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The Kansas City Royals and “The Matrix”

After an incredible 6 weeks since the Kansas City Royals stumbled out of the All-Star brake, fans have awoken.  It is September and the Royals have not faded into bolivian.  They are in it for the stretch run to the last weekend of September and there is no turning back.  Royals fans, you are fully invested now.  This could end badly with pain and anguish over missing the playoffs or being the Wild Card and ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 09.01.14

The Affilaites' seasons are coming to an end as they went 4-1. HR CALL: Matt Fields (28), Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado (9), Ryan O'Hearn (13)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Luke Farrell 6.0 IP  3 H  2 R  0 BB  6 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Mauricio Ramos 4-5 2 R  2B  3B    Omaha Storm Chasers 6             Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4        F/8 After last night's long game the C ...

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One Book To Rule Them All

In an unexplainable year, the Royals August ended in stride with an unexplainable finish. A suspended game as a deluge of rain shot from the heavens between the top and bottom of the tenth inning in front of a national television audience.  For about an hour, there was debate and discussion about the proper protocol underwhich the game would be resumed given the likely outcome that six hours of rain was on ...

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Series Preview: Royals vs. Texas Rangers, September 1-3

The Kansas City Royals continue a disappointing home stand by facing a disappointing team in the Texas Rangers. The two teams tangled in Arlington a couple weeks ago and the Royals won the first two games before dropping the series finale against the immortal Scott Baker. This is a huge series for the Royals as they look to get back on track and try to regain control of the American League Central before th ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.31.14

While most the Affiliates struggled, Omaha would clinch its 4th straight division title. The Affiliates had a record of 1-4 today. HR Call: Paulo Orlando (6), Johnny Giavotella (7), Eric Hosmer (1), Humberto Arteaga (2), Brandon Thomasson (2)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Miguel Almonte 5.0 IP  5 H  2 ER  1 R  1 BB 5 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella 2-4  2 R  HR  3 R ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.30.14

While Omaha kept their playoff hopes alive, Wilmington and Idaho Falls saw their playoff dreams falter. The Affiliates would go 2-5. HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (3), Matt Fields (26, 27), Cheslor Cuthbert (2), Brett Hayes (3), Brian Fletcher (5), Brett Eibner (1), Kenny Diekroeger (5)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Luis Santos 5.1 IP  3 H  0 R  0BB  4 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Matt Fields ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.29.14

As seasons wind down, Omaha kept its playoff hopes alive while a top prospect ended his season with a dominant performance. The Affiliates would go 3-4. HR CALL: Carlos Peguero (30), Matt Fields (25), Jared Schlehuber (6)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Sean Manaea  7.0  IP  3 H  0 R  0 BB  12 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Carlos Peguero 1-3  R  HR   2 RBI  BB    Omaha Storm Cha ...

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Mixed Bag 8.29.14

Wearing It - Ned Yost let Bruce Chen wear one last night after he gave up a run which in actuality was a good move once the lead was given away. Facts remain that the Chenster shouldn't be on this roster right now as he has been extremely ineffective all season long and their are more talented pitchers at AA or AAA that should take his spot but at least Yost didn't double the mistake by trying to salvage th ...

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Series Preview: Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, August 29-31

The Kansas City Royals welcome the Cleveland Indians to town for a three-game series. The Indians are firmly entrenched in third place in the AL Central for now, but have been playing pretty well as of late. They still have their issues, but they're a formidable opponent. The last time the two teams faced, the Royals took three of four in a pretty exciting series, but the season series is closer than that w ...

