Recovering Gordon says he'll be ready for Opening Day

Left fielder injured right wrist before All-Star break, had offseason surgery

Recovering Gordon says he'll be ready for Opening Day

KANSAS CITY -- Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon is still sporting a soft cast that runs from his right hand to his elbow as he recovers from December wrist surgery.

But as Gordon walked around the Royals' annual FanFest event on Saturday, he insisted there was no way he would miss Opening Day.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals' radio voice Matthews signs through 2018

Extension will keep Hall of Fame broadcaster with club for 50th season

Royals' radio voice Matthews signs through 2018

KANSAS CITY -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews signed a four-year extension Saturday to continue calling games on the Royals radio network, the club announced.

Matthews' new deal will run through the 2018 season, which would be his 50th with the Royals.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yost happily surprised by appreciation at FanFest

Yost happily surprised by appreciation at FanFest

KANSAS CITY -- Almost since the day Ned Yost took over as the Royals' manager in 2010, he's faced his fair share of criticism from the media. He even said he's heard insults from fans sitting behind the dugout.

Perhaps those days are coming to an end, thanks to the Royals' amazing run to the World Series in 2014. There was some evidence of that change at the Royals' FanFest event this weekend.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top 100 Prospect rankings feature 5 Royals

Shortstop phenom Mondesi leads class at No. 40 followed by Manaea, Zimmer, Finnegan, Almonte

Top 100 Prospect rankings feature 5 Royals

The Royals will not only begin the 2015 season as defending American League champions. They'll also have a very good farm system that should pay dividends for years to come.

Kansas City had five players on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which was revealed Friday night on MLB Network, with shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi leading the quintet by being ranked at No. 40.

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Royals looking to make minor tweaks for '15

Yost isn't tipping his hand as to who is the club's No. 1 starter

Royals looking to make minor tweaks for '15

KANSAS CITY -- Coming off the greatest Royals season in nearly three decades, manager Ned Yost obviously is eager to get to Spring Training in a couple of weeks.

It's just that once he gets there, Yost knows he won't be searching for all that many answers.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salvy ready for another wild ride with Royals

All-Star catcher played the hero in club's win over A's to open 2014 postseason

Salvy ready for another wild ride with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- It doesn't take Royals catcher Salvador Perez long to pinpoint his favorite moment from the club's magical playoff run last season.

"Everything!" Perez said, breaking out in his familiar smile.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Matt Yallof

A View from Studio 3: Cain will keep elevating his game

Royals center fielder has potential to hit for more power, refine skill set

A View from Studio 3: Cain will keep elevating his game

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
-- Ferris Bueller

That Ferris Bueller was one smart teenager. Who knew that advice dished out by a "snot-nosed" kid a quarter century ago in the classic comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" could prove useful in today's fast-paced world?

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Matt Yallof is the co-host of The Rundown on MLB Network from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Charitable Gordon honored with Hutch Award

Royals outfielder recognized for outstanding community service

Charitable Gordon honored with Hutch Award

SEATTLE -- Alex Gordon has emerged as one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball. He's also working on being one of its best all-around people.

The outfielder -- who helped lead the Kansas City Royals to the club's first American League pennant in 29 years and stood on third base, 90 feet from scoring the tying run, as the Royals lost in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants -- made more history Thursday afternoon when he received the 50th Hutch Award for outstanding community service at the annual luncheon at Safeco Field.

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Hosmer looks back on Royals' 'incredible ride'

First baseman excited for upcoming season after club's successful '14

Hosmer looks back on Royals' 'incredible ride'

Watching the Royals sweep their way through the early part of the postseason and into the World Series, it was apparent just how much the club's run energized the organization and Kansas City itself. After getting over the disappointment of the Royals' Game 7 loss to the Giants in the Fall Classic, first baseman Eric Hosmer said he's taken time to appreciate all he and his teammates accomplished in October.

