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Eric Hosmer Takes Lead At First Base In AL All-Star Voting

Jun 21, 2017 8:03 AM

Eric Hosmer has taken over the lead at first base in the latest American League All-Star voting returns.

Hosmer bypassed both Miguel Cabrera and Yonder Alonso in the fourth update while the leaders at all other positions remained the same.

Here are the leaders at each position:

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals

First Base: Eric Hosmer, Royals

Second Base: Jose Altuve, Astros

Third Base: Miguel Sano, Twins

Shortstop: Carlos Correa, Astros

DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners

Outfield: Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, George Springer

 

The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Royals Place Danny Duffy On DL With Oblique Strain

May 30, 2017 7:45 AM

Danny Duffy is headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks, the Kansas City Royals have announced.

Duffy suffered the injury covering first base on Sunday.

"This stinks man. I'm very bummed out today," he said. "The boys are going to pick me up. I'll be fresh and ready to go in six to eight (weeks). I'm going to try to come back sooner than that."

Duffy is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA and leads the Royals in innings pitched.

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Salvador Perez Claims HBP From Chris Archer Was Intentional

May 11, 2017 9:46 AM

Salvador Perez took issue with being on the receiving end of a 96-mph errant fastball from Chris Archer on Wednesday night.

With the Tampa Bay Rays leading 7-0 in the seventh inning, Archer hit Perez in the left elbow with a pitch. Words were exchanged between the two and umpires got involved.

Archer scattered five singles and walked none, and his control is one of the reasons Perez had a problem with the pitch that hit him.

"Yeah, of course he threw at me. He's going to throw at me because I had two hits against him," Perez said. "I think he was mad. But I don't think that's the right way, you know? He never throws the first pitch inside."

Perez later called the episode "bulls---," according to the Kansas City Star.

"Honestly there was nothing malicious there," Archer said. "I've had some great interactions with him the past. He's a good hitter; I'm trying to pitch inside. There was no malicious intent with 96 mph."

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Royals: We Are Better Than Our Record

May 1, 2017 8:28 AM

The Kansas City Royals finished the month of April on a nine-game losing streak, but are hopeful that May will be much kinder.

"You don't anticipate that," Ned Yost said. "You don't anticipate getting off to this type of start."

Kansas City occupies last place in the American League Central, 6.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians.

"We all know that [we're better]," Alex Gordon said. "That's why everyone is so mad right now and so frustrated ... We know we can do a lot better."

The Royals finished April with a Major-League-worst 63 runs scored, their lowest total in a non-strike-shortened calendar month since April 1992.

"It's a long season," Whit Merrifield said. "And there's a lot of baseball left to be played. This is a really good team. Regardless of how April was, it's a really good team."

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Royals Place Jorge Soler On 10-Day DL

Apr 2, 2017 1:57 PM

The Royals placed right fielder Jorge Soler on the 10-day disabled list with a strained oblique Sunday as the team set its 25-man Opening Day roster.

The move is retroactive to March 30.

Soler, acquired from the Cubs in December for closer Wade Davis, hurt himself on a swing on March 26. An MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain of his oblique.

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Jorge Soler Likely To Begin Season On DL

Mar 28, 2017 2:27 AM

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler will likely begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game.

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Royals To Start Danny Duffy In Opener

Mar 26, 2017 2:19 AM

Danny Duffy, who began the 2016 season in the bullpen, will be the Opening Day starting pitcher for the

Royals.

Manager Ned Yost also announced the rest of his rotation Saturday. Ian Kennedy will start the second game and the April 10 home opener against Oakland. Jason Hammel, Jason Vargas and Nathan Karns will round out the rotation in that order.

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Royals Prepared For Fire Sale If They Don't Contend

Mar 13, 2017 7:41 AM

Dayton Moore has informed outside executives that if the Kansas City Royals aren't contending in July, they'll hold a fire sale including core position players Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.

"We would have to consider it [a fire sale] if things do not go right," Moore said.

The New York Mets, for example, are expected to pursue Cain if things don't work out in center field with Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares. Moustakas could also be a target if there are issues at third base related to David Wright's health.

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Royals Believe Salvador Perez Will 'Be All Right'

Mar 12, 2017 4:52 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost believes Salvador Perez will "be all right" after the star catcher suffered a knee injury Saturday while playing for his native Venezuela in the WBC.

Perez injured his left knee in a collision at home plate with Drew Butera, his teammate and backup catcher with the Royals. Team Venezuela said in a statement that Perez was diagnosed with a contusion and that an MRI revealed no damage other than inflammation.

The Royals plan to have Perez take another MRI on Monday when he returns to the team.

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Giants Coach Jose Alguacil Hit By Foul Ball, Suffers Broken Nose
Giants coach Jose Alguacil needed surgery to repair a broken nose on Saturday.

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Royals Could Wait Until After Season To Negotiate With Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer will be eligible for free agency after the season and the Royals aren't optimistic they'll agree to an extension with him this spring.

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Royals Discussing Extension With Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer will be a free agent after the season if a long-term agreement isn't reached with the Royals.

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Toxicology Report For Yordano Ventura Won't Be Made Public
The toxicology report on Yordano Ventura won't be released to the public following his death last month in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

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Travis Wood Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Royals
Travis Wood will compete for a job in Kansas City's starting rotation.

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Royals, Jason Hammel Agree On Two-Year, $16M Deal
Free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA with the Cubs last season.

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Royals, Kelvin Herrera Agree On One-Year, $5.325M Deal
The Royals and Kelvin Herrera settled on the deal Friday to avoid arbitration.

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Royals, Brandon Moss Agree On Two-Year, $12M Deal
Free agent first baseman Brandon Moss has agreed to sign with the Royals.

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Royals Will Wear 'Ace 30' Patch Honoring Yordano Ventura
The Royals will wear a special commemorative patch on their uniform in honor of Yordano Ventura this coming season.

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Yordano Ventura Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt During Fatal Crash
The exact cause of death has yet to be determined, but Yordano Ventura reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the fatal car crash that killed him over the weekend.

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Greg Holland Could Pick New Team This Week
Greg Holland is believed to be seeking a two-year guarantee with an opt-out after the first season.

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Yordano Ventura Killed In Car Accident At 25
Yordano Ventura has been with the Royals since 2013, posting a 38-31 career record with a 3.89 ERA.

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Royals Sign Danny Duffy To Five-Year, $65M Contract
Danny Duffy was eligible for arbitration and would have become a free agent after the 2017 season.

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Royals Trade Jarrod Dyson To M's For Nathan Karns
The Royals had shown interest in RHP Nathan Karns during the winter meetings.

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Royals, Cardinals Had 'Preliminary' Talks About Matt Adams
The Royals had "preliminary" talks with the Cardinals about a trade for Matt Adams before they acquired Peter O'Brien from the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

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Diamondbacks Trade Peter O'Brien To Royals
The Diamondbacks have traded Peter O'Brien to the Royals for minor league right-hander Sam Lewis.

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Astros Interested In Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura
The Astros are looking to fortify their starting rotation and are interested in Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura of the Royals.

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Red Sox Tried To Trade For Wade Davis
The Red Sox offered Travis Shaw, who they eventually dealt to the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg.

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Cubs Nearing Trade For Wade Davis
Wade Davis is set to become a free agent after the 2017 season.

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Wade Davis May Be Logical Trade Target For Dodgers
It has been reported that the Royals are willing to listen to trade offers for a number of their core players, including Wade Davis.

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