The Royals cut the number of players in camp to 50. They played two games on Tuesday. The bullpen pieces looked pretty good once again and Ryan O’Hearn continued to crush the ball. Conference tournaments are being canceled or will be played without fans. Key NFL deadlines are changing. That and more in the Motley Crew.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
Kansas City 4, Oakland 2
The Royals didn’t do much offensively in this game but there were two bright spots. Nicky Lopez was 2-for-3 with a home run. Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 with two doubles.
Jorge Lopez got the start on the mound and wasn’t anything special. Lopez allowed a run on three hits in just two innings.
Richard Lovelady continued a nice spring with a scoreless inning with three strikeouts. Lovelady has not allowed an earned run yet in Spring Training.
Glenn Sparkman threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Milwaukee 5, Kansas City 2
The Royals had even less offense in this split-squad game. The good guys had just four hits. Two of those hits were by Ryan O’Hearn. O’Hearn had a double and a home run. O’Hearn is having a terrific spring.
Brad Keller allowed just one run in four innings. He gave up five hits and walked one to go with three strikeouts.
Ian Kennedy pitched two scoreless innings.
Brady Singer makes what could be his final start before being reassigned to minor league camp.
– The Royals optioned LHP Foster Griffin, OF Nick Heath, and C Meibrys Viloria to Triple-A Omaha and IF Jeison Guzman to Wilmington
– The Royals reassigned pitchers Ofreidy Gomez, Arnaldo Hernandez and Jake Kalish, C MJ Melendez and Sebastian Rivero, and infielders Gabriel Cancel, Kevin Merrell and Emmanuel Rivera to minor league camp.
IN THE NEWS…
– The Big 12 has decided to close locker rooms to the media at this year’s tournament. MLB, MLS, the NBA, and the NHL have al recently decided to do the same.
-With the players voting deadline being pushed back, the NFL pushed back the franchise tag deadline to Monday. Players have to have their CBA vote done by Saturday night. The new deadlines are as follows:
Saturday at 11pm: Deadline for players to vote on the new CBA
Monday at 11am: Franchise/transition tag deadline
Monday at 11am: Legal tampering window opens
Wednesday at 3pm: Free agency begins
– CBS and Turner Sports announced the broadcast teams for the upcoming NCAA tournament. The top team is once again Jim Nantz on play-by-play, Bill Raftery and Grant Hill as analysts and Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter. Most of the broadcast teams and studio crews remain the same as in recent years but Casey Stern is being replaced by Adam Zucker.
– The Ivy League canceled its postseason basketball tournament on Tuesday due to health concerns from the coronavirus. This is the first, and so far only, tournament to be canceled.
– The Seattle Mariners ate reportedly considering playing home games in Arizona if the coronavirus leads to government restrictions on sporting events in Seattle.
TODAY: The Big 12 tournament starts today. Iowa State and Oklahoma State get things started at 6pm. Kansas State and TCU follows around 8:30pm. Those games are available on ESPNU.
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