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Jose Berrios beats Royals in his debut with Blue Jays

Jose Berrios beats Royals in his debut with Blue Jays

Right-hander Jose Berrios struck out seven in six scoreless innings in his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays who completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Kansas City Royals with 5-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and Santiago Espinal hit a solo shot for the Blue Jays, who have won four in a row.Berrios (8-5) allowed five hits and one walk and hit three batters in his first start after he was obtained in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Friday.The Blue Jays were playing a series at the Rogers Centre for the first time since Sept. 29, 2019, because of COVID-19 restrictions.Royals right-hander Brad Keller (7-10) left after three innings with a tight lower back. He allowed three runs and seven hits.Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield singled in the first inning to extend his hit streak to 12 games. Edward Olivares hit a solo homer for Kansas City.The Blue Jays scored three runs in the third inning. Reese McGuire singled and scored when George Springer doubled to center and was thrown out trying to reach third. Teoscar Hernandez singled and Semien hit his 25th homer of the season.Josh Staumont replaced Keller in the fourth and allowed Espinal's second homer of the season.
George Springer, Alek Manoah lead Blue Jays past Royals

George Springer, Alek Manoah lead Blue Jays past Royals

George Springer hit two home runs, right-hander Alek Manoah allowed two hits in seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.Springer had three RBIs and Marcus Semien added an RBI triple for the Blue Jays, who have won the first two games of the three-game series that marks their return to the Rogers Centre for the first time since Sept. 29, 2019.Manoah (3-1), who had not pitched since July 9 because of a back contusion, walk one while striking out four. The seven innings matched his career best.Royals left-hander Mike Minor (8-9) allowed four runs, five hits, and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings.After giving up Springer's home run on his first pitch of the game, Minor retired seven batters in a row before Alejandro Kirk singled with two out in the third. Springer followed with his second homer of the game and his 11th of the season.The Blue Jays added a run in the sixth. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led off with an infield single to third and scored on a triple by Semien on a sinking drive that skipped past center fielder Michael A. Taylor.Manoah retired 16 consecutive batters before Hunter Dozier singled with two out in the seventh. He retired the final batter on a groundout.Ryan Borucki replaced Manoah in the eighth and allowed a one-out walk. Adam Cimber replaced the left-hander with two out. Whit Merrifield singled to extend his hit streak to 11 games and Carlos Santana struck out.
Royals recall OF Edward Olivares, option INF Lucius Fox

Royals recall OF Edward Olivares, option INF Lucius Fox

The Kansas City Royals recalled outfielder Edward Olivares from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.In a corresponding move, the team sent infielder Lucius Fox to Omaha.Olivares, 25, is hitting .242 with one home run and two RBIs in 11 games with the Royals this season. In 52 games at Omaha, he has a .322 average with 13 home runs, 29 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Finally back in Toronto, Blue Jays top Royals

Finally back in Toronto, Blue Jays top Royals

Bo Bichette hit a two-run home run, Teoscar Hernandez had a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays won their true home opener Friday night, beating the Kansas City Royals 6-4.George Springer was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Blue Jays' first game at the Rogers Centre since Sept. 29, 2019. They had been playing their home games in Dunedin, Fla. and Buffalo because of COVID-19 restrictions.Toronto right-hander Ross Stripling (4-6) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings in the opener of a three-game series. He walked one and struck out one.Jordan Romano earned his ninth save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth. Hunter Dozier singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout.Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (1-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He fanned two and walked two.Toronto scored twice in the second inning. Hernandez led off with his 16th homer of the season. Randal Grichuk and Alejandro Kirk walked and Springer hit an RBI double with two outs.Bichette singled with one out in the third, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.The Royals scored once in the fifth on a single by Jarrod Dyson and a triple by Nicky Lopez.
Braves obtain Jorge Soler from Royals

