Moustakas gets RBI double in possible Royals' home finale

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When the Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 6 after a 10-game trip, Mike Moustakas may not be with them.

Moustakas had two hits, including a run-scoring double, in what might have been his final home game for the Royals, an 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

''When you've been in this game for quite some time, you realize it's a business,'' Moustakas said. ''As long as you're going out and playing hard, we'll see what happens.''

A key member of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship team, Moustakas became a free agent after last season, then signed a one-year contract with the Royals in March that includes a mutual option for 2019. With the Royals last in the AL Central at 31-70, he could be dealt before Tuesday's deadline for trades without waivers.

He understands general manager Dayton Moore is looking to the future.

''Dayton has made it clear, we're not giving Moose away,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''If anyone thinks we're giving Moose away or it's his last game, you're going to have come with something if you want Moose playing on your team, `cause he's a big part of our team.''

Several other clubs could use a third baseman who is hitting .249 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs.

''Obviously, it's a compliment,'' Moustakas said of interest. ''But our job is not to worry about that kind of stuff. Our job is to go out and play baseball and control the things we can control on the field. All the other stuff will take care of itself.''

Moustakas ended the game by striking out.

Jose Iglesias hit a three-run homer in a four-run fourth inning against Danny Duffy (6-9). Iglesias is 10 for 27 (.370) against Duffy in his big league career.

''That was huge to give us a little bit of a cushion,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said."We were patient enough and made Duffy get the ball over the plate, and when he did we got some big hits.''

Victor Martinez had three hits, including a pair of RBI singles. He was 6 for 12 with five RBIs in the series and had consecutive games with multiple RBIs for the first time since July 17-18 last year, also at Kansas City.

Matthew Boyd (5-9) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking none. He had been 0-5 in seven starts since winning at Boston on June 7.

''We won the series and that's all that matters,'' he said.

Duffy (6-9) gave up seven runs, nine hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings and threw wild pitches that allowed John Hicks to score the go-ahead run in a four-run fourth and Iglesias to come home in the sixth.

''I felt like I made a lot less mistakes than the line probably shows,'' Duffy said. ''I missed my spot to Iglesias. He's a good hitter. He turned on that fastball. That was the one that really hurt me. I kind of lost my command for about seven pitches in that inning and it came back to bite me.''

PEN PAL

With three off days in the next nine days, LHP Blaine Hardy will be going back to the bullpen for a time after making nine starts. RHP Mike Fiers, LHP Francisco Liriano and RHP Jordan Zimmermann will start a weekend series against the Indians. ''We're going to try to keep the four guys somewhere near a five-day schedule,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''With all these days off, it's silly to give them all seven or eight days of rest. We need them to pitch. They need to. They're routine oriented. When you get them out of those routines, it's real tough. It gets all out of whack.''

SUN BATHERS

The Tigers lead the majors with 51 days games. They are 25-26 in matinees. The Royals are 14-28 in the afternoon.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Michael Fulmer (oblique strain) is out indefinitely.

Royals: OF Jorge Soler (broken left toe) remains on crutches and won't be returning anytime soon after placed on the DL on June 16.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Fiers (7-6) starts against Cleveland on Friday in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-10) starts Thursday at the New York Yankees. He is 0-7 in nine starts since a May 18 victory over the Yankees.

