Ramirez's homer sparks Indians past Royals
Jose Ramirez belted the go-ahead homer to ignite a three-run sixth inning as the host Cleveland Indians posted a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.Francisco Lindor launched a two-run homer, and Kevin Plawecki and rookie Oscar Mercado each added an RBI single for the Indians, who won the rubber match of the series to improve to 13-3 in their past 16 games.Rookie Zach Plesac (4-3) overcame a rocky start to allow two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings to pick up the win.Kansas City's Jorge Soler crushed a solo homer in the third inning and made a leaping catch to deny Jason Kipnis' bid for the same to lead off the fourth inning.Bubba Starling belted his first career homer and Cheslor Cuthbert recorded a pair of two-out RBIs for the Royals, who fell for just the second time in their past seven contests.
Dozier hits solo homer to give Royals 1-0 win over Indians
Jakob Junis scattered two hits over six innings and Hunter Dozier belted a solo homer as the visiting Kansas City Royals recorded a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.Kansas City center fielder Billy Hamilton made a leaping catch to deny Francisco Lindor of a potential home run to lead off the sixth inning. Junis showed his appreciation by tipping his hat in the direction of Hamilton.Cam Gallagher ripped a pair of doubles to account for two of the six hits for the Royals, who have won five of their last six games.Adam Plutko (3-2) permitted just one run on two hits in seven innings to take the loss for the Indians, who saw their season high-tying six-game winning streak come to a halt.One of the two hits, however, came in the first inning as Dozier deposited a 2-1 fastball from Plutko over the wall in right field. The homer was Dozier's 15th of the season and second in five games.The modest offense proved to be just enough for Junis (6-8), who struck out seven batters on the heels of fanning a career-high 10 in Kansas City's 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
Indians defeat Royals for sixth straight win
Rookie Oscar Mercado recorded his first career five-hit performance as the host Cleveland Indians posted a 10-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday to extend their winning streak to a season high-tying six games.Mercado, who had two RBIs and scored twice, collected a double and four singles to become the 12th Indians rookie since 1913 to record at least five hits in a game.Tyler Naquin belted a two-run homer and Francisco Lindor had three hits and three runs scored for Cleveland, which also won six in a row from June 30-July 7.Whit Merrifield slapped a three-run triple and Hunter Dozier had an RBI double for Kansas City, which saw its season-high four-game winning streak come to a halt.After Dozier's RBI double gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the top of the third, the Indians answered with four runs in a span of 16 pitches in their half of the inning.
Royals DFA Peralta after clash with catcher
The Kansas City Royals designated veteran right-hander Wily Peralta for assignment on Saturday, one day after he clashed with rookie catcher Meibrys Viloria during the eighth inning of a game.Right-hander Josh Staumont was recalled prior to Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians to fill the roster opening.The 30-year-old Peralta gave up three runs in one inning of work on Friday night when he and Viloria couldn't get together on the signs.Peralta repeatedly stepped off the mound and Viloria made two visits to the mound. The crowd in Cleveland booed over the delays, and Royals manager Ned Yost was visibly upset in the dugout.After a play at the plate later in the inning, Peralta, who was backing up home plate, yelled at Viloria, 22, on his way back to the mound.Peralta said after the contest that there was a mix-up over the signs being changed."We had a hard time getting on the same page with the signs," Peralta told reporters after the game. "I didn't want to cross him up. We were just not on the same page. He's a young catcher just trying to do a good job."Viloria said he didn't understand why Peralta was so mad.
Duffy, Royals dump slumping White Sox
Danny Duffy continued Kansas City's recent pitching dominance as the Royals defeated the visiting Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Wednesday.The Royals have won the first three games of the four-game series, and they are 5-1 since the All-Star break. The White Sox are 0-6 since the break.Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, Nicky Lopez and Alex Gordon combined to go 9-for-14 for Kansas City. Soler had three RBIs and Lopez had two.Duffy (4-5), who entered the game with a string of 14 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox, didn't allow a run until Ryan Goins launched a no-out, two-run home run in the sixth. He wound up yielding two runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.Ian Kennedy got the final out for his 15th save in 18 chances.The last three scheduled starting pitchers for Kansas City (not counting a substitute after Homer Bailey got traded an hour before Sunday's first pitch) had given up just two runs in 24 innings with 25 strikeouts and just three walks. Adding Duffy's outing, and the starters have combined for a 1.20 ERA in those four starts.