Braves obtain Jorge Soler from Royals

The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Jorge Soler from the Kansas City Royals on Friday in exchange for minor league right-hander Kasey Kalich.Soler is batting just .192 this season but has 13 home runs. Two seasons ago, he led the American League with 48 blasts.The addition of Soler gives the Braves another outfield bat after losing All-Star Ronald Acuna Jr. to a major knee injury earlier this month.Soler, 29, has a .243 career average with 107 homers and 310 RBIs in 606 games over eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2014-16) and Royals (2017-21).Atlanta also added a key bullpen piece by acquiring right-hander Richard Rodriguez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handers Bryse Wilson and Ricky DeVito.Rodriguez recorded 14 saves in 37 appearances this season for the Pirates and was 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA. He had 33 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.Wilson, 23, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in seven starts with the Braves this season.
Report: Dodgers acquire LHP Danny Duffy from Royals

Report: Dodgers acquire LHP Danny Duffy from Royals

The Los Angeles Dodgers landed left-handed starting pitcher Danny Duffy in a trade with the Kansas City Royals in exchange for players to be named later, ESPN and The Athletic reported.Duffy agreed to be moved by waiving the no-trade protection in his contract.Duffy, 32, has spent all 11 seasons of his major league career with the Royals. He is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) this season, marking his lowest ERA since the 2013 season when he made just five starts. He has also tossed 65 strikeouts over 61 innings in 2021 and allowed only six home runs.In 234 career games (204 starts), Duffy has compiled a 68-68 record with a 3.95 ERA and 1,048 strikeouts.
Royals blank White Sox behind Carlos Hernandez

Royals blank White Sox behind Carlos Hernandez

One Carlos shined, but probably not the one most would expect.Kansas City's Carlos Hernandez threw six scoreless innings Thursday as the host Royals defeated Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox 5-0 in brutal heat in the final game of a four-game series. The Royals took three of the four games of the series with the first-place White Sox.The game-time temperature was 95 degrees, with a heat index of 106 that rose to 109 by the eighth inning.Salvador Perez's two-run home run in the first provided all the offense the Royals would need.Hernandez (2-1) gave up four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. He only allowed one runner to reach third base. The Royals got two innings of scoreless relief from Richard Lovelady. Wade Davis pitched the ninth.Rodon (8-5) took the loss. He failed to retire the Royals in order in any of his four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out four.The White Sox were playing without outfielder Eloy Jimenez (right groin tightness) and Jose Abreu (stiff neck). Jimenez missed the first 99 games with a torn left pectoral tendon suffered in a spring training game March 24, before returning Monday. He left Wednesday's game in the ninth inning.
Michael A. Taylor's single in 10th propels Royals over White Sox

Michael A. Taylor's single in 10th propels Royals over White Sox

Michael A. Taylor's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Royals a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night.Taylor's fourth career walk-off RBI drove in Hunter Dozier from second.Scott Barlow (3-3) earned the victory for the Royals. Ryan Burr (2-1) took the loss.Salvador Perez's 438-foot home run with one out in the ninth tied the score off Liam Hendriks, who suffered his fifth blown save.Eloy Jimenez, who returned from a season-long stint on the injured list Monday, left the game with right groin tightness.Chicago starter Lucas Giolito continued to pitch well against the Royals in Kansas City. Giolito allowed one run on four hits in six-plus innings, striking out seven and walking one. He is 5-1 all-time in Kauffman Stadium with a 2.74 ERA. He's thrown a quality start in eight of his 10 of his starts in Kansas City. He's allowed three runs or fewer in all 10 starts.Kris Bubic allowed two runs on five hits in six-plus innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Eloy Jimenez's blast carries White Sox past Royals

