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Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment.
Sep 16 - 12:04 AM

Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks.
Sep 15 - 11:57 PM

The Royals don't intend for Danny Duffy (shoulder) to start again until next Monday against the Indians.

Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder and is slated to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to return.
Sep 15 - 5:47 PM

Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Danny Duffy (shoulder) had hoped to make the start, but the Royals will have him throw a simulate game instead. Hendriks gave up three runs (two earned) over 2 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Red Sox and can't be trusted in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 15 - 5:18 PM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder, but he now feels healthy and ready to pitch. However, the Royals aren't ready to throw him back into game action. Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.
Sep 15 - 5:15 PM

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Hosmer hit the home run, his eighth of the season, off Joe Kelly in the second inning. He also walked twice in the game, reaching in three of four plate appearances. Hosmer has two homers in his last three games and is looking to finish strong in what's been largely a lost year for the 24-year-old.
Sep 14 - 6:53 PM

Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Two big swings, only one of which came while Vargas was still in the game, proved the difference. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer off Vargas in the third inning, and after allowing two hits in the sixth Vargas exited ahead of a Daniel Nava grand slam. It was an unfortunate result on what was an otherwise good day for Vargas -- he struck out eight while giving up just four hits all day. Vargas will take on the Tigers on Saturday.
Sep 14 - 6:40 PM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during a light bullpen session Sunday.

Although he's yet to be officially cleared, Duffy remains hopeful of starting on Tuesday versus the White Sox. The left-hander exited his last outing on September 6 after just one pitch with a sore shoulder, but he's made nice progress since then. The Royals should announce soon whether or not Duffy will get the ball Tuesday.
Sep 14 - 12:16 PM

Josh Willingham has been unavailable the last couple days after straining his groin on Thursday.

"He feels a little better," Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "Tried to take some swings in the cage (Friday) and felt it still a little bit, swinging. But I imagine he’ll be available to pinch hit here in the next couple days." Willingham is hitting .274/.384/.452 with two homers over 20 games since joining the Royals.
Sep 14 - 10:49 AM

Jeremy Guthrie allowed just one (unearned) run over eight innings in Saturday's 7-1 defeat of Boston.

Guthrie cruised, limiting the Red Sox to three hits and a walk over his eight impressive frames. He struck out two. It was a nice bounceback outing for the veteran right-hander, who gave up eight runs -- six earned -- in 2 2/3 innings Monday night in Detroit. Guthrie will try to keep it going next week in a rematch with the Tigers at home.
Sep 13 - 10:04 PM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday.

Duffy has been sidelined since September 6 with left shoulder soreness but an MRI taken earlier this week came up negative and he said Thursday that he is no longer feeling discomfort. He expects to returns to the Royals' rotation Tuesday against the White Sox.
Sep 13 - 4:15 PM

Greg Holland returned to action in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, striking out three in a scoreless inning of work.

Holland did walk one in the outing, but his velocity was normal and his offspeed pitches looked sharp. He appears to be over his bout of triceps tightness, which is a good sign for the Royals who need their closer to be available down the stretch as they continue to make a push for a long-awaited postseason berth.
Sep 13 - 5:00 AM

Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

Hosmer took opposing starter Allen Webster deep in the fourth inning, pulling the Royals to within a run at 3-2, but that would be as close as they'd get. The 24-year-old slugger left the yard for just the seventh time this season, and is now hitting .267/.312/.383 with 50 RBI.
Sep 13 - 12:20 AM

Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Sep 13 - 12:18 AM

Yordano Ventura delivered a quality start in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven frames.

Ventura racked up six strikeouts on the night while walking just one. Most of the damage against him came in a three-run uprising in the third inning where the Red Sox were able to take advantage of a throwing error and a wild pitch. The rookie right-hander sports a 3.27 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 140/62 K/BB ratio through his 165 innings on the year. He'll take on the White Sox his next time out on Wednesday.
Sep 13 - 12:15 AM


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