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Salvador Perez, Royals survive Angels in 9th

Salvador Perez, Royals survive Angels in 9th

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez picked off the potential tying run at third base with two outs in the top of the ninth as the Royals defeated the visiting Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Tuesday night.Greg Holland's 0-2 pitch bounced in the dirt but caromed off Jared Walsh at the plate before Perez picked it up and threw out David Fletcher before he could scramble back to the bag.Southpaw Danny Duffy (2-0) pitched six solid innings for the second straight start for Kansas City. He gave up one run on eight hits, walking just one and striking out six. Duffy pitched at least six innings in just two of 11 starts in 2020.The Angels are 0-3 against left-handed starters this season.Dylan Bundy (0-1) took the loss for the Angels. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over seven innings.The Royals got a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Santana. Andrew Benintendi took a one-out walk before Perez doubled him to third. It was Perez's fifth straight hit after going 4-for-4 Monday night.Santana drove in the Royals' second run in the third, again without a hit. Whit Merrifield and Benintendi led off the inning with singles. After Perez struck out, both runners advanced on stolen bases. Santana then grounded out to shortstop, scoring Merrifield. ... Continue Reading
Royals select contract of RHP Ervin Santana

Royals select contract of RHP Ervin Santana

Veteran right-hander Ervin Santana is back in the big leagues for the first time since 2019 after the Kansas City Royals selected his contract on Tuesday.The Royals added the 38-year-old Santana to the organization in December on a minor league contract and added him from the team's alternate training site.In addition, the team also recalled right-hander Tyler Zuber while moving first baseman/outfielder Ryan McBroom to the alternate site and placing right-hander Josh Staumont on the team's injured list.Santana, 36, did not pitch in the majors in 2020. This offseason he pitched for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.The 15-year veteran is a two-time All-Star who is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA over 387 appearances (384 starts) for five teams, including the Royals in 2013. He went 9-10 in his lone season in Kansas City, with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts and 211 innings. Santana has also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels (2005-12), Atlanta Braves (2014), Minnesota Twins (2015-18) and Chicago White Sox (2019). ... Continue Reading
Angels take advantage of Royals' mistakes

Angels take advantage of Royals' mistakes

Shohei Ohtani had three hits and three RBIs as the visiting Los Angeles Angels took advantage of three Kansas City errors, defeating the Royals 10-3 on Monday.Angels starter Alex Cobb (1-0) struck out 10 while allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He was almost unhittable early. All of his strikeouts came in the first five innings, most of them on his sinker. It was Cobb's first double-digit strikeout game since 2014.Mike Trout reached base for the 29th straight game dating back to 2020, hitting a home run in the ninth inning. The Angels have homered in all 10 games this season.Brady Singer (0-2) pitched well for the Royals, but his defense betrayed him. He allowed four runs, just one earned, in five innings, yielding seven hits. Singer struck out six without issuing a walk.Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez went 4-for-4 and collected his 1,000th career hit.The first four Angels runs scored without RBIs.Los Angeles got two unearned runs in the second inning. After Jared Walsh and Justin Upton opened the frame with singles, Jose Rojas hit a fly ball to medium-depth center. Both runners tagged and advanced. When Michael A. Taylor's throw hit Walsh and rolled into foul territory, Walsh scored, and then Upton scored when Singer's throw went past Perez.The Angels scored their third run in the third on a double-play groundout by Ohtani. ... Continue Reading
Royals beat White Sox in 10th without a hit

Royals beat White Sox in 10th without a hit

Michael A. Taylor scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by Garrett Crochet in the 10th inning Sunday afternoon as the visiting Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.The Royals overcame a pair of one-run leads before tying it with a ninth-inning long ball and then playing small ball to take the lead in the 10th.Taylor started the 10th inning as the designated runner at second, and immediately took third on a sacrifice bunt by Nicky Lopez.After Whit Merrifield was intentionally walked, Andrew Benintendi laid down a perfect bunt to the right side of the mound. Crochet (0-1) fielded the ball but did not appear to set himself well, and his throw home was in the dirt in front of catcher Zack Collins, allowing Taylor to easily score.Benintendi's bunt occurred after Kansas City forged a 3-3 tie on Carlos Santana's leadoff homer to center field in the ninth off White Sox closer Liam Hendriks. It was Santana's first home run of the season.Chicago had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Adam Eaton hit a pinch hit two-run homer inside the right field foul pole off Jesse Hahn.Benintendi also hit an RBI single in the eighth that gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead.Greg Holland (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for Kansas City in picking up the victory. Kyle Zimmer earned his first career save by striking out Eaton and Collins before retiring Nick Madrigal, stranding designated runner Nick Williams at second. ... Continue Reading
Royals-White Sox postponed by rain

Royals-White Sox postponed by rain

Saturday afternoon's game between the Kansas City Royals and White Sox has been postponed because of rainy weather in Chicago.The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 14, the next time the Royals visit Guaranteed Rate Field. The teams will play two seven-inning games, with one starting at 2:10 p.m. ET and the second at 8:10 p.m. ... Continue Reading
Lance Lynn throws complete game shutout vs. Royals