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DET44-60
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KC31-70
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  • W: M. Boyd (5-9)L: D. Duffy (6-9)
  • HR: DET - J. Iglesias (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B50210020.231.325.429.7532.0
N. Goodrum 2B41100112.243.313.438.7513.5
N. Castellanos RF50000031.298.351.505.856-1.5
J. Hicks C32200210.271.327.430.7586.5
V. Martinez DH51320001.238.288.320.6086.0
J. Adduci PR-DH00000000.219.265.344.6080.0
R. Rodriguez 1B40000004.164.208.164.3730.0
J. Jones CF41100021.206.261.357.6181.0
J. Iglesias SS32131101.265.306.385.69110.0
V. Reyes LF41100010.226.234.283.5171.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF52210023.300.369.426.7958.0
    R. Herrera DH50110021.252.282.333.6151.0
    M. Moustakas 3B50210013.249.310.468.7783.5
    S. Perez C40100002.227.263.412.6761.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40000001.236.329.403.7320.0
    H. Dozier 1B41100010.204.264.323.5861.5
    A. Gordon LF40110010.236.312.339.6512.5
    A. Escobar SS40100000.203.253.275.5281.0
    A. Mondesi 2B41200012.263.282.447.7292.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum (21), J. Hicks (12)
      • HR - J. Iglesias (4)
      • SH - R. Rodriguez
      • RBI - J. Candelario (39), V. Martinez 2 (34), J. Iglesias 3 (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (9), V. Martinez (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (20), A. Gordon (12)
      • 3B - W. Merrifield
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (32), R. Herrera (9), M. Moustakas (62), A. Gordon (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (15), R. Herrera (4), M. Moustakas (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (19)
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Goodrum (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (W, 5-9)6.07220704.531.2022.5
      D. VerHagen1.01000006.751.232.0
      A. Wilson1.00000003.321.013.0
      S. Greene1.03220104.191.28-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (W, 5-9)6.0
      D. VerHagen1.0
      A. Wilson1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 6-9)5.29772614.701.46-5.0
      G. Sparkman2.11000204.701.436.0
      J. Adam1.01112204.941.390.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 6-9)5.2
      G. Sparkman2.1
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Boyd (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 95-63, D. VerHagen 18-11, A. Wilson 10-8, S. Greene 19-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-6, D. VerHagen 3-1, A. Wilson 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, D. VerHagen 5, A. Wilson 3, S. Greene 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Duffy 2 (12), J. Adam 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 107-68, G. Sparkman 32-24, J. Adam 26-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-5, G. Sparkman 2-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 28, G. Sparkman 8, J. Adam 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET44-60
      0104020018111
      KC31-70
      0100100024110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B50210020.231.325.429.7532.0
      N. Goodrum 2B41100112.243.313.438.7513.5
      N. Castellanos RF50000031.298.351.505.856-1.5
      J. Hicks C32200210.271.327.430.7586.5
      V. Martinez DH51320001.238.288.320.6086.0
      J. Adduci PR-DH00000000.219.265.344.6080.0
      R. Rodriguez 1B40000004.164.208.164.3730.0
      J. Jones CF41100021.206.261.357.6181.0
      J. Iglesias SS32131101.265.306.385.69110.0
      V. Reyes LF41100010.226.234.283.5171.5
      Total378116141010-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield CF52210023.300.369.426.7958.0
        R. Herrera DH50110021.252.282.333.6151.0
        M. Moustakas 3B50210013.249.310.468.7783.5
        S. Perez C40100002.227.263.412.6761.0
        J. Bonifacio RF40000001.236.329.403.7320.0
        H. Dozier 1B41100010.204.264.323.5861.5
        A. Gordon LF40110010.236.312.339.6512.5
        A. Escobar SS40100000.203.253.275.5281.0
        A. Mondesi 2B41200012.263.282.447.7292.5
        Total39411400812-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Goodrum (21), J. Hicks (12)
          • HR - J. Iglesias (4)
          • SH - R. Rodriguez
          • RBI - J. Candelario (39), V. Martinez 2 (34), J. Iglesias 3 (41)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (9), V. Martinez (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (20), A. Gordon (12)
          • 3B - W. Merrifield
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (32), R. Herrera (9), M. Moustakas (62), A. Gordon (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (15), R. Herrera (4), M. Moustakas (20)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (19)
          FIELDING
          • E - N. Goodrum (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (W, 5-9)6.07220704.531.2022.5
          D. VerHagen1.01000006.751.232.0
          A. Wilson1.00000003.321.013.0
          S. Greene1.03220104.191.28-1.5
          Total9.01144080---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (W, 5-9)6.0
          D. VerHagen1.0
          A. Wilson1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (L, 6-9)5.29772614.701.46-5.0
          G. Sparkman2.11000204.701.436.0
          J. Adam1.01112204.941.390.0
          Total9.011884101---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (L, 6-9)5.2
          G. Sparkman2.1
          J. Adam1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Boyd (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 95-63, D. VerHagen 18-11, A. Wilson 10-8, S. Greene 19-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-6, D. VerHagen 3-1, A. Wilson 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, D. VerHagen 5, A. Wilson 3, S. Greene 6
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Duffy 2 (12), J. Adam 2 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 107-68, G. Sparkman 32-24, J. Adam 26-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-5, G. Sparkman 2-3
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 28, G. Sparkman 8, J. Adam 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Herrera singled to center, Merrifield scored84
            Merrifield tripled to deep right center, Mondesi scored83
            Martinez singled to right, Goodrum scored, Hicks to second82
          • 6TH INNING
            Candelario singled to center, Reyes scored72
            Iglesias scored, Reyes to second on wild pitch62
          • 5TH INNING
            Moustakas doubled to deep left, Merrifield scored52
          • 4TH INNING
            Iglesias homered to left, Martinez and Jones scored51
            Hicks scored, Martinez to second on wild pitch21
          • 2ND INNING
            Gordon doubled to deep center, Dozier scored11
            Martinez singled to center, Hicks scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum to second on wild pitch
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to right, Goodrum scored, Hicks to second
            • Jim Adduci ran for Victor Martinez
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez popped out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Alex Wilson
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon flied out to left
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield tripled to deep right center, Mondesi scored
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera singled to center, Merrifield scored
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Wilson relieved Drew VerHagen
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio lined out to first
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Dozier lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to center
            • V. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to left
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Matthew Boyd
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to right
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera safe at first on 2nd baseman Goodrum fielding error, Mondesi to second
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • J. Iglesias: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
            • V. Reyes: Pickoff attempt, Reyes singled to center, Iglesias to third
            • J. Candelario: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias scored, Reyes to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Candelario singled to center, Reyes scored
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Danny Duffy
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Goodrum flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to left
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas doubled to deep left, Merrifield scored
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • V. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to left center, Hicks to third
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks scored, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to left, Martinez to third
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias homered to left, Martinez and Jones scored
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario singled to left
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reyes flied out to deep center
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum doubled to right
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to deep center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez singled to center
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks doubled to shallow right
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to center, Hicks scored
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Martinez to second
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones popped out to second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to center
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier singled to shallow left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier to second on wild pitch, Gordon doubled to deep center, Dozier scored
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar reached on bunt single to shortstop, Gordon to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Candelario flied out to right
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas singled to shallow left
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)