Aug 9, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Alex Gordon, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Bourbon, Taylor Cox

The Kansas City Royals keep chugging along in 1st place with their 7-4 win against Colorado Tuesday night. Omar Infante knocked in 4 RBI’s with 3 doubles and a single, while starting pitcher James Shields collected his 12th win on the season.

The Royals continue to hold a 2-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central. While many claim the Royals are doing it without a superstar, Alex Gordon now has the highest WAR value of any position player in MLB.

The Chiefs continue to evaluate their 2nd preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Rookie TE Travis Kelce made another big play, this time a 43 yard touchdown pass. Kelce brings some serious speeds to the TE position, even at 6-5, 260lbs.

The University of Kansas Jayhawks football team received a serious blow when it lost both senior running backs Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox for the upcoming season.

Sporting KC tied Real Esteli 1-1 in their CONCACAF cup opener in Nicaragua.

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But, of course, that isn’t why Gordon ranks #1 in position player WAR at the moment. He ranks at the top because he’s #3 in MLB in Defensive Runs Above Average, coming in at +17 runs relative to a neutral defensive player.

  • Grantland.com – Rany Jazayerli wonders if the Royals can hang on:

But suddenly, gloriously, Royals fans are starting to ponder the possibility that things might go right. Playoff tickets went on sale over the weekend, and we’re trying to find a way to coax SungWoo back in October. We’re starting to believe again — in the team, and in a front office that has borne the brunt of our frustrations for more than eight years.

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It’s not time to panic, but according to Pro Football Focus, all five starting offensive lineman received a negative pass protection grade Sunday night in Charlotte.

No word on what play this new quad injury happened. It’s only the midway point of the preseason so there is plenty of time if it’s just a minor thing. Bowe is coming off a five catch, 62-yard performance in the Chiefs second preseason game against the Panthers.

SPORTING KC

  • Reporting KC – Sporting ties Real Esteli 1-1 in CONCACAF opener:

Real Esteli established the run of play early despite SKC owning the possession meter (65 percent at the half, 59 percent for the game). Sporting really did a great job in keeping/winning possession, but their key problem tonight was translating it into chances. T

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  • KUSports.com – Jayhawks lose both senior running backs for the 2014 season:

KU coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday night that senior running backs Brandon Bourbon (torn ACL) and Taylor Cox (torn Achilles’ tendon) both will miss the 2014 season after suffering injuries during preseason camp.

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

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