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Royals recalled INF Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha.

Colon was up for a cup of coffee earlier this month, picking up four hits in 12 at-bats. He can play all over the infield and should see some starts at third base against left-handed pitching.
Jul 28 - 7:26 PM

Royals designated C Brett Hayes for assignment.

Hayes wasn't providing much protection for Salvador Perez, batting just .135/.151/.212 over 53 plate appearances. He seems likely to clear waivers. Erik Kratz is the Royals' new backup catcher.
Jul 28 - 7:25 PM

Royals acquired RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz from the Blue Jays in exchange for 3B Danny Valencia.

Hendriks holds a 6.08 ERA in three starts in the majors this season but boasts a 2.33 mark at Triple-A. He'll provide some rotation depth for the Royals.
Jul 28 - 7:21 PM

Royals acquired C Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays in exchange for 3B Danny Valencia.

Kratz has hit .198/.226/.346 with three homers over 34 games for the Jays this season. He's show pop in his career with 21 homers over 501 plate appearances and is likely to take over as Salvador Perez's primary backup.
Jul 28 - 7:18 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays.

Erik Kratz is also expected to head to Kansas City with Hendriks. It's not clear at this point what the Blue Jays will receive in return. Hendriks seems likely to be assigned to Triple-A Omaha as rotation depth. He holds a 6.08 ERA in three starts in the majors this season. Kratz has hit .198/.226/.346 with three homers over 34 games for the Jays.
Jul 28 - 6:47 PM

Billy Butler had a three-hit afternoon against the Indians on Sunday, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

Since Royals manager Ned Yost called Butler out on Thursday, the designated hitter has responded by collecting six hits in nine at-bats with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. In Sunday's game, Butler scored the first run of the game and later delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. His recent onslaught has raised his line to .273/.326/.370 and may give Yost second thoughts about taking playing time away from the talented 28-year-old.
Jul 27 - 7:26 PM

Bruce Chen allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Chen took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but proceeded to allow six runs over the next two-plus innings of work. Jason Vargas continues to inch closer to being activated, meaning Chen's days in the rotation are limited. He owns a 6.42 ERA and 1.67 WHIP on the year.
Jul 27 - 7:14 PM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford struck out six in seven shutout innings, scattering seven singles and one hit batsman for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Saturday.

Binford threw 69 of his 96 pitches for strikes (71.9 percent), showcasing his solid command. He has pitched very well in Double-A, holding opposing batters to a .245/.276/.345 line while putting up a 7.1 K/9. Binford has the potential to be a No. 3 pitcher in his peak, and could make his major league debut in mid-2015.
Jul 27 - 12:01 PM

Billy Butler homered for the second consecutive night as the Royals beat the Indians 7-5 on Saturday.

Butler's two-run fifth-inning blast put Kansas City ahead for good. He also hit a big go-ahead two-run homer on Friday and may be starting to come alive for the Royals, who badly need such a burst. The 28-year-old designated hitter owns a disappointing .268/.322/.363 slash line and only five total homers this year.
Jul 26 - 10:29 PM

For the second straight night, Eric Hosmer (hand) entered Friday's game as a defensive replacement.

Hosmer is dealing with a bruised right hand, and still hasn't been able to swing the bat. Expect it to be another day or two before he is able to return to the Royals starting lineup.
Jul 26 - 4:35 AM

Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run homer in a 6-4 win over the Indians on Friday night.

The clutch blast came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was just his fourth home run of the season. While the 28-year-old played the role of hero for the Royals on this night, he's been one of the game's most disappointing players with a weak .266/.320/.353 batting line.
Jul 26 - 12:38 AM

Aaron Crow worked a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Indians for his second save of the season.

Crow worked around a one-out leadoff double from Yan Gomes to finish off the win. Greg Holland was unavailable Friday after pitching the previous three days, but he should be good to go for Saturday.
Jul 26 - 12:37 AM

Yordano Ventura took a no-decision Friday after yielding four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Indians.

After being knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings last time out, Ventura showed some signs of progress in this one, allowing six hits against one walk and seven strikeouts. An error by Mike Moustakas in the seventh inning eventually allowed the tying run to score. The seven strikeouts from Ventura was his most since May 15. That's nice to see after he didn't strike out one batter in his last outing. He'll bring a 3.63 ERA into a start against the Twins next week.
Jul 26 - 12:37 AM

Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Friday against the Indians.

Perez already has 12 home runs through 92 games this season. The 24-year-old appears primed to blow away his career-high of 13, which he set last season over 138 games. He's currently on pace to finish below 79 RBI he had last year -- he's currently at 38 -- so the increase in power has been a decent trade-off for fantasy owners.
Jul 26 - 12:36 AM

Eric Hosmer entered Thursday's game as a defensive replacement.

Hosmer's bruised right hand leaves him unable to swing a bat at the moment, as he was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez. He could be limited to defensive work for a few more days.
Jul 25 - 4:16 AM


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