike delayed the start of the season, the Royals kicked off the 1972 campaign with a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings at Municipal S ...

Money Matchup of the Day – Omar Infante vs Lucas Harrell

Money Matchup of the Day – Omar Infante vs Lucas Harrell

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

After last year’s debacle of trying to get the Royals fans included in the Hall of Fame voting - which is generally a good idea - so far there has been little news of who, if anyon ...

Watch: Royals Video Highlights

Watch: Royals Video Highlights

Hosmer RBI Double Your browser does not support iframes. Aoki Sac Bunt Your browser does not support iframes. Escobar Basket Catch Your browser does not support iframes. Gordon 3 R ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile – Kyle Schwarber

2014 MLB Draft Profile – Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber 1b/C 6' 240 lbs Indiana University B/T L-R  Stats as of April 11 21 yo Junior  .342/.451/.567 6-2b, 3-3b, 5 HR 22/13 BB-SO '12 Cape Cod 44 G  .343/.432/.564 10-2b, 2 ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile – Jacob Gatewood

2014 MLB Draft Profile – Jacob Gatewood

Jacob Gatewood SS 6'5", 190 lbs. Clovis, CA High School B/T R/R As far as current shortstops go, Jacob Gatewood is one of the top two or three prospects in the 2014 MLB draft. The ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Michael Chavis

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Michael Chavis

Photo courtesy of perfectgame.org. Michael Chavis, 3B/OF 6’0” 205 lbs. Bats/Throws R/R High School: Sprayberry High School (Marietta, GA) Statistics as of 4/12/14: 2014 SHS: 17 G, ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 15, 1972

1972: After a 13-day players’ strike delayed the start of the season, the Royals kicked off the 1972 campaign with a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals overcame a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth before pushing across the winning run two innings later. As one might expect in such a low-scoring game, both starting pitchers were excellent. Ch ...

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Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

After last year’s debacle of trying to get the Royals fans included in the Hall of Fame voting - which is generally a good idea - so far there has been little news of who, if anyone, is nominated for induction this year. While obviously the candidates from the last 20 years are slim - there should be no slam dunk until Sweeney’s eligible - there are definitely some things the Hall of Fame can look at and so ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 13, 1976

1976: A four-run outburst keyed the Royals’ 7-4 win over the California Angels at Royals Stadium. With the game scoreless in the second inning and the Royals facing Angels starter Andy Hassler, Freddie Patek started the rally with a single and stolen base, followed by Dave Nelson’s one-out triple. Amos Otis walked and stole second, setting up RBI singles from George Brett and Hal McRae. The Angels cut the l ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 12, 1981

1981: Dennis Leonard pitched eight terrific innings and Clint Hurdle bashed a two-run homer to lead the Royals to a 4-2 win over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Leonard allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out six. The Orioles’ two runs both scored in the ninth and were both unearned. Baltimore did not have their first runner until Rick Dempsey led off the sixth with a walk a ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 11, 2004

2004: Ken Harvey’s eighth-inning single broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Royals to a 5-3 win over the Indians at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, who had led 3-1 before Cleveland tied the score in the seventh, began their half of the eighth with Mike Sweeney being hit by a Jose Jimenez pitch. Juan Gonzalez flied out before Joe Randa worked a walk, moving pinch-runner Angel Berroa to second. Harvey greeted new In ...

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Royals Jeremy Guthrie Thinking About a Career Change

Current Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is considering a run at an NBA job after performing this excellent between the legs alley oop. We have yet to reach Guthrie for a comment but scouts have affirmed that he is the king of pickup basketball in his affluent Overland Park neighborhood. Not an easy task considering competition that includes Charlie "the accountant" Bergman, known for his ability to rack up bi ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 9, 1979

1979: Detroit scored four runs in the ninth—two of them unearned—to blow the game open and captured a 7-3 victory over the Royals at Royals Stadium. Clinging to a 3-2 lead entering the last inning, the Tigers got a leadoff walk from Phil Mankowski against Royal reliever Steve Mingori. Lance Parrish followed with a single. Mingori struck out John Wockenfuss, but Alan Trammell followed with a single to load t ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of The Card–Clint Hurdle, 1980

