Miguel Cabrera, Tigers hand Royals fifth straight loss
Miguel Cabrera had his second straight multi-hit game -- with a double, a run scored and an RBI -- as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Royals 4-3 on Tuesday night in Kansas City.The Royals lost their fifth straight and 10th in their last 11 games. They have not led at any point during the five-game losing streak.Detroit's Casey Mize (4-4) had his eighth quality start in his last nine outings. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.Mike Minor (5-4) took the loss for the Royals. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.Cabrera's 246 career hits against the Royals are his second most against any opponent (258, Cleveland). His 151 career RBIs are the third most in his career (163 vs. Cleveland, 158 vs. Minnesota).He drove in the Tigers' first run, in the first. But Minor induced an inning-ending double play to eliminate further damage.
Tigers hammer three homers, rip Royals
Miguel Cabrera had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, including one of each in a four-run first, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Royals 10-3 Monday night in the first game of a three-game series in Kansas City.The Tigers snapped their three-game losing streak, while the Royals saw their losing streak stretch to four games and are a season-worst five games below .500. The Royals have not led since the final out of Thursday's 6-1 victory in Oakland.The Royals were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.Joe Jimenez (2-0) earned the win in relief.The Tigers lost two pitchers to injury. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd left the game in the third inning with left-arm discomfort. Alex Lange left with right-shoulder discomfort in in the fifth after 1/3 of an inning.Brad Keller (6-6) took the loss. He gave up seven runs, six earned, in five innings. His first-inning woes continued, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits in the first. His first-inning ERA is now 9.64.He hit Robbie Grossman leading off and then gave up a single to Harold Castro. Jonathan Schoop hit a ground ball through the legs of third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez. Miguel Cabrera singled to center driving in another run and Niko Goodrum drove in two with a single.Boyd was hardly cruising when his night came to an end. He gave up five hits through 2 1/3 innings, but he escaped without allowing any runs.
Royals put OF Andrew Benintendi (rib) on 10-day IL
The Kansas City Royals put outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured list on Monday with a right rib fracture.The team recalled outfielder Edward Olivares from Triple-A Omaha.An X-ray on Monday revealed a hairline fracture. Benintendi suffered the injury making a throw during Sunday's game in Oakland, Royals manager Mike Matheny said. Benintendi missed most of the 2020 season, his last in Boston, with a rib injury.Benintendi, 26, is hitting .283/.340/.429 with eight home runs, 31 RBIs and 31 runs scored in 60 games. He's hitting .323 since April 23, fifth best in the American League and first among AL outfielders, per the team.
Athletics slug their way to third straight win over Royals
Matt Olson capped a powerful weekend with two home runs and right-hander Chris Bassitt won his seventh consecutive decision Sunday afternoon as the Oakland Athletics made it three straight wins over the visiting Kansas City Royals with a 6-3 victory.Matt Chapman homered for the second straight day for the A's, who dropped the series opener to the Royals 6-1 on Thursday before rebounding for 4-3, 11-2 and 6-3 triumphs.The three wins completed a clean sweep of the Royals' vaunted Class of 2018 pitching prospects, including left-hander Kris Bubic (1-2), who allowed five of Oakland's six runs in 4 2/3 innings.The A's scored runs in four of the five innings Bubic started, including the first on Chapman's seventh homer of the year, the third on Olson's 17th and the fifth on Olson's 18th. All three were solo shots.The two-homer game was Olson's second of the season and completed a weekend on which he went 6-for-9 with a double, three homers and six RBIs.The A's also scored twice in the second on an RBI double by Elvis Andrus and a run-scoring single by Mark Canha, and padded their total when Tony Kemp drew one of his three walks in the sixth and scored on a Canha double.Bubic, a former San Jose prep standout and Stanford product who was making his first Bay Area major league start, was charged with five runs on seven hits in his 4 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.Bassitt (7-2), who lost his first two outings of the season, ran his streak of consecutive starts without another loss to 12 with 5 2/3 innings of five-hit, two-run ball. He also walked three and struck out five.
Rookie James Kaprielian pitches gem in Athletics' 11-2 win
Right-hander James Kaprielian threw six shutout innings while Matt Chapman, Skye Bolt and Matt Olson delivered home runs Saturday afternoon, sending the Oakland Athletics to an 11-2 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals.In a matchup with fellow first-round draft pick Jackson Kowar, Kaprielian (3-1) dominated, limiting the Royals to a single by Jarrod Dyson and a triple by Kelvin Gutierrez in his six innings. In his sixth career start, the rookie walked four and struck out seven.Kowar (0-2), meanwhile, managed to record just four outs, charged with four runs on five hits in his 1 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one.Attempting to rebound after a disastrous major-league debut on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels when he served up four runs in just two-thirds of an inning, Kowar pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the first against the A's after allowing a sacrifice fly to Keith Moreland.He wasn't as fortunate in the second, when Chapman and Olson belted back-to-back doubles, combining to drive in three runs, prompting the 24-year-old's removal from the game, down 4-0.After Elvis Andrus made it 5-0 with an RBI single in the fifth, Chapman hit his sixth homer in the sixth and Bolt the first of his career in the eighth, both solo shots, before Olson poured on with a three-run shot, his 16th.
