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Royals fall behind early, lose 8-3 to Indians
Luke Hochevar never thought his left ankle was broken, even if that possibility did occur to Royals manager Ned Yost. Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, center, is helped off the field by manager Ned Yost, left, and trainer Nick Kenney ...

Royals place Cain on 15-day DL
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin Friday. The move is retroactive to April 11. Cain suffered the injury in the second inning of Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the ...

Royals win crunch clash
The former Rotherham striker proved decisive after coming on in the 64th minute, netting twice to help the Royals to victory in an intense npower Championship match the hosts had edged. Jason Roberts headed the visitors ahead after 19 minutes but ...

Shakib's all-round effort carries Knight Riders to victory (Roundup)
Kolkata, April 14 — Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan backed up a superb bowling effort with a timely cameo to enable Kolkata Knight Riders post their second back-to-back win with a five-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling Indian ...

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zach_sumada Gil Meche @scottsportsman RT 2-game series. You have Greinke for one, what Royals pitcher do you pick for game 2 in the last 10 years?

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andrew_elmer_ very impressive! [email protected]: Great work by @teaparty61 Everett Teaford today after Hochevar's injury. 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's. #Royals”

LilFrenchy21 I want to grow up and be just like Danny Duffy. Awesome baseball player and so nice to everyone. #Royals #OurTime

coacharnoldCMU @teaparty61 great outing today! Let's rally for this series win! #Royals

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craigmrrs I blame everything that happened today on Broxton, we may never win again, for sure never above .500 #Royals

Sirandrey87 #royals are the 5th team to allow 7+ runs in the 1st inning of a home opener. The last to do it was Rangers, who allowed 8 in 1987. #MLB

Discussions

Has anyone ever met one of the British Royals? by Q: I love Britain and I adore Queen Elizabeth. Have any of you ever met one of the royals? If so, which one? I would love to hear your stories. Thank you very much.

A: I've met The Queen (six times) and the late Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Alice, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Marina, Prince Charles (twice), Princess Anne, Princess Michael, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (twice), Lady Diana (three times), as well as a few others I can't remember off the top of my head.

What does everyone think of the Red Sox trading CoCo Crisp to the Royals for Ramon Rodriquez? by mrh_hoss Q: The Sox have traded Crisp to the Royals for an arm in the bullpen. Was this a good move, sounds like it was. What do you Red Sox fans think? Also, the Red Sox are interested in Burnett, should they go for him? Ramon Ramirez, my bad I am not a Red Sox fan

A: Going into 2009 as a Yankee fan, I would watery at the mouth at their bullpen. I wanted the Yankees to do what they do best, destroy the middle relief pitchers. The Red Sox pen wasn't good, but now this allows them to use Coco's money on a RP liek cruz and have a pretty good pen in papelbon, cruz, ramirez, masterson and oki. I could see them getting Burnett too, just to keep him away from the yankees and form one hell of a rotation with beckett, burnett, lester, dic-K and a 5th starter. They're payroll would still only be 140 million.

Will Americans show interest in the visit of the royals? by NinaPina Q: Will Americans show interest in the visit by the Royals? Should we care? Will the media drum up their ratings by covering these people the way they did with the royal wedding?

A: I honestly don't know why the American media is so obsessed with them,most British people don't care.I would even go as far as saying I hate the royal family with all their posh crap.Do Americans actually think British people are like them? :S. But it's the same with Obama... He's constantly on the t.v when he has anything remotely to do with us,I mean why would we give a rusty fuck what Obama is up to?. The media is bizzare. Jesus Christ here is some more stupid people,no you see you would like to think Obama controls us,but in reality he doesn't thought does he,ever heard of the E.U? if America was to fuck off Britain,Germany or France the whole lot of them would completely boycott the U.S and turn to the likes of Russia,China etc;. I'm not even going to bother getting into this,on this site there seems to be 4-5 users who constantly bash other countries for saying something against American,it is really pathetic.If the U.S controlled the U.K do you think we would still have the Falklands? you guys like to think you are,but nearly everyone you guys try to bully around ignores you its funny as hell.North Korea builds Nuclear weapons when the U.S tells them not to,Iran is building them when the U.S tells them not to,China is still devaluing their currency...when the U.S tells them not to.The U.K has still not extradited the Scottish hacker who hacked into NASA...when the U.S told us we had to.The United states controls practically no one,and you know why? because your leaders are not as stupid as SOME of the general public,they know that if they did try to bully a major European nation they would be completely fucked economically...do you know where most of U.S services go? that's right Europe and mainly the Big 3 I.E Germany,France and the U.K,I'm so pleased most Americans aren't like you two complete idiots.

