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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Sorry for the lack of updates--It's been a crazy busy week.
Tony Pena: 'Our goal was to win our division, and that's still our goal."

Royals 12, Tigers 6: It looks like the Royals are going to keep playing like they're in the pennant race until all hope is gone. Raul Ibanez and Rondell White each had 3 RBIs and Carlos Beltran hit his 24th home run of the year as KC moved to 5 games out of first with 6 games left to play. The White Sox came up with a 10th inning rally to beat the Yankees and stay in a tie for 2nd.
Jose Lima pitches against 21-game loser Mike Maroth tonight at Kauffman. Minnesota hosts Cleveland and Chicago is at home for the Yankees.
Rob & Rany was updated on Monday. Rob wore his "Believe" t-shirt yesterday.
Royals Notes: Darrell May has finished strong, Michael Tucker's future is unclear.
Royals Report: Tucker may be back later this week, Jamey Wright will get the start on Saturday, replacing the injured Paul Abbott.
Aaron Gleeman picks Angel Berroa as his 2003 AL Rookie of the Year. He points out that Hideki Matsui is actually below average for a left fielder, both offensively and defensively, while Angel has been above average compared to the other AL shortstops. Rocco Baldelli, Jody Gerut, and Mark Teixeira are left in the dust.
Baseball Truth's Will Christensen makes his picks for the end-of-season awards. Manager of the Year: Tony Pena. Comeback Player of the Year: Jose Lima. Angel Berroa is his #2 ROY, and Carlos Beltran is his #9 MVP. He also predicts that Allard Baird will be the Executive of the Year.
A scathing look at the Chicago White Sox from Baseball Truth.
Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royals pitcher made his major league debut 33 years ago today? He played 15 seasons with the Royals, and started 30 or more games and threw 200+ innings 7 times. He earned wins in both the 1976 and 1977 ALCS. He ranks second on the franchise career shutout and complete games lists, and first on the career hits allowed and earned runs allowed lists.
// posted by Harley @ 12:50 PM

Monday, September 22, 2003

Back in 2nd

Royals 10, White Sox 4: Darrell May became the Royals' first 10-game winner as KC moved into a tie with the White Sox for 2nd place. We've won 7 of our last 9, unfortunately, Minnesota went 9-0 over that stretch. How slim are our chances? If by some miracle the Twins go 1-5 over their last six games vs. Cleveland and Detroit, we'd still have to go 7-0 this week to tie them. Incidentally, that would put KC at 88 wins, breaking the record for most wins by a team coming off a 100-loss season.
The win was the Royals' 81st of the season, locking in Mike Sweeney's contract through 2007.
Paul Abbott is still looking for win #2 as a Royal. He'll have a chance tonight vs. Gary Knotts and the Tigers.
Frank White is ready to be a manager.
Q & A with Curtis Leskanic.
Rany Jazayerli still believes...in next year.
Vote in ESPN Sportsnation's awards poll. Angel Berroa is a candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Judd Choate has some good ideas for WHB and the Royals on Radio.
Any schmuck can have a blog, but not many are as good as Aaron Gleeman's. His entry for today has a sidelong glance at the 2004 AL Central race.
Enter the Daily Draw to win dugout box seats to the next home game.

// posted by Harley @ 11:34 AM

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Going for .500

Royals 7, White Sox 1: Brian Anderson had another great outing, shutting down the vaunted White Sox offense with a complete game five-hitter. The Royals scored seven, but probably could have made it fourteen if not for multiple baserunning blunders.
Darrell May pitches this afternoon against Jon Garland in KC's final road game of the year as the Royals go for their first .500 season since 1993.
Royals Notes: Frank White will manage the Wichita Wranglers next year, Tom Gamboa sues his attackers, Paul Abbott wants to stay in KC.
Saturday's Notes: Brian Anderson could be back for the 2004 Royals.
Angel Berroa and Carlos Beltran both receive honorable mentions in Sports Illustrated's list of Gold Glovers.
Prospectus Triple Play: scroll down for a look at KC's season and the silver lining of Berroa's ROY chances, and Mike Sweeney's contract.

