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Team W-L L10 STRK
MIN 32-16 7-3 W2
CLE 25-23 5-5 L3
CHW 21-26 5-5 L3
DET 18-28 1-9 L8
KC 17-31 4-6 W2

Top Royals News

  • Royals' Jorge Soler: Records three-run homer

    Soler went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Soler took Michael Wacha deep in the third inning to record his 11th home run of the season. He's been relatively quiet at the plate of late, recording eight hits in his past 37 at-bats with four extra-base knocks and nine strikeouts. Still, he's shown plenty of pop in the early going, slugging .495 across 201 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Brad Keller: Earns third win

    Keller (3-5) allowed two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out three across seven innings to earn the win in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Keller got strong results in his start, allowing only two earned runs after the bullpen failed to strand two inherited runners in the eighth inning. Despite the strong results, Keller wasn't particularly impressive as he walked more batters than he struck out and generated just four swinging strikes on 105 total pitches. Still, this outing was Keller's longest since Opening Day and his first quality start since April 12 -- a span of six outings. He'll look to build off this effort in his next start, currently scheduled for Monday at the White Sox.

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  • Royals' Billy Hamilton: Out again for nightcap

    Hamilton remains on the bench for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

    It's surprising to see Hamilton sit for both halves of the doubleheader, especially as he's hit .323 over his last nine games, so it's possible he's been dealing with an unreported injury. Whit Merrifield again starts in center field, with Jorge Soler starting in right.

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  • Royals' Kelvin Gutierrez: Dealing with hip injury

    Gutierrez's recent placement on Triple-A Omaha's 7-day injured list was due to a hip flexor strain, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

    The injury doesn't appear to be an overly significant one, though it could sideline Gutierrez for more than the minimum amount of time. Gutierrez was optioned to the minors last week after he lost out on regular starts following the arrival of middle-infield prospect Nicky Lopez.

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  • Royals' Jake Newberry: Added for doubleheader

    The Royals recalled Newberry from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

    He'll serve as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals but won't be available until the nightcap. Over 25 career appearances in the big leagues, Newberry owns a 4.60 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.

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  • Royals' Martin Maldonado: Sitting in front end of twinbill

    Maldonado is out of the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Cam Gallagher will behind the dish in the first game, working in a battery with Brad Keller. Expect Maldonado to check back into the lineup for the nightcap to catch for Homer Bailey.

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  • Royals' Billy Hamilton: Resting for first half of twinbill

    Hamilton is on the bench for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Whit Merrifield will shift over to center field with Hamilton on the bench while Jorge Soler claims Merrifield's typical spot in right field. Given how well he's fared at the plate lately, Hamilton will most likely return to the lineup for the nightcap. Over his last nine games, Hamilton has gone 10-for-31 (.323 average), but has only collected one stolen base in that span.

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  • Royals' Kelvin Gutierrez: On minor-league IL

    Gutierrez was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Omaha with an undisclosed injury, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.

    The Royals have a doubleheader against the Cardinals on Wednesday, but Gutierrez won't be an option to come up as the 26th man now that he is on the shelf. As the nature of his injury is unclear, he should be considered out indefinitely.

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  • Royals' Kevin McCarthy: Recalled from Triple-A

    McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.

    Tuesday's game was rained out, but McCarthy should be available to pitch in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He is not the 26th man for that doubleheader, and should remain up for the foreseeable future. McCarthy has a 2.77 FIP in 16.2 innings of relief at Triple-A, but has given up eight runs in 3.2 innings in the majors.

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  • Royals' Homer Bailey: Start pushed to Wednesday

    Following Tuesday's rainout, Bailey will start the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

    Brad Keller, who was Wednesday's scheduled starter, will start Game 1, affording Bailey a full extra day of rest. He has a 4.70 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 15.1 innings across three starts this month.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Moves up to High-A

    The Royals promoted Bubic from Low-A Lexington to High-A Wilmington on Tuesday.

    Bubic will move on to his third minor-league stop since being selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft. The southpaw faced little resistance from South Atlantic League hitters through the first two months of the season, posting a 2.08 ERA and 0.89 WHIP to go with an eye-popping 75 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.

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  • Royals' Heath Fillmyer: Sent back to minors

    Fillmyer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday.

    Fillmyer's latest trip to Kansas City lasted just three days. He did not get into a game. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.

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  • Royals' Danny Duffy: Wins third straight

    Duffy (3-1) allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks across six innings to earn a victory against the Angels on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old has been far from elite, but this was one of his stronger outings of the season, and he's now won three straight starts. Duffy began the season on the injured list because of a shoulder injury, but in five outings, he is 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. While he's had trouble with walks, Duffy owns a 3.04 ERA in the last four contests. The lefty will pitch again as the Royals host the Yankees next Sunday.

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