May 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) follows through on a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Flowers, and Andrew Wiggins

The Royals continue to be the talk of KC after winning their 10th straight game with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday. The Royals now lead the A.L. Central by 1.5 games over Detroit. This is the first time the Royals have been in first place this late in the season since 2003.


Not only is every phase of the game playing well, the breaks are going Kansas City’s way. The Royals scored their first run on Wednesday when Alex Gordon‘s 2-out grounder to second hit the bag and squirted away to fall for a hit. That wacky play follows Tuesday’s bumper-pool wild pitch that bounced off the backstop right back to C Salvador Perez in time for him to easily throw out Eugenio Suarez at home plate.

Maybe it’s because the Royals invited their players’ Dads along for the Father’s Day road trip. If this is the result, David Glass needs to consider hiring them en mass as Royals Ambassadors.

The Chiefs continued with the second day of their mini-camp, but fans are still trying to digest cutting long-time corner Brandon Flowers.

Meanwhile, former KU players Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid could go back-to-back atop the upcoming NBA draft. Right now, the two are working out for teams who hold early picks in the draft.


Another possibility is that either Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy is on some sort of innings pitched limit. Duffy is recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn’t thrown 100 innings in a season since 2011. Ventura has never thrown more than (EDIT) 150 innings in a season, is of slight build, and has already had one injury scare this year.


In the past 17 months Andy Reid and John Dorsey have indeed taken hold of the throttle. If you add up the 12 starters on offense (including the FB and the slot receiver as starters), the 11 starters on defense, and the four starters on special team, it gives the Chiefs 27 starters total. Of the 27 starters who were here two years ago, only 10 remain.


“I think I’ll be a star wherever I go,” Wiggins said, via Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s just how confident I am in my ability.”

There you have it—-the news from Around the Kingdom.






Tags: Andrew Wiggins Brandon Flowers Jeff Samardzija Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks

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