Stats Leaders
Through Saturday, September 20th:

RCAA
Carlos Beltran 33
Mike Sweeney 10
Aaron Guiel 8
Rondell White 1
David DeJesus 0
Raul Ibanez 0
Tom Prince -1
Brandon Berger -2
Jarrod Patterson -2
Julius Matos -3
Angel Berroa -4
Mendy Lopez -4
Joe Randa -4
Brent Abernathy -6
Dee Brown -9
Mike DiFelice -10
Desi Relaford -18
Carlos Febles -20
Ken Harvey -22
Brent Mayne -22

RSAA
Darrell May 32
Jeremy Affeldt 15
Curtis Leskanic 9
Jose Lima 9
Jamey Wright 9
D.J. Carrasco 8
Al Levine 6
Brian Anderson 5
Runelvys Hernandez 5
Mike MacDougal 5
Kris Wilson 4
Jimmy Gobble 3
Kevin Appier 2
Paul Abbott 1
Nate Field 1
Miguel Asencio 0
Jason Grimsley 0
Kyle Snyder 0
Graeme Lloyd -6
Brad Voyles -7

Darrell May is 5th in RSAA, 5th in shutouts, 8th in fewest baserunners per 9 innings, 5th in neutral percentage, 9th in most home runs allowed.
Carlos Beltran is 14th in OPS, 2nd in stolen bases, 3rd in triples, 6th in runs created per game, 5th in BPA, 6th in total average, and 9th in secondary average.
Jason Grimsley is 2nd in games pitched.
Mike MacDougal is 6th in saves, 2nd in games finished.
Raul Ibanez is 7th in singles, and 2nd in sac flies.
Angel Berroa is 8th in triples, 2nd in sacrifices, 4th in times hit by pitch, and 9th in sac flies.
Joe Randa is 6th in sacrifices.
Ken Harvey has the worst RCAA of any AL starting first baseman.
Brent Mayne has the worst RCAA of any AL starting catcher.
Michael Tucker is 2nd in times caught stealing.
Chris George is 3rd in balks.

These numbers come from Lee Sinins. For an explanation of RCAA and other stats, visit
this stat glossary.

// posted by Harley @ 10:25 AM

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Slip Sliding Away

Indians 9, Royals 1: It was closer than the score suggests, but the Royals' playoff hopes were reduced from slim to slimmer in Cleveland last night. Minnesota beat the White Sox, putting KC 4.5 games back in the AL Central race.
Jose Lima returns to the mound against C.C. Sabathia tonight.
Royals Notes: Mike Sweeney sat out last night's game, though not by choice.
Bob Dutton chronicles KC's fading chances at the postseason.
Mike Sweeney was named KC's recipient of the 2003 Roberto Clemente award.
Aaron Gleeman continues to gleefully gloat over the Twins' success--and the White Sox coming up short. Hey, if the Royals don't win it, I'd rather watch Minnesota in the playoffs than Chicago.
This Date in Royals History: September 18, 1975--Harmon Killebrew hits his 573rd and final career home run. Playing for the Kansas City Royals, Killebrew homers at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, where he played most of his major league career. Amos Otis also homered in the game, which the Royals won, 4-3. Box Score & PBP.
Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royal made his major league debut 26 years ago today? He played his first 5 seasons for the Royals and had his best year in 1980 when he hit .294 with 10 home runs and 31 doubles. He hit .417 during the 1980 World Series, with four singles and a double. He also stole a base during that series, matching his career stolen base total for the regular season. He's currently the manager of a big league club.

