3/14/2014 | Royals bullpen takes shape behind closer Holland
Aaron Crow, Tim Collins and Kelvin Herrera have passed the test and now what might be baseball's best bullpen is just about set for the season. The Royals' Opening Day roster doesn't have to be finalized for another 16 days but indications are that those three pitchers will join Wade Davis, Louis Coleman and closer Greg Holland in six of the seven relief spots.
3/14/2014 | Royals cut three lefties from spring roster
Left-handed pitchers Everett Teaford, Justin Marks and Scott Alexander were cut from the Royals' roster at their Major League camp on Friday. Marks was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. Teaford and Alexander were assigned to the Minor League camp.
3/13/2014 | Guthrie satisfied with progress in second start
Jeremy Guthrie's second Cactus League start on Thursday was rocky and shorter than hoped, but the Royals' right-hander felt he made some progress.
3/13/2014 | Hosmer goes to opposite field with success
First baseman Eric Hosmer saw a good sign in his two opposite-field extra-base hits on Thursday.
3/13/2014 | Royals sign veteran hurler Tomko to Minors deal
Never too old. That's Brett Tomko's hope after the 40-year-old right-hander signed a Minor League contract with the Royals on Thursday.
3/13/2014 | Alcides' shoulder improved after cortisone shot
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said his aching right shoulder was feeling better on Thursday morning after he received a cortisone shot.
3/13/2014 | Yost scratches Gordon from lineup for rest
Left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched from the Royals' lineup against the Indians on Thursday, but there's no reason for alarm.
3/13/2014 | Young Royals offense poised to assume club's reins
Mike Moustakas has enjoyed a scorching spring, but Spring Training numbers tend to be inflated. What's important, therefore, is to hone in on what's real. And what's real for the Royals right now is a true sense of stability in the lineup, a more intellectual approach at the plate and the respect their multi-dimensional pursuit of runs has earned from the opposition.
3/12/2014 | Ventura firing on all cylinders in start vs. A's
Right-hander Yordano Ventura strengthened his bid for the Royals' last rotation opening with a strikeout-studded performance in a 3-1 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday.
3/12/2014 | Moustakas strikes for fourth spring home run
Mike Moustakas was 3-for-3 and belted his fourth home run as the Royals squelched the A's, 3-1, on Wednesday. That raised his Cactus League average to .500 (13-for-26) with 13 RBIs, by far the most on the club.
3/12/2014 | Yost confident staff has things under control
Ned Yost was sitting in his office with three reporters when coach Rusty Kuntz poked his head in and wondered if the Royals' manager wanted to conduct his daily staff meeting.
3/12/2014 | Chen figures to be fifth man in Royals' rotation
Manager Ned Yost indicated on Wednesday that Bruce Chen will be the fifth man in the Royals' pitching rotation when the season begins. Earlier, he'd said that James Shields would start on Opening Day March 31, that Jason Vargas would go in the second game at Detroit and that Jeremy Guthrie would start the home opener on April 4 against the White Sox.
3/12/2014 | Royals will receive extra pick in 2014 Draft
The Royals have netted what amounts to an additional first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft in June because the Braves signed free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana. As it now stands, the Royals will receive the 28th pick in addition to their No. 17.
3/12/2014 | Royals have been built to win over long haul
While it may seem to some that the Royals are forced to go "all-in" this year due to ace James Shields' pending free agency, the fact is the team's outstanding Draft history has put several top pitching prospects in line to soon join the rotation.
3/12/2014 | Hosmer keeps on swinging for greater success
Eric Hosmer's fourth season with the Royals is coming up and he feels more prepared than ever. His Florida home does have that most important accessory, though, for a Major League hitter -- an indoor batting cage. And that's where he spends a lot of his time between seasons.
3/11/2014 | Vargas continues to impress
Left-hander Jason Vargas got good marks after pitching four innings and allowing one run in the Royals' 7-5 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
3/11/2014 | Royals get extra work in 'B' game with Rangers
The teams took considerable liberties with their lineups on Tuesday when the Rangers defeated the Royals, 3-0, in a "B" game on the Texas side of their shared complex.
3/11/2014 | Yost gets taste of new replay rules
Instant replay confirmed the call on Dodgers second baseman Alex Guerrero's ninth-inning triple on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. But Royals manager Ned Yost didn't get a chance to challenge another aspect of the same play.
3/11/2014 | Jirschele honored at Minor League awards ceremony
Royals coach Mike Jirschele, who led Triple-A Omaha to a Pacific Coast League title last season -- his 14th as manager of the Storm Chasers, was recognized during the club's Minor League awards ceremony on Tuesday.
3/11/2014 | Vargas stays sharp against Dodgers
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas continued his impressive spring, but Minor League outfielder Noel Cuevas hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning in his first Cactus League at-bat to lift the Dodgers to a 7-5 victory on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium.
3/11/2014 | Infante, Escobar yet to play in same game
Now that Omar Infante is back at second base for the Royals, it's shortstop Alcides Escobar who has a stiff throwing shoulder.
3/10/2014 | Cano becomes Shields' first spring pickoff
James Shields has 27 pickoffs in his career, most of any active right-hander, but a runner at first is his usual target. On Monday, he successfully got Robinson Cano at third.
3/10/2014 | Infante not fully healthy but able to take field
Omar Infante on Monday played second base for the Royals in a Cactus League game for the first time in a week and a half, and everything went fine.
3/10/2014 | Sun tests Royals in win over Mariners
Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson banged into the center-field wall to catch Justin Smoak's deep drive in the first inning on Monday, and manager Ned Yost appreciated the Royals' defense against Seattle.
3/10/2014 | Perez exits game with bruised left palm
Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Monday's game against the Mariners after two innings with a bruised left palm, but it is believed to be a minor injury.
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