Yankees acquire OF Gore from Royals
The New York Yankees acquired outfielder/pinch runner Terrance Gore in a trade with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.In exchange for Gore, Kansas City received cash considerations from New York.The Yankees sent Gore to play with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. While he is not on the 40-man roster, he could find himself on New York's potential playoff roster due to his speed.During his six years in the majors, Gore has been used primarily as a pinch runner. Before this season, Gore had appeared in 63 games, but he had only 16 at-bats compared to 27 steals in 31 attempts.This year, Gore played in 37 games for the Royals, compiling a .275 batting average, a .362 on-base percentage and 13 stolen bases in 51 at-bats.
Royals SS Mondesi on IL with shoulder injury
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, one day after partially dislocating his left shoulder in Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.Mondesi suffered the injury while diving for a foul popup from Chicago's Yolmer Sanchez in the fifth inning. He didn't make the catch and was holding his left arm while leaving the field.Mondesi has been enjoying a solid season, batting .266 with seven homers, 52 RBIs and a major league-leading 31 stolen bases in 82 games.Kansas City recalled infielder Humberto Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha to replace Mondesi. Arteaga batted .237 with one RBI in 11 games with the Royals earlier this season.
Royals cap four-game sweep of White Sox
Jorge Soler's two-run home run keyed a five-run third inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Chicago White Sox 6-5 Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.The Royals' only previous sweep this year was a three-game set against the visiting Cleveland Indians from April 12-14. Kansas City recorded its first four-game sweep of the White Sox since 1994.Five Kansas City players had multiple hits, including Cheslor Cuthbert with a single, a double and a homer. However, Whit Merrifield saw his 15-game hitting streak end.The White Sox's offensive struggles continued. Chicago finished the series 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position, leaving the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning Thursday.Kansas City starter Brad Keller (6-9) battled his way through the mid-90s heat, lasting 6 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.Tim Hill pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Ian Kennedy picked up his 16th save in 19 chances despite allowing a run in the ninth.Chicago starter Ross Detwiler (1-1) gave up five runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. He fanned one and walked one.The White Sox scored two unearned runs in the first. Leury Garcia led off the inning with an infield single to short, and Yoan Moncada followed with a bunt hit. After a passed ball, Jose Abreu hit a ball off the glove of first baseman Cuthbert, scoring Garcia. Welington Castillo's double-play grounder brought home Moncada.
Royals' Sparkman fires shutout at White Sox
Glenn Sparkman pitched the first shutout of his career as host Kansas City defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-0 Tuesday. He's the first Royals right-hander to throw a shutout since Johnny Cueto did it in his Royals home debut in 2015.Sparkman (3-5) had previously gone seven innings twice this season before his career-longest start on Tuesday. His eight strikeouts were also a career high, and all five hits he allowed were singles.Whit Merrifield led the offense with his first career inside-the-park home run, and the 100th in Royals history. He was a triple short of a cycle.The victory may be overshadowed by an apparent shoulder injury to Adalberto Mondesi, who was hurt diving for a foul ball hit by Yolmer Sanchez.The White Sox also lost a key player. Prized rookie Eloy Jimenez had to leave with right elbow soreness in the first inning when he collided with center fielder Charlie Tilson on a flyout.Dylan Cease (1-1) took the loss in his second major league start. He gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.The Royals jumped on Cease early.Mondesi started a first-inning rally with a one-out single. A wild pick-off throw by Cease allowed Mondesi to advance to second. Mondesi promptly stole third and scored on a wild throw by catch James McCann. Alex Gordon singled and Hunter Dozier followed with a triple off the wall in right center.
Junis' 10K night carries Royals past White Sox
Jakob Junis struck out a career-high 10 batters over seven innings and the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Chicago White Sox 5-2 in the opener of their four-game series on Monday night.Junis (5-8), who was 0-3 in his past seven starts with a 5.31 ERA, allowed one run, five hits and walked two.Nicky Lopez had two hits and drove in two runs, and Hunter Dozier and Cheslor Cuthbert each had two hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have won three of four coming out of the All-Star break.White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (11-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Giolito, who turned 25 on Sunday and was coming off his first All-Star appearance last week, struck out five and walked one.Jon Jay went 4-for-4 for Chicago, which has lost four straight after getting swept at the Oakland A's last weekend.White Sox catcher James McCann hit a solo homer off Junis in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1.Kansas City got the run back in its half of the sixth on an opposite-field RBI single to left by Lopez, scoring Dozier for his second run of the game and a 3-1 lead.Alex Gordon's run-scoring ground out in the seventh made it 4-1.
