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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Kennedy was tagged for six runs (five earned) over four innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.
It was his shortest outing since May 31. The big blow was a bases-clearing triple from Yoan Moncada in the third inning. Kennedy came into Friday’s outing with four straight starts of at least six innings and three earned runs or fewer allowed. He’ll try to get back on track next week against the Tigers on the road. Jul 22 - 1:07 AM

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Ian Kennedy yielded two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Kennedy coughed up solo gopher balls to Drew Robinson and Mike Napoli in the contest. Those were the only runs the right-hander allowed on the afternoon. He finished up his 6 2/3 innings of work having struck out six and walked one. Up next on the docket, a home start against the White Sox. Kennedy will bring a 4.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into that affair.
Jul 16 - 5:30 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed three runs over six innings, striking out seven, in a no-decision Saturday against the Dodgers.

It looked like things might get away from the right-hander after he gave up a two-run home run to Joc Pederson in the second inning and surrendered a run in the third as well, but he settled down to keep the Dodgers off the board for the rest of his time. He finished with seven hits and a walk allowed. He's now rattled off three consecutive quality starts to close out the first half, lowering his ERA to 4.45 with a 1.17 WHIP. Kennedy will look to keep that momentum going when the second half starts up next Friday.
Jul 9 - 12:34 AM

Ian Kennedy limited the Mariners to one run in 6 2/3 innings to pick up a victory Monday.

Kennedy went without allowing a homer for the first time in 12 starts dating back to April 16. He's picked up wins in three of his last four starts after opening the year 0-6. He'll get the Dodgers in his remaining start before the All-Star break.
Jul 4 - 2:11 AM

Ian Kennedy held the Tigers to two runs over seven innings and was credited with his second win of the season on Wednesday.

He gave up a pair of solo home runs and not much else. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila took him deep but his teammates gave him plenty of run support to claim the victory. Kennedy gave up five hits and one walk while fanning five in the contest. He improves to 2-6 with a 4.72 ERA and fine 1.18 WHIP on the season.
Jun 28 - 10:33 PM

Ian Kennedy was lifted after giving up four runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

It's the seventh time in eight starts that Kennedy has given up four or five runs. That's not really the kind of consistency the Royals were looking for from him. Still, since two of the runs today were unearned, his ERA fell back under 5.00 (to 4.95) for the first time in almost a month.
Jun 21 - 6:07 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed one earned run, two hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings in a win Friday at L.A. Angels.

Kennedy carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before surrendering a solo homer to good friend Cliff Pennington. "He's a terrible friend of mine," Kennedy said with a laugh. "I'm probably deleting him from my phone." It was his first win since Sept. 11, 2016, and his streak was the third-longest skid in Royals history. Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff is now the lone winless pitching in the majors with at least 10 starts.
Jun 17 - 3:46 AM

Ian Kennedy allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Padres.

Even against the lowly Padres, Kennedy checked all the usual boxes in his start: he gave up at least four runs for the sixth start in a row. He allowed a homer for the eighth consecutive start. And, despite the Royals winning the game, the 32-year-old wasn't around to see it, leaving him winless in 11 starts. Kennedy now has a 5.40 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in those 11 starts, and he'll keep looking for that first win Friday against the Angels.
Jun 10 - 11:59 PM

Ian Kennedy dropped to 0-6 after giving up four runs in five innings Monday against the Astros.

Kennedy had a 2.30 ERA in five starts in April. He then suffered a strained groin on May 4, and he has a 10.80 ERA in four starts since returning. He'll get past this, but he's a tough play in AL-only leagues right now.
Jun 6 - 1:07 AM

Ian Kennedy served up five runs in three innings to take a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

His teammates spotted him a three-run lead in the first inning but it didn't take him long to squander that advantage. The damage started with a Victor Martinez solo shot in the second inning. Kennedy gave up four more runs in the third inning by walking the bases loaded just prior to doubles by J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton. Kennedy had a cool 2.30 ERA in the month of April, but has an 11.30 ERA in the month of May. For the season he has an 0-5 record and 5.12 ERA in nine starts.
Jun 1 - 12:02 AM

Ian Kennedy was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing four runs over five innings versus the Indians.

Kennedy has now failed to complete six innings in four straight starts. His ERA has jumped from 2.08 to 4.43 during that time. Still in search of his first win, he’ll square off against the Tigers next week.
May 26 - 10:35 PM

Ian Kennedy was clobbered in his return from the disabled list on Sunday, allowing five runs on three hits in only two innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out one in the contest. The Twins jumped on him early in this one, with Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler each blasting two-run homers in the first inning. Still win-less on this season, Kennedy will carry a 4.06 ERA and 1.17 WHIP into Friday's start against the Indians in Cleveland.
May 21 - 8:40 PM

Royals activated RHP Ian Kennedy from the 10-day disabled list.

He's starting for the Royals in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Twins. He has been sidelined since May 5 due to a strained right hamstring. The right-hander owns a 3.03 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through 35 2/3 innings on the season.
May 21 - 6:24 PM

Ian Kennedy (hamstring) could return to the Royals' rotation Saturday in Minnesota.

There should be an official announcement after Kennedy's bullpen session Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5 because of a right hamstring strain. He owns a cool 3.03 ERA and 1.065 WHIP in 35 2/3 innings this season but has not recorded a win yet on the last-place Royals.
May 16 - 5:25 PM

Next weekend is the earliest the Royals would activate Ian Kennedy (hamstring) from the 10-day disabled list.

Manager Ned Yost said Kennedy still felt "some tugging" in his injured hamstring during a recent bullpen session. Kennedy is eligible to come off the DL on Monday but he needs more time. The right-hander is winless in six starts this year despite a respectable 3.03 ERA.
May 13 - 4:44 PM

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C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
2Jorge Soler
3Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Travis Wood
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Matt Strahm
4Neftali Feliz
5Mike Minor
6Scott Alexander
7Peter Moylan
8Kevin McCarthy
9Al Alburquerque
10Miguel Almonte