Player News - Royals

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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's win over the Rays.

Zobrist has been a monster since joining the Royals at the trade deadline, racking up 35 hits (including eight doubles and four home runs) over 102 at-bats. During his current little five-game hitting streak, he's 8-for-18. Simply marvelous. For the season, he maintains a .291/.377/.475 triple-slash to pair with 10 homers, 46 RBI and 59 runs scored.
Aug 28 - 11:05 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Rays.

Morales absolutely teed off on an Erasmo Ramirez offering in the third inning, cracking a two-run homer that traveled an estimated 439 feet out to center. The bomb was his 15th of the season and boosted his RBI total to 89. His career-best for RBI in a year is 108, set in 2009 when he played for the Angels. He should fall somewhere in that range when the 2015 record books are closed out in a month.
Aug 28 - 11:01 PM

Edinson Volquez spun a nice start in Friday's win over the Rays, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Volquez struck out five and walked two on the evening. He hit trouble spots in the second and third innings, but otherwise kept the Rays from denting the scoreboard. The veteran right-hander has been a consistent starter for the Royals with his 3.32 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He'll tango with the Tigers in a home AL Central clash next time he takes the ball.
Aug 28 - 10:47 PM

Greg Holland (arm) yielded two runs on three hits in his return to the mound on Wednesday.

Holland had been unavailable for several days due to what Royals manager Ned Yost has called a "cranky" arm. Chances are he's probably fine, but his struggles Wednesday could suggest that maybe he's not totally healthy.
Aug 28 - 8:40 AM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Royals outlasted the Orioles 5-3 on Thursday.

Moustakas also scored a run in the contest. After a small slump coming out of the All-Star break, Moustakas has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks. With his three-hit attack he's now hitting .283/.350/.449 with 56 RBI on the year.
Aug 27 - 7:50 PM

Yordano Ventura was magnificent in Thursday's win over the Orioles, striking out 11 over six shutout innings.

The hard-throwing right-hander walked four and allowed just two hits on the afternoon. While he has been highly inconsistent this season, he continues to show flashes of the top of the rotation hurler that the Royals expect him to become. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he squares off against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Aug 27 - 7:48 PM

Lorenzo Cain is out of the Royals' lineup Thursday.

Jarrod Dyson will start in center field and Paulo Orlando will start in left field in the Royals' series finale against the Orioles. It's just a day of rest for Cain, who's been one of the best players in baseball in 2015.
Aug 27 - 11:16 AM

Johnny Cueto was tagged for six runs and three homers in five innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.

Cueto is now just 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA since coming over from the Reds. Still, since the Royals' lead is comfy, there's no griping yet, at least none apart from his fantasy owners. The three homers he allowed tonight were one more than he had allowed in his previous 10 starts combined.
Aug 26 - 11:57 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Moustakas has four homers in six games, bringing his season total to 15 homers and 54 RBI in 430 at-bats. Last year, he finished with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 457 at-bats. The big difference this year is that he's hitting .279, compared to .212 last year.
Aug 26 - 11:49 PM

Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth inning to grab his 12th save in Tuesday's 3-2 victory against the Orioles.

Davis got Caleb Joseph to line out to open the ninth inning, then struck out Henry Urrutia and Manny Machado consecutively to finalize the game. The right-hander got the opportunity to close out Tuesday's contest again as regular closer Greg Holland has been dealing with a "cranky arm". Davis is 12-for-13 in save chances with a 1.03 ERA and a 60/15 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. He could get a few more save opportunities down the stretch if the Royals want to play it safe with Holland.
Aug 26 - 1:19 AM

Danny Duffy held the Orioles to two runs over 5 2/3 innings, earning the win on Tuesday.

Duffy relented both runs in the fourth inning when the O's followed up a two-out walk with three consecutive singles. Overall, the lefty allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out five. Since returning from the disabled list on June 24, Duffy has a 3.18 ERA over 12 starts. He'll close out the month of August for the Royals with a road start versus the Rays next.
Aug 26 - 1:16 AM

Kendrys Morales clubbed a solo home run and drew a pair of walks in four plate appearances Tuesday as the Royals eked out a win against the Orioles.

Morales started the scoring when he went yard to right-center off of Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning. Though his numbers have tapered off over the last two weeks, the DH has been a steady force in the middle of the Royals' lineup, batting .283/.349/.453 with 14 home runs and 86 RBI.
Aug 26 - 1:11 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Greg Holland (arm) will likely be available to pitch Wednesday.

Wade Davis got another save on Tuesday in place of Holland, who hasn't been available for a few days due to what Yost has called a "cranky" arm. It's not a major concern, as the Royals are just being careful given their big division lead.
Aug 26 - 12:03 AM

Kris Medlen, making his first start of the season, got the win on Monday against the Orioles after giving up three runs in six innings.

Medlen was the pitcher of record when the Royals scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 8-3 lead. The right-hander had allowed a two-run home run to Adam Jones in the first inning and an RBI double to Steve Clevenger in the fourth, two of the five hits he'd surrender while striking out six and walking none. Medlen took the rotation spot of Jeremy Guthrie, so he'll draw another start this weekend against the Rays in Tampa.
Aug 24 - 11:06 PM

Mike Moustakas hit a game-tying two-run home run, allowing the Royals to come back to win against the Royals on Monday.

Moustakas, who finished 1-for-4 on the evening, turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie when he slugged a Ubaldo Jimenez offering to right-center for his 14th home run of the season. The third baseman has homered in three of his last four games, continuing to hit in what has been a breakout age-26 season. Moustakas is hitting .274/.341/.432 with 51 RBI along with the 14 round-trippers.
Aug 24 - 11:02 PM

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