A's get walk-off win despite 2 HRs from Royals' Salvador Perez
Elvis Andrus followed a one-out double by Matt Chapman and an intentional walk with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night, allowing the Oakland Athletics to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-3 despite blowing a late three-run lead.Salvador Perez hit two home runs for the Royals, giving him 16 for the season. The solo shots accounted for two of the three runs in the Kansas City comeback.Lou Trivino (3-2) kept the Royals from scoring in the top of the ninth despite having a runner at second with no outs. Then Chapman doubled to left field off Kansas City's fourth pitcher, Scott Barlow (2-2), who was in his second inning.Seth Brown was intentionally walked as the Royals hoped for a double play, but Andrus delivered Oakland's sixth walk-off win of the season. His line-drive single to right field scored Chapman, who barely beat a strong throw to the plate by Jarrod Dyson with a headfirst dive.Royals starter Brady Singer gave up an RBI double to Chapman and two-run homer to Brown to fall behind 3-0 in the fourth inning. It was Brown's ninth home run of the season.But Singer and the Kansas City bullpen held Oakland scoreless for the next four innings.A's starter Cole Irvin took a three-hit shutout and three-run lead into the seventh before Perez led off the inning with a home run to left.Singles by Andrew Benintendi and Jorge Soler ended Irvin's night. Yusmeiro Petit came on two get two outs, but the Royals got within 3-2 on Michael A. Taylor's infield out.
Mike Minor holds down A's until Royals rally for win
Left-hander Mike Minor reminded the Oakland Athletics why they traded for him for the stretch run last season, limiting his former team to one run in seven innings Thursday while pitching the visiting Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory in the opener of a four-game series.Kelvin Gutierrez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-RBI single in a three-run seventh for the Royals, who snapped a five-game losing streak.Minor (5-3) joined the A's last August in a trade from the Texas Rangers and pitched eight times for Oakland, including three times in relief in the postseason. On Thursday, he served up a solo home run to Jed Lowrie in the fourth but gave up no other runs in his seven-inning stint.The 10-year veteran allowed only two other hits -- singles by Matt Olson in the second and Stephen Piscotty in the fifth -- to win for the second time in his last three starts. He walked one and struck out eight.Minor found himself trailing 1-0 until the game-changing seventh, when the Royals caught a break on a catcher's interference on Sean Murphy to ignite a rally against Oakland starter Frankie Montas (6-6).Andrew Benintendi, who had led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Murphy's miscue, came around to score the tying run on a double by Hunter Dozier.Gutierrez then blooped his two-run hit into center field, giving Kansas City the lead for good.Montas was pulled at that point, charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight without issuing a walk.
Griffin Canning pitches Angels to win over Royals
Griffin Canning gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.Anthony Rendon and Kean Wong each drove in two runs to give Canning the cushion he needed to attack hitters -- 60 of his 89 pitches were strikes.Canning was removed from the game with two out in the seventh, his longest start since he went eight innings last Aug. 30 against Seattle.Canning (5-4) gave up one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out six.Royals starter Brad Keller retired the first two batters of the third inning before the Angels put together a two-out rally. Justin Upton walked and went to second on a single by Shohei Ohtani, before Rendon drove them both in with a double to right field.His eighth double of the season has him on a pace for 21 for the season, significantly lower than the 44 in each of his last two full seasons in 2018 and '19 when he led the National League while playing for the Nationals.
Angels belt five homers, clobber Royals
The Los Angeles Angels hit five home runs and got an impressive performance from starting pitcher Andrew Heaney on the way to an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.Shohei Ohtani, Max Stassi, Jose Iglesias, Justin Upton and Taylor Ward went deep in support of Heaney, who allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings.Ohtani's homer got the Angels started, a two-run blast in the first inning off Royals starter Kris Bubic.It was Ohtani's 17th home run of the season, one behind the major league leaders, the Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. The homer also was the longest of Ohtani's career, estimated at 470 feet. His previous long was 451 feet hit on April 4 against the Chicago White Sox.Ohtani doubled to lead off the third inning and scored on Stassi's one-out home run for a 4-0 Angels lead. Stassi, hitting in the cleanup spot, also homered in Monday's game.Iglesias and Upton each hit a solo homer in the fifth, both off Bubic, for a 6-0 advantage. Bubic (1-1) gave up six runs in four innings, with five of the six hits he yielded going for extra bases. He struck out four and walked two.Meanwhile, Heaney (4-3) was sharp in the early innings. He allowed only one hit through the first four innings, a third-inning bunt single by Whit Merrifield, then pitched his way out of a jam in the fifth.The Royals had runners on second and third with two outs, but Heaney struck out Merrifield to escape.
