Reliever Joakim Soria allows a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth that put the Mets ahead to stay. Royals starter Danny Duffy lasts just 4 2/3 innings as the Royals waste a decent performance against Noah Syndergaard.
After 28 games, the Royals’ Whit Merrifield has already leads all AL rookies in Wins Above Replacement. According to the advanced metric, he has been third most valuable Royal. Merrifield’s defense has graded out well, according to advanced stats
Eight months later, Drew Butera has had time to think about this. He has seen the clip dozens of times, and he can concede this now. Yeah, he says, he and Wade Davis kind of muffed their celebratory embrace after the final out of the 2015 World Series.
Cheslor Cuthbert, seeking his first hit of the game, slapped a single through the left side, lifting the Royals to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Peter Boylan matched his longest outing since 2007, and Chien Ming-Wang collected the victory for the Kansas City bullpen.
Rookie infielder Whit Merrifield went three for five, driving in four runs with two outs and pushing the Kansas City to an 16-5 bludgeoning of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales finished four for five with five RBIs and two doubles on the night the Royals gave away bobblehead dolls with his likeness.
For the last three seasons, the Royals’ Eric Hosmer has won the Gold Glove Award at first base. But according to two of the more respected defensive stats — Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating —Hosmer grades out somewhere between average and below average at first base. The contradiction is a curious one.
The Royals walloped the Tigers 10-3 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched 6 1/3 innings, and the Royals got three RBIs each from Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer. Kendrys Morales added a three-run homer. The Royals got all 10 of their runs from the sixth inning on.
The Detroit Tigers crushed six home runs, three by Victor Martinez, and blew past the Royals 10-4 on a night when Kansas City outfielder Brett Eibner returned from the disabled list and blasted a home run.
Brett Eibner was late to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night, but he cracked an RBI single in his first plate appearance for the Royals since his rehab assignment and followed that with his first major-league home run in the fifth inning.
The victory was Kansas City’s ninth straight at Kauffman Stadium, which only underscored the preposterous nature of the last 20 days. In the span of less than three weeks, the Royals won six straight at Kauffman Stadium — their first 6-0 home stand since 1988 — lost eight straight during a mind-numbing road trip, and then clipped off another five straight victories, including three back at home over the Indians.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit early batting practice in the hours before Wednesday’s series finale against the Cleveland Indians. It was his first live hitting on the field since going on the disabled list May 23 with a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand. In the moments after the workout, Gordon reported zero limitations in his wrist.
In a move that signals the end of struggling second baseman Omar Infante in Kansas City, the Royals designated him for assignment Wednesday and recalled left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn from Class AAA Omaha.
For a moment Tuesday night, it appeared the Royals’ latest winning streak might die at three games. And then Salvador Perez delivered a two-run shot against Indians reliever Bryan Shaw in the bottom of the eighth inning, delivering a 3-2 victory in front of a crowd of 29,293 at Kauffman Stadium.
Baseball legend and Jackson County executive Frank White hopped aboard the 101-Minnesota bus from downtown Kansas City to Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday afternoon to read a book during a surprise story time. The surprise is part of a program to promote summer reading and the library’s upcoming Library in the Park.
Even as the Royals were building toward championships over the past few seasons did they win at home like this. The Royals’ 2-1 triumph over the Indians on Monday before 31,269 at Kauffman Stadium kept their good going on home soil. That’s 20 victories in 27 games, a .741 clip. Last year they won 63 percent of their home games.
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