This Date In Royals History–September 21, 1971

This Date In Royals History–September 21, 1971

1971: Dick Drago scattered seven hits in a complete game effort, while Bob Oliver’s three-run home run was the big blow in the Royals’ 6-2 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. T ...

This Date In Royals History–September 20, 1991

This Date In Royals History–September 20, 1991

1991: Mike Boddicker and three relievers combined to shut out the Mariners while Brian McRae drove in two runs in the Royals’ 3-0 win at the Kingdome in Seattle. Boddicker only all ...

This Date In Royals History–September 19, 2005

This Date In Royals History–September 19, 2005

2005: The Royals pounded out 18 hits, including five doubles and a home run, as they trounced the Tigers 10-4 at Kauffman Stadium. Detroit actually took a 1-0 lead when Chris Shelt ...

Mixed Bag 9.19.14

Mixed Bag 9.19.14

Pitching a Title - The Omaha Storm Chasers finished extremely strong to win their third PCL title in four years and back to back AAA National Championships. No one player finished ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

We've reached the penultimate edition of Friday Notes for the 2014 regular season and after more than 150 games, the division is no clearer now at the top than it was at the first ...

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Braised Short Ribs”

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Braised Short Ribs”

It’s possible to serve up a pile of meat to a crowd without a lot of effort. When you don’t want to spend hours over a grill or smoker braising is the way to go. After a little cho ...

Series Preview: Royals vs. Detroit Tigers, September 19-21

Series Preview: Royals vs. Detroit Tigers, September 19-21

The Kansas City Royals conclude the home portion of their regular season schedule with their biggest home game since October 27, 1985. If you think I've used that line before, it's ...

No Joke: Aoki Is On Fire

No Joke: Aoki Is On Fire

If I would have told that Norichika Aoki would break a Royals record at the beginning of the season…..well I wouldn’t have, so don’t worry about it. The fact is, an offseason trade ...

This Date In Royals History–September 17, 1978

This Date In Royals History–September 17, 1978

1978: Dennis Leonard hurled a complete-game five-hitter, while Frank White and George Brett hit back-to-back home runs as the Royals moved closer to a division title with a 5-0 win ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: “A Bonfire Is Burning”–How The West Was Won In 1985

U.L.’s Toothpick: “A Bonfire Is Burning”–How The West Was Won In 1985

This weekend’s series with Detroit is going to be unfamiliar territory for many of us, much like the last month or so has been. I started doing some checking and found that the thr ...

Diamonds in the Rough AAA Championship edition.

Diamonds in the Rough AAA Championship edition.

HR CALL: Cheslor Cuthbert (3) , Brett Hayes (4)   Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Brett Hayes 2-4  2 R  2B  HR  2 RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 4               ...

Friday Notes

The Kansas City Royals are doing things with our hearts that many of us have never really experienced, and that's pretty awesome. For the first time since I've been writing this column, they've been all alone in first place the whole time between Friday Notes columns, which is almost as impressive as the fact that they haven't been in sole possession of first place this late in the year since 1985. You may ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 08.21.14

The affiliates would struggle today going 2-5. HR CALL: Paul Janish (3), Mark Threlkeld (8), Frank Schwindel (2), Brawlun Gomez (4)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Scott Blewett 5.0 IP  1 H  0 R  4 BB  3 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Jorge Bonifacio  5-6  2 R  3B  RBI    Omaha Storm Chasers 3                Tacoma Rainiers 7 The Chasers offense would out together just 5 hits, falling f ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Zucchini Cilantro Soup”

Though it may seem like a wintery dish, soup is actually one of my go-to meals in the summertime. It can easily utilize any variety of fresh seasonal produce, can often be served chilled for those really hot days, and doesn’t take a ton of effort to throw together. This bright green version featuring zucchini and cilantro can be served either hot or cold and can even be made a couple of days in advance to c ...

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Royals Call Up Rankings – 9 Possible September Call Ups

#9 Whit Merrifield - During a normal season I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Whit moved to KC during September as a reward for an outstanding season. Unfortunately there are players who are faster, better defensively, have more power that are ahead of him and the Royals need the best for this September playoff push. Also not on the 40 man roster currently really hurts his chances of getting up this sea ...

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The Royals Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions

The ride of this year’s edition of the Kansas City Royals has certainly taken dramatic twists and turns. The 2014 “Royal-coaster” has rocketed to heights rarely seen in this playoff-starved city and spiraled down to lows known all too well around Kansas City. Coming into this year, the Royals expected to contend for a division title. The groundwork had been laid out the season before with James Shields anch ...

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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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This Date In Royals History: August 20, 1975

1975: John Mayberry had three hits and Al Cowens doubled to drive in the go-ahead run, while Dennis Leonard outdueled Luis Tiant in the Royals’ 3-1 win over the Red Sox at Royals Stadium. Both starting pitchers worked complete games. Tiant allowed nine hits and two walks, although he did not strike out anyone. Leonard was dominant, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Boston took a 1-0 lea ...

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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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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Hal McRae, 1974

We’ll never be able to quantify qualities like leadership or setting an example. I’m sure they exist inside the hallowed halls of the locker room, but all we have to go on is the anecdotal evidence. Perhaps that’s good enough—if players think another player is a leader, then I suppose he is. As you probably know, after the Royals became a powerhouse in the mid-1970s, Hal McRae got a lot of credit for “teach ...

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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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This Date In Royals History: August 19, 2012

2012: Jeremy Guthrie took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and didn’t even get a win to show for it. However, the Royals did, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-2 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Guthrie ended up pitching 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one, as he retired the first 14 hitters he faced. After walking A.J. Pierzynski in the fifth, he got ...

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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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This Date In Royals History: August 18, 2004

2004: John Buck belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Royals a 3-2 win over Seattle at Kauffman Stadium. Buck’s homer, his fifth of the season, came against Mariners starter Ryan Franklin. With one out in the eighth, Desi Relaford singled ahead of Buck’s blast, which turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead for Kansas City. Franklin pitched an eight-inning complete game, allowing jus ...

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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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This Date In Royals History–August 17, 1991

1991: Warren Cromartie belted a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the top of the ninth, leading the Royals to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. The Royals came to bat in the ninth facing a 3-2 deficit. After Tony Fossas retired Brent Mayne on a line drive to third, Red Sox closer Jeff Reardon entered the game. Brian McRae singled and stole second before Cromartie, batting for David Howard, l ...

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