Royals call up Jackson Kowar for MLB debut
The Kansas City Royals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar from Triple-A Omaha, and the plan is for Kowar to make his major league debut Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.Kowar, 24, is part of the Royals' celebrated starters from their 2018 draft class that includes Brady Singer, Kris Bubic and Daniel Lynch."It's not a secret that Jackson has been extremely good so far this year," Royals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday night. "He just won the league pitcher of the month and his stats would support how he's throwing and what we're hearing from our development people. It's his time."Kowar was selected in the first round (33rd overall) by the Royals in 2018.
Angels ruin debut of Royals RHP Jackson Kowar
The Los Angeles Angels scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 8-3 victory over Kansas City on Monday in Anaheim, Calif., providing a not-so-warm welcome to highly touted Royals pitcher Jackson Kowar.Kowar was making his major league debut after pitching impressively at Triple-A Omaha this season -- 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in six starts. He didn't allow more than one run in any game for Omaha, but he yielded four runs Monday while failing to make it out of the first inning.Kowar (0-1), who recorded just two outs, gave up three hits, walked two and threw three wild pitches.It didn't start out badly for Kowar, who retired Justin Upton on a grounder to first to begin the game. However, he walked Shohei Ohtani, then threw a wild pitch to allow Ohtani to take second.Anthony Rendon singled to left, scoring Ohtani, and Kowar followed by walking Jared Walsh. Kowar's second wild pitch allowed Rendon and Walsh to move to second and third, and Max Stassi's RBI single made it 2-0.Kowar's third wild pitch moved Stassi to second before Jose Iglesias (RBI groundout) and Juan Lagares (RBI single) drove in the third and fourth runs of the inning, knocking Kowar out of the game.
Royals to call up RHP Jackson Kowar for MLB debut
Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny said the team will select the contract of top right-handed pitching prospect Jackson Kowar and have him make his major league debut in a start on Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.Kowar, a first-round pick (33rd overall) by the Royals in 2018, is rated the No. 4 prospect in their farm system by MLB.com.In six starts for Triple-A Omaha in 2021, Kowar is 5-0 with an ERA of 0.85 and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings."It's his time," Matheny told reporters.
Twins turn triple play, defeat Royals
The Minnesota Twins almost wasted a great scoring opportunity, but Trevor Larnach got in the way of a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the Twins' 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.The Twins also benefited from a triple play, the first the Royals have hit into since 2012.Luke Farrell (1-0) picked up the win with an inning of scoreless relief. Twins starter Bailey Ober lasted four innings. Taylor Rogers worked around trouble to earn his fifth save in seven chances as Minnesota gained a split of the four-game series.Brady Singer (3-5) took the loss despite giving up just two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.The Twins got a run on three hits in the third inning, but they could have had more. Andrelton Simmons had a one-out infield single. With two outs, Alex Kirilloff stroked a single to left. Miguel Sano followed with a double down the left-field line, just the second extra-base hit allowed by Singer to a right-handed hitter this season.But Kirilloff rounded third and Andrew Benintendi's throw to Kelvin Gutierrez caught him off the base.
Miguel Sano propels Twins past Royals
Miguel Sano belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to fuel the visiting Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.Sano came into the game with one hit in his last 25 at-bats, a home run on Friday night. He made outs his first two at-bats Saturday before connecting off Mike Minor (4-3) in the sixth inning.The Royals had Jarrod Dyson on third base with one out in the ninth inning, but Michael A. Taylor lined into a double play. The loss snapped Kansas City's five-game winning streak.Jose Berrios (6-2) picked up the win despite surrendering four runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four.Two relievers bridged the gap to Hansel Robles, who worked the ninth to pick up his fifth save in seven chances. Robles had given up a run in each of his last four appearances. The Twins bullpen recorded three scoreless innings on Saturday.Minor struggled as well, allowing five runs on seven hits in seven innings. He surrendered three runs to account for all of the Twins' runs.The Twins scored first in the second inning on a two-run home run by Ryan Jeffers.
