Player News - Royals

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Jason Hammel was tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Royals.

Hammel appeared to be sitting pretty after the Royals plated six runs in the third inning, but he gave the lead back with a five-spot in the fourth, including homers from Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada. All told, he allowed eight hits while striking out four and walking none. He’s now allowed 18 runs over his last three starts, with his ERA ballooning to 5.32 for the year. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Tigers next week.
Sep 23 - 1:44 AM

Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored Friday versus the White Sox.

All three hits were singles. Merrifield has notched multi-hit games in four out of his last six, raising his batting average up to .291 on the year. The stolen base moved him ahead of Houston’s Jose Altuve for the American League lead with 33.
Sep 23 - 1:43 AM

Salvador Perez was removed from Friday's game for precautionary reasons after taking a foul tip off of his jaw in the fourth inning.

It doesn't sound as though the injury is serious, so consider the hard-hitting backstop day-to-day. Before departing, he had been 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Sep 22 - 11:01 PM

Ian Kennedy's scheduled start for Sunday versus the White Sox is up in the air after his wife gave birth Friday.

If Kennedy rejoins the team Saturday, he will start Sunday. If he doesn't, Sam Gavliglio seems likely to fill in. Kennedy holds a 5.39 ERA over 28 starts this season.
Sep 22 - 5:48 PM

Jason Vargas hurled 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Royals shut out the Blue Jays 1-0 on Thursday.

Vargas gave up a pair of singles and walked three but didn't allow any damage, the first time in the season's second half that he's exited a start without allowing a run. That was good for his 17th win of the year, and his third in a row. The southpaw is 17-10 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 30 starts this year. He'll try keep rolling Tuesday against the struggling Tigers.
Sep 21 - 11:07 PM

Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

The outfielder plated the only run in the game with a run-scoring single in the third inning. All three of his hits were singles -- in fact, there wasn't an extra-base hit at all in this 1-0 barnburner. It'll come right down to the wire, but the 33-year-old is closing in on career highs in runs batted in and homers with a little over a week left to play. Cabrera owns a .288/.329/.430 line with 82 RBI, 17 homers and 76 runs scored through Thursday's games.
Sep 21 - 10:44 PM

Mike Minor pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Blue Jays to earn his second save.

Of all the storylines possible this baseball season, "Mike Minor, closer" wasn't one we saw coming. But here he is, having now saved two games his last two times out, and with little trouble. On Thursday, he cut through the heart of the Jays' order, retiring Josh Donaldson, Justin Smoak and Jose Bautista using six pitches. The 29-year-old southpaw has a 2.68 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 84/21 K/BB ratio over 74 relief innings this year, and is the best bet in the Royals' bullpen for saves for what's left of the regular season, if needed.
Sep 21 - 10:30 PM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 and set a new Royals record by hitting his 37th home run of the season in a 15-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

His sixth-inning blast off Carlos Ramirez broke the team record set by Steve Balboni way back in 1985. The most homers Moustakas had ever hit in a season before this year was 22 in 2015. The third baseman has a .275 batting average with 83 RBI and 73 runs in 564 plate appearances.
Sep 20 - 11:22 PM

Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases as his club thrashed the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He led off the game with a single and scored, poked an RBI single in the second inning, then cracked a solo shot off reliever Carlos Ramirez in the sixth. The second-year second baseman has been a fantasy force this season. He has a .290 batting average with 18 home runs, 73 RBI and 75 runs. His 32 stolen bases rank fourth in the major leagues.
Sep 20 - 11:16 PM

Jake Junis allowed four runs -- two earned -- in 6 1/3 innings and was credited with a win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He dominated the first six innings, allowing just one hit without giving up a run before falling apart in the seventh. All four runs he allowed came in that frame, with his own throwing error causing two of them to be unearned. He surrendered just three base hits and two walks while notching three strikeouts in the ballgame. The rookie improves to 8-2 with a 4.05 ERA in 18 games (14 starts).
Sep 20 - 11:08 PM

Salvador Perez (intercostal) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Royals' lineup Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

Salvy missed three games after reaggravating his intercostal injury on a swing last Friday. The veteran catcher is likely to get a few more days off down the stretch as the out-of-contention Royals simply play out the string on the 2017 regular season.
Sep 20 - 8:53 AM

Ian Kennedy pitched five-plus innings and allowed two runs Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Kennedy did his part tonight after missing his last start with shoulder fatigue, but there wasn't much run support to be had against Marcus Stroman. Most likely, Kennedy will make one more start next week, but it will depend on how he feels physically after this one.
Sep 19 - 9:58 PM

Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4 against the Blue Jays on Tuesday and is in a 11-for-62 slump.

The Royals almost certainly would have been better off had they not traded for Cabrera; he's hit just .262/.301/.404 in 183 at-bats while also playing his usual poor defense in the outfield. Jorge Bonifacio would have done better than that.
Sep 19 - 9:56 PM

Alex Gordon hit MLB's 5,694th homer of the year Tuesday, breaking the single-season record.

Gordon hasn't contributed much to that total; tonight's homer off Ryan Tepera was just his eighth of the year. Still, it was enough to push his OPS up to .600 for the season. It's the first time he's finished a game that high since Aug. 1. His high after any game this season was .616 on April 9.
Sep 19 - 9:53 PM

Ian Kennedy will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Kennedy was scratched from his last scheduled start due to shoulder fatigue, but he's feeling better now. The change will push Sam Gaviglio to Sunday against the White Sox.
Sep 19 - 2:08 PM


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