9/28/2016 | Despite elimination, KC has 'enthusiasm' for '17
The Royals truly believe they went out like champions. The defending World Series champions were officially were eliminated from postseason play despite Wednesday's 5-2 win over Minnesota. Baltimore also won, ending the Royals' dreams of going to a third straight World Series.
9/28/2016 | Cain's injuries most damaging to Royals in '16
The Royals certainly have missed Mike Moustakas, lost for the season in May after knee surgery. They missed Alex Gordon when he was out five weeks and closer Wade Davis when he was on two DL stints. But if there was one guy the Royals missed the most it likely was center fielder Lorenzo Cain.
9/28/2016 | Royals beat Twins but Wild Card hopes end
The Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth -- fueled by an RBI double from Kendrys Morales and a two-run single from Alex Gordon -- to beat the Twins, 5-2, on Wednesday night, their fourth straight win. But the Royals were eliminated from postseason contention as Baltimore beat Toronto.
9/28/2016 | Duffy, Royals go for series sweep of Twins
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.43 ERA) has been on an impressive run since moving back to the rotation in mid-May, and will make his final start of the year in the series finale on Thursday against the Twins.
9/28/2016 | MLB's no-repeat streak reaches sweet 16
With the Royals' elimination from the American League Wild Card race on Wednesday, Major League Baseball's record for consecutive years without a repeat champion officially increased to 16 -- one behind the National Hockey League for the longest among North American professional sports -- as an overall era of competitive balance takes unprecedented hold.
9/27/2016 | Kansas City bridge to be renamed after O'Neil
One of the great ambassadors for baseball and for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Buck O'Neil, will have the Broadway Bridge in Kansas City named after him. The dedication ceremony will take place Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. CT at the Negro League Baseball Museum.
9/27/2016 | Twins' Santana to conclude great year vs. KC
Minnesota's Ervin Santana will take the mound one more time against his former team in his 30th outing of the year. Kansas City will turn to veteran lefty Jason Vargas, who will be making his third start of the season after returning from Tommy John surgery.
9/27/2016 | KC shuts down Gee, Cain for rest of season
Royals right-hander Dillon Gee has been shut down for the season after being diagnosed with blood clots after Sunday's game in Detroit. Manager Ned Yost also indicated that outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who has been dealing with a Grade 2 sprain of his left hand, is also officially shut down for the season.
9/26/2016 | Inbox: What's on deck for Burns, Dyson?
The defending World Series champions are on the brink of elimination from the postseason, but they aren't going out quietly.
9/25/2016 | Super utility man Merrifield HR shy of cycle
About two hours before the Royals-Tigers game on Sunday, Royals rookie super utility man Whit Merrifield saw that he would be replacing Gold Glover Eric Hosmer at first base in the lineup. "We're finally going to get some power at that position," Merrifield joked to a reporter.
9/24/2016 | Hosmer's huge HR gives him 1st 100-RBI year
For the Royals' Eric Hosmer, Saturday's game with the Tigers certainly ended better than it started.
9/24/2016 | Ventura day to day with tight lower back
Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura left Saturday's 7-4 win over the Tigers after facing one hitter in the fifth inning because of what the Royals indicated was lower back tightness and spasms.
9/24/2016 | Tigers' Boyd, KC's Volquez meet in crucial finale
Left-hander Matt Boyd takes center stage in Sunday's series finale between the Tigers and Royals at Comerica Park as Detroit tries to inch closer to a postseason berth. While Boyd faces the Royals for the second time this season, right-hander Edinson Volquez heads to the mound to take on the Tigers for the fourth time.
9/23/2016 | Royals' successful challenge pays off with run
Until the ninth inning when Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs with a triple, there wasn't much excitement for the Royals in an 8-3 loss to the Tigers on Friday night. But the Royals did rely on their excellent replay coordinator Bill Duplissea to get on the board against tough rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer.
9/23/2016 | What will roles be for Strahm, Soria in 2017?
As thoughts turn toward how the Royals will shape up their pitching staff for 2017, two names will figure prominently in internal discussions this offseason: Joakim Soria and Matt Strahm.
9/23/2016 | Tigers continue playoff chase against Ventura, Royals
The heat is on as the Tigers continue their American League Wild Card chase against the Royals on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit maintained its half-game lead over Baltimore for the second Wild Card spot with an 8-3 win in the series opener.
9/23/2016 | Tigers maintain 2nd WC with 5th straight win
The Tigers' transition from pursuer to pursued in the American League Wild Card race went swimmingly on Friday night. Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin all homered off Danny Duffy to provide an early lead for Michael Fulmer, who struck out nine Royals over seven innings for his first win in five weeks with an 8-3 victory at Comerica Park.
9/22/2016 | Vargas retires 10 in a row to close solid outing
In the search for positive developments in an otherwise rough three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians, the Royals can at least view left-hander Jason Vargas' second start back from Tommy John rehab another excellent step forward.
9/22/2016 | Royals ready to put up a fight vs. contending Tigers
Even though the Royals' postseason hopes are fading, they won't be backing down a bit in their three-game set with the Tigers, who are right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. Friday's opener features a potential pitching duel between Royals left-hander Danny Duffy and Tigers talented rookie Michael Fulmer.
9/22/2016 | Royals have goal of finishing over .500
Their division hopes are gone, and their American League Wild Card dreams are fading fast. So what is driving manager Ned Yost and the Royals during these final games of the 2016 season? Finishing over .500.
9/22/2016 | Santana's smash cuts Tribe's magic number to 4
With his latest homer in a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday, Carlos Santana not only moved Cleveland a little closer to a division crown, but he put the pressure on Mike Napoli for the Tribe's home run title this season. Santana and Napoli are now tied at 34 shots apiece with 10 games left on the schedule. More importantly for the American League Central-leading Indians was the fact that the victory trimmed their magic number to four to clinch their first division championship since 2007.
9/22/2016 | Indians catch speed demon Gore stealing
It had to happen sometime. One of the top basestealing weapons in baseball, Royals outfielder Terrance Gore, finally got caught stealing in the ninth inning of the Indians' 4-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
9/21/2016 | Indians continue AL Central push behind Clevinger
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas hasn't lost to the Indians since 2014. Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger will make his first career appearance against the Royals. That's the matchup for Wednesday's series finale at Progressive Field as the Indians look to move closer to clinching the American League Central.
9/21/2016 | Indians edge KC to shrink magic number to 5
The Royals will not be wearing the division crown this year. In a 4-3 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night, Corey Kluber continued to build his American League Cy Young Award case, Jose Ramirez roped three doubles and the Indians marched closer to an AL Central title.
9/21/2016 | Volquez wants to remain with Royals
Right-hander Edinson Volquez has two starts left this season, perhaps his last two in a Royals uniform. Volquez, one of the heroes of last year's World Series championship team, is a potential free agent in 2017. The Royals and Volquez have a mutual option for $10 million (with a $3 million buyout), but keep in mind that the Royals have never exercised a mutual option under the present regime.
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