Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a homer and a season-high four RBI in Friday’s 7-5 victory over the White Sox.
Hosmer drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning and slugged a solo homer in the sixth before adding a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh. The 26-year-old has picked up the power production of late and is now batting .307/.359/.520 with nine homers and 27 RBI through 47 games. He has never hit more than 19 home runs in a season before, but he’s in good position to top that this year if he can stay healthy.
Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the White Sox for his 13th save of the season.
Davis struck out two batters in the frame and worked out a leadoff single by Brett Lawrie. The 30-year-old has already walked nine batters in 16 2/3 innings after walking 20 batters all of last season, but it hasn’t mattered much so far. He has been scored upon in his just one of his 18 appearances this season.
Danny Duffy was tagged with five runs over 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Friday.
Duffy held the White Sox off the board through the first five innings, but he completely unraveled in the sixth. After loading the bases on three straight singles, he served up a grand slam to Melky Cabrera and a solo blast to Todd Frazier. He was in line for the loss before the Royals staged a comeback in the late innings. The Royals have been building up his workload slowly, so it’s understandable that Duffy just wore down. The southpaw struck out five and walked none and will look to bounce back next week against the Rays.
Miguel Gonzalez surrendered three runs in 6 1/3 innings Friday against the Royals.
Gonzalez gave up two runs over the first six innings and was pulled after allowing a one-out double to Brett Eibner in the seventh. The Royals eventually took the lead in the frame against Chicago’s bullpen. The 32-year-old struck out five and walked none in the no-decision and now holds a 4.50 ERA and 24/10 K/BB ratio in 28 innings through his first five starts with the club. Three of his starts have been pretty solid, but there’s obviously not a lot to get excited about here in fantasy leagues. He’ll square off against the Mets in New York in his next outing.
Whit Merrifield was 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.
His two-run single against Matt Albers in the seventh brought the Royals within one run and also gave him the first RBI of his career. The 27-year-old has two hits in each of his last four starts and has hit second in all of them. Merrifield is past the age of being considered a prospect, but he has some speed and there’s opportunity in the Royals’ lineup right now. He’s worth watching in deeper fantasy formats.
Melky Cabrera slugged a grand slam Friday against the Royals.
The sixth-inning blast off Danny Duffy put the White Sox in front, but the bullpen was unable to hold it. It was his third career grand slam and his first since July 29, 2011 as a member of the Royals. Cabrera is enjoying a fine bounceback campaign after his disappointing first season with Chicago, batting .293/.360/.429 with four homers and 24 RBI over 49 games.
Matt Cain was forced to leave Friday's start against the Rockies in the second inning due to a right hamstring strain.
It's unclear how long the injury may keep him on the shelf, though he did hit the disabled list with the same ailment back in May of 2014. Cain recorded five outs without any difficulty before the injury struck on Friday and had been on quite the roll over his last three starts.
Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that the Cardinals are expected to designate Ruben Tejada for assignment on Saturday.
The Cardinals are forced to make a roster move to reinstate Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list, and it appears as though Tejada is the odd-man out. Tejada is hitting just .176/.225/.235 in 34 at-bats this season.