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Royals' Kyle Isbel: Adds steal Sunday
Isbel went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Twins.
Isbel has hit safely in the last five games, going 8-for-17 (.471) with two doubles, two RBI, two steals and a run scored in that span. The outfielder has benefited from more playing time with Michael Taylor (illness) on the COVID-19 injured list, though it's unclear if Isbel has forced his way into more than just a fourth-outfielder role once the Royals' outfield is fully healthy. The 25-year-old owns a .278/.286/.352 slash line with no homers, four RBI, six runs scored and two steals across 56 plate appearances this year.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Andrew Benintendi: Hitting streak at six games
Benintendi went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Twins.
Benintendi has gone 11-for-25 (.440) during his current six-game hitting streak, which includes a pair of three-hit efforts in the last two contests. He's up to a .329/.390/.425 slash line with two home runs, 17 RBI, 12 runs scored and four doubles in 40 contests. One notable absence from his game this year is stolen bases -- he's posted no fewer than eight steals in any full season of action in his career, and no less than 13 attempts, but he's yet to test his luck on the basepaths this year. The Royals are usually a team that's aggressive with steals -- Whit Merrifield and Bobby Witt each have six, while Adalberto Mondesi (knee) logged five before his season-ending injury, so it's curious to see Benintendi take a more passive approach.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Taylor Clarke: Lit up Sunday
Clarke allowed four runs on four hits without recording an out in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Twins.
Clarke got the ball for the eighth inning after Brady Singer tossed seven shutout frames. The Royals led 6-0 when Clarke entered, but he allowed four straight singles before Scott Barlow took over and struggled in his own right. It's been ugly of late for Clarke, who has allowed nine runs (seven earned) in his last four appearances after a solid start to the year. The right-hander has a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 11:0 K:BB in 14.2 innings after Sunday's messy outing. He's added a save, three holds and a blown save in 16 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Josh Staumont: Handed loss Sunday
Staumont (1-1) took the loss Sunday versus the Twins. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in one inning.
Staumont got the last out of the eighth inning after Taylor Clarke and Scott Barlow worked into a jam. He returned for the ninth, but Staumont got into trouble himself, allowing a sacrifice fly to Gary Sanchez and the go-ahead run on a two-out Gio Urshela single. Sunday's outing ended Staumont's 3.2-inning scoreless streak. The 28-year-old owns a 4.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB across 16.2 innings. He's logged three saves, two holds and three blown saves in 18 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brady Singer: Another scoreless start
Singer allowed four hits and three walks over seven shutout innings in Sunday's loss to the Twins. He struck out three and did not factor in the decision.
Singer faced a couple of threats Sunday, including in the sixth inning when he loaded the bases with just one out, but he managed to keep the Twins off the board. He's fired 14 scoreless frames in two starts this month and has a 16.2-inning shutout streak dating back to April. With the way he's pitching of late, the 25-year-old righty should continue seeing regular action at the MLB level. Singer is currently projected to get a rematch in Minnesota next week.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Foster Griffin: Optioned to Triple-A Omaha
Griffin was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Griffin made two appearances during his stay in the majors. He's allowed four runs, three hits and two walks across two innings, with all of the damage coming in his most recent outing. The left-hander was optioned to make room for Ronald Bolanos (undisclosed) to be activated from the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Ronald Bolanos: Back from injured list
Bolanos (undisclosed) was activated from the injured list Sunday.
Given that Bolanos spent only two days on the injured list, it was likely for a COVID-19-related reason that didn't result in an extended absence. The right-hander will resume his usual multi-inning role in the bullpen. Foster Griffin was optioned to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Dylan Coleman: Sent to Triple-A
Coleman was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Coleman surrendered four runs over his last two outings and will now head to the minors. Overall he has a 4.02 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 21:15 K:BB across 15.2 innings this season, and he could rejoin the big-league club later in the year. Brady Singer, who is starting Sunday against Minnesota, was promoted from Omaha in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brady Singer: Promoted for Sunday's start
Singer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and will start Sunday's game versus the Twins.
The 25-year-old was demoted after delivering seven scoreless innings for the Royals during Tuesday's doubleheader, but he's now back with the big-league club and will retain his spot in the rotation. Carlos Hernandez was sent down to Omaha on Friday, so Singer should have a secure starting spot for the near future.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Andrew Benintendi: Perfect at plate Saturday
Benintendi went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI in a 9-2 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Benintendi was the only Royal to record multiple hits, and Carlos Santana was his only other teammate to reach base more than once. In his last five games, Benintendi is 8-for-21 (.381) with two doubles. The outfielder's enjoyed a strong start to the campaign, and Saturday's excellent performance lifted his slash line to .317/.377/.415 with two home runs, 17 RBI, 12 runs scored and four doubles in 39 contests. He has not attempted a stolen base.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Emmanuel Rivera: Goes yard again
Rivera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 9-2 loss to the Twins.
Rivera has homered in back-to-back games, and all three of his long balls have come in his last seven contests. The third baseman is 8-for-25 (.320) in that span. For the season, he's up to a .255/.300/.574 slash line with nine RBI, nine runs scored, two triples and two doubles through 50 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brad Keller: Takes loss against Twins
Keller (1-4) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings to take the loss to the Twins on Saturday. He struck out four.
Free passes came back to haunt Keller in the third and sixth innings. Even after this step backward, Keller still has a 3.20 ERA and 1.03 WHIP this season, an improvement driven in large part by a reduction in walk rate to this point. Keller lacks swing-and-miss dominance and the team context is a negative, but he keeps the ball on the ground and is firmly in the streaming territory for fantasy baseball.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brady Singer: Expected to start Sunday
Singer is on the Royals' taxi squad and is expected to start Sunday against the Twins, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Singer was sent down after starting in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but he'll pitch on normal rest during Sunday's series finale at home against the Twins. The 25-year-old began the season in a relief role but allowed four hits and no walks while striking out nine in seven innings during Tuesday's start against the White Sox.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Gets aboard three times in loss
Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and a run scored in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Twins.
Merrifield saw a 10-game hitting streak end Thursday versus the White Sox, but he was right back at it Friday. The versatile 33-year-old's surge has lifted his slash line to .206/.243/.277 with two home runs, 17 RBI, 15 runs scored and six stolen bases through 38 contests this season. He'll continue to see time at both second base and in the outfield, especially with Michael Taylor (illness) missing from his usual spot in center field.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Bobby Witt: Swipes bag in loss
Witt went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Twins.
Witt's lone RBI of the game came in the first inning. He had hit safely in seven of the previous eight games entering Friday. The 21-year-old is at a .221/.267/.400 slash line with four home runs, 16 RBI, 18 runs scored and six stolen bases through 150 plate appearances this season. Witt's seen more time at his natural shortstop position lately as part of the ripple effect of Michael Taylor (illness) being out, but he might have to compete with the hot-hitting Emmanuel Rivera at third base once Taylor's healthy again.... See More ... See Less
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