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Diamonds in the Rough 08.20.14

The Affiliates would have another day with plenty of power as they went 3-2. HR CALL: Carlos Peguero (28), Matt Fields (23), Frank Schwindel (1), Raul Mondesi (8), Dexter Kjerstad(6), Mauricio Ramos (8)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Andy Ferguson 8.0 IP 8 H  2 R  1 BB  5 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Dexter Kjerstad 2-3 2R  HR  5 RBI  BB   Omaha Storm Chasers 4              Tacoma Ra ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Nate Bukaty of The Border Patrol

Nate Bukaty of 810 WHB's The Border Patrol joined the show this week to talk about the job the front office has done, the Royals amazing turn around and how good Alex Gordon is. Also David and Clint discussed possible September call ups, Billy Butler and some possible offseason moves. Audio from Christian Binford and Omaha Storm Chasers announcer Mark Nasser is included in the minor league spin. Follow Clin ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.19.14

The affiliates showed plenty of power today going 4-2. HR CALL: Carlos Peguero (26, 27),  Juan Graterol (3),  Brian Fletcher (2,3),  Parker Morin (2), Jared Schlehuber (5), Cameron Gallagher (4),  Zane Evans (5)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Sean Manaea 5.1 IP    5 H  3 R  2 BB    9 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Carlos Peguero 3-4  2  R  2B  2 HR  4 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 4       ...

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What You Do With Your Hands: A Guide To A Royals Pennant Race

Okay, so this is a real thing now. The Royals are in first place in mid-August. This is officially a thing. For many of you, this is your first meaningful pennant chase in your lifetime. For those of us over the age of 38, we've been there before, but might need a refresher. Here now, is a beginners guide to playoff baseball. Small Talk - Even though the water coolers are much more digital in our day and ag ...

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Do you know who saved the Kansas City Royals season?

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Kansas City Royals looked at their 86 win season and celebrated it as a "success" because they were comfortably above .500 and legitimately a part of the chase for the Wild Card up until the middle of September.  Many fans were happy to see them get hot and win a lot of games in the 2nd half of the season.  Others lamented the fact that they finished 5.5 games out o ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Colorado Rockies, August 19-20

The first place Kansas City Royals travel to Denver to take on the worst team in the National League, the Colorado Rockies. This is the second half of the home and home series that is new to interleague play in the last two seasons. It's the first time the Royals have played in Coors Field since 2011 when they lost two of three, but did win the final game of that series by a score of 16-8. The Royals had 12 ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.18.14

The Affiliates would go 3-2 today. HR CALL: Carlos Peguero (25), Paul Janish (2), Elier Hernandez (9), Chad Johnson (4),  Corey Toups (3)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Yunior Marte 5.0 IP  2 H  0 R  1 BB  4 K    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Carlos Peguero 1-3  2 R   HR  2 RBI  BB   Omaha Storm Chasers 9                Las Vegas 51s   5  A wild wild game Monday evening between the ...

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Binford a Step Away and Zimmer is Back

A couple big things occurred in the minor leagues this weekend for the Kansas City Royals as they announced the promotion of Christian Binford to AAA while also getting Kyle Zimmer into a game at Idaho Falls. It was an extremely brief audition for Zimmer throwing against just three hitters. The results don't matter as much as the velocity reading that was reported to be in the 94-97 mph range. It was report ...

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September Call-Ups Could Key Royals

For the majority of seasons for the Kansas City Royals, the rosters expanding in September meant an opportunity to see what players could do as a sort of audition for the following year. I can think back to late season call-ups for guys like Ruben Gotay and others who always got the Royals and their fans excited for the next season only for the next season to end in inevitable disappointment. For now, at le ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.17.14

Kyle Zimmer made his much anticipated debut as the Affiliates went 4-2. HR CALL: Carlos Peguero (23, 24), Elier Hernandez (8), Mauricio Ramos (7), Ryan O'Hearn (10),  Robert Pehl (3)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Niklas Stephenson 7.1 IP 5 H  1 R  0 ER  0 BB  7 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Carlos Peguero 2-4  2 R  2 HR  3 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 4                  Las Vega ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.16.14

With some late inning heroics the Affiliates would go 4-4 today. HR CALL: Brian Bocock (2), Cameron Gallagher (3), Brandon Downes (3), Brawlun Gomez (3), Corey Toups (2)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Buddy Baumann 5.0 IP 2 H  0 R  1 BB  9 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Brandon Downes 3-6  2 R  2 HR  3 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 3              Las Vegas 51s  2 Brian Bocock would launch ...

