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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #25

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
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The Royals will roll with the same lineup that they did for Friday's loss to the Mets in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Once again Kendrys Morales finds himself on the bench in the absence of a designated hitter. Kansas City's full lineup is as follows: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF, Chris Young P. Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:12:00 PM

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Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Thursday that Kendrys Morales will begin Game 3 of the World Series on the bench.

There will be no DH available at Citi Field, a National League park, and the Royals aren't going to move Eric Hosmer off first base. Morales will be a big-time pinch-hitting presence for the Royals, who hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He also drew a walk, reaching base in four of five trips to the plate. Morales' longball came off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning, as it cut the Toronto lead to three and made the Jays sweat a little. However, Osuna then retired the next two batters to finish it off. Kansas City lost in spite of 15 hits and eight runs in the contest.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 11:25:00 PM

Kendrys Morales launched a three-run homer to cap the Royals' win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

A two-run lead would have been sufficient for Wade Davis to finish things off, so Morales' blast off Dallas Keuchel in the bottom of the eighth inning essentially served as the exclamation point for Kansas City. Coming off a bounceback showing during the regular season, Morales hit three homers and knocked in six runs during the ALDS.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Kendrys Morales whacked two solo home runs in Game 1 of Thursday's ALDS against the Astros, but it was not enough to prevent the 5-2 defeat.

Morales teed off on Astros starter Collin McHugh twice. He socked a solo home run in the second inning, then did it again in the fourth inning. However, the 32-year-old slugger wouldn't record another hit in the contest and his two homers would represent the totality of the Royal offense in the ultimate 5-2 loss. Morales will have a chance to keep up the impressive power stroke on Friday, when he faces Scott Kazmir in Game 2 of the series.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 11:46:00 PM

Kendrys Morales (quad) started Sunday's regular-season finale against the Twins.

And he drew a walk and scored a run before exiting the game with a bunch of other Royals regulars. Morales battled a quad injury at the tail end of the regular season, but he should be close to 100 percent by the start of the best-of-five American League Division Series. Kansas City awaits the winner of the AL Wild Card Game.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 08:47:00 AM

Kendrys Morales (quad) remains out of the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

The slugger had been expected to return on Saturday, but it'll be Jonny Gomes in as the designated hitter against Tommy Milone and the Twins. Look for Morales to return for Sunday's regular season finale.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Kendrys Morales (quad) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

He is however, available off the bench as a pinch hitter. Morales was lifted from Thursday's contest due to minor tightness in his left quad. Had it been a playoff game, he would have almost assuredly been in the lineup on Friday.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 06:59:00 PM

Kendrys Morales was forced to leave Thursday's game due to left quad tightness.

The injury is believed to be minor and his early exit is considered precautionary. He's listed as day-to-day and should return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 10:09:00 PM

Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd home run in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

Morales followed Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the sixth inning with one of his own. It was his only hit in three at-bats. The designated hitter is batting .291/.358/.488 with 22 homers, 106 RBI and 78 runs. With a handful of games left, Morales needs three RBI to set a new career high. Either way, it's been an outstanding bounceback year for the 32-year-old.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 11:30:00 PM

Kendrys Morales (ankle) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Cubs.

Morales sat out Sunday after being hit above his ankle with a pitch during Saturday's game. He's expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 08:51:00 AM

Kendrys Morales (ankle) is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

Morales was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. He's merely dealing with a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. The Royals have Alex Gordon in the designated hitter spot and Jarrod Dyson in left field.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:10:00 AM

Kendrys Morales left Saturday's game against the Indians with a bruise above his ankle.

He was hit by a pitch from Kyle Crockett in the eighth inning. Paulo Orlando came in to pinch-run for him. Morales finished the night 1-for-2 with a single. Don't be surprised if Morales gets the day off on Sunday.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 11:02:00 PM

Kendrys Morales is absent from the Royals' lineup Friday.

It's a simple day of rest. Jonny Gomes is filling in in the designated hitter spot.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 03:58:00 PM

Kendrys Morales had an outstanding performance in Sunday's win over the Tigers, finishing with three home runs, a triple, a walk, three RBI, and five runs scored in five plate appearances.

According to Baseball Reference, Morales is the seventh player since 1914 to hit three home runs and triple in a game. The most recent occurrences were by Ryan Braun (2012) and Fred Lynn (1975). The DH homered for the first time in the third inning to extend the Royals' lead to 3-0. He drilled another solo homer in the fourth, and made it three in the eighth. The triple came in the sixth. Morales is hitting .293/.355/.490 with 21 home runs and 105 RBI on the year.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Tony Cruz
3Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Cody Decker
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
3Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Raul Mondesi
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jose Martinez
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
3Brett Eibner
4Bubba Starling
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Danny Duffy
7Jason Vargas
8Dillon Gee
9John Lannan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Tim Collins
6Scott Alexander
7Miguel Almonte
8Brian Flynn
9Peter Moylan