Lorenzo Cain finished 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in the Royals' 7-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday.
The stolen base was his sixth, and Cain also has six homers on the season. The 30-year-old has three doubles, a home run and six RBI during a modest six-game hitting streak, and he's now put together four consecutive multi-hit games. The good stretch has his overall line up to .296/.348/.432.
Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
Arcia hit a two-out double and scored a run in the second inning and scored another run in the fourth after being hit by a pitch. Arcia desperately needs a spark, as he was hitting .194/.293/.306 with just two runs scored in the month of May coming into the game. He's one of the Twins' more talented hitters, slump notwithstanding, and seeing as how the team isn't going anywhere it would behoove them to continue to give the 25-year-old at-bats in hopes he can find his swing sooner than later.
Yasiel Puig was removed from Tuesday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury.
Puig appeared to jam his hand sliding around Howie Kendrick's bat while scoring on a Kendrick shot to first base in the bottom of the sixth inning. Puig got on base that inning with an RBI single off the right field wall. He finished the night 1-for-3 with one run scored and one run batted in.
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday against the Twins.
Merrifield started at second base and batted second in the game, the second straight game he's hit in the No. 2 hole. And he's responded, going 4-for-10 with three doubles and three runs scored in those two games. The 27-year-old has started games at second, third and in left field since having his contract purchased last week, batting .333 in five games. He doesn't have much mixed league appeal, but his versatility and the fact that Royals manager Ned Yost seems to like him -- this is the same guy that continues to bat Alcides Escobar leadoff -- gives him some AL-only value if he keeps hitting in prime spots in the lineup with some regularity.
Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.
A night after collecting five hits and falling a homer shy of the cycle, Perez found his homer in the second inning against Twins starter Ervin Santana. The home run was his seventh of the year, giving him 24 RBI with 18 runs scored. The workhorse catcher has appeared in 43 of the team's 45 games thus far, batting .276/.305/.500 overall.
Ervin Santana was battered by the Royals for nine hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday.
The start was, by almost any measure, his worst of the season to date, dropping his record to 1-3 overall. Through his first seven starts, Santana owned a 3.13 ERA; after Tuesday, it sits at 4.17, with a 1.49 WHIP to boot. The 33-year-old has generally been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Twins, and he'll attempt to get back on track Monday at the Athletics.
Edinson Volquez allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.
The start was reminiscent of most of Volquez' starts in recent weeks -- lots of baserunners, and lots of ground balls to help limit the damage. The win moved him to 5-4 on the year with a 3.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Volquez will next face the White Sox on Sunday.
Nomar Mazara finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the Rangers topped the Angels 4-1 on Tuesday.
Mazara hit a two-run home run off Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the sixth inning, and he also singled and scored in the fourth. The homer was the third in six games for the outfielder, giving him seven on the season. The 21-year-old is hitting .317/.364/.483 in 38 games after starting the year at Triple-A.