Why do the wealthy and royals always look like this? by bunny adderstein Q: Have you noticed the royals and alot of wealthy people have that 'horsey' or 'toothey' look? They seem to be all teeth and show their gums alot to when they smile.

A: It's genetics,the result of marrying people with similar attributes.Also a possibility is getting extensive dental work done to acquire what they think is a perfect smile.

Is there a Jose Bautista baseball card (probably 2004) that features him as a member of the Kansas City Royals? by xander_earl Q: I understand that Bautista only played for the Royals for about a month during his rookie 2004 season, but I was wondering if there exists a card that presents him as a member of that team.

A: I checked, and the most recent Jose Bautista card I could find is his 2005 Bowman Draft card, which shows him as a member of the Pirates

Detoit at KC begins a 3 game series today. Can the Royals close the 3 game gap in the AL Central? by Homie from the Show Me Q: The Royals were hot early. They beat Toronto 3 of 4 and swept the Mariners and are 4-1 against the ChiSox. But they have been dreadful for 2 weeks now. They finally got a win yesterday. They are due to turn it around. Meanwhile Detroit has been on fire lately. How will this play out?

A: Well I'm going with my gut and assuming that the Royals can muster a few runs at home. Meche is totally due for a good outing. Greinke is a lock. Davies was sharp against the Cards and might have some momentum. The Royals bullpen has been questionable lately, but they have been saving Cruz and Farnsworth for something, I guess this series. Also the Royals have been good at home. As for the Tigers I fear them in this division and I think they are for real. But they are due for a few losses about now. I think the Tigers will win 88-94 games, depending on how they play in the 15 upcoming games against the Royals.

Where do Kansas City Royals fans gather when the team visits Baltimore? by dankohner1 Q: Do Royals fans get together and sit together when the team is in Baltimore.

A: I believe at OOwls bar, in the restraunt strip just out side Camden Yards.

How do you think the Britain would feel if one of the royals married outside of their race? by katwood86 Q: You could also add to this questions if they married someone that is lower classes. This questions just isn't for William and Harry but for all the royals.

A: Outside their race? Do you really believe that a royal would marry somebody from the human race?

Does anyone think the Kansas City Royals will make the playoffs? by Tim Fitz Q: Who has faith in the Royals making the playoffs?

A: I will be thrilled if they go .500 this year. 81 wins after 69 last year would be a monumental improvement. They still need a catcher than can hit. A good full time first baseman. A better all around shortstop. My opinion of Jose Guillen has not changed, IMO that was a 36 million dollar mistake(12M per) Emil Brown was better than Guillen. And of course they could use a couple more pitchers, but then again who couldn't. The Royals do have a lot of good young arms both with the team and in the minors.

Did ancient Egyptian royals sometimes marry their siblings? by Abby Q: I heard that Cleopatra at one time was married to her brother. Did she have sex with him? Is it true that this was the royal practice during a period of ancient Egypt? When the brother and sister married, they they actually have sex? Was it just the royals or did average people in Egypt do this to? What do you think the risk of birth defects was for these couples?

A: In many societies, royals have married within their own family. As the representation of their god on earth, who else would be suitable was the thought in many cases. It's found around the world, but in most of those cultures it was NOT OK for anyone else to intermarry. Even then they knew that led to birth defects.

Is the beauty of baseball that on any given day a doormat like the Royals can shutdown the legendary Yankees? by Dave Q: Yanks are a $207 mill. payroll team and the Royals are a doormat since 1985. Yet today the Royals shut them down. Is this the true beauty of the game?

A: Hats off to the Royals. Congrats to them. This Yankee Fan is willing to give credit where it's due. To a certain user here considering that your favorite team players where also caught with roids i wouldn't be talking about teams using roids if i where you. Makes you sound very hypocritical.

Do you hope the IRA bombs the royal wedding and kills all the royals? by Q: I think this is a prime time for the IRA to strike. It is not like anyone would know the royals are gone considering they do nothing and this is 2011 who needs a monarchy.

A: yea im a ira bomber and i be bombin that junk

How long before we will see teams like Pirates, Royals, and even the Indians get to playoffs? by Q: With the expection of the Tampa Bay Rays, When will see the old power houses like the Pirates and Royals of the *80's" and early "90's". I thought the profit sharing was supposed to help these small market teams to stay as much evenly matched with the big boys.

A: As long as it takes for them to assemble talent and establish a winning tradition. Look, we can all complain how we wish teams like the Pirates or Royals were doing good instead of the same old Yankees/ Red Sox. But the truth is that any team, with proper scouting, competent management, and just a general knowledge of what it takes to win baseball games can succeed regardless of how low their payroll is. Take the San Diego Padres, for example. Their payroll is almost as low as Pittsburgh's, yet they almost won the West this year!

