Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

  • The Canadian Press

    Hill scheduled to start for Tampa Bay against Kansas City

    Tampa Bay Rays (9-8, second in the AL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (9-6, first in the AL Central) Kansas City, Kansas; Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Rich Hill (1-0, 7.54 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 13 strikeouts) Royals: Brad Keller (1-1, 9.58 ERA, 2.42 WHIP, 8 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City and Tampa Bay will square off on Tuesday. The Royals are 7-4 in home games in 2020. Kansas City has hit 13 home runs this season, last in the American League. