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Brett Eibner clubbed a pair of home runs in Wednesday's 4-4 Cactus League tie with the Dodgers.

The Royals appeared headed towards a loss until Eibner entered the game. In the seventh inning, he hit a solo home run to center field off of Zach Lee, then took his second plate appearance of the game in the ninth and hit a two-run home run to center off of Lee to tie the game. Eibner, 26, will open up the season at Triple-A, but his strong spring showing should work in his favor if the Royals need to reach down for a bat during the season.
Apr 1 - 6:06 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs (one earned) over four innings in his final start of the spring Wednesday versus the Dodgers.

He yielded four hits and a walk while striking out three. Ventura ends his spring having allowed nine earned runs in 18 innings (4.50 ERA) on 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 14. Ventura will start on Opening Day for the Royals against the White Sox.
Apr 1 - 5:56 PM

Royals re-signed INF Rafael Furcal to a minor league contract.

The team released Furcal on Tuesday with the intent of re-signing him. The veteran still has a long path to the majors, as he tore his hamstring in the Dominican Winter League and is in the process of rehabbing the injury. Various injuries have hampered the 37-year-old over the last two seasons and he's appeared in just nine total games during that stretch.
Apr 1 - 3:37 PM

Joe Blanton will report to Triple-A Omaha.

Blanton was considering using the April 1 opt-out in his minor league contract, but the Royals convinced him to stay in the organization. The veteran right-hander has another opt-out date on May 15.
Mar 31 - 5:27 PM

Royals released INF Rafael Furcal.

Furcal was behind the eight-ball from the start, as he tore his hamstring in the Dominican Winter League. Injuries have limited Furcal to just nine games over the last two seasons. At age 37, it's possible we've seen the last of the veteran, who holds a career slash of .281/.346/.402.
Mar 31 - 3:17 PM

Jason Vargas allowed four home runs over five innings of work in Monday's 11-7 loss to the Rangers.

The four who went yard off of Vargas: Adam Rosales, Leonys Martin, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Rua. Luckily, all four were solo homers. Vargas gave up "only" five runs on the afternoon on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. It's been a rough spring for the lefty, as he sports a 9.68 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, but his spot in the Royals' rotation is secure.
Mar 30 - 7:38 PM

Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Monday's slugfest with the Rangers.

Gordon ripped a line drive home run in the sixth inning against Alex Claudio, his first round-tripper of the spring. The two-time All-Star needed the outing, as he entered hitting just .125 (3-for-24). Gordon had wrist surgery in January, but will be ready to go on Opening Day.
Mar 30 - 7:31 PM

Terrance Gore (jaw) could resume playing in minor league games soon.

Gore suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a pitch last week. The jaw did not need to be wired shut, though, shortening the length of his absence. "I think he's OK," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The last time I checked, they said he would 'play to tolerance' [of the pain]. He got hit on one side of his face, but the fracture was on other side." The speedy Gore will begin the season in High- or Double-A.
Mar 30 - 6:39 PM

Edinson Volquez fanned eight while allowing two runs in five innings in his start on Sunday against the Cubs.

Volquez finally had a positive outing, entering the afternoon having allowed 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk along with the eight strikeouts. The right-hander should get one more spring tune-up before the regular season begins.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Joe Blanton is unsure whether he'll use the opt-out clause in his minor league contract.

Blanton will not make the Royals' Opening Day roster, but they hope he'll report to Triple-A Omaha. The veteran right-hander can opt-out of this deal on April 1 or May 15 if he's not in the majors. "We’ll see when that comes," Blanton said. "I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it yet, to be honest with you." Blanton holds a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 29 - 11:46 AM

Danny Duffy struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The southpaw was victimized for two home runs accounting for all four runs, and he gave up seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. Duffy has a 4.91 ERA this spring but owns a spot in the Royals' starting rotation to open the season. He's an upside play for AL-only owners looking for cheap pitching.
Mar 28 - 8:16 PM

Omar Infante went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Infante batted leadoff in the game, reaching all three times he came to the plate. The three-hit day raised his spring average to .375 in 32 at-bats. Infante has talked about having elbow surgery after the season, but he'll play in 2015 and will be the Royals' starter at second base.
Mar 28 - 8:15 PM

Royals released INF Ryan Roberts.

Roberts was in camp trying to make the team as a non-roster invitee, but the infielder batted just .219/.265/.313 in Cactus League play. He was granted his release by the club, and he'll look for another opportunity elsewhere.
Mar 28 - 7:44 PM

Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer in the first inning on Friday, powering the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play.

He victimized opposing starter James Paxton with the towering drive to right field. It was Hosmer's lone hit in three at-bats, striking out in his other two trips. The 25-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .319 (15-for-47) with three homers and 10 RBI. The former top prospect could be in line for a breakout season in 2015.
Mar 27 - 11:45 PM

Yordano Ventura was outstanding in Friday's Cactus League start against the Mariners, hurling seven innings of no-hit ball.

Ventura whiffed four on the evening, while the only baserunners he allowed were on a pair of walks. It was far and away the best start of the spring for the young right-hander who sports a 5.14 ERA and 13/6 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. Recently tabbed as the Royals' Opening Day starter, Ventura will look to carry over this dominating effort into the regular season.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM


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