Have Kyle Farnsworth and Trey Hillman been sent from the future to finally destroy the Royals? by Chiefs & Nachos Q: Do they know something we don't? If the Royals actually have a good season will life on this planet cease to exist? Are Hillman and Farnsworth responsible for protecting man kind from this disaster?

A: Kyle Farnsworth is actually a terminator from the year 2029 of the ruins of Chicago. Intelligent machines, who happen to be Chicago White Sox fans, control the post-apocalyptic Earth, and are determined to exterminate the human race by crushing the 2009 Kansas City Royals. It was only known recently, after giving up a homerun on April 19th, 2009, that Kyle was a cyborg from the future. The machine's only mistake was that prior to last night's game, Kyle asked the entire Texas Ranger team if they were "Sarah Connor." This slip has given the Kansas City Royals the chance to mitagate the damage that he has currently done by inserting ANYONE else from the bullpen instead. Trey Hillman, on the other hand, is not from the future nor a cyborg. The reason for the mistakes is that he plays players on the "shiny star" system. Each player's locker, prior to the game, is inspected by manager Trey Hillman. Each locker is graded from one to five stars. "I like to burn lavender candles and use Clorox Green Works before each game as clean my locker," commented John Buck, "I've gotten 4 stars every day since the Cleveland Indian series." "Yeah, John Buck and Kyle Farnsworth have definitely earned their spot," Hillman remarked, "Their lockers look absolutely wonderful. It's my pleasure to let them be in the starting lineup or come in during integral relief periods because on the work they've done... in the locker room."

where do they Kansas City Royals stay in Oakland when playing there? by Kacey Q: I'm planning a trip next year to Oakland to see the Royals play there. Does anyone know where the Royals might stay while playing in Oakland? Would like the kids to maybe be able to autographs or something

A: I dont think you would get autographs at the hotel but one time I stayed in a hotel down the street from where the Lightning play and the Ottawa Senators where staying there so my guess is the closest/ nicest hotel to the park.

Who feels that the 2010 Rangers remind you of the 1980 Royals? by IKE Forever Q: For years the Yankees had been beating the Royals until 1980. Now the Rangers are on the brink of turning the tables on the Yankees because in Sports the Law of Averages catches up all the time. Yankees "fans" do not understand this. Hamilton is to the Rangers what Brett was to the 1980 Royals, a Yankees Killer.

A: Great question my friend! Hamilton compares to George Brett and hopefully the yankees will be eliminated tomorrow in Yankee Stadium.

How far is it to go from a Royals game to a Cardinal's game? by Dan R Q: If I planned a trip to St. Louis to see a Cardinal game, how realistic would it be to also take in a Royals game. Keep in mind I will have no car.

A: Oh yeah, you can do this. It does depend on how much time you have. It would be a real hectic weekend (Cards game Fri. night, travel Sat., Royals game Sat. night or Sun., bus or train back Sun. night) but you COULD do it, I think. Definitely you could do it if you have more time than that. You can take Megabus for $2.50 roundtrip if you know your dates in advance and are able to get online and buy the tickets when they first release a new group of dates. Otherwise it will cost somewhere around $25 to $30 each way probably. I took this from St. Louis to Minneapolis and it was great. See www.megabus.com. It's an express bus, not one that stops at every exit along I-70. Amtrak costs just $26 one way, and there are a couple of trains each day, though the last one leaves KC at 4, so that would be hard to make if you caught a Sunday game in KC (maybe you could do a Sat. night game in KC). The Royals play on the outskirts of KC, so you'd have to take a cab or bus out there (see www.kcata.org; looks like they have express buses from downtown out to the ballpark), whereas in St. Louis the stadium is in easy walking distance of the new bus/train station. Have fun. The thought of baseball brings warmth to this cold December day.

In view of the poor economy, will the UK royals now start raising racing dogs instead of racing horses? by Ms. Minerva Q: Everyone wants them to "save money" and act more like everyday people. Will they abandon the expensive hobby of horse racing...and please people more by economizing by raising racing dogs? For economy's sake....will Royal Ascot change to racing dogs....with everyone arriving in busses? Will that please people more who are complaining about the lavish lifestyle of the UK royals?

A: Never that ducky, never that. We royals do not need to economize - only the commoners do that. Hence the royal wedding. The bride was a commoner, so they economized. The Royal Ascot cannot be economized.

What was the Royals' record with Mike Sweeney in the lineup in 2007? by shippy55 Q: Here's a stats question for a Major League Baseball statistics guru. Please, no snide remarks. What was the win/loss record of the Kansas City Royals in 2007 when Mike Sweeney saw game action and/or was in the starting lineup? I'm just a Royals fan (believe it or not, we do exist) trying to win a bet with a friend. Thanks.

