Jul 13, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) hits a RBI ground rule double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Eric Hosmer, Terrence Gore, and Kevin Ellis

The Royals dropped their final game in Texas 3-1, missing a chance for their first sweep in Arlington in 11 years.

KCs dead offense wasted an admirable performance by starting pitcher Jason Vargas, who held the Rangers to 2 earned runs despite not having his best stuff. Hmmm. Maybe the Royals could have used the hot bat Eric Hosmer was swinging in July before his hand injury.

The loss shaved Kansas City’s A.L. Central lead over the Tigers to 2 games, after Detroit whomped Minnesota 13-4.

The Chiefs are still dealing with the aftermath of a terrible performance against the Vikings in their 3rd pre-season game on Saturday. Rosters have to be reduced to 75 by Tuesday, meaning teams will need to cut 15 players.

Hmmph. After Saturday, you’d like to cut MORE than 15 players.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Hosmer, the Royals injured first baseman, will undergo another X-ray to determine the status of his right hand. He suffered a stress fracture after being hit by a pitch from Jon Lester on July 20. The fracture went undiagnosed until July 31.

An X-ray taken before the team departed on this 10-day trip showed evidence of healing, but not enough for Hosmer to pick up a bat. He has been limited to conditioning drills in the interim.

  • Kings of Kauffman – Minor leaguer Terrence Gore could become the team’s designated pinch runner in September:

Gore basically possesses one elite tool – his speed. This season, split between the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Omaha Storm Chasers, Gore has stolen 45 bases while being caught only seven times. During his minor league career, Gore has stolen 166 bases, having been caught 17 times. That speed would certainly appear to make him a viable option for a pinch running role, given that the Royals have several players in their lineup who are not exactly fleet of foot.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

There’s one very big caveat here. Jamaal Charles played in just the first game against the Bengals. He hasn’t played in the other two. As you know, Charles has a chance to be an MVP candidate so he’s a pretty damn important player. It’s impossible to fully evaluate the Chiefs offense without Charles.

SPORTING KC

  • Reporting KC – Sporting loans defenseman Kevin Ellis to Energy FC:

SportingKC.com announced today that Kevin Ellis will return to Oklahoma City Energy FC on loan. The move makes Ellis available for Jimmy Nielsen’s OKC squad that’s playing in its final home game of the season tonight. They have three games left in the season and are one point outside the playoff picture, according to the article.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

  • KUSports.com – Jayhawks have improved team speed under Charlie Weis:

“We can run,” defensive backs coach Dave Campo said during the opening week of preseason camp. “Defensively, for sure. For the first time, I feel like we’ve got guys that can line up and run with the guys (we’re) playing against.”

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

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