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Medlen Preparing To Face Live Hitters

May 1, 2015 8:42 AM

Kris Medlen is inching closer in his comeback bid from his second Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander, who signed with the Kansas City Royals this offseason, will face live hitters in Arizona on Monday.

Since Spring Training ended, he has remained with the big league club and continued his throwing and bullpen schedules.

"I have really enjoyed staying here and getting to know my teammates a little more," Medlen said. "I was really happy they did it that way. It's been great with all the winning, too.

"But now it's time to get going. I'm pumped. I'm going to face live hitters and I don't think I'll be able to get the smile off my face. Even if I give up a homer, I might smile. ... Just a little, though."

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Cain Believes Bad Blood With White Sox Is Over

Apr 27, 2015 8:04 AM

Lorenzo Cain is ready to move on after the Kansas City Royals brawled with the Chicago White Sox in the series opener on Thursday night.

Several players were suspended by Major League Baseball following the incident.

"I think we got all our emotions out that night and I think it's over and done with," Cain said. "I think we're going to try to go out here and go back to just playing baseball and leave it at that."

The brawl began when Yordano Ventura grabbed a seventh-inning grounder from Adam Eaton and the two exchanged words before Eaton was thrown out at first. Eaton had to be restrained from Ventura, who was ejected from his second straight start. Players from both dugouts and bullpens then ran onto the field for a fight that lasted several minutes.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

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Four Royals Will Appeal Their Suspensions

Apr 25, 2015 5:44 PM

The Royals announced today that pitchers Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Kelvin Herrera as well as outfielder Lorenzo Cain will appeal their suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball earlier today for their roles in an on-field incident Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

MLB will meet with all four players in the near future to hear their appeal.  Until the appeals process is completed, all four players remain eligible to participate in games. 

Press Release

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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MLB Disciplines Seven Players For Royals-White Sox Incident

Apr 25, 2015 12:34 PM

Seven players have received discipline for their roles in the on-field incident in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday’s game between the Royals and the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Major League Baseball announced today.  Joe Garagiola, Jr., MLB’s Senior VP of Standards & On-Field Operations, made the announcement.

          The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:

·         Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;

·         Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;

·         Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;

·         Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;

·         White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;

·         White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game suspension.

All six players also received an undisclosed fine in addition to a suspension.  In addition, White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has received an undisclosed fine.

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in Chicago.  If any player elects to appeal, then his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Press Release

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Frasor Mulled Offer From Twins Before Re-Signing With Royals

Apr 23, 2015 8:03 AM

Jason Frasor entertained a one-year offer from the Minnesota Twins before re-signing with the Kansas City Royals this past winter.

"We thought about it, but I love Kansas City," Frasor said. "I went to the playoffs here for the first time in my life. Once Kansas City got back into it, all things being equal, it was (decided)."

The 37-year-old also admitted that pitching at Target Field isn't high on his list.

"Honestly, it's not my favorite," he said. "I think it's beautiful. I think it's top five, but when I stand on that mound, I feel like I need to crow hop to get it to home plate sometimes. It's wonderful to look at, but it's not one of those mounds where I feel like, 'Wow, I'm right there.'"

Frasor, who never spoke to general manager Terry Ryan during the free-agent process, appreciated Minnesota's interest.

"When you become a free agent and you're a 37-year-old middle reliever, there's not as many teams that come calling as you would think or hope. But that's all right. I just needed one team," he said.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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MLB Suspends Kelvin Herrera For Five Games

Apr 21, 2015 4:50 PM

Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch behind Brett Lawrie's head during Sunday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.

Yordano Ventura was also fined an undisclosed amount for his role in the ongoing dispute between the teams.

Herrera can appeal his suspension or it can take effect beginning Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.

ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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More Bad Blood Between A's, Royals

Apr 19, 2015 6:34 PM

The Royals overcame five ejections to beat the A's 4-2 Sunday behind Kendrys Morales' tie-breaking, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning after Lorenzo Cain was hit by a Scott Kazmir pitch and both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire Greg Gibson. After the warning was issued Sunday, Yost came out to argue and was immediately ejected by Gibson.

In the eighth inning, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was tossed after throwing behind Brett Lawrie.  Bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who was acting as manager after Yost's ejection, also ejected during the argument along with injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.

ESPN.com

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Royals Recall Orlando Calixte; Option Reymond Fuentes To Omaha

Apr 19, 2015 1:19 AM

The Royals announced today that they have recalled infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha.  In a corresponding roster move, the club has optioned outfielder Reymond Fuentes to Omaha.

Calixte, 23, has played in seven games for the Storm Chasers this season, hitting his first Triple-A home run last night in a 5-3 loss to New Orleans.  He was originally signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on August 28, 2010 out of the Dominican Republic.

Press Release

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Royals Place Greg Holland On DL
Royals recall pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha.

Press Release

Royals Lose Alex Rios To Fractured Hand
Alex Rios suffered the injury on Monday against the Twins.

ESPN

Royals Open To Extension To Salvador Perez
Salvador Perez is currently playing under a five-year, $7 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Yordano Ventura Agrees To Five-Year, $23M Extension With Royals
Yordano Ventura posted a 3.20 ERA in 183 innings in 2014.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals Release Rafael Furcal
Kansas City had only recently brought Rafael Furcal into camp on a Minor League deal.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals Grant Ryan Roberts Unconditional Release
Ryan Roberts appeared in 18 games this spring, batting .219.

Press Release

Royals Name Ventura Opening Day Starter
Ned Yost says Danny Duffy and Edinson Volquez will follow Yordano Ventura in the rotation.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Royals, Gordon Haven't Discussed Extension
Alex Gordon is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, but he hasn't discussed a new deal with the Royals.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Royals, Furcal Reach Minor League Deal
Rafael Furcal will earn $1.25 million if he's in the Major Leagues, plus $250,000 in incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tim Collins Has Tommy John Surgery
The Royals said Thursday the 25-year-old was operated on a day earlier by Dr. James Andrews.

Associated Press

Royals Sign Chris Young To One-Year Deal
Chris Young posted a 12-9 record with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners last season.

Press Release

Royals Plan To Use Blanton Out Of Bullpen
Joe Blanton, 34, signed a Minor League deal with the reigning American League champions.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Franklin Morales Signs With Royals
Morales will earn $1.85 million if he makes the Major League roster with an extra $850,000 available through incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Hosmer, Royals Agree To $13.9M Deal
The Royals have avoided arbitration with Eric Hosmer by agreeing to a two-year, $13.9 million deal.

Associated Press

Wilmington Blue Rocks Sell Tickets For $.04
The Blue Rocks made headlines for selling some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history on Monday, discounting regular prices by 99 percent.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Herrera, Royals Finalizing Two-Year, $4.15M Deal
The 25-year-old reliever was vital of Kansas City's playoff run in 2014.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Duffy Avoids Arbitration With Royals
The Royals have agreed to a one-year, $2.425 million with Danny Duffy.

Associated Press

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