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Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP girls win 13th straight -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Defense lifts TMP boys past Norton -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

La Crosse boys nab big road win -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Hays High's Hannah Hearld will miss softball season -2/8/2015, 12:46 PM

Tiger women outlast ESU for 21st straight win -2/8/2015, 1:13 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Ibanez back with Royals

Published on -7/1/2014, 10:06 AM

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By Andy McCullough

McClatchy-Tribune

Raul Ibanez's No. 18 jersey hung in a Royals clubhouse for the first time in more than a decade. On the first day of his second act with Kansas City, Ibanez scanned the room in search of a contemporary from his tenure here from 2001 to 2003.

Ibanez saw so much youth, a collection of teammates who attended high school back then. At last, in a nearby corner, he spotted a veteran presence.

"How old is Bruce Chen?" Ibanez asked. Chen turned 37 a couple weeks ago, he learned. Ibanez smiled. "He's young!" he said. "He's a youngster."

At 42, Ibanez became the eldest member of the team when he agreed to a big-league contract. The Royals reached into their past in an attempt to improve their rickety bench. He joined the team on Monday night at the start of a 10-game road trip, alongside utility infielder Christian Colon, the team's No. 1 pick in 2010, who was promoted to the majors for the first time.

Both manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore insisted they viewed Ibanez as more than a backup, and charted out something of an amorphous role for the new addition. Ibanez can aid the team in both outfield corners, at first base, at designated hitter and as a pinch hitter. At bottom, the organization viewed Ibanez as an upgrade over Justin Maxwell, who along with infielder Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Ibanez batted .157 with scant power for the Angels this season, and received his release on June 21. He returned to his home in Seattle for a few days to consider the landscape. Ibanez indicated he chose the Royals over "more than five" teams with interest.

He maintains a fondness for the organization, which once had offered him his first full-time role in the majors. Team officials insisted his recent production was not indicative of a total decline. They appreciated his postseason experience -- a 44-game slate accrued mostly with the Phillies and the Yankees.

"When he was released," Moore said, "all of our scouts and our entire major-league coaching staff felt that he could be a potentially important part of our team."

Added Yost, "He knows how to put together a professional at-bat. So we're going to use him in a lot of different ways, depending on need."

The addition of Ibanez also provides the team with a viable, veteran insurance policy if they opt to option struggling first baseman Eric Hosmer to Class AAA Omaha. Ibanez played five games at first base for the Angels this season, and has appeared there 136 times in his career. He could also fill in as the designated hitter if the Royals move Billy Butler back into the field.

Hosmer entered Monday's game batting .193 in June. Yet team officials insist his defense is critical to the club's success. Yost batted aside a question about a potential demotion.

"That's so far back off the radar, it's not even close," Yost said. "Not even on the map. There's been no consideration, or talk, of doing that. Or even a thought of it."

It will be curious to see how Yost deploys Ibanez. His value as a fielder is negligible, according to both rival evaluators and advanced metrics. Last season he ranked last among the 113 outfielders with 500 innings in the field in Ultimate Zone Rating, an advanced metric that measures how many runs a defender saves or costs his team.

Ibanez flourished as a hitter after he entered his mid-30s. Even last season, he swatted 29 home runs. Yet only five fell during the second half of the season. Ibanez posted merely a .640 on-base plus slugging percentage during that stretch. His OPS was .523 in Los Angeles. Ibanez blamed his woes on a lack of balance at the plate.

"I've been trying to hold too much weight on my back leg," Ibanez said. "It's about just being athletic, and getting back to even, and hitting through the ball."

He spent his early afternoon tinkering toward that goal. Ibanez joined a sizable Royals contingent for early batting practice.

As Ibanez settled into his new digs, Colon did likewise. His arrival caught him by surprise, he admitted. He was hitting .296 for Omaha, but had been passed over for promotion several times already this season. He split his time between second base, third base and shortstop for the Storm Chasers, but Yost indicated he felt most comfortable with Colon at second.

"Nothing that he does really jumps out at you," Yost said. "He's just been pretty consistent, and a pretty solid player."

To Yost, both players serve the same purpose: "Their role is to help us win baseball games any way they can." For Ibanez, a player familiar with this franchise's history, the goal is clear.

"Nothing would please me more to be part of something that hasn't been done here in a long time," Ibanez said. "And that's getting into the postseason. I'd love to be part of that."

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