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Mike Moustakas (thumb) went 0-for-3 in his return to the Royals' starting lineup Wednesday.

Moustakas had been out of the Kansas City lineup for a couple days due to a bruised thumb, though he did smack a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run single on Tuesday night. The third baseman is clearly just fine.
May 5 - 8:45 AM

Kris Medlen was crushed for nine runs -- six earned -- over two-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

Washington pounced for six runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third, eventually winning 13-2 in the matinee at Kauffman Stadium. The ugly, ugly loss pushes Medlen's record to 1-3 and his ERA to 6.85. He simply needs to be better next week at Yankee Stadium.
May 4 - 5:28 PM

Mike Moustakas (thumb) hit a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run single on Tuesday versus the Nationals.

Moustakas then scored the game-winning run on a Lorenzo Cain walkoff RBI single a few batters later. The third baseman was held out of Kansas City's starting lineup because of a nagging thumb contusion. He may be given another "bench day" on Wednesday.
May 4 - 8:59 AM

Lorenzo Cain hit a walk-off RBI single to complete the Royals' 7-6, comeback win over the Nationals on Tuesday.

It will go down in the scorebook as a single, but Cain tattooed a Jonathan Papelbon pitch to center that was just out of the reach of a sprawling Michael Taylor, plating Mike Moustakas and ending what was a three-run inning for the defending champs. Cain finished 2-for-5 in the game. After seeing his average dip to .200 a little over a week ago, Cain is 9-for-26 (.346) during a six-game hitting streak. It has his overall line up to .240/.305/.302.
May 4 - 1:20 AM

Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Escobar swatted four singles on the evening, including a big one with two outs in the ninth inning to extend the game for Lorenzo Cain, who promptly ended it with an RBI single of his own. The stolen base was Escobar's seventh of the season, third-most in the American League. Royals manager Ned Yost is a subscriber to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory, leaving Escobar atop a lineup that won the 2015 World Series despite Escobar's .259/.288/.321 line through 26 games.
May 4 - 1:13 AM

Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Nationals.

Young's final line doesn't look awful, but he served up two home runs and got into a bases loaded jam in the fifth when Royals manager Ned Yost finally pulled the plug. It was the third time in six starts that Young has failed to get out of the fifth inning, and he's gone six innings or more just once. He's got a 5.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP heading into Monday's start at the Yankees.
May 4 - 1:08 AM

Mike Moustakas is absent from the Royals' lineup Tuesday because of a bruised thumb.

Moustakas originally bruised the thumb in Anaheim and then jammed it in Seattle. He might also sit out Wednesday. Christian Colon is starting at third base Tuesday night against Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark.
May 3 - 4:56 PM

Mike Moustakas is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day Tuesday.

The thought was that he was just getting the day off on Monday, but it sounds like something could be up. The Royals should provide an update soon. Christian Colon is starting at third base versus Washington.
May 3 - 3:46 PM

Royals 3B prospect Hunter Dozier homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The 24-year-old has hit .400 with three home runs during his five-game hitting streak, raising his average from .288 to .316. Dozier leads the Texas League in slugging percentage (.684) and is second in OPS (1.103). He's also second in homers (seven), third in doubles (eight) and third in RBI (18). The former first-round pick has been a threat on the base paths as well, stealing four bags without getting caught. Dozier could be nearing a promotion to Triple-A Omaha.
Source: MILB.com
May 3 - 2:40 PM

Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 on Monday and is in a 2-for-18 slump that's dropped his average to .241.

Perez had a great first three weeks, but has been cold since. He'll probably rebound soon enough, but he needs to build his numbers up during the first half of the season, since he tends to get too worn out to contribute offensively down the stretch.
May 3 - 12:07 AM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) will play catch Monday afternoon.

Hochevar was unavailable Sunday due to elbow tightness, but the Royals aren't concerned. Assuming his arm feels good, there's a chance he could be ready Monday.
May 2 - 5:00 PM

Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's lineup against the Nationals.

He's just getting the day off. Christian Colon will cover third base and bat eighth versus left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
May 2 - 4:58 PM

Eric Hosmer smashed his fourth home run of the season on Sunday, leading the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners in Seattle.

Hosmer's blast off Vidal Nuno capped off the game's scoring in the eighth inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the day 2-for-4. He has been mighty impressive through the first month of the 2016 campaign, slashing .333/.374/.538 with four long balls and nine RBI.
May 1 - 8:27 PM

Ian Kennedy picked up his third victory of the season on Sunday, punching out six over five-plus innings of one-run ball against the Mariners.

Kennedy scattered four hits on the day while walking two. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Chris Iannetta in the sixth inning. Kennedy has been as advertised thus far for the Royals, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/11 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Saturday.
May 1 - 8:25 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the year in Saturday's defeat to the Mariners.

Moustakas used to never be a viable starting option against a left-handed pitcher like Wade Miley, but he's really come into his own as a player. He's now hitting .375 with a pair of doubles and a homer against southpaws this year and was the only offensive threat against Miley all night. Overall, the 27-year-old has a .273/.333/.580 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI in 22 games.
May 1 - 1:33 AM


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