For close to three weeks, Mike Moustakas’ swing has been grooved to a familiar plane, locked in and comfortable, a 27-year-old finding his power stroke in the season’s first month. In the Royals’ first 20 games, Moustakas slugged seven homers and matched his career high for homers in a month.
The Los Angeles Angels got home runs from Mike Trout, Yunel Escobar and Andrelton Simmons to beat the Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif., besting a scuffling Kansas City offense and sweeping the three-game series. Royals starter Chris Young allowed just three hits in five-and-one-third innings but fell to 1-4 this season.
The Royals fell for the second straight night, losing a game with their opening day starter, Edinson Volquez, on the mound, squandering a two-run lead after the top of the second inning and a 4-3 advantage after the fourth. The night collapsed in the bottom of the fifth, when the Royals were felled by the bat of Giavotella and the glove of the man who took his place.
As Jarrod Dyson settles into regular playing time in right field, the rest of baseball may need to take notice. Entering Tuesday night, Dyson had racked up two outfield assists in seven games, and he could have recorded another had a run-down been turned into an out. On the whole, Dyson has displayed a solid arm and above-average range since returning from an oblique strain last week. His defensive value could make him a constant in the Royals’ lineup.
Kansas Royals reliever Danny Duffy is utilizing his fastball more after a sluggish start. He has thrown two scoreless innings over the last week. His fastball is sitting at 96 mph since moving to a relief role.
Yordano Ventura went a season-high seven innings and yielded one run and three hits as the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium to win the three-game series two games to one. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each hit solo home runs. Spot starters Drew Butera, Christian Colon combined for three doubles.
Chris Young struck out 10 and collected his first victory of the season as the Royals defeated the Orioles 4-2 in the opener of the series. Mike Moustakas hit his sixth home run this season, and Wade Davis collected his seventh save.
It was the top of the fourth on Thursday night, the early moments of the Royals’ 4-0 victory over Detroit, and the stadium was still roaring. The crowd of 30,763 had come to its feet and stayed there, cheering as starting pitcher Edinson Volquez raised his cap into the air for Alex Gordon.
During Wednesday’s 3-2 loss, an umpire asked Kennedy to adjust his hands in the stretch. It was the second time in two games umpires have questioned his hand placement. Royals manager Ned Yost said the team will seek clarification on the issue.
Back-to-back home runs by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez proved to be too little, too late for the Royals who lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Before stirring to life in the bottom of the ninth, Kansas City batters could not secure a timely hit against Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, who finished with eight strikeouts.
Salvador Perez roped a two-out, two-run double in the third inning off Detroit starter Shane Greene and clubbed a three-run kill shot off reliever Blaine Hardy in the fifth, an output that became crucial when the Kansas City bullpen nearly imploded in the final innings of the Royals’ 8-6 win over the Tigers to begin a three-game series Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Before the Royals game with the Tigers on Tuesday, Salvador Perez spent time with a cancer patient. The patient, Teresa Thaman of Joplin, wept with joy at the gesture. Perez and the Royals “keep me healthier,” she said.
Recovered from a strained oblique, outfielder Jarrod Dyson returned to the Royals’ lineup Tuesday after completing a rehab stint in Class AAA Omaha. To make room on the roster, the Royals optioned outfielder Reymond Fuentes to Omaha. The team placed Dillon Gee on paternity leave and recalled right-hander Miguel Almonte from Omaha.
At this point in the 2015 season, the Royals had just finished played the A’s and were in first place in the division, just like this year. The difference is, the Royals have concentrated on baseball and not beanballs, hard slides and retaliation. They were hit 14 times with pitches over the first 12 games last year. No Royals hitter has been hit by a pitch so far this year.
The Royals’ 3-2 loss to the A’s took some steam out of a winning road trip, especially with how Sunday’s game unfolded. The Royals took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. The A’s got single runs in the seventh and eighth and turned the tables on a Royals team known for its comebacks.
The Royals' 2015 World Series champions flag is flying next to their 1985 championship flag atop the Hall of Fame in Kauffman Stadium after a ceremony Sunday night before the season-opening game against the New York Mets.
Royals raise 2015 World Series championship flag at Kauffman Stadium
Royals fans explain their jerseys
Royals fans deliver baseball to the K in historic relay
Royals manager Ned Yost says opening day is great for fans, 'a pain' for coaches and players