Royals rookie Heath Fillmyer squandered a six-run lead. He would not shoulder the statistical burden of the Royals’ eventual 7-6 loss in the rubber match of a three-game series against the White Sox, but he would be the culprit.
One plot twist of the season the Royals won’t rue is the emergence of their youngest Rule 5 pitcher as a viable major-league starter. Brad Keller on Saturday night again proved he belonged as the Royals beat the White Sox.
With the release of veteran reliever Blaine Boyer came an opportunity for the Royals to add to their 40-man two weeks before rosters expand on Sept. 1. So the first minor-leaguer they turned to was right-handed pitcher Jake Newberry.
With the KC Royals out of playoff contention, manager Ned Yost said his lineup will include the team’s younger players as the season winds down. Among the younger players, Adalberto Mondesi has seen the most noticeable bump in playing time.
KC Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who on Wednesday became the fifth Royals player to hit 20 homers in four straight years, could break an MLB record this season. He has swung at 50.2 percent of pitches thrown to him that were outside the strike zone.
Royals pitcher Jorge López, acquired in the Mike Moustakas trade, made his KC debut in a loss Wednesday night. It was not perfect by any stretch but the right-hander displayed glimmers of potential. The Royals will evaluate him as a starter.
In a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, pitcher Jorge López made his Royals debut, KC catcher Salvador Perez hit two home runs and outfielder Brett Phillips threw out Richard Ureña trying to score from second base.
Instead of featuring the traditional handle and round knob, the axe-handled baseball bat flattens out and ends in an oblong knob, angled to fit the hand. And at least one KC Royals player likes this newish fad.
Ryan O’Hearn, a rookie first baseman for the Kansas City Royals, had one of the most poignant conversations on the morning of his major-league debut July 31. It began with a hello from KC Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.