Around the Kingdom: James Shields, Dwayne Bowe, and Jon Kempin


The Royals lost a late 1-0 lead against Minnesota when manager Ned Yost tried to give a rest to his taxed pen by asking Yordano Ventura to pitch the 7th inning. The Twins scored 3 runs in a late rally to break Kansas City’s 3-game winning streak.

The loss caused the Royals to lose a game to the Tigers, who defeated the Mariners Saturday night. The Royals still hold a .5 game lead over the Tiger for 1st place in the A.L. Central.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are gearing up for their 2nd pre-season game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. QB Alex Smith is expected to play the first half, with reserves Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray to play ihe 2nd half.

Sporting KC returned to their winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Toronto at Sporting Park. Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin made 2 saves and got the victory in his first start. At 21, Kempin is the youngest player to ever start in goal in franchise history. Dom Dwyer scored 2 goals to make it 16 on the year, the 2nd most in the MLS.

Both KU and K-State held open practices for their fans on Saturday on their Fan Appreciation Days.


"When James Shields went through his struggles over an eight start span from May 24th through July 1st, his reliance upon the cutter may have been partially to blame. In May and June, Shields threw 289 cutters, using that pitch 24.78% of the time."

  • Royals Review – The Royals are in 1st place; KC fans should enjoy it while it lasts:

"Let’s just leave it at this: Three cheers for Royals fans, who have something really, truly substantial to get worked up about for the first time in forever. My personal belief is that this team is as much a tease as last year’s, which had a record not particularly different from those of ballclubs like the Orioles or Yankees or Nationals, teams viewed as disappointments."


"While I’m sure that Bowe and the team are pleased this wasn’t a longer suspension, this will have an impact on offensive possibilities in Week 1. The wide receiver group in Kansas City has talent, but not much live game experience. Donnie Avery is the team’s No. 2 receiver, but his 2013 performance leaves serious questions about his ability to pick up the slack in Bowe’s stead."


  • Sporting KC – Recap of Sporting’s 4-1 win over Toronto:

"Dwyer’s brace was his League-leading fifth of the season and brings his goal scoring total to 16 goals this year, second in the MLS Golden Boot race and the most in a single-season by a KC player since Preki scored 18 in 1996. Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin made two saves and earned the victory in his first career MLS start at age 21, making him the youngest goalkeeper to start a match in club history."



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