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Danny Duffy | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 3 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Danny Duffy had it going Monday, striking out eight while limiting the Cardinals to two runs over eight frames in a 6-2 victory.
Duffy served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning but was essentially untouchable after that, permitting just four baserunners over his final seven frames. The left-hander gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone. It was a fine bounce-back outing after Duffy had struggled in his last two trips to the hill. Duffy will go up against the Phillies this weekend. Jun 28 - 12:01 AM

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Danny Duffy yielded three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

Duffy struck out eight but walked four and gave up four hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth inning. Duffy has now struggled in two straight outings, and it's the home run balls that have really killed him. He still has a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings for the year.
Jun 22 - 4:25 PM

Danny Duffy allowed three runs, all on solo homers, over five innings while taking a no-decision against the Tigers on Thursday.

The lefty was actually pretty good, even with the dingers, as he gave up just one other hit and walked two on the night. It still registers as a bad start for Duffy, though, as he'd been very good in recent starts since moving into the rotation. The 27-year-old has a 3.17 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 63/12 K/BB ratio over 23 appearances, including seven starts, and he'll look to get back on track Wednesday when the Royals visit the Mets for a World Series rematch.
Jun 17 - 12:55 AM

Danny Duffy delivered another outstanding performance in Saturday's victory over the White Sox, punching out 10 batters over six shutout innings.

Duffy allowed just three hits and three walks on the afternoon. He has provided a huge lift to the Royals rotation, and now owns a 2.94 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 59/10 K/BB ratio over 49 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Tigers at home on Thursday.
Jun 11 - 4:50 PM

Danny Duffy didn't deserve a loss but got one Monday, anyway, holding the Orioles to two runs while striking out nine over 6 1/3 innings.

Duffy had shut the Orioles out through the first six frames, but he served up a solo homer to Mark Trumbo to start off the seventh and then another solo blast to Matt Wieters with one out. It's likely the southpaw was tiring, as this was the deepest Duffy had gone into a game and the most pitches he's thrown since entering the rotation. Duffy holds a 4.09 ERA over four starts but boasts an impressive 23/0 K/BB ratio over 22 innings during that stretch. He should be owned in mixed leagues at this point. Duffy gets the White Sox this weekend.
Jun 6 - 10:31 PM

Danny Duffy tossed a quality start on Wednesday against the Rays and picked up his first win of the campaign.

Duffy allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, but walked no one and struck out six. How's this for a stat: The lefty had only gone back-to-back outings without a walk once in his big-league career, yet he's now gone three-straight starts without a single free pass. Of course, he only threw a combined 15 2/3 innings in that stretch. It's a start, though. He'll next get the Orioles on the road.
Jun 1 - 11:44 PM

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.
May 27 - 11:54 PM

Thursday's game between the White Sox and Royals has been postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been announced. Danny Duffy and Miguel Gonzalez had been the scheduled starters. They'll start Friday's game instead. That's a huge break for Kansas City as Chris Sale's start has been pushed back to Monday against the Mets.
May 26 - 7:23 PM

Danny Duffy started and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the White Sox.

The biggest problem for Duffy on Saturday afternoon was that he wasn't rewarded for his good work, being removed after 63 pitches as he continues to build up his stamina. The no-decision doesn't take away from the fact that he was once again strong, scattering four hits without walking a batter and striking out three. In two starts he's pitched a combined 7 1/3 scoreless, giving him a 2.13 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through 25 1/3 innings overall. He'll have another crack at these White Sox -- and that elusive first win -- on Thursday.
May 21 - 5:19 PM

Danny Duffy will be limited to around 60 pitches for Saturday's start against the White Sox.

Duffy continues to fill in for injured starter Kris Medlen, though he isn't yet stretched out and can't work deep into the ballgame. For that reason alone, he's an avoid in all daily formats and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option.
May 21 - 9:10 AM

Danny Duffy will start Sunday against the White Sox.

He's filling in for Kris Medlen, who was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Duffy hasn't made a start since September 16, so he'll be limited to 45-50 pitches. It's going to be a bullpen game for the Royals.
May 12 - 4:28 PM

After officially losing out on a rotation spot, Danny Duffy worked two hitless innings Saturday in the Royals' 5-2 win over the Athletics.

Duffy will likely prove to be one of the Royals' five-best starters this year, but since he probably wasn't going to get through 200 innings anyway, it's not so bad that he's starting off in the pen. He just needs to make sure he stays ahead of Chien-Ming Wang and Dillon Gee for any rotation spots that open up.
Mar 27 - 12:55 AM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes that "it appears increasingly likely" that Danny Duffy will open the season in the bullpen.

Duffy is still technically competing for a rotation spot, and the Royals will keep him stretched out for now just in case. However, he's virtually locked into a relief role with Chris Young and Kris Medlen expected to fill the last two spots in the rotation. Duffy tossed 8 1/3 scoreless frames with a 12/2 K/BB ratio late last season after moving to the bullpen.
Mar 20 - 10:16 AM

Danny Duffy allowed one run over three innings of relief Thursday against the White Sox.

The one run was a solo homer via Brett Lawrie. He struck out a pair and walked none. Duffy is vying for a spot in the Royals’ rotation this spring after posting a 4.08 ERA over 24 starts and six relief appearances last season. He’s likely behind Kris Medlen and Chris Young on the depth chart.
Mar 10 - 6:20 PM

Danny Duffy allowed three runs on five hits over two relief innings Saturday against the White Sox.

Duffy also walked a batter in his Cactus League debut. The southpaw is vying for one of the final spots in the Royals' starting rotation, so it was a less-than-optimal showing. He'll have more chances to make an impression over the next month.
Mar 5 - 7:58 PM

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