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Mixed Bag 8.16.14

Mondesi Muscle - Top Royals prospect Raul Mondesi has muscled up big time in the past week, hitting .370/.414/1.074 over his past 7 games. The baseball world has taken notice too as Baseball America placed him 2nd on the prospect hot sheet this past week along with teammate Sean Manaea. To put those numbers in context one can just look at Raul's overall season line, entering that seven game stretch Mondesi ...

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#SungWooToKC: A Compilation

"How can you not be romantic about baseball?" You know that line from Moneyball and it has never felt more true than this past week. By now, if you're anywhere connected to the Royals fanbase on the internet, you've heard of SungWoo Lee, so I won't rehash the story that led him to Royals fandom which led to his trip to Kansas City. What started as a few people hoping to show him what this city can offer tur ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.15.14

The Affiliates would go 3-3 today. HR CALL:  Francisco Pena (26), Carlos Peguero (22), Cheslor Cuthbert (1), Mitch Maier (2), Raul Mondesi (7), Frank Schwindel (20)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Andy Ferguson 6.0 IP  2 H  0 R  2 BB  9 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Carlos Peguero 3-5 R  2B  HR  4 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 7               Salt Lake Bees 4 The Chasers hit three home ru ...

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Pine Tar Podcast w/ Chris Kamler “The Week of Woo”

@TheFakeNed joins the show to talk about the unreal events that occurred during Sung Woo Lee's @Koreanfan_KC trip to Kansas City. From the trip to NW Arkansas to meet Mitch Maier to hanging the W at the K after a win, Chris will recount the entire crazy trip. Also on the show David and Clint discuss the Royals winning ways, the Josh Willingham-Jason Adam trade as well as the solid play by Billy Butler, Chri ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Minnesota Twins, August 15-18

The Kansas City Royals take their show on the road to face the Minnesota Twins in a park they've had some trouble at times in the past, including the first series there this season where they were swept away during a forgettable weekend. The Royals are 6-6 against the Twins this year, and that includes that rough series, so things have stabilized against their division rival since, but that series sticks in ...

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Friday Notes

Another fantastic week for the red hot Royals has them right in the thick of things with a chance to not only make the playoffs, but they have a shot to even win the division. That's just crazy considering where they were just a few short weeks ago. But here we are with a team that has the best shot to make the playoffs of any team since 2003 (they were in first place deep into August) and that's a pretty g ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.14.14

A rough day for the Affiliates as they went 2-5. HR CALL: Brian Fletcher (1), Leland Clemmons (4), Brawlun Gomez (2)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Jake Junis 5.0 IP  1 H  0 R  0 BB  6 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day:  Whit Merrifield 5-5  3 R   2 2B  2 RBI  SB    Omaha Storm Chasers 8               Salt Lake Bees 11 Once again Omaha entered a game tied for first and yet again found them ...

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Royals, Not Tigers, Could Be A’s Biggest Challenge

Just when you think there isn’t anything more that can be written about the Kansas City Royals over the last four weeks, a new storyline arises. When Jason Vargas took the hill on Wednesday night against Oakland the Royals were coming off a 11-3 shellacking at the hands of the Athletics the night prior. Grantland featured an article that subtly criticized the Royals philosophies and praised Billy Beane and ...

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Three Team Race?

With Wednesday nights wins by the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals the wildcard may have been pushed into a three team race for two playoff spots. Currently as it stands a half game is all that separates the three teams with the Royals holding a narrow lead due to playing one game more than the Tigers. The Royals and M's have pushed some separation between themselves, the Yanks and Bl ...

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