// posted by Harley @ 10:50 AM

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Running out of time

Royals 12, Indians 8: Angel Berroa had a career-high 5 hits, raising his average to .600 since being moved to the leadoff spot, but the nearly gave the game away with two errors. The Royals won ugly, but the Twins won too, so we're still 3.5 back in the standings. We need Chicago to win the next two games, and Minnesota to lose two more than us over the final 10 games. Not impossible, but not very probable either.
Paul Abbott pitches tonight against Jake Westbrook, who threw well in Thursday's rain-delayed game.
Dick Kaegel looks at another KC clubhouse leader: Joe Randa.
Q & A with D.J. Carrasco
John Donovan of Sports Illustrated has stopped believing.
Zack Greinke was namd the Sporting News Minor League Baseball Player of the Year.
Baseball Truth has a nice article on the weaknesses of the potential playoff teams.
Aaron Gleeman has a great look at the Minnesota-Chicago series. Gleeman: "let me be the first to say this: The 2003 AL Central division race is over....I feel so confident about my prediction that you know what you can do with it? You can put it on the board....YESSSSSSSS!!!!!

This Date in Royals History: September 17, 1979--George Brett gets his 20th triple of the season in a 16-4 victory over the Angels. Brett is the 6th player in history to get 20 doubles, triples, and home runs in a season. Box Score & PBP
September 17, 1984--Reggie Jackson gets his 500th career home run, but the Royals win, 10-1. Box Score & PBP
September 17, 1999--Carlos Beltran scores his 100th run. He's the first rookie since Fred Lynn of the 1975 Red Sox with 100 runs and 100 RBIs. Box Score

Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royal made his debut 24 years ago today? He began his career in Cincinnati and ended it in Texas, but his best season was for the 1985 Royals, when he went 17-9 with a 2.69 ERA. In a 14-year career, he won 140 games and threw 18 shutouts. He pitched in 13 postseason games, and may be best remembered for surrenduring a home run in one of them.

// posted by Harley @ 10:46 AM

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I can see the buzzards, I can hear the crows, with 13 games to go...

Royals 10, Tigers 4: Joe Randa homered and drove in five runs in support of Brian Anderson, who went 7 1/3. Curtis Leskanic defused a two-one, one out situation with two ground balls, and Mike MacDougal worked a perfect ninth. Meanwhile, Minnesota beat Cleveland to move a half game ahead of the White Sox, who they host today.
Darrell May faces Billy Traber as the Royals road trip heads to Cleveland.
Rob & Rany was updated yesterday. Rany thinks KC's shot at the playoffs is slightly better than the 0.8% chance predicted by Baseball Prospectus.
Royals Notes: The rotation is set, Royals need to go at least 4-9 to lock in Mike Sweeney through 2007, class A Idaho Falls is now a Royals affiliate.
David Glass is talking about signing Allard Baird and Tony Pena to long-term contracts after the season.
Idaho Falls, formerly known as the Padres, will be selecting a new name this fall.
Wilmington Blue Rocks General Manager Chris Kemple has been named Carolina League Executive of the Year.

Joe Randa's home run last night moved him into 13th on the Royals' career home run list:
1. George Brett - 317
2. Amos Otis - 193
3. Hal McRae - 169
4. Frank White - 160
5. John Mayberry - 143
6. Mike Sweeney - 137
7. Danny Tartabull - 124
8. Steve Balboni - 119
9. Bo Jackson - 109
10. Carlos Beltran - 105
11. Mike MacFarlane - 103
12. Jermaine Dye - 85
13. Joe Randa - 77
13. Willie Aikens - 77
15. Johnny Damon - 65
16. Gary Gaetti - 61
16. Darrell Porter - 61
18. Ed Kirkpatrick - 56
19. Jeff King - 55
20. Raul Ibanez - 54

This Date in Royals History: September 16, 1996--Paul Molitor gets his 3,000th career hit at Kauffman Stadium. Molitor, the 21st player to reach the exclusive hit club, becomes the first player to achieve the milestone with a triple. The Royals get five runs in the 6th, including a 2-run home run by Keith Lockhart, and defeat the Twins 6-5. Box Score
September 16, 1999--Carlos Beltran becomes the first American League rookie since Mark McGwire to get 100 RBIs, in a 7-1 Royals victory over the Angels. Beltran gets a two-run homer to reach the milestone. Box Score

Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royal made his major league debut 22 years ago today? He played nine seasons in the majors, including 4 years in both Kansas City and Detroit, and short stints in New York and San Francisco. In 138 games for the 1984 Royals, his best season, he hit .283 with 24 doubles, 8 home runs, and 19 stolen bases. In 876 career games, he never fielded anywhere but the outfield. Despite having just 51 career home runs, he hit 3 homers in the postseason, including two in the 1985 ALCS vs. Toronto.

