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.
September 4, 2003 |
Rex Hudler, the Angels' exuberant television analyst, was arrested Sunday at the Kansas City, Mo., airport and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the club confirmed Wednesday. Hudler was flying back to Southern California on a commercial flight, departing after the Angels' game earlier in the day against the Kansas City Royals. He did not accompany the team to Minneapolis for a three-game trip that ended there Wednesday because none of those games were televised.
April 20, 2003 |
Even losing their starting pitcher after three innings to a blister couldn't slow down the Kansas City Royals. Albie Lopez pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Jeremy Affeldt as Kansas City beat Detroit, 9-2, Saturday at Kansas City, Mo., to hand the Tigers their 15th loss in 16 games this season.
September 5, 2002 |
It wasn't pretty, but the Oakland Athletics clubbed their way into history Wednesday night, and Billy Beane, the general manager who makes a mockery of baseball's so-called competitive and revenue disparities, suggested there's no way to know where this will end. "The great thing about being young and talented is that there's no ceiling to what you can accomplish," Beane said. "I mean, these guys have proved it the last two years."
May 28, 2002 |
Shortstop David Eckstein, who missed four consecutive games because of a sprained left knee before pinch-hitting in the Angels' 5-2 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, may return to the lineup today when the Angels open a two-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Eckstein said his knee felt a lot better before the team departed for Kansas City, but Angel Manager Mike Scioscia cautioned there is no reason to rush Eckstein back into the lineup.
May 20, 2002 |
When the Angels hired Mike Scioscia as manager, the White House did not issue a commemorative proclamation. When the Kansas City Royals hired Tony Pena as their new manager last week, Pena received a fax with congratulations from Hipolito Mejia, the president of the Dominican Republic. Pena, in Anaheim with the Royals tonight, is the third major league manager from the Dominican Republic, following Felipe Alou and Luis Pujols.