A: You can look it up if you like Mike Sweeney - Game Log http://www.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=123041 >game log Compare Sweeney's game log with the Royals "schedule". >Click on "schedule" then go month by month, it shows the results of every game played this year.

How was the Championship Scramble any different to the hardcore title battle royals they used to do? by Jimmy Wang Yang Q: Anyone remember the Hardcore title battle royals It was exactly the same as the scrambles Question: What was the difference besides titles to the matches?

A: Nothing is. Adamle saying its original is bull. Its just battle royals. Same old stuff. Same with the unsactioned match. Basicly a hardcore match (except worse)

Do most royals think themselves divinely chosen for royals works? by Q: How much credit do they give a creator in their "lot in life?" Would most British royals likely be considered creationists, or do you think they lean more towards the enlightened and forward-thinking evolutionist viewpoint? Do they think at all?

A: I think it depends on the Royal but the Queen definitely believes that God has given her this duty to perform and that her coronation was making an oath to him that she would perform her duty and hence she entered kind of marriage with the state. I have no idea what their views on evolution are.

Is there an episode of gangland featuring the simon city royals? by Kerri Davis Q: wonderin if there has been one, my dad might be on there if so. They were based in chicago i believe and i havent seen any shows just about the royals...

A: This is all the info I could find. Hope it helps. Go to this site. gang associates shot dead in Gangland Slayings ... GANGLAND channel ... left a new comment on your post "Simon City Royals gang leader Thomasa Parker (1) ... royalespot.blogspot.com - * Have a Good Day * ~ Don ~

What is the best way to meet with the briton royals in london? by nawab_ali Q: I like the briton royals and interested to meet with them, i am currently staying in london and preferably i want to the meeting address for them in london. could anyone please kindly help me in this regard? As this is very important. Much Appreciated. Regards, ALI

A: I don't think it's possible. You could try Buckingham Palace though:-)

Could a meeting between the Nicholl family and the Royals lead to reconciliation and closure for both? by Q: As I understand Maureen Nicholls recently visited London to connect with he ancestor Polly and she seemed visibly shaken by the whole proceeding. It seemed to me that if she and her family met with the Royals and especially the descendants of Albert Victor some closure could be brought to these terrible happenings in the past. @CGcag: she is the great greats grandaughter of the last ripper wictim.

A: It depends- maybe the royals could take out a loan from Wonga.com and buy her some nice ornaments.

Since attacked, it is now allowed for the UK royals to make a publicly political statement? by Ms. Minerva Q: I know they are supposed to remain politically neutral.....but the future King could easily have been KILLED in the attack yesterday. Since the royals are being held in some way responsible for a very unpopular policy made by Parliament, would they be over-stepping their limitations as a constitutional monarch to make a public, political statement about the situation of a populace rioting in the streets.....and attacking Windsors.....in protest?

A: They are entitled to ordain a public flogging for these miscreants.

Do the Royals have to best young team and in MLB what pitcher takes the loss? by Q: The Royals have a very good farm system and i think they will contend for the pennant in 2013 or 2014. And if there are two or more relievers i think what determines which one takes the loss? Is it most innings?

A: Royals will not be contending for a pennant until 2015 or so. They are young, yes, and good sure, but Detriot, Texas, and LA Angels are stacked, not to mention the Yanks and Rays. A loss is given to the pitcher who was pitching at the point when the other team took the lead for good. If the runner who scored the lead run was an inherited runner from another pitcher then that previous pitcher gets the loss.

Are Swedish royals still required to be members of the Church of Sweden? by Melissa Q: The Church of Sweden is not a state church anymore, even though its members still make up over 70% of the population in Sweden. So it can be called the national church. When Crown Princess Victoria or her siblings have children in the future, are the newest generation of royals required to be members?

A: The Head of State (the king) is required to be a member of the Church of Sweden, but not the other members of his or her family, unless they want to stay in line of succession to the throne. Edit: Just to avoid confusion: what Sthlm writes below is technically correct, but doesn't contradict my answer above. The formulation about the "pure, evangelical faith", etc, in the constitution, is actually usually interpreted as "being a member of the Church of Sweden". See for example http://www.svenskakyrkan.se/tcrot/km/2008/motioner/Mot%202008_030.shtml And the next line in the constitution, after the quoted passage, mentions what happens if anyone in the royal family abandons the pure Lutheran faith, namely, he or she is excluded from the line of succession. So, in short, my original answer above sums it all up. And as a matter of curiosity, I might mention that several of the Swedish kings, especially during the 19th century, actually were married to queens that were practicing Roman Catholics.

