Salvador Perez homered early and Whit Merrifield tied it with a sacrifice fly before Drew Butera's go-ahead two-run single in the 10th inning lifted the Royals to an I-70 Series win. Cardinals closer Bud Norris was unable to field a bunt attempt that loaded the bases for Butera. Alex Gordon made a great diving catch in the seventh and starter Jakob Junis struck out seven in a no-decision for Kansas City.
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And Gordon showed off his defensive skills again Wednesday against the Cardinals in the seventh inning. With one out, Francisco Pena, who already had doubled into the left-field corner to plate a run in the second, smashed a Kevin McCarthy sinker again toward the same corner.
Left-hander Danny Duffy (1-6, 6.88 ERA) will start and try to turn his season around as the Royals continue the road trip with the start of a four-game set at 7:05 p.m. CT on Thursday against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Duffy gave up five runs over four innings on Saturday against the Yankees. He is 1-2 with a 3.25 ERA in his career against Texas.
Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez launched solo home runs to help starter Jason Hammel, who went seven strong innings, pick up his first win of the season as the Royals evened the I-70 Series at one game apiece. Cardinals starter Luke Weaver worked with an early lead as Jose Martinez scored from third on a delayed double steal. Martinez was hung up and likely would have been out, but third baseman Mike Moustakas dropped the throw from Perez.
Amid the Royals' disappointing 14-33 start entering Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, there actually have been some pleasant surprises, such as rookie relievers Brad Keller and Tim Hill, and the continued development of outfielder Jorge Soler. And another surprise is impressing manager Ned Yost and his coaching staff: Right-hander Jason Adam, who made his debut on May 5 and through six outings has a 3.52 ERA.
Another day in which a Royals starter couldn't hold an opponent down. And another day in which the offense couldn't put up much of a fight. The Royals dropped their third straight, this time to the Cardinals, 6-0, on Monday night in the I-70 Series opener at Busch Stadium.
As Royals manager Ned Yost sat in his visitors' clubhouse office, he insisted he is not down or frustrated by the team's 14-32 start prior to Monday's I-70 Series opener against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Who do the Royals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Kansas City's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.
Simply too much Sonny Gray. The Yankees' right-hander who came into the game with a 6.39 ERA, suddenly found his slider and overmatched the Royals in a 10-1 victory in the rubber game on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
After another poor start from Royals left-hander Danny Duffy on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost said he had some ideas on how to help Duffy through his long stretch of struggles. On Sunday morning, Yost said Duffy would not be going to the bullpen and that Duffy would make his next start, though Yost didn't indicate when.
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Coming out of Spring Training, expectations for the Royals weren't exactly soaring. But no one, including general manager Dayton Moore, expected a 14-31 start, one of the worst in franchise history.
There are still no answers regarding Royals ace Danny Duffy. The lefty's rough start to 2018 continued on Saturday night as he was battered for seven hits and five runs over four innings in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.
As part of the Royals' Legends Weekend celebration, former outfielders Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye met with reporters prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals on Saturday placed infielder Cheslor Cuthbert on the 10-day disabled list because of back spasms, and recalled infielder Ramon Torres.
Whit Merrifield had three hits and three stolen bases, while Salvador Perez had three RBIs and belted his sixth home run as the Royals rolled in the series opener to give manager Ned Yost his 1,100th career victory. Yankees starter CC Sabathia labored early and finished with five strikeouts, while Neil Walker's RBI single fueled a two-run sixth for the Bombers.
A deal is a deal. It was Dec. 14, 2016, when Royals catcher Drew Butera made a pact, actually a hand-written contract, with Dagan Lingenfelter, a 7-year-old second-grader from the Kansas City area who is battling cancer.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
The first quarter of the 2018 season has featured the Indians and Twins jousting for the top spot in the American League Central, as many expected. No team in the division having a record above .500 is more of a surprise. Here's what we know overall about the five AL Central squads at the season's quarter mark.
Opposing teams had scored in the first inning against the Royals in five of the previous six games entering Wednesday. That trend continued when the Rays clipped starter Jason Hammel for three in the first en route to a 5-3 victory at Kauffman Stadium.
American League hitters have had a tough time picking up pitches from Royals rookie left-hander Tim Hill. Entering Wednesday's action, batters were hitting just .229 against Hill and striking out almost a hitter per inning.
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Royals closer Kelvin Herrera has been virtually perfect this season, allowing one run in 16 appearances and sporting an 0.61 ERA entering Tuesday's ninth inning. But Herrera was nicked for three singles, the last an RBI hit by the Rays' Joey Wendle that was the deciding run in the Royals' 6-5 loss at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' rotation certainly has had a rough time lately, with three starters giving up nine earned runs each over the past seven days. But left-hander Eric Skoglund restored some order Monday, going 7 2/3 innings -- the longest outing of his career -- and giving up seven hits and two earned runs in a 2-1 loss to the Rays. He walked none and struck out four.
The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that infielder/outfielder Hunter Dozier has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha and will be available for tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He will wear uniform No. 17. In a corresponding move, the club has placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list with right foot plantar fasciitis.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
When manager Ned Yost made the short walk to the mound to relieve starter Danny Duffy during the fourth inning of the Royals' 11-2 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday, it would be understandable if he was feeling some form of déjà vu.
With the Royals celebrating Mother's Day on the road for their finale with the Indians, they will honor their 2018 Honorary Bat Girl, Mila Ellsworth, a day later. Ellsworth was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 at the age of 36 and underwent chemotherapy and surgery to combat a BRCA 1 mutation. She will be honored during pregame ceremonies prior to the Royals' Monday night matchup against Tampa Bay. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CT.
The Royals jumped on Indians starter Mike Clevinger in the top of the first inning but Cleveland answered back, and Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley proved to be the Royals undoing on Saturday, as the Indians' duo went 7-for-8 in Cleveland's 6-2 victory.
Salvador Perez belted a go-ahead two-run home run with two out in the seventh inning off Indians reliever Andrew Miller as the Royals rallied in the series opener. After a rocky outing by starter Jason Hammel, the Royals' bullpen was able to right the ship, as Tim Hill, Burch Smith and Brad Keller stymied the Tribe's offense. Keller earned his first MLB win with three scoreless frames. Michael Brantley hit his second grand slam, while Jose Ramirez and Yonder Alonso also homered for Cleveland.
On a Thursday night that started so promising for the Royals when catcher Salvador Perez ripped a first-inning grand slam, they simply couldn't contain the Orioles.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman couldn't find the plate early in Thursday night's rubber game against the Royals. And when Tillman did, loud noises followed, such as catcher Salvador Perez's opposite-field grand slam that gave the Royals a quick 4-0 lead.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
As right-hander Jakob Junis was progressing through the Royals' farm system, legendary scout Art Stewart was asked if Junis reminded him of any other pitcher. Stewart didn't hesitate.
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Considering the standings, it's safe to call the American League Central an unsung division. But whether it's the title-contending Indians, the up-and-coming Twins, or the rebuilding Tigers, Royals and White Sox, every team has an unsung hero -- someone who doesn't get enough credit for the impact he makes.
Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund delivered his second quality start of the season and Lucas Duda homered, but the Royals lost late.