Aug 23, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) lines up behind center against the Minnesota Vikings in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Minnesota won the game 30-12. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Buster Olney, Tyler Bray, Sporting KC's new alliance

The Royals lost their second game in a row, falling 6-1 to the Indians Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The loss tightened up the A.L. Central, reducing the Royals lead over the Tigers to 1/2 game and bringing the Indians within 4.5 games of first place. Kansas City needs ace James Shields to get the team back on track with a win.

Meanwhile, across the parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium, Chiefs GM John Dorsey has to get down to 53 players by 3PM Saturday.

Sporting KC lost 3-1 at Sporting Park, continuing KC’s woes at home.

Today, KU, MU, and K-State all open their football seasons on Saturday.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

The Royals have a great bullpen, an improved rotation and great outfield depth. The additions of Josh Willingham, Raul Ibanez and Jason Frasor have really helped the Royals moving forward. They may not have the stars that the Tigers have with Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer or Victor Martinez, but they have the depth that the Tigers don’t have.

The bat tool of a hitter is one of the most difficult things to predict in scouting, making hitters a tougher job than pitchers. For example: a pitcher in A-ball can face poor competition and still showcase the great sink on his fastball, a biting slider and nice body control throughout his delivery. Even if he’s a little older for the league and mowing through innings, his age will matter a little less than the hitter because the quality of the pitches can hold true as he moves up.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Bray’s injuries [knee and ankle] may be enough for the Chiefs to place Bray on the injured reserve list, which would allow Kansas City to keep both Aaron Murray and Bray without having both of them on the 53-man roster.

SPORTING KC

  • Reporting KC – Sporting KC and Brazil’s Fulminense FC create strategic alliance:

Sporting KC just announced via Twitter that the team and Brazilian top flight club Fluminense FC have agreed to a player loaning partnership. According to the news release, Fluminense will “loan at least one player per MLS season to Sporting Kansas City,” and potentially loan other players to Sporting’s USL Pro affiliate Oklahoma City Energy FC. In addition, Sporting KC will have the opportunity to loan players to Fluminense. The deal “runs through 2016,” according to the release.

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

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