Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

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Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

Josh Willingam has getting the start in the DH spot and is hitting third against opposing hurler Max Scherzer. It has been a rough season for the 28-year-old slugger who is hitting .264/.317/.372 with just nine homers and 59 RBI.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon contest against the Tigers.

It looks as though it's simply a routine day off for Cain. Jarrod Dyson will get the call in center field and bat ninth for the Royals in a critical matchup against their division-leading rivals.
Sep 20 - 10:20 AM

Royals recalled LHP Tim Collins from Triple-A Omaha.

The diminutive southpaw struggled in 17 1/3 innings with the Royals earlier in the season. It's all hands on deck for Kansas City as they push toward the postseason.
Sep 20 - 8:20 AM

Norichika Aoki was one of the few bright spots offensively in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3.

The speedy outfielder has been a strong catalyst atop the Royals lineup this year, slashing .275/.309/.368 with a homer, 38 RBI, 60 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.
Sep 20 - 12:34 AM

Raul Ibanez's miserable season continued on Friday as the veteran slugger struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

The 42-year-old looks to be at the end of his line, slashing a mere .168/.261/.287 with five homers and 26 RBI in his 244 at-bats. Should the Royals make the postseason, there's no guarantee that Ibanez would even be included on the roster.
Sep 20 - 12:32 AM

Jason Vargas was knocked around in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing five runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings.

Vargas struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the abbreviated outing. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, pushing three runs across in the first, one in the second and another in the fourth to eventually chase the veteran southpaw. He has been a valuable member of the Royals rotation, registering a 3.59 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 183 innings. He'll do battle against the Indians in Cleveland in his final regular season start on Wednesday.
Sep 20 - 12:28 AM

Royals placed INF Christian Colon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to September 7, with a fractured right middle finger.

Colon had been holding out hope that he could play through the injury, but the Royals obviously decided against it. He hit .302/.348/.442 over 20 games across a few stints with the big club this season.
Sep 19 - 8:52 AM

Yordano Ventura outdueled Chris Sale on Wednesday, holding the White Sox to one run and three hits over seven innings in a victory.

Ventura upped his record to 13-10 with a 3.19 ERA. That would have been good enough to make him the AL Rookie of the Year last season; this season, he probably ranks fourth or fifth among AL rookies alongside Matt Shoemaker and behind Jose Abreu, Dellin Betances and Collin McHugh.
Sep 17 - 11:14 PM

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the White Sox.

The homer was just Cain's fifth in 436 at-bats this season, but he's been a very good regular for the Royals with his .298 average and his Gold Glove-caliber defense. He's also 25-for-29 stealing bases.
Sep 17 - 11:10 PM

Josh Willingham went 0-for-3 with two walks as the Royals' designated hitter Wednesday.

Willingham hadn't started since Sept. 11 because of a groin strain.
Sep 17 - 11:08 PM

Josh Willingham struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

Willingham hadn't played since last Thursday, when he suffered a strained groin. It's not clear when he'll be ready to start, but the pinch-hitting appearance suggests he's close.
Sep 17 - 4:40 AM

Alex Gordon had a two-run single and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

Gordon finished the night 1-for-4, but the hit was a big one, plating two in the third inning to give the Royals a short-lived lead. He walked and stole his 12th base of the season in the fifth inning, eventually coming around to score. Gordon now has 70 RBI and 82 runs scored to go with a .270/.352/.440 line.
Sep 17 - 1:03 AM

Norichika Aoki turned in his second straight four-hit game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox.

With eight hits in his last nine at-bats -- all but one of which have been singles -- Aoki has raised his batting average from .265 to .277 in the two-game span. Aoki also stole a base in Tuesday's game, his 16th stolen base of the season. Aided by his back-to-back outstanding performances, the 32-year-old is batting an impressive .396 in the month of September.
Sep 17 - 12:56 AM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox Tuesday.

Escobar, batting leadoff, got on base and scored in the third and sixth innings. The stolen base was his 31st of the year, the second time in his career he's eclipsed the 30-steal benchmark. His single-season high is 35, set in 2012. It's been a strong year for the 27-year-old, who is hitting .275/.308/.363 with 69 runs scored as the Royals' everyday shortstop.
Sep 17 - 12:47 AM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) said he "felt better than normal" during a successful four-inning simulated game Tuesday.

"It went well," Duffy said. "I tried to make it as much like a game situation as I could. I felt normal. I felt better than normal, so I'm very happy with the way it went." Duffy won't officially be cleared to start next Monday versus the Indians until he gets through one more bullpen session, but things are looking good.
Sep 16 - 9:02 PM


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