// posted by Harley @ 10:51 AM

Monday, September 15, 2003

Living it up at the Hotel California

Royals 7, Tigers 2: Angel Berroa knocked in three runs, and Jimmy Gobble threw 7 strong innings as KC kept pace with the winning Twins and White Sox.
Brian Anderson goes against Gary Knotts in today's game, a make-up of a snowed-out game in April. With Minnesota and Chicago both off, it's a "bonus" game that could pull us to within 3 games of the leaders.
Rob & Rany was updated on the 11th. Much screaming and cursing.
Joe Posnanski compares the AL Central race to the Hotel California: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
Baseball Primer has updated its biweekly AL Central review.
Angel Berroa has done well in the leadoff spot the past 2 games.
MLB.com has an article on Angel Berroa's rookie of the year chances.
Q & A with Mike MacDougal.
Jeff Flanagan has an early look at the 2004 Royals rotation.
Bob Dutton on David Glass's plans to hold on to Carlos Beltran.
Kurt Caywood has stopped believing. He's looking to 2004.
There is a new Soren Petro discussion email list. To subscribe, send an email to: spetro-subscribe@topica.com
This Date in Royals History: September 15, 1977--The Royals win their club-record 16th consecutive game, putting them in first place by 10.5 games.

// posted by Harley @ 10:55 AM

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Raul Ibanez: "You heard guys saying: 'We’re going to win this game. We’re going to come back and win'...there was a different feeling tonight."

Royals 9, Indians 7: It wasn't pretty, but the Royals got the job done last night. With Chicago losing to the Twins, KC is now 3.5 games behind the White Sox and 2.5 behind the Twins. Best case scenario: Minnesota loses today versus Chicago and gets swept by them next week; Chicago gets swept at Fenway over the weekend. Then the Royals would have a good chance of heading into Comiskey within a game of first place.
The bottom line is that the Royals have to take care of business against Detroit and Cleveland. Darrell May goes against Jake Westbrook this afternoon.
Royals Notes: Carlos Beltran may be a Royal in 2004, Jamey Wright will start on Saturday, Jose Lima should be back next week.
Bob Dutton on KC's chances of keeping Carlos Beltran.
Tony Pena is (what else?) confident that Jose Lima will return to the rotation.
Joe Posnanski is a believer until the bitter end.
Mlb.com has a nice rundown of the 17 teams still in playoff contention, including a comparison of their remaining schedules.
Baseball Prospectus offers "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Playoff Tiebreakers But Were Afraid to Ask."
The Wilmington Blue Rocks have announced their 2004 schedule.
This Date in Royals History: September 11, 1970--Oakland rookie Vida Blue throws a one-hitter against the Royals.
September 11, 1998--Kevin Appier makes his first start following surgery, and ties the franchise strikeout record. Royals beat the Mariners, 8-5.
Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royals pitcher made his major league debut 20 years ago today? He played his first 5 seasons with KC, but had the best year of his career the year after he was traded, going 23-8 with a 2.73 ERA and finishing 2nd in the Cy Young voting. He pitched in 11 postseason games for 5 different franchises and owns 2 World Series rings.

// posted by Harley @ 10:36 AM

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Tony Pena: "It didn't look good tonight. But don't give up. We are not dead yet."

Indians 7, Royals 1: A tough loss to swallow. With 19 games left, the Royals have to win their games against Cleveland and Detroit in order to have a chance. If we don't, then we probably don't deserve to make the playoffs.
In tonight's game, Brian Anderson will pitch against his former teammates.
Even if no one else does, Tony Pena still believes
Miguel Asencio will not be back this season.
Joe Posnanski weighs in on the rookie of the year race.
This Date in Royals History: September 10, 1969—Using a major league record 27 players in one game, KC loses to the Angels, 11-4.
Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royal made his major league debut 35 years ago today? After playing 105 games in four seasons for the Astros, he became a Kansas City regular in 1972. He still ranks in the top 5 on the Royals' career home run list. He homered in both the 1976 and 1977 ALCS, but ended his career in 1982 with the hated Yankees.

