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Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

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 Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days Kansas City Royals game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD through 14 games: 19 for 51 4-2b, 4 HR, 6 BB, HBP, 9 R, 13 RBI ...

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Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

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 Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days Kansas City Royals game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats thru 13 games: 17 for 47 3-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB, 8 R, 12 RBI . ...

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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 Royals may be encountering in development with players and their advisors. Listen to the show or download it here or also at: RoyalsPodcast.com iTunes Soundcloud Stitcher ...

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Mixed Bag

      A mixture of my opinions along with links from other quality baseball sources.     This is some absolute great news for the Royals farm system and hopefully the future major league rotation. ¬†In his first outing Manaea was throwing around 90, with this second outing it appears his velocity is coming back. ¬†If he reaches the mid to upper 90's that he was showing in the Cape Cod ...

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Mixed Bag

A mixture of my opinions along with links from other quality baseball sources. Changing the Message - The Royals front office has changed their tune this spring in regards to expectations of the players at the top and even towards the bottom of the organization.  For years we have heard about development, being patient and remembering these guys were young.  That song has changed from Ned Yost telling the m ...

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Mixed Bag

Ervin Santana?  - This week it was rumored the Blue Jays are taking themselves out of the running on Santana leaving the Yankees and M's as possibly the only suitors left.  To say his agent overplayed his hand early in the offseason is somewhat of an understatement at this point and Santana it looks like is going to be stuck accepting possibly less money than Ricky Nolasco, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez had ...

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Aoki Acquired Now What

Phoo Via Fansshare.com After the trade today does this mean that the Carlos Beltran deal is now done? Hardly, this should mean that the Royals are looking at the Beltran deal with realism, something that they should be doing.  Face it Beltran is going to be 37 years old and can't be counted on in RF and the Royals needed to supplement some kind of offense from the outfield if they were going to trade Butler ...

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Finding a Place for Billy (Mariners and NL)

As I promised the other day I would take a look at the NL and another AL team that seems like a really good option. First lets discuss the NL and what it means to trade Butler to that league. The story is Billy is bad at defense and we as fans should be able to conclude that from watching him as well as listening to the front office staff and management. The Royals to pull off this trade are going need to f ...

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Finding a Place for Billy (AL Version)

If the Royals are gonna make the mistake and yes I think it would be a mistake as Darin Watson already pointed out then lets take a look at the best places to go looking for a trade. Here is a look at the worst team performances out of the DH spot by OPS last season (AL Only of course) NYY .583 HOU .613 MIN .634 CHW .674 TBR .680 OAK .698 TEX .698 BAL .704 I would highly doubt Oakland or Tampa would trade f ...

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Omaha Fans Show Plenty of Support to the Royals

Kid in his Billy Butler jersey Greg Holland and Johnny Giavotella Billy Butler signing for fans The Royals had a great turnout Thursday night as more than 600 fans showed up to Ultimate Baseball Academy in support of Billy Butler, Greg Holland, Johnny Giavotella, John Mayberry and Joel Goldberg. Checkout audio from each player on Pine Tar Podcast 20.0 with Robert Ford. Checkout more pics of the event on my ...

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When Will the Big Trade Get Done?

It seems inevitable at this point that a big trade involving the Royals and another team is going to get done.  What players will be involved and will GMDM be able to get enough quality pitching back is the only question at this point.  With teams like the Rays and Mariners looking to add offense while in possession of plenty of pitching there seems to be a nice natural fit with Kansas City while the usual ...

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The All-Star Experience: Kansas City Edition

Relevancy, it was nice knowing you.  You were equal parts refreshing and depressing, and in the span of five days you came and went.  You were refreshing because I still have rapidly fading memories of when the Kansas City Royals were a relevant MLB team.  I was too young to enjoy the golden years of Royals baseball in the late-70’s/early -80’s, but the game of baseball had me firmly in its grasp as a six y ...

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A Royals Opinion: Proud to be a Royal

To Boo or not to boo A few weeks ago in an ESPN interview AL Home Run Derby captain Robinson Cano said that if a Royals position player made the all star game that he would put him in the Derby. Fast forward to last week when Billy Butler was named an All star, yet strangely Cano left him off the Derby team. Now it can definitely be argued that Billy Butler does not deserve to be in the Derby. He is middle ...

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Royals Recap: Brewers at Royals 6.12.12

Royals Re-cap: Brewers at Royals 6/12/12 (Zack Greinke vs. Luis Mendoza)¬† A little soapbox rant to start‚ÄĒif you booed Zack Greinke, shame on you.¬† Prior to Greinke, when was the last time the Royals featured a starting pitcher to be truly excited about every fifth day?¬† David Cone? Kevin Appier?¬† Bret Saberhagen?¬† Jeff Suppan?...Ok, just wanted to see if you were awake.¬† Greinke single-handedly forced MLB t ...

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Series Preview – Oakland A’s, June 1-3

The Royals return home after another successful road trip to face the A's who are heading in the opposite direction. They have lost eight in a row by a combined score of 36-12. To add insult to injury, the last three games have been losses to the lowly Minnesota Twins. Before the A's began this streak, they were actually a game over .500 and hanging in there in the tough American League. Now, not so much. I ...

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Series Preview – Chicago White Sox, May 11-13

The Royals take their moderately winning ways on the road for their first series of the year against the division rival White Sox. Before the season started, many were picking the White Sox to bring up the rear of the division along with the Twins, but resurgent beginnings to the season from Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn have helped them to sit around a .500 record with a little more hope than expected by the ex ...

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Royals Recap 5.5

Felipe Paulino looked much like the pitcher Kansas City fans saw in 2011 a confident sometimes dominating starter that misses plenty of bats but that can encounter stamina issues at times.  On this night though Paulino survived that stamina problem thanks to a couple very good defensive plays from his right fielder earning a well deserved win. Paulino may have been given his early confidence thanks to a cou ...

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Series Wrap-Up: Royals at Athletics

Series Wrap-Up: Royals @ Athletics  Game 1:  Luis Mendoza vs. Tommy Milone Tommy who?  Tommy Milone.  Not only did the Royals lineup know nothing about him, they decided to attack Milone by leaving their bats at the hotel.  No, he wasn’t blowing batters away, as he failed to register a single strikeout.  Instead, he just scattered 3 hits, 0 runs on 93 pitches.  Royals batters 1-4 were a combined 1 for 13, a ...

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Broxton Blows It In 12th

It was a game that the Royals and their fan base would love to soon forget. After taking a lead in the top of the 12th inning, Royals closer Jonathan Broxton melted late and Kansas City fell to Oakland, 5-4. The demise came after Billy Butler drove a double into the left field corner to score Eric Hosmer from first with the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th to take a 4-3 lead. But Broxton, who had wobbled ...

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