Eloy Jimenez's blast carries White Sox past Royals

Eloy Jimenez's 459-foot home run -- his first long ball of the season -- helped the visiting Chicago White Sox earn a 5-3, come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.Jimenez missed Chicago's first 99 games with a torn left pectoral tendon suffered in a spring training game March 24. He made his season debut Monday in the opener of the four-game series at Kansas City, returning from left pectoral tendon tear.The White Sox erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the eighth inning, capped by Jimenez's blast.Reynaldo Lopez (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh inning. Liam Hendriks earned his 25th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.Kyle Zimmer (4-1) gave up an intentional walk and Jimenez's home run in his three-batter stint, taking a loss that ended the Royals' six-game winning streak.Brad Keller allowed one run on four hits in seven innings for Kansas City, the Royals' sixth quality start in the past seven games. The bullpen couldn't hold the lead, though.Keller, pitching on his birthday for the first time in his professional career, made his fourth straight quality start after recording only three in his first 17 outings this year.The White Sox's Dylan Cease also logged a quality start. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings while walking one and striking out six.
Jorge Soler continues HR barrage as Royals edge White Sox

Jorge Soler continues HR barrage as Royals edge White Sox

Jorge Soler hit two home runs and Mike Minor had another quality start as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Monday night in the first game of a four-game series. It was the Royals' sixth straight win.The White Sox were held to just five hits.Minor (8-8) gave the Royals their fifth quality start in their last six games. He allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.Minor's victory in Milwaukee on July 20 started the Royals' winning streak.Scott Barlow picked up a two-inning save, his sixth in nine chances.Dallas Keuchel (7-4) took the loss. He gave up four runs on six hits -- including three solo home runs -- in six innings. He walked one and struck out three.Leading off the bottom of the second inning, Soler hit the first pitch he saw 449 feet over the batter's eye in straight-away center.Soler then backed that up with a 413-foot home run to left in the fourth inning. It was Soler's 13th home run, the fourth in two games and the sixth in his last six games.
Royals rookie Daniel Lynch shines in 6-1 win

Royals rookie Daniel Lynch shines in 6-1 win

Rookie Daniel Lynch threw eight scoreless innings for his first major league victory and Jorge Soler homered twice as the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Detroit Tigers by winning their fifth in a row, 6-1 on Sunday.Salvador Perez clubbed a three-run homer, going back-to-back with Soler, during a four-run first for the Royals, who have totaled 31 runs with 10 homers while matching a season high five-game winning streak. The 24-year-old Lynch (1-2), meanwhile, allowed five hits while striking out four without a walk in his fourth career start.The left-hander, who debuted for the Royals on May 3 and was just recalled from Triple-A Omaha this weekend, didn't look like the pitcher who gave up 14 earned runs and 18 hits over eight innings of his first three starts.Jonathan Schoop extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a ninth-inning double and scored on Eric Hasse's single for the Tigers, who have lost a season-high seven consecutive road contests. Detroit allowed 20 runs during this series with the Royals after yielding 12 during a 7-0 post-All-Star break homestand.Detroit's Tarik Skubal (6-9) allowed all five of his runs over the first three innings, and lasted five while also giving up five hits and striking out four without a walk.Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the first with a double and Carlos Santana followed with a single. Perez drove them both in with his second home run in two games. Soler then unleashed an opposite field drive to right for his 10th of 2021.
Royals come from behind, hang on against Tigers

Royals come from behind, hang on against Tigers

Carlos Santana and Salvador Perez hit three-run homers to help the Kansas City Royals rally from a six-run deficit and beat the visiting Detroit Tigers 9-8 on Saturday night.Nicky Lopez had three hits and scored two runs in the No. 9 spot for the Royals, who have won four in a row.Royals starter Carlos Hernandez went 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and two hits. He struck out two and walked four.Tyler Zuber, Domingo Tapia, Jake Brentz (3-2) and Josh Staumont each threw shutout innings in relief. Greg Holland struggled in the ninth before Wade Davis got the final out with two aboard for his second save.Jeimer Candelario hit a three-run homer and Akil Baddoo had a two-run shot for the Tigers, who have dropped two straight after winning the first seven coming out of the All-Star break.Detroit starter Casey Mize brought a 6-0 lead into the fifth inning, but was unable to complete it.Mize, the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking one on 79 pitches.Perez hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth inning that cut the deficit to 6-4 and knocked Mize from the game.Santana went deep with two aboard in the seventh off Kyle Funkhouser (4-1) to put the Royals ahead 7-6.
Royals snap Tigers' seven-game winning streak