// posted by Harley @ 10:41 AM

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

The Home Stretch

There are just 20 games left in the season. With Chicago 3 1/2 and Minnesota 2 1/2 games ahead, the Royals need to finish strong in order to have a shot at the postseason. Here's how the Royals' schedule looks the rest of the way: (scheduled pitchers guaranteed to change)

3 games vs. Cleveland (Gobble, Anderson, & May vs. Davis, Sabathia, & Westbrook)
3 games at Detroit (Wright, Abbott, & Gobble vs. Maroth, Mears, & Roberston)
3 games at Cleveland (Lima, Anderson, & May vs. Westbrook, Stanford, & Lee)
3 games at Chicago (Abbott, Gobble, & Lima vs. Colon, Buehrle, & Garland)
3 games vs. Detroit (Anderson, May, & Asencio vs. Cornejo, Maroth, & Mears)
4 games vs. Chicago (Gobble, Lima, Anderson, & May vs. Buehrle, Garland, Loaiza, & Colon)

The Royals probably need to win 15-16 of those games in order to have a shot. The nine-game road trip, ending in Chicago, is especially important--it could be a momentum killer. But the bottom line is, if we can get to the final week still within 2 games or so, we'll have a very good chance. If you have any opportunity to attend one of the next ten home games, by all means do. You might get a chance to witness history, at the very least you can salute the Royals for giving us such a great season this year. I'll be attending the September 27th game versus the White Sox--my pulse is already racing just thinking about it!
Rob Neyer and Joe Posnanski on Tony Pena's misuse of the bullpen.
Jeremy Affeldt learns by studying the best.
Q & A with director of stadium operations Chris Richardson, aka "The Tyrant of Trading Up"

This Date in Royals History:
September 9, 1968--Joe Gordon is hired to be the Royals' first manager.
September 9, 1976--George Brett goes 5-for-5 as the Royals beat the Angels 6-5, in 10 innings

Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royal made his major league debut 36 years ago today? He led the Royals in ERA in 1972, the only year he threw in more than 30 games. He also led the league in WHIP that year. In 1973, he threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the postseason. He had his only career extra-base hit in the Royals' inaguaral year, after being selected in the expansion draft.

// posted by Harley @ 12:26 PM

Monday, September 08, 2003

Stats Leaders

Through Saturday, September 6th:

RCAA
Carlos Beltran 29
Mike Sweeney 16
Aaron Guiel 9
Rondell White 1
David DeJesus 0
Tom Prince -1
Mendy Lopez -2
Jarrod Patterson -2
Raul Ibanez -3
Julius Matos -3
Angel Berroa -4
Joe Randa -8
Dee Brown -9
Mike DiFelice -11
Desi Relaford -18
Carlos Febles -20
Ken Harvey -20
Brent Mayne -22

RSAA
Darrell May 30
D.J. Carrasco 11
Jeremy Affeldt 10
Jose Lima 8
Curtis Leskanic 6
Brian Anderson 4
Al Levine 4
Mike MacDougal 4
Kris Wilson 4
Nate Field 3
Kevin Appier 2
Jamey Wright 2
Miguel Asencio 0
Jason Grimsley 0
Jimmy Gobble -1
Paul Abbott -2
Brad Voyles -5
Graeme Lloyd -6


