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Salvador Perez singled three times in four at-bats, but the Royals dropped Game 4 of the World Series to the Giants on Saturday.

Perez knocked in the Royals' fourth run of the third inning with a single to center field. It seemed like a big hit at the time, but the Royals wound up losing by seven runs. Perez is now batting .357 (5-for-14) with four RBI in the World Series. If he is able to keep it up, his production towards the bottom of the lineup could be crucial.
Oct 26 - 12:21 AM

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, but it wasn't enough as the Royals were drubbed by the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

The Royals were able to pound out 12 hits, but scored only the four runs all of which came in the third inning. Hosmer tied the game at 1-1 after beating out an infield single which allowed Alex Gordon to score from third base. He also doubled to lead off the fifth inning but was stranded. Hosmer entered the night with just one hit in 10 at-bats in the World Series. The Royals certainly hope he's able to bring his Game 4 performance into the rest of the series.
Oct 26 - 12:19 AM

Jason Vargas surrendered three runs over four-plus innings in a no-decision as the Royals fell to the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

The 31-year-old left-hander was hittable from the start, as the Giants were able to scratch out a first-inning run and tacked on one more in the third inning. Vargas gave up a lead-off double to Joe Panik to begin the fifth inning before manager Ned Yost lifted him from the game. On 82 pitches, Vargas yielded the three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It's likely the last start Vargas will make until next season, though he could pitch in relief at some point for the Royals in Games 5, 6, and potentially 7.
Oct 26 - 12:08 AM

Mike Trout has been awarded the Hank Aaron award, acknowledging the American League's best hitter for 2014.

Trout led the American League with 115 runs scored and 111 RBI. He slashed .287/.377/.561, finishing in a tie for third in home runs with Jose Abreu at 36. Many worried about Trout's increased strikeout rate but the results remain elite. Fantasy players will be hard-pressed to do better than Trout with the #1 overall pick in fantasy drafts in 2015.
Oct 25 - 7:19 PM

Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Joe Maddon is prepared to sit out the 2015 season to wait for the right managing opportunity, according to his agent Alan Nero.

A recent report indicated that Maddon is seeking a contract around five years and $25 million in total, which would make him one of the highest-paid managers in baseball, not far behind Mike Scioscia. Nero added, "Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win." The Cubs have emerged as an early favorite for Maddon's eventual landing spot.
Oct 25 - 4:38 PM

The Royals will utilize the same lineup they used in Friday's victory over the Giants in Game 4 on Saturday.

That means that Jarrod Dyson will remain in center field and hit eighth with Lorenzo Cain handling right field defensively and Nori Aoki stowed away on the bench. Ned Yost's moves worked out brilliantly in Game 3 as Cain played a flawless right field and made several plays that Aoki otherwise wouldn't have.
Oct 25 - 3:44 PM

Red Sox prospect Deven Marrero led Surprise to a 2-1 victory over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League action on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

The 24-year-old is coming off an underwhelming 2014 season where he hit a mere .210/.260/.285 with one homer and 20 RBI over 50 games in his first exposure of Triple-A. He's now hitting .310/.474/.448 and owns an 8/9 K/BB ratio through nine contests in Arizona.
Source: MILB.com
Oct 25 - 1:16 PM

Twins top prospect Byron Buxton tallied three hits in Arizona Fall League play on Friday as Salt River dispatched of Glendale 8-1.

Buxton finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double, pair of runs scored and two RBI. He also showed off his wheels, swiping a pair of bases. Through 12 games in the Fall showcase, he's slashing .264/.316/.302 with six RBI, four stolen bases and an 11/4 K/BB ratio. The 20-year-old is expected to open the 2015 season at Double-A New Britain.
Source: MILB.com
Oct 25 - 1:09 PM

Royals prospect Raul Mondesi had a strong day at the dish in Friday's victory over Mesa in Arizona Fall League action, going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.

Mondesi also swiped his third base of the Fall season in the contest. The 19-year-old struggled at High-A Wilmington in 2014, slashing just .211/.256/.354 with eight homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases in his 110 games. He's expected to return to Wilmington for the start of the 2015 season and remains firmly entrenched in the Royals future plans.
Source: MILB.com
Oct 25 - 1:05 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Martinez is the leading candidate to succeed Joe Maddon as the manager of the Rays.

Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and seems like the obvious fit. He has also generated interest as a managerial candidate around the league in recent seasons. Topkin also mentions several other potential candidates including Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo.
Oct 25 - 11:41 AM

Royals designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Moises Sierra who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Friday. The 25-year-old Australian hurler appeared in nine games between the Blue Jays and Royals in 2014, compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. With the ability to start and work in relief, he shouldn't have any trouble finding another team willing to give him a shot.
Oct 25 - 8:45 AM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Oct 24 - 11:37 PM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.
Oct 24 - 11:36 PM

Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic.
Oct 24 - 11:35 PM

Greg Holland sent down the heart of the Giants order in succession on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage in Game 3 of the World Series.

Holland got Buster Posey to fly out to left field, then induced weak ground balls off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence to end the proceedings. The Royals bullpen has been a driving factor behind their run through the postseason, and they certainly delivered again on Friday hurling four scoreless innings without allowing a base hit. For his efforts, Holland netted his seventh save of the postseason.
Oct 24 - 11:35 PM



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