Is Zach Greinke going to lead the Royals to the ALCS against the Yankees? by Dave Q: Who will face the Dodgers in the 2010 world series.. Royals or Yankees?

A: That question made me laugh. Were not the Yanks like 40 games ahead of the Royals last year and who says the Dodgers are a lock. The dodgers are like the yanks when Torre could not control them just like he cant control or manage the dodgers. They choked this year. It will be the Yanks and St. Louis next year and the yanks will win about 110 games, Your assistant david

When do you think the Kansas City Royals will win their second World Series? by KcRoyalsFan27 Q: Im a die hard Kansas City Royals fan, and iv'e been waiting for a world series, or even a wild card for the past 10 years.

A: no offense but the royals wont be winning anything in quite a while they are just waiting for someone to bust out which aint gonna happen ...go cubs!!!!!!!!!!

Are the Kansas City Royals going to surprise everyone and win the AL Central this season? by Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Cham Q: The AL Central is arguably the weakest division in baseball. This was the weakest division last season and it doesn't look to be changing much this season. This division is wide open for anyone to win and I think that the Royals have what it takes to take this division down. You heard it here first. What's the point of answering a question with just a yes or no answer? It's not like the person asking the question will give you the best answer without giving any insight into your answer.

A: Why not? they have an overall good young team but i think its going to get tougher as the season goes on because the twins and the chisox are always strong contenders. (Although the Twinkies are starting off slow.. which you probably would never know judging by how they beat the angels last night to a pulp! siiiiigh)

Will the Kansas city royals be a better baseball team than last year in the 2008 baseball season? by weather export 19 Q: I need your thoughts on this one. I had recent phone calls on my birthday today from my friends saying the royals can be a better team this year than last year. If they be a better baseball team they may go on to the world series if lucky win the world series.

A: Yeah, they will be a better team. World Series, though, thats asking a little much. If they finish the year with a .500 record, that'll be a vast improvement. They've got a lot of young guys on the team that are going to be really good. Gordon and Butler both got adjusted to major league pitching last year and really started hitting well the last couple months. They've got solid veteran leadership from Grudz and an underrated middle infield with him and Pena, Jr. They've got a few more pieces they need to add to be a real contender - more depth in the rotation and a power hitting 1st baseman (or anybody with a lot of power for that matter) are immediate concerns that I see. Anyways, yes they'll be an improved team. GO ROYALS!!!

What is the Blue Strip called that Royals wear? by Liam K Q: Hi, I was just wondering what the Blue type of strip Royals wear on dinners etc... I know what it means, it means that their royal but I wanted to know what it's called.

A: It doesn't have anything to do with being royal, as such. It is the sash (correctly called "riband") of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of knighthood in Britain. Most orders of knighthood have such a riband, in the colour of the order, which is worn with formal evening dress. The Queen and several other members of the royal family are Kinghts of the Garter, and so you see them wearing it. But most of the members of the Order are not royal. Margaret Thatcher is one, for example.

Where did the Royals live before Buckingham Palace was built? by Dennis Q: As a fool, I thought Buckingham Palace had been around for hundreds of years, but I was informed that it was built around the 19th century. Where did the Royals live before Buckingham Palace? In other words, what was the capital of England in the Medieval and Renaissance times?

A: Buckingham House was the city residence of the Dukes of Buckingham. Before it was acquired by King George IV, the Royal Family lived at Windsor Castle. George III spent the last twenty years of his life as a prisoner of his mad doctors there, and even in his early career he favored Windsor. For obvious reasons George IV preferred other digs Buying Buckingham House gave him another excuse to spend vast sums of money rebuilding and redecorating, as he had already done at Carlton House and would do at the Brighton Pavilion. Known as Farmer George, Geroge III loved to practice agriculture and animal husbandry on the Windsor farms. When he had to go to London for a Court (at St. James' Palace), he would usually ride back the same evening (a distance of 20 miles) to be able to sleep at Windson with his wife.

What is the point for having only royals be with royals in the United kingdom? by Q: I read that in some kingdoms royals can only be with royals, I was just wondering what the point of that was.. what was the reason? p.s I think now that rule is gone, but why was it made in the first place?