Carlos Beltran is 2nd in stolen bases, 6th in triples, 5th in runs created per game, 5th in BPA, 7th in total average, 8th in secondary average, and 16th in OPS.
Darrell May is 5th in RSAA, 4th in shutouts, 10th in ERA, 10th in innings pitched, 10th in complete games, 5th in neutral percentage, 7th in fewest hits per 9 innings, 7th in fewest baserunners per 9 innings, and tied for 7th in home runs allowed.
Jason Grimsley leads the league in games pitched.
Mike MacDougal is 6th in saves, and 2nd in games finished.
Raul Ibanez is 7th in singles, and 2nd in sac flies.
Desi Relaford is 9th in stolen bases.
Angel Berroa is 2nd in sacrifices, and 3rd in times hit by pitch.
Joe Randa is 5th in sacrifices.
Aaron Guiel is 8th in times hit by pitch.
Ken Harvey has the worst RCAA of any starting first baseman, and is tied for 8th in worst RCAA overall.
Michael Tucker is 2nd in times caught stealing.
Carlos Febles is tied for 8th in worst RCAA.
Chris George is tied for 9th in worst RSAA, and 3rd in balks.

These numbers come from Lee Sinins. For an explanation of RCAA and other stats, visit
this stat glossary.

// posted by Harley @ 12:29 PM
Weekend News

Royals 5, Angels 0
Angels 3, Royals 1
Angels 6, Royals 5: The Royals get swept in a doubleheader, then rebound on Sunday with a good outing from Paul Abbott. Now KC hosts Cleveland while the White Sox and Twins beat up on each other. Root against the Twins, as we don't get any more chances with them head-to-head.
Royals Notes: The Royals have their last off day of the season today.
Rany Jazayerli offers his opinions on the next three weeks.
Ask the Royals: Why is Graeme Lloyd struggling?
Bob Dutton looks at the Chicago/Minnesota series.
Aaron Gleeman says the Royals are "out of the picture" in the AL Central. I think he'll be eating his words a week from now...
This Date in KC Basebal History:
September 8, 1953--The Chicago Cubs make one of the best transactions in franchise history, purchasing infielder Ernie Banks from the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. The Cubs surrender a mere $10,000 for Banks, who will hit 512 home runs over a 19-year major league career
September 8, 1965--Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A's becomes the first major leaguer to play all nine positions in a game. Campy accomplishes the unusual feat, which was prompted by A's' owner Charlie Finley, during a 5-3 loss to the California Angels. Usually a shortstop, Campy catches the ninth inning and is knocked from the game after a collision with Ed Kirkpatrick.
September 8, 2002--Mariners 16, Royals 9. Seattle wins on an 8-run 11th inning, tying the AL record for most runs in the 11th.

Trivia: (answer in comments)
What former Royals pitcher made his major league debut 31 years ago today? He played 8 seasons, all of them with Kansas City. He was selected for the All-Star team in 1974 and 1975 and was in the top ten in the AL in strikeouts three times. He threw 20 complete games in 1974--imagine a pitcher in 2003 doing that!

// posted by Harley @ 10:54 AM

Friday, September 05, 2003

Friday's News

Diamondbacks 6, Royals 5: Despite a strong outing from Brad Voyles and Carlos Beltran playing superman in the 9th, the Royals lost another heartbreaker.
The Royals head to Anaheim for a 4-game series. Chicago hosts Cleveland, and the Rangers visit Minnesota.
Rob and Rany rant on Tony Pena's use of the bullpen.
Royals Notes: Jose Lima and Miguel Asencio both on track to return in the next couple of weeks. Jamey Wright will get a start in Saturday's doubleheader.
Joe Posnanski looks at yesterday's give-away game.
Kurt Caywood points out that, karmically speaking, the Royals are a shoo-in.
Prospectus Triple Play: scroll down for stoppers, Joe Randa, Jeremy Affeldt, and more.
The Wichita Wranglers are down 2-0 in their best of 5 series vs. Frisco.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks lost game 2 of their series to the Lynchburg Hillcats, ending a good season for the A-ball club.
Union Broadcasting is being sued over royals radio deal.

This Date in Royals History: September 5, 1968—2,156 season tickets are sold on the first day of Royals ticket sales.
September 5, 1991—Chicago scores 10 runs with 2 outs in the 4th inning en route to an 11-2 win over the Royals. Bo Jackson gets 2 hits for the White Sox, his first since his hip injury.

