Drew Butera raced home for a three-run inside-the-park homer in the seventh inning that lifted the Royals to a three-game sweep of the Twins. Rookie starter Brad Keller logged seven strong frames with a career-high eight strikeouts, while Alex Gordon hit a two-run double for his 500th extra-base hit for Kansas City. Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi also struck out eight in six solid frames.
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Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 3.45 ERA) will start the series opener against the Tigers at 7:15 p.m. CT on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. He logged 2 1/3 innings against the White Sox in his last outing before the All-Star break, allowing just one run on a Jose Abreu homer. Lefty Francisco Liriano (3-5, 4.67 ERA) will start for Detroit.
As the Royals' rebuild marches on, they continue to search all areas for ways to improve their depth. The latest effort came on Sunday when the club acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals in exchange for Minor League pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.
Salvador Perez clubbed a go-ahead two run homer -- his 14th dinger of the season -- and Jakob Junis was solid in his return from the disabled list as the Royals secured their first series victory since May 30 -- also against the Twins. Joe Mauer set a club record for doubles with his 415th in the first and he scored on Eddie Rosario's single, but starter Lance Lynn labored for the Twins.
Danny Duffy threw seven innings of one-run ball, while Lucas Duda homered and drove in two to beat the Twins. Salvador Perez added a two-run double for Kansas City. Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Royals manager Ned Yost remembered getting a call from general manager Dayton Moore at the All-Star break during the 2011 season.
At the Winter Meetings last December, Royals general manager Dayton Moore conceded that rough times were ahead. The Royals are 27-68 at the break, which is the worst record in Major League Baseball and their worst start in franchise history. Here's a quick look at the direction the Royals are heading for the rest of 2018.
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.
Salvador Perez logged five innings behind the plate and went hitless in the American League's 8-6 win over the National League in Tuesday's night's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez is so respected by his peers and league coaches that he was voted into his sixth consecutive All-Star Game. And because of an injury to his good friend, Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos, he will make his fifth straight All-Star start. That's a starting streak that hasn't happened in All-Star history since Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez started from 1993-2001.
Five Kansas City relievers, putting together a bullpen day due to Ian Kennedy's oblique injury, combined to give up 10 runs to their American League Central rivals as the Royals dropped Sunday's rubber game at Guaranteed Rate Field, 10-1. The Royals enter the All-Star break at 27-68.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.
The Philadelphia Youth Academy players cheered throughout their fifth-inning rally during the Commissioner's Cup championship game Monday afternoon against the Kansas City Youth Academy at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
The Royals Jorge Bonifacio supported a sterling start from Danny Duffy in a win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday. Bonifacio's first homer of the year was a two-run shot in the first, and he later added an RBI triple. Duffy would take the early lead and run with it, tossing seven scorless innings and striking out eight. New father Reynaldo Lopez was up to task after allowing the first inning home run, but a Salvador Perez homer in the eighth robbed him of a quality start.
One outing after giving up four runs and five walks in 4 2/3 innings, Brad Keller couldn't make his way out of the third inning in the Royals' 9-6 loss to the White Sox in the series opener on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Here is a glance at how the AL Central's landscape looks as trade talks keep gathering steam.
A month-long slump may be coming to an end for Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who was selected to his sixth straight All-Star Game on Sunday.
Forty percent of the Royals' rotation now consists of Rule 5 picks. A few weeks after Brad Keller joined the rotation, fellow Rule 5 pick Burch Smith made his first start on Wednesday against the Twins at Target Field. The results were mixed for Smith in the Royals' 8-5 loss to Minnesota.
One day last week, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy decided to walk from downtown Kansas City to Kauffman Stadium, a trek that took him nearly four hours. It's that type of walking or "long hike," as he calls it, that provides instant relief, clearing his mind.
Adalberto Mondesi hit a three-run homer and logged an RBI single for a career-high four RBIs as the Royals evened the series against the Twins at one game apiece. Ian Kennedy, who came off the DL earlier on Tuesday, left his start early due to left-side tightness and Brian Flynn went four strong innings to get the win for Kansas City, which scored more than five runs for the first time in 31 games. Brian Dozier belted his 14th homer for the Twins.
Revisit Bo Jackson's iconic '89 ASG leadoff HR
Royals super-utility man Whit Merrifield found out moments before Sunday's game at Kauffman Stadium that his teammate, catcher Salvador Perez, had made the All-Star Game, but he did not. Asked if the perceived snub would serve as possible motivation in the future, Merrifield paused and then said, "Well, I got five hits [Sunday]. So yeah, I try to use stuff like that to motivate me."
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was back on his "A" game Monday night. After getting roughed up for six runs over six innings in his last outing, Duffy came back and fired six scoreless innings against the Twins, continuing his personal upsurge that started in late May. Yet it wasn't enough, as the Royals' bullpen gave up two runs in the seventh and the Twins held on for a 3-1 victory at Target Field.
There will be plenty to say about Jesus Luzardo when he takes the mound for the World Team in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Among them, that the No. 20 overall prospect has not allowed an earned run in his last 28 innings.
The Royals surrendered a pair of leads before falling to the Red Sox, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium as Boston completed a three-game sweep. Whit Merrifield had the first five-hit game of his career for the Royals.
Royals manager Ned Yost had hinted in recent weeks that he eventually would rest shortstop Alcides Escobar, and that day came Sunday. After 421 straight starts -- a franchise record and the longest active consecutive-games streak in the Major Leagues -- Escobar did not start against the Red Sox.
The Kansas City Royals announced on Sunday the signing of Japanese 16-year old pitcher Kaito Yuki. The Osaka, Japan, native just completed his junior high season in May and chose to sign a professional contract with the Royals over attending high school.