A: In fact, such a rule never really existed in the UK. The first commoner to marry a British king did so back in the 15th century. Four of Henry VIII's wives were non-royals. Queen Victoria approved the marriage of her daughter Louise to a non-royal duke, and her grandson, George V, made it officially clear that British royals did not have to marry other royals. His daughter and two of his sons (not counting the Duke of Windsor, who was a special case) did not have royally-born spouses. But there were some European families in which this rule existed, and the idea was more or less to protect the "purity" (if there was such a thing) of royal blood. The Russians insisted that the heir to the throne could marry only a member of a reigning royal house, though other, lesser members of the family were not really bound by this rule, unless they were very close to the throne in the line of succession. In Sweden, until very recently, the heir to the throne was not allowed to marry someone who wasn't a member of a royal family, even if she didn't hold the title of "princess". (Being a member of an extended royal family and perhaps holding the title of "Lady" was acceptable.) As the recent wedding of the Crown Princess of Sweden demonstrates, that rule has gone by the wayside. It was thought shocking when the Crown Prince of Japan married a commoner back in 1959, instead of a member of one of the old Japanese princely or at least noble families, but his own son married another commoner in 1993. Most of the heirs to thrones in Europe are now married to people who were not born royal or even noble. But again, the idea in the past was to keep royal blood from being "diluted" by non-royal blood and to preserve respect for the very concept of royalty.

Why does Gordon Brown wants to allow Catholics royals to ascend British throne? by Ephram Saracen Q: The British succession law clearly states that Catholics royals cannot inherit British throne. Why suddenly now Brown wants to change it - to allow Catholics to be in succession line? Isn't supposed a British monarch head of the Church of England? What would be the reactions of the House of Lords and the Her Majesty The Queen herself to this proposed amendment?

A: Equal rights or all.

How should they pick a Kansas City Royals player for the All-Star game? by soxwincubslose Q: Usually someone is so outstanding, his stats scream "ME! ME! ME!". In the case of the Royals, perennial doormats, we may have to devise some creative system to choose the appropriate All-Star benchwarmer. Let's be creative! BRILLIANT OBSERVATION, Tony R. Comparing the 39-49 Royals to the best team in baseball. Hopefully you're old enough to remember George Brett, since there's been nothing to shout about since then.

A: Zack Greinke is the only starter close. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7257 David DeJesus is putting up Fukudome numbers, not that it says much for all-star numbers. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7232 Joakim Soria is a good closer. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7964 Take your pick.

What is the Yankees Payroll compared to the Kansas City Royals? by BronxBombers Q: I'm watching the Yankees game right now on the Royals channel and they just said the Royals pay roll is only 10 million dollars less than the yankees. I couldn't believe that. Does anyone know if that's true?

A: It's not true. There's about a $130 million difference. Yankees - $201.4 million Royals - $70.5 million

Just how scrappy is this Royals team? And are they giving us a preview of how good they will be down the road? by Romelo Q: They go to Detroit and sweep them. They then go to Minnesota and lose 2 close ball games and win one. Today they are giving the Yankees a run for their money. Are the Royals trying to tell us something or is it just early fortune? Arod fan: Let's not read more into a question that isn't there. I was simply giving the young Royals team a compliment. Thanks.

A: Everything that Chiefs and Nachos said. Except he forgot to mention that we have a manager now that is aggresive and not afraid to hurt the players feelings.

Your guess on when the Royals will play in a nationally televised game? by Chiefs & Nachos Q: And I'm not counting the All-Star game where one Royals might accidently get to step on the field.

A: My guess is not for the next couple of seasons if and until that organization can stabilize itself, and build a pitching staff that can compete in the AL central.

Will the UK royal family become more like the Danish royals as time passes? by Ms. Minerva Q: I'm sorry, but I think the Danish royals behave like office clerks. Do you think it is a good idea to adapt such a stripped-down version of royal behavior? Is it like trading in a Rolls Royce for an economy compact car?

A: Eventually, I think that the British royals will become less like royals and more like commoners. Just take a look at William, he doesn't seem to embody the traditional style of monarchy like his grandmother, he will probably modernise the monarchy to the point where buckingham palace will turn into 10 downing street. If you watched the Baftas, did you notice that he just blended in with the movie stars instead of standing out? oh well....

Who will the royals acquire as their new pitcher this off season? by Q: The royals need new pitching so will we trade if so who and who for. Do we try free agency and if so who and how much will we pay. Finally will we try and resign Bruce Chen?

A: What I have heard is the Rays are interested in dealing James Shields to the Royals in exchage for a couple of high level prospects. Lorenzo Cain and Mike Montgomery would be a possibility. I would not trade Wil Myers or Jake Odorizzi Even after bringing a bunch of rookies up last year(Hosmer, Moustakas, Perez, Giavotella, Holland, Crow, etc) the Royals are still loaded with prospects. Along with Myers and Odorizzi, you have Bubba Starling(18YO) the #1 HS player in the country, Elier Hernandez(16YO) the #1 player in the IPL(Internation Prospects League), and Cheslor Cuthbert(18YO) A ball >So trading away a couple of major league ready prospects like Cain and Montgomery would not cripple the Royals future. The Royals want to keep Bruce Chen, so long as the price and length of contract make sense.