We know lots about baseball these days. Everything in the game, it seems, is tracked and recorded, and then a bunch of smart fans figure out ways to distill that data into stats that can tell us more about the game than we might have ever imagined. Even if you don’t understand those stats (although I am inclined to pay attention to advanced stats, there are plenty that I struggle to wrap my head around), yo ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 8, 1987

1987: Kevin Seitzer had three hits, and five different Royals had two hits each, while Charlie Leibrandt pitched seven solid innings as Kansas City thumped the White Sox 9-3 at Royals Stadium. The Royals built a 9-0 lead through the first six innings. They jumped on Chicago starter Floyd Bannister for two runs in the second inning, as Bo Jackson singled with one out. Steve Balboni walked and Ed Hearn double ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 7, 2012

2012: The Royals built a 5-0 lead and then held on for a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Kansas City struck first, scoring two runs in the first inning against Angels starter Dan Haren. With one out, singles by Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Billy Butler loaded the bases. Jeff Francoeur followed with another single to drive in two runs. The Royals added another run in th ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 6, 2008

2008: A two-run single by Alex Gordon in the second inning gave the Royals all the offense they needed in a 3-1 win over Minnesota at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Jose Guillen began the second inning with a single against Twins starter Boof Bonser. Billy Butler followed with a double, before Gordon singled down the left-field line to drive in both runners, although Gordon was thrown out trying to reach sec ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 5, 2001

2001: Paul O’Neill’s first-inning home run was the only run Mike Mussina needed, as the Yankees downed the Royals 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in New York. O’Neill homered off Royal starter Dan Reichert with two outs in the first. Reichert was solid except for that one mistake, as he pitched six innings and allowed only four hits and three walks while striking out three. Reliever Jason Grimsley followed with two p ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 4, 1994

1994: The Royals committed three errors and could only muster five hits as they dropped a 6-3 Opening Day decision to Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Starter Kevin Appier allowed a home run to the second batter he faced, Mike Deveraux. Appier was not sharp, as he allowed seven hits and two walks in five innings while picking up four strikeouts. But he left the game with the Royals only trailing 3- ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 3, 2006

2006: The Tigers hit three solo home runs to capture a 3-1 Opening Day win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Chris Shelton hit two of the home runs, one in the fourth inning and the other in the sixth, both off Royals starter Scott Elarton. Carlos Guillen hit the other one, in the eighth inning against reliever Andy Sisco. Elarton allowed seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out th ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 2, 1998

1998: Baltimore scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a comeback, walkoff 4-3 win over the Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Jeff Montgomery  surrendered a home run to Harold Baines leading off the ninth, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 3-1. One out later, Montgomery walked Cal Ripken. He retired B.J. Surhoff on a fly ball to left, but could not get the third out. Chris Hoiles singled before Mo ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Five Best Opening Day Performances In Royals History

While Opening Day is a heck of a lot of fun, and it’s always great to have actual baseball back, the funny thing about Opening Day is that people who should know better (myself included) tend to make sweeping judgments about the performance in one game. When Salvador Perez went 4-4 on Monday (#SalVP—tell your friends), it got me to wondering what the best Opening Day performances in Kansas City Royals histo ...

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This Date In Royals History: March 31, 2003

2003: The Royals kicked off the 2003 season with a thrilling 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Starter Runelvys Hernandez, who had won manager Tony Peña’s coin flip for the Opening Day assignment over Jeremy Affeldt, looked like an ace as he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out five. On offense, the Royals scratched out two runs in the s ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1976 Royals

For the first time, this series looks at one of the Royals’ playoff teams. Appropriately enough, we will examine the first postseason entry in franchise history, the 1976 Royals. Setting The Stage The 1975 Royals posted the best record in franchise history (to that point). But 91-71 wasn’t good enough to win the division, as the Oakland A’s dynasty rolled on. The Royals finished second in the division, seve ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Freddie Patek, 1977

“I’d rather be the smallest player in the majors than the tallest player in the minors.”—Freddie Patek One of the great things about baseball is that the men who play it, even in this age of weight training (and yes, PEDs), usually look to be the size of “normal” people. Obviously most college and pro basketball players are exceptionally tall, and most college and pro football players are massive. This can ...

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