Called into extra-inning duty Thursday, reliever Bruce Chen reminded why he has only been used four times this month. The Twins tagged him for six runs in the final inning of a 11-5 Royals defeat in 10 innings at Kauffman Stadium.
An RBI bunt single by Jarrod Dyson, an RBI single by Nori Aoki, a two-RBI single by Billy Butler and a two-RBI triple by Salvador Perez in the eighth inning lifted the Royals to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals can sweep the three-game series with a win in Thursday night's finale.
Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura has “mid-back” tightness and he will skip his next start, which was scheduled for Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. Omar Infante also will miss time with shoulder inflammation.
Through this run to the top of the American League Central division and chase to the baseball playoffs, the Royals have been a team of streaks. Three victories here, eight there, three more here. A charge was reengaged immediately after a loss.
Michael Pineda pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since April and Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs batted in, as the New York Yankees won their fifth straight with an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday in the makeup of a rainout from June 9.
At the end of a 10-day trip, the Royals showed fatigue. The Royals could not touch Texas starter Scott Baker, a long reliever forced into emergency duty. Save for a solo homer by Billy Butler, Baker escaped five innings unscathed.
Alex Gordon says he plans to pick up 2016 player option, even if free agency and a potential nine-figure contract awaits for the Kansas City Royals’ defensive cornerstone and a sabermetric darling in the outfield.