What is the best start to a KC Royals season? by pl_retep Q: I'm trying to find out the best starts to a season by the Kansas City Royals in terms of most games won before a loss and, separately, best start through the first month.

A: The 2003 Royals opened the season 9-0. The best seasonal winning percentage through 30-April for any Royals team was in 1978, when they were at .737 (14-5). The most wins the team has had in April is 16, in both 1989 (16-8, .667) and 2003 (16-7, .696). The Royals also went 1-0 in March 2003, giving them a 17-7 (.708) record on 30-April.

Will the royals William and Catherine visit Wisconsin in their next visit to America? by Kme000- Q: Would the royals visit Wisconsin in their next visit to America? I wonder what would Prince William and Prince Catherine would do there, maybe mixing the cheese in any local cheese factory or perhaps entertain them during the Packers (American) football game practice. I would like to see them in Wisconsin Dells!!! I love Wisconsin!

A: I think that a trip to Wisconsin, the real USA, might be needed after their stay in La La Land. California is bankrupt both fiscally and morally.

What is the common language that royals use? by Q: Japan's Crown Princess Masako speaks English and French, while Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is fluent in French and English, and Queen Elizabeth II speaks French. What is the common language that all royals use in conversing with other royals when they are attending another royal's funeral, anniversary, wedding or birthday celebration?

A: It does depend how many Royals are present and what countries they are from. If a lot of Royals are present (for state occasions, jubilee celebrations, official birthdays, etc), it is more than likely all of them converse in English - the accepted international language. If a smaller number of Royals is present and they all know each other, they'll speak the language all of them are best versed in, or the language of the host country (if they all know it). In other words, not very different to how most people from different countries, Royal or not, communicate.

What kind of power do the British royals have, and where do they get their wealth? by Inquisitive Q: I'm a clueless American who is baffled by the fact that there are modern societies that still have some sort or rulers based on blood line. I'm assuming political power belongs entirely to the Prime Minister and his crew (when and how did that invade the monarchy?) and that taxes are collected for that government. What's the point of the royals today (other than tabloid news) and where do they get their wealth?

A: You're broadly right. The British Royal family generally have few legal roles apart from the Queen herself, although they are immune from various laws like planning permission (local government has to authorise that any building work is safe, but the royal family can do what they like). The Queen is in name the Head of State, the head of the armed forces and the head of the Church of England. In practice she is not allowed to actually exercise any authority or even display any preferences. The cost of keeping the whole royal family is estimated as £41.5m (about $70m?) per year, although this is not all as cash paid directly to them (only £7.9m) - a lot of it goes as money spent upkeeping the various estates. In addition there is the cost of security provided by the police and the army, which is not published. However, this money is offset against money paid to the treasury in income tax, capital gains tax (in the UK, if you buy property cheap, and it goes up in value and you sell it expensively, this difference is subject to capital gains tax), and in earnings from various estates they own - these earnings are paid to the state in exchange for the £7.9m mentioned above. The Royal family own an enormous amount of land. One set of land alone, the Crown Estates, is worth £6.2 billion, and makes profits of around £200m per year which are paid to the state, which alone heavily outweighs the cost of the Royal family. In addition there are the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster which are probably worth another £1bn. From our point of view, financially, it benefits us to have these holdings associated with the state rather than a private business, as a lot more money flows back into the state than it would do otherwise. Most of their wealth is based on stuff they inherited, or proceeds from the estates, or businesses based on the estates. Prince Charles owns a company that makes biscuits (Duchy Originals). They're quite nice! Politically, the point of keeping the Queen as Head of state is to provide some sort of counterbalance, albeit even only theoretical, to the Prime Minister. Most countries have two houses of government and a Head of State; the US has the House, the Senate and the President. The British Prime Minister controls the House of Commons (roughly equivalent to the House); the House of Lords (even more roughly equivalent to the Senate) is much weaker than the Commons; so he actually has much more direct authority than the President of the US, so it's important that there is some counterbalance. The British PM cannot actually seize power as a dictator because technically the army belongs to the Queen and she has the authority to dissolve parliament. The Queen cannot seize power because it would cause a revolution. This situation has basically evolved over the last 350 years or so because, as revolutions happened all across Europe and various Kings and Queens were beheaded, the British Monarchy looked at it and thought, we would rather give power back a bit at a time, than suffer a revolution and lose it all. The ball was started by our own Civil War, 1642-1651, followed mainly by a period of dictatorship, until we re-established a monarchy that had to listen to parliament in 1660. This gradual constraining of the monarchy has continued right up until 1992 when they started paying income tax. So - what's the benefit of keeping them? People have different opinions and it kind of comes down to taste. From my point of view the finances are pretty even or actually profitable for the country. For me it's a matter of style. For me, there is no other person in the world whose title is as impressive as the King or Queen of England. For sheer grandeur and symbolism nothing can touch it. The President of the United Stated comes second - but to be honest, he's only going to be there for eight years, and there is a reasonable prospect that one day Sarah Palin could have that title. I think history and symbolism are important, especially in trying to create a nation; trying to make millions of people who don't know each other unite under the same banner. That is why America has worked so hard to elevate the idea of the President to an almost religious status. If you have something that's richly symbolic and you throw it away it's hard to build it up again. I'm not especially into these particular people. I'm sure they're no better or worse than a lot of other people. But the idea of the monarchy is so central to the idea of what it means to be British, that, at a time when we're struggling for an idea of national identity as it is, it would be too destructive to rip it out. And they don't actually do any harm or cost any money.

