Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

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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

Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment.
Sep 16 - 12:04 AM

Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks.
Sep 15 - 11:57 PM

The Royals don't intend for Danny Duffy (shoulder) to start again until next Monday against the Indians.

Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder and is slated to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to return.
Sep 15 - 5:47 PM

Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Danny Duffy (shoulder) had hoped to make the start, but the Royals will have him throw a simulate game instead. Hendriks gave up three runs (two earned) over 2 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Red Sox and can't be trusted in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 15 - 5:18 PM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder, but he now feels healthy and ready to pitch. However, the Royals aren't ready to throw him back into game action. Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.
Sep 15 - 5:15 PM

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Hosmer hit the home run, his eighth of the season, off Joe Kelly in the second inning. He also walked twice in the game, reaching in three of four plate appearances. Hosmer has two homers in his last three games and is looking to finish strong in what's been largely a lost year for the 24-year-old.
Sep 14 - 6:53 PM

Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Two big swings, only one of which came while Vargas was still in the game, proved the difference. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer off Vargas in the third inning, and after allowing two hits in the sixth Vargas exited ahead of a Daniel Nava grand slam. It was an unfortunate result on what was an otherwise good day for Vargas -- he struck out eight while giving up just four hits all day. Vargas will take on the Tigers on Saturday.
Sep 14 - 6:40 PM


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