"It was an incredible ride. It really was. To sweep through the American League, that's absolutely insane in itself," Hosmer said Thursday during a phone interview on MLB Network's Hot Stove. "It was an exciting World Series. Obviously the outcome didn't come out the way we wanted it to, but it was a great ride.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain and Salvy are reunited and it feels so good

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Cain and Salvy are reunited and it feels so good

After a magical season that finished in the World Series, there is probably only one thing Lorenzo Cain didn't want to repeat in 2015: Salvador Perez's endless Instagramming. Of which Cain was the unwilling star in roughly 85 percent of them: 

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Jonathan Mayo

Mondesi No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

Astros' Correa, Indians' Lindor, Cubs' Russell lead strong contingent

Mondesi No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

The top two players from the 2014 list of top shortstop prospects graduated: Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox and the Cubs' Javier Baez. So did the last two on that top 10: Luis Sardinas, then of the Rangers, and Chris Owings of the D-backs.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Bo knows brief baseball career, but has lasting legacy

Bo knows brief baseball career, but has lasting legacy

It was a festive Sunday at Angel Stadium, a celebrity softball game unfolding as part of the 2010 All-Star Game activities. In conversation were Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson and Bo Jackson, the two-sport legend who could have been an all-time great outfielder if his career hadn't been cut short by a devastating football injury at age 28.

Henderson was telling Jackson how, as a kid in Oakland, his dream was to be a running back like his hero, Walter Payton.

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dyson, Royals avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Dyson, Royals avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

The Royals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jarrod Dyson by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.225 million. The club confirmed that the sides reached a deal, but did not disclose the terns.

The agreement was first reported by Kansas City Star and confirmed by a source to MLB.com. Dyson will receive a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 350 plate appearances in 2015 and a $50,000 bonus if he is named an All-Star.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kenny Lofton's favorite player: Lorenzo Cain

Kenny Lofton's favorite player: Lorenzo Cain

Kenny Lofton roamed center field for 17 Major League seasons, using his dynamic speed to track down numerous fly balls.

As a standout defender, Lofton is partial to those who share similar abilities. At the top of that list is Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who is Lofton's favorite current Major Leaguer.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

WAR figures show Royals boast best outfield

Angels, Marlins also among top units, according to the metrics

WAR figures show Royals boast best outfield

A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over those of the Angels and Marlins.

Using WAR available at FanGraphs, I calculated the top 10 outfields in MLB -- three starters and one backup -- based on 2014 performance. The Royals' four outfielders -- with Alex Rios replacing Nori Aoki for 2015 -- had a combined 14.8 WAR last year, which would give them the top outfield in MLB. Completing the top 10 outfields, with one reserve included, are the Angels (14.6), Marlins (14.5), Orioles (13.6), Cardinals (13.0), Pirates (12.8), Giants (10.9), Dodgers (10.5), Tigers (9.8) and Nationals (9.3).

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas native Finnegan receives award from Rangers

Reliever named Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year

Texas native Finnegan receives award from Rangers

DALLAS -- Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan received a major award on Friday night from the team that originally drafted him.

No, it was not from the Royals. Finnegan was honored by the Rangers as the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year at their awards dinner on Friday night.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top prospect Mondesi among Royals' NRIs

Top prospect Mondesi among Royals' NRIs

The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and three outfielders.

Among the 23 non-roster invitees are 15 players who were in the Royals organization last year. That includes 11 former Draft picks: Left-handers Scott Alexander, Buddy Baumann, Chris Dwyer and Sean Manaea; right-hander Christian Binford; catchers Cam Gallagher and Parker Morin; infielders Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield; and outfielders Brett Eibner and Bubba Starling.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Starling to get taste of bigs at Spring Training

MLB Network crew not ready to give up on prospect who has struggled in Minors

Starling to get taste of bigs at Spring Training

Once a mega-prospect considered by many to be the future of the Royals, center fielder Bubba Starling hasn't quite lived up to the massive expectations heaped on his shoulders.

So the Royals are taking a bit of an unconventional approach in his development: They're inviting him to Major League Spring Training.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Negro Leagues Museum fondly remembers Mr. Cub

Negro Leagues Museum fondly remembers Mr. Cub

Bob Kendrick received a phone call a few months ago during the baseball season, and when he heard the voice on the other line, he couldn't help but smile.

It belonged to Ernie Banks, calling to check in with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, as he would from time to time.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moustakas' wild ALCS catch gets tribute it deserves

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Moustakas' wild ALCS catch gets tribute it deserves

It was the top of the sixth inning in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Adam Jones hit a high pop up into foul territory by third base. Mike Moustakas chased the soaring ball over to the stands and didn't think twice: He stretched out over the railing, flipped over and landed in the laps of the fans on the other side. Oh, and he made the catch.

