SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have been waiting patiently for Adalberto Mondesi to develop into the player they thought he could be. The time could be now.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Baltimore has been looking to increase its infield depth, and Escobar is expected to challenge for the starting shortstop spot.
The 32-year-old Escobar has played 11 seasons with Milwaukee and Kansas City and has a .258 lifetime average. In 2018, he hit .231 with four homers and 31 RBIs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ian Kennedy, Alex Gordon and the rest of the Royals' veterans have been watching as their talented young teammates delivered win after win during a surprising late-season surge.
They finally got a piece of the action Saturday night.
Kennedy pitched six innings to earn his first win since the first week of April, Gordon drove in five runs, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 10-3 for their fifth win in six games.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A little bunt by Alcides Escobar paid off big for the Kansas City Royals.
White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez threw away Escobar's bunt in the 10th inning Monday night, giving the Royals a 4-3 win over Chicago.
Brian Goodwin led off the Kansas City 10th with a sharp double. Escobar followed with a sacrifice and Gomez (0-2) made a wild toss over third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, letting the speedy Goodwin score easily.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar was not in the Kansas City Royals' lineup on Sunday for the first time since 2015 as the struggling club made a plethora of moves.
Escobar had started 421 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors, before Royals manager Ned Yost benched him against the Boston Red Sox.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar's streak of making 406 consecutive starts as the Kansas City Royals shortstop is about to end.
Manager Ned Yost said he plans to play Adalberto Mondesi, 22, a couple of days a week at shortstop. Escobar, 31, has been the Royals everyday shortstop since 2011 after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Zack Greinke trade.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Hamilton eluded a rundown tag, and the Cincinnati Reds escaped with a victory.
Joey Votto hit a bases-loaded triple in the 10th inning after Hamilton slipped out of a rundown, and the Reds beat the Royals 5-1 on Tuesday night.
"Billy showed his athleticism and got out of that jam there and set it up for Joey," Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas helped the Kansas City Royals take a nine-run lead in the second inning. They nearly gave it all away.
Moustakas homered, doubled and drove in four runs in the first two innings, Jorge Soler went 4 for 5 with a home run, but the Royals nearly blew the big lead before holding on for a 11-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar was one of the least likely Kansas City Royals to belt a home run in extra innings.
The light-hitting shortstop had not gone deep in 140 at-bats, and his only long ball this season came on April 17.
Escobar, however, sent a drive to left field with two outs in the 14th inning Tuesday night to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It took the Kansas City Royals 27 games, but they finally have a winning streak.
Cheslor Cuthbert homered twice and drove in four runs as the Royals won back-to-back games for the first time this season, defeating the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday.
Whit Merrifield singled home Alcides Escobar, who was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, with the go-ahead run in the eighth off Bruce Rondon (1-1). Escobar left in the ninth with a left hand contusion.
DETROIT (AP) — The Kansas City Royals celebrated as if they had won.
They cheered Wednesday morning when their scheduled game against the Detroit Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather.
"It's perfect news," Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said. "It's not easy to play in this weather. Everybody saw what happened in the last game."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This was supposed to be the season that the Kansas City Royals, after spending the last half decade in contention, were finally forced to rebuild as their core group of players hit free agency.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The offseason Royals fans have been dreading for years has come and gone, and now a team that could bear little resemblance to its championship past is ready to report to spring training in Arizona.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals had hoped to retain some of the core players that helped them to back-to-back American League pennants and a World Series title after hitting free agency this offseason.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have signed former Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to big league spring training.
Kansas City announced the move Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Goins was non-tendered by the Blue Jays after hitting .237 with a .286 on-base percentage last season. He did set career highs with 21 doubles, nine homers and 62 RBIs.
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- Royals likely bidding fond farewell to championship core
- Phillies have reason to be optimistic about future
- Braves' meager progress leaves Snitker's status uncertain
- McCutchen's future again offseason focus for Pirates
- Marlins are in transition, their direction uncertain
- Injuries derail Mariners' hopes of ending playoff drought
- Rebuilding begins in earnest for 98-loss Tigers
- Cardinals: Cupboard isn't bare after missing playoffs again
- Angels miss postseason again, yet optimism reigns in Anaheim
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar tipped their caps and likely said goodbye to Kansas City's fans.
