July 17, 2006 |
The Kansas City Royals finally got the best of the Detroit Tigers. Joey Gathright drove in four runs, Scott Elarton pitched six effective innings and Kansas City beat Detroit, 9-6, Sunday for its first win against the Tigers this season. Emil Brown also drove in two runs for Kansas City, which had lost 11 consecutive games against Detroit this season. The Tigers' 10-game home winning streak also was ended. "It's been a long four days here," Royals Manager Buddy Bell said.
May 28, 2006 |
Three Days in ... San Diego The San Diego Padres led the NL West for a few days in mid-May, the Colorado Rockies for most of April and May. Now look at them. After showing some life on the road for the first time in franchise history -- they had at least 51 road losses in each of the previous four seasons -- the Rockies had lost nine of 11 away from the humidor after last week's sweep by the Dodgers.
May 26, 2006 |
Ivan Rodriguez was supposed to get a day off. Unfortunately for the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers catcher had to play. Rodriguez drove in five runs in the last two innings and Detroit rallied from a six-run deficit to win, 13-8, Thursday, handing the Royals their 13th consecutive loss. Vance Wilson was scheduled to catch the finale of the four-game series to give Rodriguez a rest, but Wilson stepped on a ball and injured himself Wednesday night. "I'm ready to play every day," Rodriguez said.
September 29, 2005
The Angels became the fifth team to win consecutive American League West Division titles. Also, a look at teams with the most AL West titles: CONSECUTIVE AL WEST TITLES *--* No. Team Years 5 Oakland Athletics 1971-75 3 Kansas City Royals 1976-78 3 Oakland Athletics 1988-90 2 Minnesota Twins 1969-70 2 Kansas City Royals 1984-85 2 Texas Rangers 1998-99 2 Oakland Athletics 2002-03 2 ANGELS 2004-05 *--* MOST AL WEST TITLES *--* No.
August 20, 2005 |
The Kansas City Royals lost their 19th straight game Friday night, moving within two defeats of the American League record, and Jay Payton homered to help the Oakland Athletics end a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory. Rich Harden (10-5) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings to win for the first time in four outings since a four-start winning streak. He didn't give up a hit until Mike Sweeney's one-out double in the fourth.
May 11, 2005 |
Tony Pena resigned Tuesday night as Kansas City's manager, less than two seasons after he was the American League manager of the year. The move came hours after the Royals lost, 3-1, to the Blue Jays in Toronto and fell to an American League-worst 8-25. Kansas City spokesman Aaron Babcock said Pena would be replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Bob Schaeffer. "I feel that at this time we have not played to the top of our abilities," Pena said in a statement released by the team.
December 26, 2004 |
Right-hander Jose Lima rejoined the Kansas City Royals when he agreed to a one-year contract Saturday, hoping to provide stability and leadership to a rotation that had the American League's worst earned-run average at 5.15. Lima, who pitched for the Royals in 2003, was 13-5 with a 4.07 ERA for the Dodgers last season. He shut out the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League division series. In 12 major league seasons, Lima is 84-82 with a 5.00 ERA.
October 1, 2004 |
Cleveland Indian pitcher Kyle Denney shrugged off being hit in the leg by a bullet, and said Thursday he was grateful he might have been protected by white cheerleader boots he was wearing as part of a hazing ritual. Denney was shot Wednesday night when a bullet pierced the team's bus as it drove to Kansas City International Airport after a game with the Kansas City Royals. Team trainers removed the bullet from Denney's right calf. He stayed overnight at a Kansas City, Mo.
January 7, 2004 |
Two-time American League most valuable player Juan Gonzalez agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals that guarantees him $4.5 million. Kansas City gained a proven power hitter -- if he can stay healthy. Injuries limited Gonzalez to 152 games over the last two seasons, but General Manager Allard Baird said the team is not worried about the durability of the 34-year-old outfielder. "I went out to Arizona and watched him work out for two days," Baird said.