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Vargas gives Royals veteran presence in Game 1

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The Royals are going with left-hander Jason Vargas against the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night. Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 on Friday, followed in Sunday's Game 3 by James Shields.

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Hosmer the key middle man in Royals’ quest

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Eric Hosmer's triple, a soaring shot off the left-center wall, ignited the Royals' winning two-run surge in the 12th inning of Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game.

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Yost goes with Ventura in Game 2

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Royals manager Ned Yost said he plans to pitch rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Angels on Friday night in Anaheim.

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KC tabs Vargas, followed by Ventura, Shields

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The Royals are going with left-hander Jason Vargas against the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night. Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 on Friday, followed in Sunday's Game 3 by James Shields.

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MLB Notebook: Perez is latest hero catcher

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez produced the seventh extra-inning walk-off hit in a winner-take all postseason game in the Royals' 9-8 win over the Athletics on Tuesday in an epic American League Wild Card Game.

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Royals ride momentum into ALDS matchup with Angels

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Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas are close friends, and not just because they were teammates with the Angels last season. They were also teammates in 2004 at Long Beach State. Now they will face off on the big stage, starting Game 1 of the American League...

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Resilient Royals refuse to lose in AL Wild Card

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The Royals found themselves in a four-run deficit with six outs separating them from elimination, but they conjured up three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings.

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Guthrie may be Royals’ top option for ALDS opener

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Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has never pitched in the postseason despite his 11 years in the Majors. He's pitched well down the stretch, with an 8-2 record and 3.42 ERA in his last 12 starts, and could be tabbed to start against the Angels on Thursday i...

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Yost finds unconventional path to victory

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This was Ned Yost's first time managing a postseason game, but this wasn't his first postseason rodeo, the Royals skipper having taken 11 trips to October on Hall of Famer Bobby Cox's staff with the Braves. Let's just say it wasn't a boring debut for Y...

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Position-by-position breakdown: Royals-Angels

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After a thrilling victory in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game, Kansas City heads west to meet the top-seeded Angels in the AL Division Series -- the first playoff meeting between the two. Game 1 is slated for Thursday night at 9:07 p.m. E...

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Royals rookie Finnegan flourishes in clutch relief

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Rookie Brandon Finnegan helped the Royals do something they hadn't done in 29 years -- celebrate a postseason victory -- by pitching 2 1/3 clutch frames in extra innings of a scintillating 9-8 walk-off triumph in 12 over the A's in the American League ...

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KC’s historic comeback and other crazy stats

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The American League Wild Card Game could not have been any wilder. The Royals defeated the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings after erasing a four-run deficit over the eighth and ninth frames and a one-run deficit in the 12th in a contest that featured an entire ...

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Did You Know? 2014 AL Wild Card Game

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The American League Wild Card Game could not have been any wilder. The Royals defeated the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings after erasing a four-run deficit over the eighth and ninth frames and a one-run deficit in the 12th in a contest that featured an entire ...

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Craziest stats from the AL Wild Card Game

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The American League Wild Card Game could not have been any wilder. The Royals defeated the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings after erasing a four-run deficit over the eighth and ninth frames and a one-run deficit in the 12th in a contest that featured an entire ...

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