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Eric Hosmer is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

It looks to simply be a rare day off for the first baseman. Whit Merrifield is filling in for Hosmer.
Sep 25 - 10:35 AM

Eric Hosmer dealt a blow to the Tigers playoff chances on Saturday, clubbing a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, propelling the Royals to a 7-4 victory in Motown.

The Royals entered the inning trailing 4-2 and were down to their final strike before Paulo Orlando came through with a two-run double to tie the game. That set the stage for Hosmer's heroic blast off of Tigers' closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was Hosmer's lone hit in five at-bats on the afternoon. He's been a terrific source of run production this season, slashing .268/.329/.434 with 24 homers and 100 RBI.
Sep 24 - 5:34 PM

Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers due to tightness in his lower back.

Prior to his departure, Ventura allowed three runs on 10 hits in his four-plus innings of work. It's unclear how much time the right-hander may miss, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Royals shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Sep 24 - 3:19 PM

Yordano Ventura was forced to leave Saturday's start against the Tigers in the fifth inning due to an apparent injury.

It's unclear exactly what the issue was, but the right-hander departed after a visit from the trainer and manager Ned Yost. Expect an update from the Royals shortly on his status.
Sep 24 - 3:03 PM

Salvador Perez (knee) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

Perez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to soreness in his knee, but it's believed to be minor. He's hitting fifth against Daniel Norris and the Tigers on Saturday.
Sep 24 - 10:49 AM

Jarrod Dyson delivered a two-run triple in the ninth inning on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Royals to victory over the Tigers.

The only thing his run-scoring knock accomplished was lessening the margin of victory, pulling the Royals to within five runs at 8-3. The speedy center fielder finished the night 1-for-5 and is now hitting .264/.328/.364 with 23 RBI and 28 swipes on the season.
Sep 23 - 10:22 PM

Danny Duffy was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Tigers, surrendering six runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

The left-hander walked four and struck out four on the afternoon. The long ball was his undoing in this one, with Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin each leaving the yard. Now 12-3 on the season, Duffy will carry a 3.43 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season against the Twins on Thursday.
Sep 23 - 10:22 PM

Salvador Perez was scratched from the Royals' lineup Friday with a sore knee.

Perez has been cleared to play, but the Royals have decided to play it safe and hold him out. He could be back in there Saturday. Drew Butera has replaced Perez behind the plate.
Sep 23 - 5:00 PM

Alcides Escobar hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Indians on Thursday.

Not known for his brawn, the speedy shortstop now has a career-high seven homers this year. He's also got a shot at a personal best in runs batted in, but a move from the leadoff spot has the rest of his numbers down. Escobar is hitting .266/.299/.360 through 153 games to date.
Sep 22 - 11:39 PM

Jason Vargas allowed two runs over four innings Thursday against the Indians.

Making his second start of the year, the southpaw yielded just two hits -- including a solo homer -- while walking one and striking out four. He's got a 3.86 ERA through two starts, and Vargas will likely make at least one more before shutting it down for 2016. That start will likely come Tuesday against the Twins.
Sep 22 - 11:25 PM

Royals released RHP Chien-Ming Wang.

Wang was designated for assignment by Kansas City last Saturday after posting a 4.22 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 53 1/3 innings of relief. He came down with right biceps tendinitis in August and he turns 37 years old next March. There won't be a very healthy market for Wang this winter.
Sep 22 - 1:48 PM

Ian Kennedy gave up 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings to absorb a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

He had given up only one run through four innings before allowing a pair of RBI doubles in the fifth frame. He struck out four and walked two in the ballgame. The veteran journeyman has been quite solid this season. He is 11-10 with a 3.64 ERA through 31 starts. He has 176 punchouts and 61 walks in 183 innings.
Sep 22 - 12:18 AM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

He rapped an RBI single in the third inning. He drilled a tater off Indians' closer Cody Allen in the final frame to bring his club within one but they ended up falling short. Perez is batting .249 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI.
Sep 22 - 12:03 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Lorenzo Cain (wrist) is "probably not [going to play again in 2016]."

Yost explained that Cain's wrist isn't healing as fast as the Royals hoped. The center fielder has not appeared in a game since September 9 and has been feeling discomfort in his wrist dating back to August. If Cain does not play again this season, he will finish out with a .287/.339/.408 slash line, nine homers, 56 RBI, and 14 steals over 397 at-bats. Due to various injury concerns, he's been limited to 103 games in 2016.
Sep 21 - 7:48 PM

Edinson Volquez limited the Indians to one run over 6 2/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday.

Volquez served up a solo home run to Carlos Santana in the third, but that's the only time the Tribe was able to dent the scoreboard against him. It's the 33-year-old's first quality start in over a month and just the third time since the beginning of July that he went more than six frames. Volquez faces the Tigers in Detroit this weekend.
Sep 20 - 10:15 PM


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