Cubs acquire C Maldonado from Royals
With Willson Contreras headed to the injured list, the Chicago Cubs pulled off a trade Monday night to bring in another catcher.Chicago acquired Martin Maldonado from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.Contreras, 27, strained his right foot on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he hasn't played since. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced Monday night after the team's 6-3 loss to the visiting Cincinnati Reds that Contreras would be placed on the IL.Maldonado, 32, is headed to his fifth team in the past five seasons. He was pulled from the Royals' 5-2 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox in the sixth inning Monday as the trade was being finalized.A Gold Glove winner with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016, Maldonado hit .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games for the Royals this year, his lone season in Kansas City. He split 2018 between the Angels and the Houston Astros. Maldonado played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-16 before the Angels acquired him in a December 2016 trade.He started his pro career with the Angels, who selected him in the 27th round of the 2004 draft. In 686 major league games, he has a .220 average with 57 homers and 210 RBIs.
Tigers beat Royals to halt five-game slide
Jeimer Candelario's three-run double highlighted a seven-run third -- Detroit's highest-scoring inning of the season -- and the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak by slugging past the host Kansas City Royals 12-8 on Sunday.Harold Castro had four hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for Detroit, while Niko Goodrum supplied four hits, a run scored, two RBIs and stole two bases. Gordon Beckham blasted a two-run homer as the Tigers piled up 19 hits. Christin Stewart added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.Nick Ramirez (4-3) gave up one run in three innings of relief and was credited with the victory. Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up seven runs in four innings.Jorge Soler drove in three runs for the Royals, including his 25th homer.The Royals scratched their scheduled starter, Homer Bailey, after they agreed to trade him to the Oakland A's. Brian Flynn (2-1), who gave up seven runs in two innings of relief, was charged with the loss.The Tigers took the lead in the first on back-to-back doubles by Nicholas Castellanos and Stewart.The Royals responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Hunter Dozier knocked in the first run with a single before Soler blasted a two-run homer over the right-field wall.Detroit's first six batters reached base in the seven-run third. The Tigers loaded the bases and scored when Brandon Dixon was hit by a pitch. Candelario followed with a double to clear the bases.
Report: A's acquire RHP Bailey from Royals
The Oakland Athletics acquired right-hander Homer Bailey from the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon in exchange for a minor-league prospect.Bailey, 33, is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 18 starts this season. He joined the Royals during the offseason after spending his first 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.A recent hot streak by Bailey likely increased Oakland's interest in making a deal. In his past eight starts, Bailey is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA.
Royals’ Keller shuts down Tigers for win
Brad Keller pitched eight strong innings while equaling his longest start of the season, Cheslor Cuthbert had a two-run single and the host Kansas City Royals downed the struggling Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Saturday.Keller (5-9) gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out seven. The Royals posted back-to-back wins at home for the first time since May 1. Ian Kennedy notched a ninth-inning save for the second straight night, his 13th overall this season.Whit Merrifield reached base three times and scored once and Bubba Starling, playing in his second major league game, added a hit and an RBI for the Royals.The Tigers have lost five straight. Matthew Boyd (6-7) struck out 10, the fifth time he's reached double digits this season. But Boyd took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings.Harold Castro drove in the only Tigers run with a triple.Detroit took the lead in the second on Brandon Dixon's one-out single and Castro's two-out triple to right field.Detroit didn't get another hit until the eighth inning.
Long balls lift Royals past Tigers
Cheslor Cuthbert, Martin Maldonado and Jorge Soler homered and the Kansas City Royals powered past the visiting Detroit Tigers 8-5 on Friday.Soler had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Center fielder Bubba Starling, called up from Triple-A Toledo, went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in his major league debut for Kansas City. Nicky Lopez added three hits.Jake Newberry (1-0) tossed an inning of scoreless relief to get the victory. Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his 12th save.Victor Reyes had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Tigers.Detroit took the lead two batters into the game. Reyes led off with a single and Nicholas Castellanos brought him home with a double.Kansas City got that run back in the bottom of the inning as Whit Merrifield walked, Adalberto Mondesi singled him to third, and Alex Gordon brought him in on a sacrifice fly. Starling walked in his first career plate appearance in the second inning and scored on a throwing error to make it 2-1 Royals.Reyes led off the third with an infield single that struck the hand of Royals starter Danny Duffy. After a walk, Miguel Cabrera knocked in Reyes with a single. A Brandon Dixon double scored Castellanos to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead and ended Duffy's night. Reliever Jorge Lopez then got Jeimer Candelario to ground to the first, but an error by Cuthbert allowed Cabrera to score and Candelario to reach base.
Royals OF Gore designated for assignment
The Kansas City Royals made a speedy roster adjustment Friday, as outfielder Terrance Gore was designated for assignment.Gore, 28, played in just 37 games for the Royals this season going 14-for-51 (.275). Utilized primarily for his base-stealing abilities and outfield play, Gore was 13-for-18 in stolen base attempts in his limited duties this season.The Royals already have speedster Billy Hamilton on the roster, so Gore was removed after outfielder Bubba Starling was called up to the major leagues for the first time Thursday.
