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Jason Hammel lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs Monday against the Tigers.

The Royals need Hammel to come alive with Danny Duffy down, but it showed no signs of happening tonight. He walked four, and his ERA increased to 6.18. Still, the Royals probably can't take him out of the rotation now.
May 30 - 12:20 AM

Joakim Soria took his fourth blown save and second loss after giving up four runs Monday against the Tigers.

Soria entered with a 7-6 lead in the eighth and didn't retire any of the five batters he faced. It caused his ERA to double from 1.59 to 3.18.
May 30 - 12:19 AM

Whit Merrifield homered, tripled and doubled against the Tigers on Monday.

Merrifield had a chance to go for the cycle, but he flied out in his final at-bat in the seventh and the Royals couldn't get back to him in the ninth. That's because Merrifield was hitting seventh, even though he's been one of the Royals' best hitters. After tonight, his .828 OPS is the best on the squad, and he has 135 points of OBP on leadoff man Alcides Escobar (.341 to .206).
May 30 - 12:16 AM

Royals pitching prospect Eric Skoglund will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Tigers.

A third-round pick in the 2014 Draft, Skoglund has posted a 4.53 ERA but a 40/10 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Omaha. The 6-foot-7 left-hander was ranked by MLB.com as the Royals' No. 3 prospect coming into the season. With Danny Duffy (oblique) sidelined for a while, Skoglund has a shot to stick around if he pitches well.
May 29 - 4:17 PM

Danny Duffy is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a Grade 1-plus strain of his oblique.

Brutal news for the Royals. Duffy was knocked around for six runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Indians and now figures to be sidelined through mid-to-late July. The Royals appear to be obvious sellers and could look a lot different by the time he returns.
May 29 - 4:02 PM

Hunter Dozier (oblique) had his rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Omaha.

Dozier, who suffered an oblique strain during spring training, batted .364 (4-for-11) with a double over three games with High-A Wilmington. The 25-year-old will likely remain in Triple-A once he's deemed back to full health.
May 29 - 3:16 PM

Royals optioned RHP Miguel Almonte to Triple-A Omaha.

The move clears a spot for Kevin McCarthy on the active roster. Almonte threw 41 pitches and allowed three runs in one inning of work on Sunday against the Indians.
May 29 - 3:13 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

McCarthy, 25, had a 2.53 ERA and 12/8 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings in Triple-A this year. He figures to operate in middle relief.
May 29 - 3:11 PM

Alcides Escobar finished 0-for-4 in the Royals' loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Escobar is now batting just .172/.201/.226 in 49 games this season, and yet he again batted leadoff for manager Ned Yost on Sunday. The speedy shortstop has also yet to steal a base in 2017.
May 28 - 4:14 PM

Danny Duffy was blasted for six earned runs over just four innings Sunday in the Royals' blowout loss to the Indians.

Duffy yielded nine hits and walked three batters in the ugly outing at Progressive Field against the defending American League champions. He fell to 4-4 on the season but still holds a decent 3.54 ERA even after Sunday's drubbing. Duffy will try to get back on track in his next start, a rematch against the Tribe at Kauffman Stadium.
May 28 - 4:12 PM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a home run to help the Royals best the Indians 5-2 on Saturday.

He's now homered in three of his past four games, and the third baseman has 13 homers in 43 games this year. It's been a much-needed surge for the 28-year-old, whose average had dipped to .250 in the middle of this month after his hot start to the year. Through Saturday, Moustakas is hitting .260/.297/.526 with 26 RBI and 23 runs scored.
May 27 - 8:58 PM

Alcides Escobar had a two-run double and scored a run in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

Escobar came to the dish with the bases loaded in a tie game in the sixth inning, and he proceeded to swat a two-RBI double to give the Royals a lead they wouldn't relinquish. It was his only hit in five at-bats. Hits have been hard to come by for the 30-year-old, who has just 32 of them in 182 at-bats this season. That translates to a forgettable .176/.205/.231 line and, more noteworthy, the accomplished base-stealer has yet to swipe a bag in 2017.
May 27 - 8:52 PM

Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a scoreless inning of work Saturday, earning his 11th save against the Indians.

Herrera struck out Bradley Zimmer and then had to face the top of the Indians' order, allowing a two-out double to Francisco Lindor before getting Michael Brantley to ground out to end it. A mid-May slump appears to be in Herrera's rear-view mirror, as he's now struck out five over three scoreless appearances since that vulnerable stretch. Altogether, the 27-year-old has a 3.86 ERA and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings of work.
May 27 - 8:47 PM

Jason Vargas allowed nine hits but just two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

Vargas allowed runs in the first and third innings and was seemingly en route to a short afternoon, but he managed to work out of multiple jams on his way to the win. The shine has worn off the southpaw, if only slightly, in recent starts, but he still sports a strong 2.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 10 starts. The Indians will get their shot at revenge against the 34-year-old when the two sides meet again Friday.
May 27 - 8:38 PM

Eric Hosmer was ejected from Saturday's game against the Indians for arguing a check swing.

Hosmer struck out on a check swing with the bases loaded in the first inning and gave home plate umpire Bill Welke a piece of his mind. Manager Ned Yost was also tossed after coming to Hosmer's defense. The ejection was the second of Hosmer's career. Cheslor Cuthbert is now in at first base.
May 27 - 4:38 PM


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