Twins edge Royals

Series with Indians begins tonight

The Minnesota Twins have had trouble on the road with the defending champion Royals all season long but finally managed to get one in Kauffman Stadium last night, beating the Royals 7-6 after rallying in the ninth inning with a three run hit off of Kelvin Herrera.

“Ideally, I wanted to give Kel another day of rest,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We were just so thin in the bullpen. But Kel takes the ball no matter how he feels. But he’s a bit worn down from the extra workload this year.”

royals-4The Royals have to regroup quickly as they welcome the Cleveland Indians to Kauffman Stadium for a three game stand, and the final series of the season between the two teams, kicking off tonight at 7:15.

The Royals will send out RHP Yordano Ventura (11-11, 4.40 ERA) to the mound to start the game while the Indians’ Ryan Merritt will will get his first start in the majors after 24 starts with Triple-A Columbus.

“It’s a good experience for them going into next year,” Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway said of using younger arms down the stretch. “Coming into Spring Training, they’ve pitched against the best hitters in the game and are getting that experience. And there’s some pressure to it, especially for them. … They’re fighting for their jobs and lives.  That’s how it is for young guys. It’s good that they’re facing a lineup that’s trying to beat them up.”

Great seats and affordable tickets for the series are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Kansas City Royals this weekend!

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Royals ready to begin anew after Athletics sweep four

Defending Champs may be on the outside

Your Kansas City Royals could never get going against Oakland Athletics who pounded them 43-12 over the past four games.  To be sure, the Royals are glad they are gone and welcome the Chicago White Sox back to Kauffman Stadium.  The Royals took two of three against the Sox earlier in the month.

royals-3Last night, the Athletics again imposed some serious damage to the KC defense, pounding them 14-5.  The lone bright spot for the Royals was Christian Colon’s hitting his first Major League home run, a three-run shot in the ninth inning.  It took 290 at bats.

“It felt good off the bat,” Colon said. “I didn’t feel anything. I wish it was under different circumstances. But it was a big monkey off my back.  “It’s been tough {this series}. We’re not used to this {losing}. It’s hard to enjoy {the home run}.”

The series with the Sox kicks off tonight at 7:15.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Kansas City Royals!

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Royals avoid Astros Sweep

I-70 Series continues

The Houston Astros have been on a bit of a tear lately and came into Kauffman Stadium and took games one and two of a three game stand.  The Royals finally responded last night, especially Kendry Morales’s 2nd home run which sparked a five-run seventh inning.

“Quite frankly, he (Morales) could’ve had three homers today,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He blasted that first ball, but the wind was blowing straight in.  He’s seeing the ball really, really well right now and swinging the bat very well for us.”

The Royals now prepare for the St. Louis Cardinals (39-35, 2nd place NL Central)  Danny Duffy (2-1, 3.38 ERA) will start for the Royals and go up against the Cardinals Adam Wainwright (6-4, 4.73 ERA).

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your KC Royals!

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