Then the playoff-bound Arizona Diamondbacks ended the regular season with a 14-2 win over the Royals on Sunday.
It didn't stop the quartet — all pending free agents who have been with Kansas City since 2011 — from going out in memorable fashion.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Six years ago, a core group that would usher the long-suffering Royals to a pair of World Series and its first championship in nearly three decades arrived in Kansas City amid terrific fanfare.
Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain.
These are the names, among many others, that would adorn the backs of thousands of jerseys sold to fans, scribbled onto baseballs brought to the ballpark by kids and that made headlines in the newspapers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It took the bottom of a makeshift lineup filled with mostly with backups for the Kansas City Royals to finally put some runs on the board against the Cleveland Indians.
Jorge Bonifacio had three hits to start rallies, fill-in third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs, and Alcides Escobar also had three RBIs to help the Royals to a 7-4 victory Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the AL Central leaders.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals could have headed home with another squandered late-inning lead and far less momentum as they prepare for an important weekend series against first-place Cleveland.
This time, the Royals gave it up again before rallying once more.
Alex Gordon hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth after Oakland tied it in the bottom of the eighth, and Kansas City beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — Knowing they've completely recovered from their rough first two months of the season, the Kansas City Royals are having a lot of fun.
Alex Gordon's two-run triple capped a four-run eighth inning, and the Royals rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a day after their season-high, nine-game winning streak was snapped.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals had four walk-off wins during a homestand for the first time since April 2000.
Brandon Moss hit a game-ending double off Tyler Clippard that lifted Kansas City over the White Sox 5-4 Sunday, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in four years to nine games.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar keeps getting clutch hits after a sluggish start to the season.
Whit Merrifield's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning scored Escobar to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Escobar led off the 10th with a single. He also doubled and scored in the second. He is hitting .336 in his past 35 games to raise his average from .178 to .236.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann threw just about every pitch against Kansas City for a strike Monday night.
Except the one that plunked Alcides Escobar.
The Tigers' veteran starter pounded the zone in a dominant performance against the Royals, and backed by long home runs from Nicholas Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook, he helped Detroit to a 10-2 rout to open a four-game series between AL Central rivals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adrian Beltre's three-run homer had knotted the game, and with the momentum swinging the way of the Texas Rangers, manager Jeff Banister gazed at Mike Napoli sitting on the bench.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals' hot streak not coincidentally coincides with Alcides Escobar's blistering bat.
Escobar had two hits and two RBIs and Scott Alexander picked up his first major league victory as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Sunday.
The Royals have won 15 of 21 games to move a game above .500 and into a tie with the Twins for second place in the American League Central.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano continues to torment Kansas City Royals pitching.
Sano belted a three-run homer, Felix Jorge pitched five-plus solid innings to win his major league debut as the Minnesota Twins held off the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Saturday night for a split of the doubleheader.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Well, look at the Royals now.
After a 10-20 start, some looked ahead to trades and retooling. Following Salvador Perez's go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Wednesday night boosted Kansas City to a 6-4 victory over Boston, the Royals are 35-36 and just 3 1/2 games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit his 18th home run leading off the second inning, Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain followed with back-to-back shots in the third and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.
Bonifacio finished with two hits and three RBIs, Whit Merrifield added three hits and three runs while Alcides Escobar singled three times to help Jason Hammel end an eight-game winless stretch on the road that dated to 2016.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — His surgically repaired left elbow no longer a concern, Jason Vargas is pitching better than he has at any time in his career.
That and a solid rapport with veteran catcher Salvador Perez have Vargas on quite a roll.
Vargas pitched seven strong innings, Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double in a six-run sixth and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 8-1 on Tuesday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kansas City Royals stars Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez would welcome more games in San Diego, even though Petco Park is a spacious place for sluggers.
Hosmer and Perez hit home runs as part of a nine-run eighth inning that also included Lorenzo Cain's grand slam, sending the Royals to a 12-6 victory Saturday over the San Diego Padres.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lance McCullers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in a five-run ninth as the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Thursday night.
Altuve's ninth home run came off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) with Josh Reddick, who walked on four pitches to lead off the inning, aboard. Herrera has yielded seven home runs in 24 1/3 innings after giving up only six in 72 innings last season.