Third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez shouldered the blame for the baserunning blunder that cost the Royals dearly in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. Rodriguez threw up his hands, stopping David Lough just a few strides from scoring the tying run against the Indians.
With the TV camera rolling, Royals catcher Salvador Perez took the microphone on Wednesday and did a pregame "interview" with pitcher Bruce Chen, who was celebrating his 36th birthday.
Right-hander Ervin Santana didn't get a victory, of course, in the Royals' 4-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night, but by allowing just one run in seven innings, he lowered his ERA to 2.64.
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie will look to help get the Royals back on track when he opposes White Sox lefty Hector Santiago on Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Right-hander Luis Mendoza opened with four hitless innings, but he came undone in a decisive three-run sixth as the Royals dropped a 6-3 decision to the Indians in Wednesday night's rubber game.
Kansas City Royals Minor League report: June 18
George Brett is the first to admit that he has a lot to learn about the high-tech aspects of hitting in the modern game, but the Hall of Famer is doing his best to help turn around the Royals' struggling offense.
Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino has been recalled from his Minor League rehabilitation assignment because of lower back stiffness. Paulino made one start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last July 3.
The Royals currently are operating with a seven-man bullpen but, with the starting pitchers going much deeper into games this season, would manager Ned Yost consider going with six relievers?
Right-hander Ervin Santana logged seven strong innings, but received a no-decision after the Royals' bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth during Tuesday's night's 4-3 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.
Justin Marks pitched well in Triple-A Omaha's 2-0 loss to Iowa on Monday, allowing three hits over six innings. Johnny Giavotella was 1-for-3 with a walk for the Storm Chasers.
Tickets remain on sale for the Royals' annual fundraiser, the Diamond of Dreams, on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. The event will benefit the University of Kansas Hospital's Neonatal Medical Home.
If you think the fathers of Royals players are happy about having their sons playing in the Major Leagues, consider this: On Monday, the dads themselves took batting practice at Progressive Field with Hall of Famer George Brett throwing the pitches.
James Shields was working on adding to it on Monday night against the Indians, but when right-hander Wade Davis went six innings on Sunday against Tampa Bay, the Royals' pitching staff reached something of a milestone.
Righty James Shields logged six strong innings in a no-decision, while pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to give the Royals a 2-1 win over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.
Yordano Ventura earned his first Triple-A win as Omaha snapped a three-game skid on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Iowa.
The Rays announced on Sunday that they will call up outfielder Wil Myers, their No. 1 prospect, from Triple-A Durham in advance of Tuesday's doubleheader at Fenway Park. To make room on the active roster, second baseman Ryan Roberts was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
When it comes to goals, manager Ned Yost's next one for the Royals is simple: Reach .500. The Royals lost 5-3 to the Rays on Saturday, dropping them to 32-34.
The Royals' Eric Hosmer was relieved after his visit on Saturday night to see Rays pitcher Alex Cobb doing well at a local hospital. It was Hosmer's line drive that struck Cobb in the right ear in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-3 Tampa Bay victory.
Considering Mike Moustakas' .184 batting average entering Sunday, Royals manager Ned Yost was asked if he'd considered moving left fielder Alex Gordon back to third base. Taken aback a bit, Yost at first didn't want to comment, but then he did.
Father's Day had an entirely new slant for 21 dads and two sons. They were part of the traveling entourage on the Royals' trip to Tampa and Cleveland.
Right-hander Wade Davis worked six solid innings to beat his former team, while Alcides Escobar aided a two-run sixth that propelled the Royals to a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Sunday and a series win at Tropicana Field.
Eric Hosmer was clearly shaken, but he immediately was headed to the hospital to visit Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb. It was Hosmer's sizzling line drive that struck Cobb on the right side of the head in the fifth inning of the Royals' 5-3 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
If Royals manager Ned Yost or, for that matter, Rays manager Joe Maddon were filling out an All-Star ballot, they'd probably be voting for Salvador Perez at catcher. Not only is he hitting .316 this season, Perez's defensive prowess has earned widespread admiration.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza's left knee tends to get a little achy, but it's not expected to keep him from making his next start. Mendoza set off some alarms in the second inning on Friday, limping as he covered first.
The Royals' offense has started showing more life recently since the installation of George Brett and Pedro Grifol as the new hitting coaches. Two of the greatest concerns were third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was tagged for three home runs while Salvador Perez went deep late in the Royals' 5-3 loss to the Rays on Saturday that snapped Kansas City's three-game win streak.
From the first day of T-ball, Billy Butler's family was a ballpark family. Now, as a big leaguer, Kansas City's designated hitter has made all of his father's dreams come true.
Four more selections in last week's First-Year Player Draft have agreed to terms with the Royals, including seventh-round pick Kyle Bartsch, left-handed pitcher from the University of South Florida; and 10th-round pick Alex Newman, outfielder from Cypress College.
Billy Butler's three RBIs in the Royals' 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Friday night vaulted him past Carlos Beltran on the team's all-time ledger. Butler now stands eighth on the franchise list with 517.