Royals snap Tigers' seven-game winning streak

Kris Bubic reversed a season-long trend with an outstanding start as the Kansas City Royals earned a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series.Bubic allowed one run on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four.Bubic (3-4) also induced three ground-ball double plays in his six innings.Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save in 11 chances.The loss snapped Detroit's seven-game winning streak. The Tigers have the best record (18-10) in baseball since June 20.Bubic has struggled as a starter in 2021. He owns a 2.96 ERA in eight relief appearances this season, opposed to a 6.34 ERA in his eight starts prior to Friday's game.Wily Peralta (3-2) took the loss. He gave up five runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.Jonathan Schoop's sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.
Brad Keller ends win drought, helps Royals beat Brewers

Brad Keller ends win drought, helps Royals beat Brewers

Brad Keller pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first victory since early June and the Kansas Royals capitalized on two Milwaukee errors en route to a 6-3 victory over the host Brewers on Wednesday afternoon.Keller (7-9) allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings for his first victory in eight starts since a 14-5 win over the Twins on June 4. He was 0-5 with a 6.64 ERA in his previous seven starts.Milwaukee's fielding miscues led to two unearned runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth.Kansas City erased a 3-2 deficit in the sixth against reliever Brent Suter (9-5). Carlos Santana singled and took second with one out when Andrew Benintendi reached on an error by first baseman Jace Peterson. Hunter Dozier tied it 3-3 with an RBI single to center. Ryan McBroom's pinch-hit infield single loaded the bases and Nicky Lopez followed with a two-run double into the right-field corner.Jorge Soler opened the eighth with a 438-foot solo homer, his ninth, to make it 6-3.Kansas City, which is 21 games under .500 against American League opponents, improved to 8-3 in interleague play, including 4-0 against National League Central-leading Milwaukee.Milwaukee scored three runs in the fifth to go up 3-2 with the aid of a fielding gaffe by third baseman Dozier.
Ryan O’Hearn’s pinch-hit HR boosts Royals, 5-2

Ryan O’Hearn’s pinch-hit HR boosts Royals, 5-2

Ryan O'Hearn ripped a two-run pinch homer in the seventh inning to propel the Kansas City Royals to a 5-2 interleague victory over the host Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday afternoon.Michael A. Taylor reached on an infield single to open the seventh when his slow roller down the third-base line stayed fair. Taylor advanced on a groundout. O'Hearn then drove a 2-1 pitch from reliever Hunter Strickland (0-1) 431 feet to center for his seventh home run, putting the Royals up 4-2.Taylor extended the lead to 5-2 with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth.The game was switched from a scheduled evening start to avoid a conflict with Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, where the Bucks could clinch the title at home against the Phoenix Suns.Mike Minor (7-8), who had lost four consecutive starts with a 10.80 ERA over that span, allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits in six innings for the victory. He struck out five and walked one.Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his sixth save in 10 chances.The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on three singles off Jake Brentz, but Kyle Zimmer relieved and enticed Willy Adames into an inning-ending double play.
Royals place starting pitchers Danny Duffy, Brady Singer on IL

Royals place starting pitchers Danny Duffy, Brady Singer on IL

The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Danny Duffy and right-hander Brady Singer on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.Duffy has a left flexor strain and his designation is retroactive to Saturday. Singer has right shoulder fatigue and his status is retroactive to Sunday.In corresponding moves, the Royals recalled infielder Ryan McBroom and right-hander Tyler Zuber from Triple-A Omaha.Duffy, 32, left his start Friday against the Baltimore Orioles after being hit on the knee by a comebacker. This marks the second time he has been sidelined by a flexor strain this season.He is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) this season.Singer, 24, was rocked for seven runs in two-plus innings in his last start Saturday against the Orioles.
Matt Harvey fires six scoreless innings as Orioles blank Royals

