Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Escobar swatted four singles on the evening, including a big one with two outs in the ninth inning to extend the game for Lorenzo Cain, who promptly ended it with an RBI single of his own. The stolen base was Escobar's seventh of the season, third-most in the American League. Royals manager Ned Yost is a subscriber to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory, leaving Escobar atop a lineup that won the 2015 World Series despite Escobar's .259/.288/.321 line through 26 games.
Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.
Blackmon led off the contest with a solo home run against Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the top of the first inning. The dinger was his first of the 2016 campaign. A toe injury sidelined him for two weeks in April, but he has legitimate fantasy upside now that he is back in action. Last season, the 29-year-old outfielder slashed .287/.347/.450 with 17 homers, 58 RBI and 43 steals. A 20-20 season is not out of the question if he can maintain his health over the coming months.
Anthony Rendon hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.
Rendon, the second batter of the game, took Royals starter Chris Young deep to start the scoring. It was a much-needed blast for the 25-year-old, who hasn't hit with much authority this season after missing most of 2015 with various injuries. Rendon has just two RBI to go with his one homer and he's hitting a rather pedestrian .240/.307/.317 despite batting high in one of the league's better lineups.
Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Nationals.
Young's final line doesn't look awful, but he served up two home runs and got into a bases loaded jam in the fifth when Royals manager Ned Yost finally pulled the plug. It was the third time in six starts that Young has failed to get out of the fifth inning, and he's gone six innings or more just once. He's got a 5.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP heading into Monday's start at the Yankees.
Tanner Roark gave up four runs over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Royals.
Roark exited with the lead but was let down by closer Jonathan Papelbon, denying him his third win. He gave up six hits, walking two while striking out four in the outing. Roark has been very good this season despite his 2-2 record, posting a 2.58 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. A stiffer test will come Sunday when the Nationals visit the Cubs.
Andrew Cashner managed a quality start in Tuesday's win over the Rockies, yielding three runs on five hits over six innings.
Cashner was not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, but he persevered long enough for the Padre bats to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. All three of those runs scored in the first two innings (two in the first, one in the second). For the evening as a whole, the 29-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked three. He will carry a 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB ratio (27 innings) into his next outing, a home date with the Mets.
Eddie Butler could not maintain his consistency in Tuesday's loss to the Padres, surrendering five runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The Rockies handed Butler a 3-0 lead after two innings and he initially ran with it, not allowing a baserunner through 3 2/3 innings. Any hope of a headline night was squashed when he surrendered back-to-back home runs to Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace in the fourth inning. Two more runs would come home in the sixth inning to knock Butler out of commission for good, with one more scoring on his line after he had left the contest. The 25-year-old right-hander was called up in late April to take the rotation slot of Jorge De La Rosa (groin). His results over 16 starts in 2015 were less than encouraging and the former top prospect makes for a dicey fantasy option outside of deep NL-only formats. A showdown with the Giants in San Francisco awaits him next time he toes the rubber.
Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a three run home run in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the A's.
The Mariners already held a 5-1 lead when Seager strolled to the plate to face reliever Marc Rzepczynski with two runners on and nobody out in the eighth inning. He essentially put it out of reach with one swing of the bat, clocking a three-run home run to send the Oakland faithful home in a dour mood. Through his first 94 at-bats, Seager is slashing just .181/.274/.436 with five doubles, six homers and 17 RBI. The sky might be brightening, though, as Seager has notched three doubles, two homers and seven RBI over his last four games.