Trivia: (Answer in comments)
What Royals pitcher made his big league debut 22 years ago today? After a cup of coffee with Seattle, he pitched for the Royals 7 seasons, and went 17-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 1984. In a 15-season career, he started nearly 300 games and appeared as a reliever over 100 times. He had more than 1,000 career strikeouts in 2,000+ innings.

// posted by Harley @ 10:00 AM

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Another one bites the dust

Royals 3, Rangers 1: Jimmy Gobble threw seven strong innings and the Royals ended another 4-game losing streak. After an awful week, the Royals find themselves just one game behind the Twins and White Sox. Mike MacDougal got out of trouble in the 9th to earn his 27th save.
Minnesota won in dramatic fashion to tie the White Sox for first place. With Chicago and Minnesota both off today, the Royals can move to 1/2 game back with a win.
Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks come to Kauffman this afternoon. Brad Voyles, back from AAA, will start for KC.
Royals Notes: Sunday's rainout vs. the Angels has been rescheduled for a Saturday doubleheader in Anaheim, so the Royals will play only 80 games at home this year. Rondell White should be back in the lineup today, Jose Lima may be back in the rotation by September 15.
Royals Report: Miguel Asencio will pitch in the playoffs...for Wichita or Wilmington. Jamey Wright should (finally!) get a shot at the 5th starter's role next week.
Royals Farm Watch from the KC Star.
Joe Posnanski gives Tony Pena the "Dionne Warwick" award.
Q & A with Ken Harvey.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks lost game 1 of the Northern Division series.

This Date in Royals History: September 4, 2002--Oakland 12, Royals 11. The Athletics set an AL record by winning their 20th consecutive game. Oakland blows an 11-0 lead, then wins in the 9th.

Trivia: What former Royals pitcher made his major league debut 29 years ago today? A 20-game winner, he struck out 31 batters in his postseason career. He led the American League in games started 3 times, and led the league in shutouts in 1979. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he played 12 major league seasons, all of them for Kansas City.

// posted by Harley @ 11:03 AM

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Contest!
Royals Baseball newsblog is proud to announce our first reader contest. To enter, all you have to do is contribute your thoughts on the Royals by clicking on the "comment" link below any entry during September. To qualify, comments must be topical and complete--no "me too!" entries. Be sure to include your name and email address. At the end of the month, one of you will be randomly selected to receive a selection of Royals baseball cards, including:
1986 Topps - Frank White
1987 Topps - George Brett
1990 Donruss AS - Bo Jackson
1991 Score - Kurt Stillwell
1998 Topps - Johnny Damon

// posted by Harley @ 10:58 AM
Oh so close...

Rangers 8, Royals 7: Nearly everthing went wrong, but the Royals still made it close. Jeremy Affeldt had his worst relief outing of the year. Angel Berroa made two key errors. Royals pitchers walked 8 batters, and KC left men in scoring position three times. Chicago lost and Minnesota won, putting the Royals in third place but just 2 games back.
Jimmy Gobble takes the hill against John Thomson and the Rangers tonight.
Royals Notes: Kyle Snyder and Kevin Appier both had surgery yesterday; David DeJesus, Tom Prince, Jarrod Patterson, Jimmy Gobble, and Brad Voyles were promoted to the big club. Sunday's rainout vs. Anaheim has yet to be rescheduled. Possibilities include adding it to the Arizona game tomorrow, playing it in Anaheim this weekend, or playing it September 29.
Rob & Rany was updated on Monday. They discuss a four-man rotation.
The Wichita Wranglers lost game 1 of the Texas League Eastern Division Series to the Frisco Roughriders.
Wilmington Blue Rock Kyle Middleton led the Carolina League in ERA. The Rocks' playoff run begins tonight.
Baseball Truth is taking your votes for the end-of-season awards. Vote for Angel Berroa for AL ROY and Tony Pena for manager of the year.
Royals beat Cardinals in state fair ballot.
Trivia: (Answer in comments)
What former Royal made his major league debut 17 years ago today? His first full season was also his best: .323 average with 207 hits, 33 doubles, 15 home runs, 83 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He played 12 seasons in the majors, and might be best remembered for trying to blow a bunt foul.

// posted by Harley @ 10:43 AM