Aug 13, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) connects for a single in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Billy Butler, Dwayne Bowe, Jon Kempin, MU Tigers

The Kansas City Royals continue to roll along, winning their series opener against the Twins 6-5 in Minnesota. The victory is the 3rd straight for KC, and allowed the Royals to open a 1.5 game lead on the Tigers in the A.L. Central.

Can it be? Can the Royals really be breaking their 29-year drought before our eyes?

I’m not sure. But it does mean that the Royals will at least be in first place until Sunday morning.

Training camp closed down on Friday as the Chiefs moved home to Arrowhead. A number of things happened in the month at St.Joseph, Missouri, not the least of which was 6th round draft pick Zach Fulton seizing the starting right guard job.

Kansas City native Jon Kempin is having quite the week. First, his save against Toronto was named MLS save of the week. Next comes the news that he will get his first start in goal. It’s been quite the ride for the 21-year-old Blue Valley North graduate.

The Missouri Tigers as well as the K-State Wildcats were ranked among the top 25 in SI’s pre-season rankings.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Now there are a lot of things that factor into the intrinsic value of an equity option (time until expiration, underlying stock volatility etc…), but it seems like at this point it’s best for the Royals to eat the premium, walk away being “out of the money”, and buy the stock player at market price. A market price that is considerably lower.

So, it’s time to worry. But is it time to panic? Probably not. What’s staggering about the Tigers’ tumble to second place is how quickly it happened. A team can’t blow a seven-game lead in 17 games — a confluence of numbers that should make fans of the 1964 Phillies hide under their beds — without help.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Yes, the Chiefs could save a bunch of money against the cap for 2014 and beyond by letting him go after the Titans game, and it does open up another roster spot for a receiver like Frankie Hammond or to keep one of the promising young offensive linemen. None of those things are worth more to the Chiefs for the 2014 season than having Bowe on the field. Cutting him simply does not make sense unless the Chiefs plan to punt the season.

SPORTING KC

  • SportingKC.com – Jon Kempin’s penalty kick save named MLS save of the week:

Four years ago this month, Jon Kempin became Sporting Kansas City’s first ever homegrown player and the team’s youngest signing to that point at age 17. Fast forward to present day and the Sporting KC Academy product had one of the most memorable weeks of his professional career, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game in Portland, Oregon last week before making his MLS debut six days later in Vancouver.

Sporting KC has long viewed Kempin as having the ability to be the club’s goalkeeper of the future, but the future was accelerated out of necessity.

Starting keeper Eric Kronberg broke a bone in his hand last month, and his replacement, Andy Gruenebaum, was injured during the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 loss in Vancouver. Kronberg is still more than a month away from returning.

MISSOURI TIGERS

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

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