| Jul 10, 2011
| 5:56 PM
As temperatures neared 100 and Justin Verlander's pitch count mounted, Jim Leyland thought seriously about replacing his hard-working All-Star.
But with whom?
"No matter where I looked — my bullpen, their bullpen, in the stands — I couldn't...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 1:48 PM
Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run and Joe Nathan picked up the save for the second day in a row to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Thome's three-run drive off Felipe Paulino soared into the upper...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 1:05 AM
MINNEAPOLIS - Jim Thome has been plagued by aches and pains for the better part of a decade. They just seem to be coming around a little more often in his 19th season.
A strained oblique and bothersome toe injury on his left foot have slowed his chase...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:00 PM
Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Justin Verlander recorded his 16th win of the season, as the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in the second test of a three- game series.
The news was not all good for Martinez, who...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 5:20 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals are going through the growing pains of a promising young team.
Jeff Niemann won his sixth consecutive decision, Ben Zobrist had a two-run triple and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep with a...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 5:18 AM
The Kansas City Royals have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur for another two years.
The club announced Thursday that Francoeur had signed a two-year contract extension through 2013. He's hitting .277 in his first year with the Royals, with 15 home runs,...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 1:05 AM
Little League Baseball-World Series, opening round, Noon, 2 and 6 p.m. (ESPN), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis-ATP World Tour, Western & Southern Open, Noon (ESPN2); WTA Western and Southern Open, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL Football-Atlanta Falcons at...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 10:00 AM
Wilson Betemit capped Detroit's three-run eighth inning with a tiebreaking RBI double against his former team, leading the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Austin Jackson went 4 for 4 and scored three times for the AL...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 1:31 PM
Jeff Francoeur homered for his 1,000th career hit and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Detroit Tigers 11-8 Thursday to salvage a split of their four-game series.
Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 10:47 PM
Now that's what you call some offense.
For a Mariners team known for its struggles at the plate this season, Friday night against the Royals was a breath of fresh air. Seattle pounded out 15 hits and starter Blake Beavan settled down after giving up...
| Sep 11, 2011
As much fun as it would be to see the Brewers and Tigers create havoc in October, this is shaping up as a postseason that will be low on surprises. The three best teams entering the playoffs are likely to be the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox, in that...