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Friday Notes

Welcome to another first place edition of Friday Notes. I believe this is our third straight edition where the Kansas City Royals are in first place in the AL Central. I think I could really get used to this. They moved into sole possession of first place following their game on August 11 and I really thought it would go back and forth a few times, but the Royals have hung on since then and are now guarante ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.28.14

The Affilaites would go 3-4 as the season winds down. HR CALL: Johnny Giavotella (6), Brett Hayes (2), Orlando Calixte (11), Humberto Arteaga (1), Kenny Diekroeger (4), Joshua Banuelos (3), Mike Hill (3)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Brooks 7.0 IP   2 H  0 R   1 BB  7 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella  3-4  2 R  2B  HR  3 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 7               ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Jeff Montgomery

Jeff Montgomery drops by to talk about the run the Kansas City Royals are on, the differences between this team and the teams he played on and the comments Alex Gordon made about his contract situation. Also on this show David and Clint talk about Liam Hendricks, Terrance Gore and what other possible September roster moves the Royals could make. Download the Show via Stitcher, Soundcloud and the Soundcloud ...

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If You Haven’t Already, You Can Buy In

When will they cool off? They can’t keep going like this. These are the Royals. The ROYALS! As the Royals enter the last month of the season, the baseball world keeps waiting for the second-half surging Royals to come back down to reality. And even more than that, Kansas City is only cautiously optimistic. (And we Royals supporters that are unfortunate enough to be Mizzou fans definitely still anticipate th ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.27.14

Another day full of struggles for the Affiliates as they went 3-6. HR CALL: Brian Fletcher (4)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Niklas Stephenson 5.0  3  1 R  0 ER  3 BB  2 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Brian Fletcher 2-3  R  HR  3 RBI     Omaha Storm Chasers 2              Reno Aces 5 A rough trip through Reno has put the Chasers back 2 games in the division. Andy Ferguson made his firs ...

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Minor Struggles in the Pen

All Hands on Deck ! That was the message sent by the Royals front office to some of the Royals top minor league pitching prospects converting Jason Adam, Sam Selman and Brandon Finnegan to the bullpen. As starting pitchers these guys hadn't  worked a minor league bullpen routine ever in their career. With the trade of Adam the Royals gave Christian Binford the bullpen routine and as he explained to me a ent ...

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Analyzing The Royals’ (And Other Contenders) Remaining Schedules–Revisited

With September quickly bearing down on us, it’s time to look at the remaining strength of schedule for the Royals and various other playoff contenders. Since the Royals’ offense has gone back in the deep freeze, it’s natural to start to worry about their chances of holding on to the AL Central lead. It’s a legitimate concern; we all know this offense is not the greatest. However, there is some good news—the ...

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Royals Offense Needs All Its Weapons

After falling to 48-50 following the All-Star break, there was a sense among fans of the Kansas City Royals that this team just couldn't find their way back into the race. It wasn't because of the starting pitching, the bullpen or the defense. It was all because the offense appeared to just not be good enough. There's a bit of a misconception that the offense just got rolling the day they won their first ga ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.26.14

A terrible day for the Affilaites as they went winless in 7 games. HR CALL: Carlos Peguero (29),  Parker Morin (3), Juan Graterol (4),  Mauricio Ramos (9), Brandon Dulin (7)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Miguel Almonte 4.0 IP  1 H  0 R  0 BB  7 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Juan Graterol 2-3 R  2B  HR  3 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 6                 Reno Aces 7 The Chasers couldn't ho ...

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Royals Announce Arizona Fall League Players

  Via Joel Goldberg the Royals made the decision to send a group of high profile prospects to the Arizona Fall League this Fall. The squad will be managed by AA manager and touted major league manager prospect Vance Wilson. This group of Royals prospects heading to Arizona is the likely the best group since 2010 when the Royals sent Eric Hosmer, Mike Montgomery, Johnny Giavotella, Patrick Keating, Derr ...

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Pine Tar Press Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospect Rankings

Here is a quick glance at how I am ranking the Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects at the current time. During the offseason I will create a much longer and more extensive Royals prospect rankings list with the hopes of going at least 50 deep. Tier 4 - Tools are there but much refinement is needed. 10. Cam Gallagher - A catching prospect really isn't a catching prospect until he first proves he can handle p ...

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