Aug 6, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost in the dugout in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Royals Wild Card hopes, DH , Jamaal Charles, Bill Snyder

Looking Around the Kingdom, the Kansas City Royals ran their winning streak to 3 games behind a 4-RBI game from Mike Moustakas in their 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix Wednesday night.

Heck, for all of the jokes on Twitter about S. Korean fan Sung Woo Lee “fixing” Mike Moustakas (and the Royals hitters in general) with his presence, the team is 2-0 with him in country.

Maybe if we could combine Sung Woo with the team fathers (who travelled with the Royals during the team’s 10-game winning streak earlier this season) perhaps we could spark a playoff run.

FINALLY the long off-season wait is over. Today, we will see the return of Chiefs football with KC’s pre-season game against the Bengals at Arrowhead. However, much more importantly for the gamers amoung us, the Chiefs Madden 15 ratings are out. However, according to Madden, the Chiefs’ overall rating of (82) lags behind both Denver (90) and San Diego (83) in the AFC West.

It should also come as no surprise that Madden rates Jamaal Charles as KC’s best player (97).

Sporting KC players Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collins, and Dom Dwyer played in the MLS All-Star game 2-1 victory over European club team champion Bayern Munich.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Over those thirteen games, the Royals have used five different designated hitters. Since Billy Butler has been pressed into service as the Royals main first baseman, he has only made two appearances as the designated hitter. Nori Aoki leads the Royals with four appearances at DH since the 20th, with Salvador Perez and Raul Ibanez each having three. The recently traded Danny Valencia had the other appearance at DH.

  • Royals Review - The Royals have the easiest remaining schedule of all A.L. Wild Card contenders:

And would you look at that! The Royals mathematically have the easiest remaining schedule of all AL contenders right now. I’m still not sure I love our chances down the stretch, but it made me feel a little bit better seeing these numbers.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Madden’s ranking of the Chiefs best players features Jamaal Charles (97) as one of the best players in the game. Justin Houston is a 93 and Tamba Hali is a 92 so the edge pass rush should be pretty amazing. Derrick Johnson is a respectable, but underrated, 91 and Eric Berry was given a 90 rating.

This was one of two meetings the Chiefs have had in the last 10 days, part of their grander hope to build a bridge with American Indians instead of engaging in a fight. The Chiefs have reached out to several Indian groups, though Blackhorse — who has strong local ties — is a notable exception.

SPORTING KC

  • SportingKC.com – 4 Sporting players play in MLS All-Star game victory over Bayern Munich:

Bayern Munich got the first laugh, but the Major League Soccer All-Stars laughed last, as MLS defeated the reigning European champions 2-1 Wednesday night at Providence Park in Portland. New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the game-tying goal and MLS All-Star Game MVP Landon Donovan scored the game-winner to improve MLS’ record in the current All-Star Game format to 6-3-1.

All four Sporting Kansas City All-Stars featured in Wednesday’s match. Defenders Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin as well as winger Graham Zusi started the match and played 45 minutes. It was the third MLS All-Star Game appearance for each player.

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

“I think we’ve sold out,” Snyder said in response to a question. “We’re all about dollars and cents. The concept of college football no longer has any bearing on the quality of the person, the quality of students. Universities are selling themselves out.”

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the] Kingdom.

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