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Moore: 'Doubtful' that KC will re-sign Shields

Royals GM points to Volquez addition as solidifying rotation heading into spring

Moore: 'Doubtful' that KC will re-sign Shields

Royals general manager Dayton Moore says the idea of re-signing free-agent starting pitcher James Shields has crossed his mind, but "at this point in time, it's doubtful."

Moore was on MLB Network Radio's Power Alley with Mike Ferrin And Jim Duquette, and touched on the issue of the Royals' starting rotation -- sans Shields -- heading into Spring Training.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manaea, Finnegan on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Manaea, Finnegan on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Can Royals' bullpen be even better in 2015?

Trio of Herrera, Davis, Holland keyed club's run to AL pennant in '14

Can Royals' bullpen be even better in 2015?

Relief pitching is one of the more unpredictable facets of an already-confounding game, but there are a few things one can feel relatively confident in proclaiming when it comes to the work of the Royals' bullpen during the 2014 season.

1. It was one of the major reasons the Royals went on a historic October tear, winning their first eight postseason contests en route to reaching Game 7 of the World Series. The late-innings triumvirate of setup men Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland became a three-headed beast that allowed manager Ned Yost to feel comfortable with a mere five or six competitive innings out of his starters each October night.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals come to terms with Coleman, Collins

Seven Kansas City players remain eligible for arbitration

Royals come to terms with Coleman, Collins

The Royals agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Louis Coleman and left-hander Tim Collins on Friday to avoid arbitration.

Coleman will earn $1.475 million for 2015, while Collins will make $725,000.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Relationships more important to Yost than extension

Royals skipper has built strong ties with GM Moore, owner Glass

Relationships more important to Yost than extension

In the midst of the 1989 baseball season, the Texas Rangers announced a contract extension for their manager at the time, Bobby Valentine.

Big deal? Not to Valentine, it wasn't.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals to host annual 'School Day at the K'

The Royals will host their 17th annual "School Day at the K" on May 7 before the team's 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Indians. The club expects to have about 20,000 students and educators at the ballpark.

The annual event, hosted with FOX 4 WDAF-TV, is the largest educational field trip in Kansas City and the Guinness World Records' Largest Weather Show.

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Mike Bauman

Yost earned Royals' faith by believing in team

Yost earned Royals' faith by believing in team

Early in the 2014 season, the Kansas City Royals were slumping at the plate and critics were calling for the dismissal of manager Ned Yost.

But Yost was, typically, displaying confidence in and patience with the talented young core of players around which the Royals had been built. That confidence and that patience were eventually rewarded, as Kansas City broke a 29-year postseason drought and won the American League pennant.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals extend Yost's contract through 2016

Manager led club to first postseason appearance in 29 years, AL title

Royals extend Yost's contract through 2016

On the day that Ned Yost's new one-year extension as manager of the Kansas City Royals became official, the skipper was right where he wanted to be.

Literally. Yost spoke to media members on a conference call while hunting near his Georgia home.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Pipeline Perspectives: Manaea has stuff to be K king

Royals prospect is good bet to lead Minor Leagues in strikeouts in 2015

Pipeline Perspectives: Manaea has stuff to be K king

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

In the last four years, the winners of the Minor League strikeout crown haven't exactly been top prospects. Edward Cabrera (Rockies), Dan Straily (Athletics), Danny Winkler (Rockies) and Taylor Cole (Blue Jays) weren't early Draft picks or big-ticket international signings, and their ability to miss bats didn't boost their status.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Madson excited for comeback opportunity with Royals

Reliever determined to prove he can still pitch in Majors after missing three seasons

Madson excited for comeback opportunity with Royals

Ryan Madson is talking 95 mph about a fastball that's back up to 93. He's explaining how much fun it is to not have to explain anything at all.

The 34-year-old reliever, recently signed to a Minor League deal by the Royals, sets the first scene in early February 2014. Madson, who starred in the setup role for the World Series champion Phillies in 2008 and assumed their closer role three years later, hadn't pitched in a Major League game since a breakout 32-save 2011 season because of Tommy John elbow surgery and its aftermath of pain that wouldn't go away. But here he was on a shiny desert ballfield, knowing he'd finally gotten it back.

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