The Kansas City Royals notched their 3rd straight win, spearheaded by Alex Gordon’s 2-run home run (19), to sweep the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night.
The Royals have now won 3 straight after rebounding from 2 consecutive losses to the Indians, along with the suspended game KC trails by 2 runs in the 10th.
The Royals now head to New York to begin a 3-game series with the Yankees before heading to Detroit for a showdown with the Tigers.
The Kansas City Chiefs open their season against the Tennessee Titans at on Sunday. The one encouraging sign is that Kansas City has a clean injury report to begin the season.
Sporting KC is now mired in a 3-game losing streak, after dropping a match to the New England Revolution 3-1 at Gillette Stadium in Boston Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, MU walk-on running back Tyler Hunt is living the dream now that he’s earned a scholarship and begun to see carries.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
- Kings of Kauffman – David Hill asserts that KC’s defense might be Championship caliber:
In looking at the top teams in the American League in terms of defensive runs saved above average, it is notable that four of those five teams harbor legitimate playoff hopes. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, ranked first and tied for third respectively, both lead their divisions. The Oakland A’s, ranked second, hold down the first Wild Card spot, while the fifth ranked Seattle Mariners are a game and a half out of the second Wild Card. The only team in the top five that does not have a chance at the playoffs is the Boston Red Sox.
- Royals Review - Kyle Zimmer, Sean Manaea, and Raul Mondesi headline Royals prospects headed for the instructional league:
I’m a bit behind the curve on this one and didn’t get to catch all the updates and full release until today, but the Royals have released their players going to “compete” in the instructional league this September and October. I say “compete” because there mostly spring training-esque games where players are just working on things, much like the Arizona Fall League can be, but they will play in live games.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
ESPN “Insider” Adam Schefter evidently knew Kansas City RT Donald Stephenson was going to be suspended before even the Chiefs knew about it.
And he tipped them off four days early.
In a new profile of Schefter by Rick Maese of The Washington Post, there is a passage that details a conversation Schefter had with the Chiefs days before Stephenson’s suspension for a PED violation use was announced.
- Monday Morning Quarterback – Conversations with Andrew Luck breaks down the game-winning TD pass that doomed the Chiefs, and Eric Berry talks about playing from the linebacker position:
There’s no better dime linebacking safety than Berry. “To be honest, it was a tough transition, moving from playing deep back to playing up close to the line,” he tells me. We’re standing in a hallway outside the Chiefs’ locker room following a preseason game against the Bengals, which Berry sat out. “You have to think a little bit faster down there because everything happens so much quicker.”
- Reporting KC – Nick Chadbourne’s 5 takeaways from Sporting’s loss to New England:
Sporting has allowed nine goals in a three game span for the first time in the Peter Vermes era. The last time it happened was August of 2009, which included a 0-6 loss to Dallas. Only the Colorado Rapids have allowed as many goals in their last nine games. But in fairness to them, they’ve been hit with the injury bug.
- Kansas City Star – Tyler Hunt living every walk-on’s dream
There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.