Scherzer wins seventh straight as Nats shut out Royals
Max Scherzer won his seventh straight start with seven scoreless innings and stole his second career base, while Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer as the host Washington Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 Saturday.Both teams wore throwback 1969 uniforms, with the Nationals paying homage to the Expos, who moved from Montreal prior to the 2005 season. Washington won for the fifth time in six games and is now 27-11 since May 24.Scherzer (9-5), who has not lost since May 17, allowed four hits with 11 strikeouts. He did not walk a batter and threw 75 strikes on 103 pitches. He has fanned 79 batters in his last seven starts against just six walks.He has fanned at least 10 batters in his last five starts and has reached double digits in strikeouts nine times this season.The right-hander was named the National League Pitcher of the Month on Tuesday, and on Thursday his wife, Erica, delivered the couple's second child, another daughter. Scherzer also stole second base without a throw in the fourth.Glenn Sparkman (2-5) started for the Royals and yielded four runs on nine hits in six innings.
Rendon, Kendrick help Nationals beat Royals
Anthony Rendon broke a tie with an RBI double and pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick added a two-run double two batters later as the Washington Nationals scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to escape with a 5-2 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.The win allowed the Nationals to take two of three in the series and complete a 5-1 homestand. Meanwhile, the Royals lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.After Kansas City had rallied into a 2-2 tie in the top of the inning, Adam Eaton got the bottom of the eighth rolling for the Nationals with a one-out single against Jake Diekman (0-6).Rendon followed with his double to give Washington the lead.After an error on Diekman put runners on first and third with still just one out, Kendrick laced his pinch-hit double to left field, extending the lead to 5-2.Sean Doolittle (6-2), who allowed a game-tying double to Alex Gordon in the top of the eighth, was credited with the win after being dinged with his fourth blown save.Solo home runs by Brian Dozier, his 14th, and Victor Robles (13th) gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead headed into the eighth.But Washington pulled starter Patrick Corbin at that point, and the Royals rallied against the Nationals' bullpen.A two-out, run-scoring single by Adalberto Mondesi off Fernando Rodney got the Royals within 2-1 and brought on Doolittle, who then served up the game-tying double to Gordon.
Nationals strand 19 in 11-inning loss to Royals
Adalberto Mondesi's RBI single broke an 11th-inning tie, and two more runs scored on a throwing error by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman as the Kansas City Royals won 7-4 at Washington on Friday.The Royals loaded the bases against lefty Jonny Venters (0-1) in the 11th, and Mondesi, who had three hits and scored twice, came through with the tiebreaking hit with one out. Alex Gordon then hit a hard grounder to Zimmerman, whose throw home got past the catcher.The Nationals, who had won four straight and eight of nine, stranded 19 runners and could not take advantage of 11 walks.Zimmerman (three doubles) and Brian Dozier had RBI hits in the bottom of the ninth as the Nationals tied the game at 4-4 against Royals closer Ian Kennedy.Zimmerman had an RBI double in the seventh to cut Washington's deficit to 4-2. It was the 1,000th career RBI for Zimmerman, with Adam Eaton (two hits, three walks) scoring on the milestone hit.The winning pitcher was Brian Flynn (1-0), who loaded the bases in the 10th inning but escaped the jam. Wily Peralta pitched around a one-out single in the last of the 11th to get his second save.Kansas City starter Brad Keller allowed just one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out two.Trea Turner (three hits) hit a 453-foot leadoff homer in the last of the first to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
Indians complete three-game sweep of Royals
Francisco Lindor's two-run single keyed a six-run seventh inning as the visiting Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.Jose Ramirez hit two home runs for the Indians in the series finale, which included a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. All three games in the series ended with four-run margins.The Indians won their fourth straight while the Royals dropped their fourth in a row.With Kansas City leading 3-2, Kevin Plawecki and Bobby Bradley started the Cleveland seventh with singles. Tyler Naquin drove home Plawecki with a double before Lindor's hit knocked in Bradley and Naquin and put the Indians on top.A throwing error on a bunt produced another run, and Jason Kipnis' sacrifice fly increased the lead to 7-3. Ramirez then hit a solo shot, his second home run of the game and seventh of the season.Adam Cimber (4-2), the third of four Cleveland relievers, pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.Kansas City's Jorge Lopez (1-7) gave up hits to all four batters he faced, and all of them scored.Neither starter was involved in the decision. Cleveland's Zach Plesac gave up three runs on three hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.Royals starter Homer Bailey allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five-plus inning.