Matt Harvey fires six scoreless innings as Orioles blank Royals

Matt Harvey produced his longest scoreless outing in almost three years Sunday afternoon, as the struggling right-hander blanked the Kansas City Royals over six innings to lead the visiting Baltimore Orioles to a 5-0 victory.Ramon Urias had two hits, including the two-run single in the third that produced the game's first runs for the Orioles, who won the final two games of the three-game set to record their first series win since a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros June 28-30. The Royals have lost eight of 10.Harvey (4-10), whose 7.70 ERA entering the game was the highest of any pitcher with at least 70 innings, allowed three hits and walked one while striking out two. It was the first time he'd gone at least six scoreless innings since Sept. 14, 2018, when he tossed six scoreless frames for the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago Cubs.The Royals mounted their lone threat against Harvey in the fourth, when Harvey plunked Salvador Perez with one out, walked Carlos Santana and surrendered a two-out infield single to Hunter Dozier before he got Michael Taylor to hit into a force-out.Four pitchers combined to finish the six-hitter.Trey Mancini had an RBI single in the fifth, Austin Wynns added a run-scoring double in the sixth and Kelvin Gutierrez was credited with an RBI when Dozier couldn't corral his grounder as Domingo Leyba scored with none out in the eighth.
Royals sign top draft pick Frank Mozzicato for reported $3.55 million bonus

Royals sign top draft pick Frank Mozzicato for reported $3.55 million bonus

Left-handed pitcher Frank Mozzicato, the No. 7 overall draft pick in the 2021 draft, reached a deal with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Saturday.Per multiple reports, Mozzicato nabbed a signing bonus of $3.55 million, a smaller sum than the $5.432 million value attached to that draft slot ... fueling speculation his selection was tied to his salary requirements."[We felt] that it may be really beneficial for us, and with the fact that it's only 20 rounds now, and with the value a lot of players put on themselves economically, that it may be a wise strategy to not only to look at taking the best upside player, pitcher available, but also be able to maximize what we can do later on with the other 19 selections," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "That's a part of what we have to consider going forward."The signing bonus is still the largest bonus given to a player drafted out of the state of Connecticut, per the Hartford Courant.
Orioles jump on Royals early, coast to win

Orioles jump on Royals early, coast to win

Ramon Urias was one of four Orioles with two hits, including an RBI single in a five-run third, as Baltimore defeated the host Kansas City Royals 8-4 Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series. Urias also drove in two runs.The Orioles lost 9-2 in the series opener Friday night.Paul Fry (3-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Four pitches out of the Orioles' bullpen combined for 4 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on just two hits and a walk.Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez had a chance to take advantage of the offensive outburst. But the major league leader in losses (12) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, one-third of an inning shy of qualifying.Royals starter Brady Singer (3-7) took the loss, allowing a career-high seven earned runs. He gave up eight hits and a walk in two-plus innings and struck out one.The Orioles got two runs off Singer in the second. DJ Stewart led off with a single and Anthony Santander walked. Urias' single drove in Stewart and sent Santander to third. Santander then scored on a groundout by Domingo Leyba.The Orioles chased Singer before he was able to record an out in the third. Cedric Mullins led off with a double, followed by five straight singles by Trey Mancini, Ryan Mountcastle, Stewart, Santander and Urias. The last four hits drove in runs, and Urias' knock sent Singer to the showers.Richard Lovelady relieved Singer and allowed an RBI single to Pedro Severino, closing the book on Singer.
Brewers change Tuesday's time to avoid Bucks conflict

Brewers change Tuesday's time to avoid Bucks conflict

The Milwaukee Brewers moved up the start time for Tuesday's game against the visiting Kansas City Royals to avoid a conflict with Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the host Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns."Yes, we want to watch the Bucks game, too," the team posted Sunday on Twitter.First pitch at American Family Field was moved from 8:10 p.m. ET to 4:10 p.m. ET.

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