Kansas City Royals

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Royals.20646183.29
AL Central5th5th3rd2nd
American League 15th15th9th3rd

Last Game

Sun, April 23
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Kansas City Royals
at
Texas Rangers
KC2Final5TEX

Pitching

W: Y. Darvish (2-2)
L:
J. Hammel (0-2)
S:
M. Bush (1)

Home Runs

KC - M. Moustakas (6),J. Bonifacio (1)  
TEX
- J. Gallo (6),R. Chirinos (4)

Schedule

Thu Apr 13
W 3 - 1OAK
Recap
Fri Apr 14
W 7 - 1LAA
Recap
Sat Apr 15
W 3 - 2LAA
Recap
Sun Apr 16
W 1 - 0LAA
Recap
Tue Apr 18
L 2 - 1SF
Recap
Wed Apr 19
W 2 - 0SF
Recap
Thu Apr 20
L 1 - 0at TEX
Recap
Fri Apr 21
L 6 - 2at TEX
Recap
Sat Apr 22
L 2 - 1at TEX
Recap
Sun Apr 23
L 5 - 2at TEX
Recap
8:10 pm EDT
Today
at CHW
Preview
8:10 pm EDT
Tue Apr 25
at CHW
2:10 pm EDT
Wed Apr 26
at CHW
8:15 pm EDT
Fri Apr 28
MIN
7:15 pm EDT
Sat Apr 29
MIN
2:15 pm EDT
Sun Apr 30
MIN
8:15 pm EDT
Mon May 1
CHW
8:15 pm EDT
Tue May 2
CHW
8:15 pm EDT
Wed May 3
CHW
2:15 pm EDT
Thu May 4
CHW

Standings

AL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Detroit10-810-8
Cleveland10-510-8
Chicago8-98-9
Minnesota8-108-10
Kansas City6-107-11
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Royals' Jason Hammel: Lasts just three innings Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hammel (0-2) lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five Rangers in Sunday's loss.

The right-hander delivered a terrible start at an inopportune time. With the Royals' bullpen already taxed from a 13-inning affair earlier in the series, Hammel dished the shortest outing for any Royals starter so far this season. Through four starts with his new team, the 34-year-old owns an unsightly 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with a career-worst 4.82 BB/9. Hammel will look to right the ship when he takes the hill for his next start Saturday versus Minnesota.

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Royals' Jorge Bonifacio: Batting third Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bonifacio will play center field and bat third in the order Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Bonifacio has mostly played corner outfield in the minors the last couple of seasons, but he'll get the nod in center with Lorenzo Cain sitting out for rest purposes and the team lacking in other alternatives. More notable than Bonifacio's defensive assignment is his high placement in the order, which is a reflection of the Royals' struggles in producing runs this season. At this point, manager Ned Yost seems content to try out his younger options in more prominent spots in the lineup with the hope of injecting some life into the offense, so if Bonifacio is able to capitalize on the opportunity Sunday, he could bat in the heart of the order on a more regular basis.

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Royals' Alex Gordon: Dropped to sixth spot in order
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon will start in left field and bat sixth in the order Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

With zero homers and a .253 on-base percentage over 75 plate appearances this season, Gordon hasn't been getting it done as the Royals' leadoff hitter, so manager Ned Yost will move the veteran down in the order and give veteran Whit Merrifield a spin atop the lineup. It's not out of the question for Gordon to eventually regain leadoff duties, but he'll likely first have to turn in a solid stretch of at-bats lower in the lineup before that happens. Given that Gordon's production had already been on the decline last season prior to his plodding start to 2017, it may not be wise to bet on a major bounce back from the 34-year-old.

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Royals' Lorenzo Cain: Gets day off Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

According to Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City, it's a pre-planned day off for Cain, as manager Ned Yost has recognized the importance of keeping the veteran outfielder well rested over the course of the long season. With Cain, who is the midst of a five-game hitting streak, out of the lineup, Jorge Bonifacio will bat third in the order and man center field.

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Royals' Whit Merrifield: Will bat leadoff Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrifield will start at second base and occupy the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

With Alex Gordon struggling to provide much of an impact at the top of the order, manager Ned Yost will give Merrifield a look in the leadoff spot, though it's unclear if the experiment will last more than one game. Even if Merrifield is moved down in the order in subsequent contests, he at least seems to have a steady hold on the everyday gig at second base with Raul Mondesi having been banished to Triple-A Omaha. Through five games since he was promoted to the big leagues, Merrifield has gone 5-for-15 with a homer, stolen base and two RBI.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGLorenzo Cain , CF.333
HRMike Moustakas , 3B6
RBIMike Moustakas , 3B9
OBPLorenzo Cain , CF.452
SLGMike Moustakas , 3B.587
RMike Moustakas , 3B10
SBLorenzo Cain , CF6
WJason Vargas , SP3
ERAJason Vargas , SP0.44
WHIPJason Vargas , SP0.77
KJason Vargas , SP23
SVKelvin Herrera , RP3

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