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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Oct 8 - 11:46 PM

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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.
Oct 5 - 8:47 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.
Oct 3 - 11:03 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.
Oct 2 - 6:59 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.
Oct 1 - 10:09 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.
Sep 29 - 11:30 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.
Sep 29 - 8:51 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.
Sep 27 - 11:10 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.
Sep 26 - 11:02 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.
Sep 25 - 3:58 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.
Sep 20 - 4:32 PM

Kendrys Morales has been shagging some flies in right field during batting practice recently.

Morales has made five starts in right field in the majors, although none since 2008. Royals outfield coach Rusty Kuntz was surprised at how good the designated hitter looked when he put him through drills. "I'm hitting balls and he's zipping toward everything -- balls in the gap, balls in the corner, over his head," Kuntz said. "I couldn't believe it. He's not Lorenzo Cain, but he's better than decent." Manager Ned Yost indicated that he could start Morales in right field next week when the club plays a makeup game at Wrigley Field.
Sep 15 - 9:34 PM

Kendrys Morales went 0-for-3 and delivered a sacrifice fly on Friday, accounting for the Royals lone run in a losing effort against the White Sox.

Morales has been an incredible find for the Royals this season and a driving force behind their impressive season. Even with the hitless effort, he's still hitting .291/.355/.473 with 99 RBI on the year.
Sep 4 - 11:21 PM

Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI as the Royals beat the Tigers 15-8 on Thursday.

This was a 6-6 game after three innings and 9-7 headed into the bottom of the seventh before the Royals broke it open. Morales had a two-run double as part of the six-run frame. He also scored three runs for just the fifth time in his career.
Sep 4 - 12:23 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run as the Royals skated to a 12-1 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Morales turned the game into a laugher, as his three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Guido Knudson made it a 9-0 game. He's keeping his foot on the pedal of a fine season, batting .288/.354/.471 with 17 home runs and 94 RBI.
Sep 2 - 11:17 PM

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C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Omar Infante
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Terrance Gore
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Johnny Cueto
2Yordano Ventura
3Edinson Volquez
4Kris Medlen
5Jeremy Guthrie
6Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Greg Holland
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Danny Duffy
9Scott Alexander
10Miguel Almonte
11Tim Collins
12Louis Coleman
13Joba Chamberlain
14Brian Flynn