The Royals run their winning streak to 4 games with another late-inning 6-4 win on Friday night. Billy Butler slammed a 472-foot pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 4-4 tie and gave the Royals a 2-run lead.
Aaron Crow pitched in the 9th in a save situation because closer Greg Holland had appeared in 3 straight games. Crow earned his 4th save of his career (2nd of the season) on Mizzou night at the K—rather fitting since Crow is a Mizzou alum.
After looking like they were going to wilt just before the trade deadline, the Royals have bounced back to even their post-All-Star record at 4-4.
Thursday marked the reporting date for veterans at Chiefs camp. With Jamaal Charles reporting a few hours late after signing a new contract, there are no holdouts. The team looks ready to focus on football instead of business.
Meanwhile, local colleges KU, K-State, and MU are gearing up for their fall sports season.
- Kings of Kauffman – David Hill worried that Hosmer’s stubborness will hurt the team in the 2nd half:
Last night, Hosmer was once again out of the lineup, as he had aggravated his bruised hand after talking Ned Yost into letting him into the lineup the previous day. Butler once again started at first, with Nori Aoki as the Royals designated hitter. With an important four game series against the Cleveland Indians, the Royals would be better off having their hottest hitter in the lineup.
Instead, Eric Hosmer’s bruised hand has gotten worse due to his insistence that he was ready to play the other day
First the Royals, after today I can tell that they really like to hire friends and long time co-workers. John Wathan is on his 4th stint, Dean Taylor his 3rd, Art Stewart is been around since Lou Gehrig, and Bill Pecota seems like another former player turned front office guy. I just really got the impression that they like familiarity and comfort in the office and for that matter on the field. I think this tradition started with Mr. Kaufmann
- Arrowhead Addict – Over the Cap.com reviews the team’s best and worst contracts, tabs Dwayne Bowe’s deal as the worst on the team:
It kind of seems like Over The Cap chose Bowe as a default because who else were they going to pick? Kansas City really does not have very many bad contracts on their roster, especially with Brandon Flowers coming off the books in June. Tamba Hali takes a nice chuck of the salary cap but he is still a perennial Pro Bowl player, and Eric Berry’s contract is a product of the former collective bargaining agreement. If not Bowe then who? seems to be the question Over The Cap is proposing.
- Kansas City Star – Chiefs seek more production from TEs:
Chiefs tight ends produced just 53 receptions for five touchdowns in 2013, and Sean McGrath, who had nearly half of them with 26 for 302 of the unit’s 541 yards, is contemplating not returning this year.
- KUSports.com – Tom Keegan disputes head coach Charlie Weis’ claim that his current roster is his deepest ever at KU
- Truman’s Tales – 4 Mizzou fottball players land on pre-season All-SEC team:
Not only is quarteback Maty Mauk a favorite to be player of the year in the Southeastern Conference– and maybe a sleeper Heisman pick– but now, four star players from the team have been named to one of college football’s biggest watch lists.
There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.