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Fri, May 20 @ 8:10 pm ET
vs Minnesota Twins (22-16)
  • Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
  • KC +115, O/U 8.5
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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
22-16 5-5 W1
19-19 5-5 W1
16-19 4-6 L3
14-23 5-5 L1
13-25 5-5 L2

2022 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .228 0 4 .590 3

Top Nicky Lopez News

  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Notches steal in win

    Lopez went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the White Sox.

    Lopez has gone 5-for-11 with a double and a pair of stolen bases in the first four contests of a rare five-game series versus the Pale Hose. He's gotten off to a slow start in 2022, posting a .216/.304/.252 slash line with three RBI, 12 runs scored and three stolen bases in 36 games. His solid defense will keep him in the lineup at either second base or shortstop most days, but he'll often hit at the bottom of the order as he has for much of May.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Four hits across twin bill

    Lopez went 4-for-6 with a walk, a double and a stolen base across both games of Tuesday's doubleheader split with the White Sox.

    Getting the start at shortstop in the matinee, Lopez reached base in all four of his plate appearances and swiped his second bag of the season before shifting over to second base for the nightcap and going 1-for-3. The 27-year-old hadn't had a multi-hit performance since May 1, and his 2021 breakout is increasingly looking like a mirage, as Lopez has stumbled to a .215/.306/.252 slash line through 35 games so far this year.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Sitting Monday

    Lopez is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

    Lopez sits for just the third time this season. He's been very disappointing at the plate thus far, hitting .190/.283/.220, and he's stolen just a single base after swiping 22 bags last year. Bobby Witt Jr. will slide over to shortstop in his absence, with Emmanuel Rivera starting at third base.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Notches first theft

    Lopez went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in Wednesday's win over Texas.

    Lopez used his legs to help generate a run in the ninth inning, reaching on a single, taking part in a double-steal with Whit Merrifield and subsequently coming around to score. The theft was his first of the campaign. Lopez went 22-for-23 in stolen-base attempts last season, but he hadn't even attempted a steal in 2022 before Wednesday.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: On bench versus lefty

    Lopez is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Anne Rogers of reports.

    Lopez went 0-for-3 with a walk and run during the matinee, and he'll head to the bench with lefty Bruce Zimmermann pitching in Game 2 for Baltimore. Bobby Witt will shift to shortstop while Emmanuel Rivera starts at the hot corner.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Sits against lefty

    Lopez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.

    With a tough southpaw (Robbie Ray) on the bump for Seattle, the lefty-hitting Lopez will retreat to the bench for the first time this season. After opening the campaign as the Royals' No. 9 hitter, Lopez has hit either first or second in the order in each of the past five games, going a collective 4-for-19 with two doubles and two walks.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Leading off against righty

    Lopez will lead off for the first time this season Thursday against the Twins, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Bobby Witt was bumped down to seventh in the order, so Lopez will take the leadoff spot against righty Joe Ryan while Whit Merrifield hits second. Lopez is hitting .367/.406/.467 with zero home runs and zero steals this season.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: On base three times

    Lopez went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Twins.

    Lopez hit second in this contest after often hitting in the bottom third of the order to start the year. The move up was partially due to Carlos Santana's (undisclosed) absence from the lineup, but Lopez has also earned more at-bats. He's batting .385 with three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored through nine games, while both Whit Merrifield and Bobby Witt are sporting .139 batting averages. Lopez's solid contact skills at the plate and strong defense at second base will keep him as a fixture in the lineup, though fantasy managers would see more of a benefit if he stays closer to the top of the order.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Back to No. 9 spot

    Lopez will start at second base and bat ninth in Thursday's game against the Tigers.

    Lopez served as the Royals' No. 8 hitter in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to St. Louis, but he's otherwise slotted in at the bottom of the order in each of Kansas City's games this season. With Adalberto Mondesi back to full health and with Bobby Witt breaking camp with the big club, the Royals don't have room for Lopez near the top of the lineup, even though he posted a .365 on-base average in 2021 and finished the campaign as the team's No. 2 hitter. For his part, Lopez hasn't let the move down the lineup affect his performance thus far, as he enters Thursday's game with a .357/.400/.429 slash line across 16 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: May move back to second base

    Lopez is likely to open the season as the Royals' primary second baseman, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Getting Adalberto Mondesi back on a regular basis, plus the expected arrival of Bobby Witt, gives the Royals a lot of flexibility in the infield. Lopez primarily played shortstop last season with Mondesi battling a number of injuries. It was a breakout season for Lopez -- he slashed .300/.365/.378 with 22 stolen bases, six triples and two home runs in 151 games. With a shift back to the keystone for Lopez, Whit Merrifield would likely take on an everyday role in right field, though his versatility could see him spell a number of players around the diamond.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 175 lbs
Birthplace: Naperville, IL
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R