Royals place SS Adalberto Mondesi (hamstring) on 10-day IL
The Kansas City Royals placed shortstop Adalberto Mondesi on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left hamstring strain.Mondesi, 25, left a May 31 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning after suffering the injury in the field and hasn't played since. His move to the IL is retroactive to Friday.In seven games this season, Mondesi is hitting .360 with two home runs and five RBIs. He made his season debut on May 25.
Royals clobber Twins behind 9-run 1st inning
Whit Merrifield had two hits -- including a three-run home run -- in a nine-run first inning as the Royals rolled to a 14-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night in Kansas City.The Royals sent 14 to the plate in the first inning.Merrifield is the first player to have two hits, a home run and a stolen base in the first inning since Oakland's Rickey Henderson in 1980.The Royals have won five straight, including the first two games of the four-game series against the Twins.Brad Keller (6-4) was the beneficiary of the explosion. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five and didn't walk any.Matt Shoemaker (2-7) took the loss with nine runs allowed (eight earned) in 1/3 of an inning. He is 0-6 with a 13.20 ERA in his career against the Royals in eight starts.The Royals scored in the first inning for the fifth straight game. Merrifield led off with a single and stole second. Carlos Santana walked before Andrew Benintendi hit one off the top of the wall in center for an RBI double. Salvador Perez then lined a single into right center, scoring two more. Perez has RBIs in a career-high seven straight games.
Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi out of lineup for fourth straight game
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi will not be in the starting lineup for a fourth consecutive game Saturday because of a left hamstring strain.Mondesi, 25, left Monday night's victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning after coming away with the injury in the field and hasn't played since. He made his season debut on May 25 after missing nearly the first two months of the season due to an oblique strain.In seven games this season, Mondesi is hitting .360 with two home runs and five RBIs. He missed the Royals' first 45 games after he started the season on the injured list with a right oblique strain.
Salvador Perez (2 HRs) leads Royals past Twins
Salvador Perez hit two home runs for the second consecutive game as the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in the first game of a four-game series in Kansas City.The Royals won their fourth straight.Josh Donaldson hit two solo home runs and a double for the Twins.Jakob Junis (2-3) earned the win. Hansel Robles (1-2) took the loss. Scott Barlow earned a two-inning save, his second.Both clubs claimed solo home runs in the first inning. Donaldson hit a 2-0 pitch into the bullpen in left field for the Twins. The Royals answered in the bottom of the first. Perez hit a ball six inches past 456 feet to right center.Perez now has 27 home runs in his career against the Twins.The Royals got another run in the third when Andrew Benintendi was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, but Jorge Soler popped out to end the inning.The Twins tied it in the fourth on a two-out single by Nick Gordon. The first-round draft pick in 2014 knocked in Miguel Sano for his first career RBI.
Andrew Benintendi's grand slam helps Royals sweep Pirates
Andrew Benintendi had two hits, including a grand slam, and five RBIs as the Kansas City Royals swept a two-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 10-5 victory Tuesday night.Salvador Perez had two home runs and three RBIs.Brady Singer (3-4) picked up the win. He allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.Wil Crowe (0-4) took the loss. He allowed eight runs on eight hits in four-plus innings.The Pirates' Adam Frazier, who ended May with the most hits (40) in the National League, started June by going 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk.The Royals scored in the first on an RBI single by Andrew Benintendi. Whit Merrifield led off with a single and went to second on a groundout. Benintendi ripped it into right center and was thrown out trying to advance to second.Singer loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning. Following an infield single, a walk and a hit batter, Bryan Reynolds' RBI single tied the score. Sacrifice flies by Gregory Polanco and Ben Gamel drove in the next two runs, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead.The Pirates added another run in the fourth. Kevin Newman singled and raced home when Michael Perez sent one to the wall in right center for a double.
Royals steadily add runs, defeat Pirates
Mike Minor pitched six solid innings as the host Kansas City Royals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Monday night.Adalberto Mondesi had two hits, including a two-run home run, before being replaced in the eighth inning. The Royals have won 10 of their last 16 games to return to .500.Minor (4-2) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Starter Chad Kuhl (0-2) lasted only four innings for Pittsburgh, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.In the first inning, the Pirates used two hard-hit balls to set up their first run, then used a dribbler to drive it in. Adam Frazier ripped a double down the line in right, and he went to third on Kevin Newman's flyout to the wall in left. Bryan Reynolds rolled one about 75 feet toward first, far enough to score Frazier.The Royals answered in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Salvador Perez, scoring Whit Merrifield, who led off with a double.Kansas City took the lead with two runs in the second.Hunter Dozier drove in the first of those with a double, driving in Edward Olivares, who was hit by a pitch. Dozier then scored on a single by Kelvin Gutierrez against the shift. The Royals loaded the bases with two outs, Kuhl escaped further damage.