Lance Lynn throws complete game shutout vs. Royals

Lance Lynn hurled a complete game in pitching his second career shutout as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-0 in their home opener Thursday.It was the first complete game in the majors this season.Lynn (1-0) has yet to allow an earned run in two starts, covering 13 2/3 innings. He allowed five singles with 11 strikeouts and no walks vs. the Royals. He allowed just two runners to reach second base.Lynn also got 11 flyball outs. He didn't get his first groundout until the first out of the sixth inning.Lynn cruised from the start, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. When Salvador Perez got an infield single to start the fifth, followed by another single by Jorge Soler, Lynn got the next two batters to fly out. He then struck out Michael A. Taylor.Brad Keller (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City. After lasting just 1 1/3 innings on opening day, he only went 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox. He struggled to get ground balls, something he has excelled at throughout his career. ... Continue Reading
Jose Ramirez lifts Indians past Royals

Jose Ramirez lifts Indians past Royals

Jose Ramirez had a pair of two-run home runs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Ramirez had one extra-base hit and had not driven in a run in his first four games.Emmanuel Clase, who threw nine of his 15 pitches over 100 mph, picked up the win. Nick Wittgren got the save.Greg Holland took the loss for Kansas City.Neither starter factored in the decision despite strong efforts. Jakob Junis made his first start of the season in what was expected to be a bullpen day for the Royals. He pitched five shutout innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out six and walked two. In eight appearances (six starts) in 2020, Junis' longest outing was 4 2/3 innings.Royals starters had an ERA of 12.66 in the first three games this season, but the starters in this series pitched a combined 11 shutout innings.Shane Bieber, who has never lost to the Royals, went 6 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and walking four. He allowed two runs on three hits. Bieber is 4-0 in eight career starts.Royals pitchers kept the Indians scoreless through the first 14 2/3 innings this series, allowing only five hits prior to Ramirez's sixth-inning home run.Salvador Perez gave the Royals the lead in the fourth with a home run. It was the second home run allowed this season by Bieber. In his Cy Young Award-winning 2020 season he gave up only 15 runs and seven of them came via home runs. ... Continue Reading
Whit Merrifield continues hot start as Royals beat Indians

Whit Merrifield continues hot start as Royals beat Indians

The Indians managed just three hits against three Kansas City pitchers.Danny Duffy (1-0) pitched six innings for Kansas City. He pitched six innings in just two of 11 starts in 2020.Duffy allowed just two hits, while issuing three walks recording and five strikeouts. He faced two baserunners only one time in six innings. The Royals needed a solid outing from a starter. Their starting rotation had a 12.66 ERA in the first three starts, even though starters went 1-1 in the series against Texas.Scott Barlow relieved Duffy in the seventh and retired all six batters he faced. He turned the ball over to Jesse Hahn, who picked up his first save of the season, the fourth of his seven-year career.Logan Allen (0-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Indians. He allowed just two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out three. He left the bases loaded in the first and gave up two runs in the second. But he retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced. ... Continue Reading
Jordan Lyles quiets Royals as Rangers salvage win

Jordan Lyles quiets Royals as Rangers salvage win

Jordan Lyles held Kansas City's bats mostly quiet as the visiting Texas Rangers defeated the Royals 7-3 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.The Rangers salvaged the final game of the three-game set after the Royals had scored 25 runs in the first two games of the series.Nate Lowe had a three-run home run in the third to provide all the offense Lyles would need.Lyles (1-0) gave the Rangers the start they needed after blowing 5-0 and 4-0 leads in the first two games of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.Lyles didn't allow more than one baserunner in any inning until the sixth, when he gave up a leadoff single to Andrew Benintendi and a two-run home run to Salvador Perez.This was supposed to be a short start for Lyles, as the Rangers were planning on piggybacking a reliever after a few innings. But Lyles, who was 1-6 with a 7.02 ERA and 1.56 WHIP last season, was so efficient that manager Chris Woodward let him continue to cruise.Brady Singer (0-1) took the loss for the Royals. He allowed six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. ... Continue Reading
Royals rack up runs, beat Rangers for second straight time

Royals rack up runs, beat Rangers for second straight time

Michael A. Taylor replayed his outstanding Opening Day, hitting a home run and driving in three runs for the second straight game as host Kansas City defeated Texas 11-4 on Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight game in double figures for the Royals.Taylor's home run in the sixth got the Royals started on their comeback from a 4-0 deficit. His two-run, bases-loaded double in the sixth gave the Royals the lead.Mike Minor (1-0) picked up the win for Kansas City, allowing four runs on four hits in six innings.Josh Sborz (0-1) took the loss. He didn't retire a batter but gave up three runs on two walks and a hit. Kohei Arihara left with the lead for Texas in his major league debut. He allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, but the bullpen couldn't hold it.The Rangers opened the scoring in the first on a two-run home run by Joey Gallo. With David Dahl on second, Gallo launched a 450-foot blast into the batter's eye in center. ... Continue Reading

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