What is the main thing that must change for the Royals to be successful? by royalsgirl Q: I am a huge die-hard Royals fan!I have seen them continue to struggle over the years.Many people have their own opinion about what the main problem is with the team but everyones opinion differs.

A: The main thing has already been done. They hired a new GM. That is the first step. I feel your pain. As a Tiger fan, I suffered through 2003. Dave Dombrowski was hired as The Tiger's new President in 2001, and in 2002 fired Randy Smith as GM, and took over those duties. Since then, he has re-stocked our farm system and made some good trades and signings. You just have to keep the faith. These kind of things take 4-5 years to come together. The Tigers did it, I know KC can do too!

Are the Royals supposed to be doing anything about the UK Riots? by Q: I don't know much about the UK government system ( I live outside of the UK ), but aren't the Royals supposed to be doing something about the UK Riots? It seems that Prince William has been awfully quiet about the situation, and I read somewhere that the couple has gone into hiding or so. I know that The Prime Minister is working his butt off, but the Royals seem to be doing nothing. Is this riot even their business to worry about? What was the purpose of the whole celebrated and elaborate Royal Wedding if the Royal family is useless in these times?

A: Nope.. The British monarchy is only good for a couple things.. 1) The Queen keeps the Prime Minister in check if need be. Royalty doesn't run the country... That's what parliament is for. She has the authority to oust him/ her when the sh/t hits the fan --as long as she wants to-- most likely with the request from the majority...again parliament and maybe from citizens if the sht is thick enough. (Has never happened to my knowledge). A last minute safety net, if you ask me. 2) Royalty has been around since... well, who knows, a long time and nowadays it's mainly for show and ceremony. Personally I believe now would be the perfect time for law-abiding citizens to propose a license to carry bill... Guns aren't outlawed completely. Shotguns are available, however, after a series of permits and taxations, etc.. It's hell to acquire one, so I hear. The police are horrible over there. If you were to call the police because you were getting robbed, the only way they're going to show up soon is if you threaten to use deadly force (or any type of force). The police don't really do anything for your standard Joe.. They are more worried about breaking up the fight or preventing ANYONE from being hurt, including the perpertrator. Actually, I'm not even sure you can threaten to use deadly force. (It might be against the law for owning a firearm). The chief of police (I think)-- somebody okayed water cannons, but lets be for real... These rioters, they could give 2 shtz about innocent lives. Their objective is to destroy/ loot/ burn/ harm others to get their message across. A nice machine gun or two would do a fine job, I believe, though it's just a personal suggestion. I'm an American though, so my 2 cents are worthless. --Rob USMC

How many royals has president Bill Clinton been se xually linked to? by Q: The rumor I am picking up about cables to be leaked as soon as Assange clears his name of raping three thousand Swedish maidens, is that Slick Willie had it off with Royals of both sexes. Given that Willi has gotten it off with roughly one third of the world's population is there any way we can tell which of the Royals he got it off with?

A: Slick Willie hugely enjoyed the time he spent with Eddie. Clinton was Commander in Chief and Eddie does like a uniform.

Why do the royals get the job as head of state without letting others have a chance? by Q: No English or Australian person (for example) has no chance to become head of state, it gets given to the royals simply through birth. How is this fair, and why do people support it?

A: Dear John, That is what a monarchy is. It saves money by not having elections and stops the embarrassment of having to admit to, having the likes of a, George Dubya Bush as president and running the country.

What did the royals get out of the mike sweeney trade to the athletics? by LakersFan Q: did they even trade him or was he just released as a free agent? either way i love the guy and im sad to see that he is gone but hes old now and the royals couldnt afford to keep paying his salary.

A: sweeney was a free agent and was SIGNED by the athletics to a non roster invite. Royals got nothing.

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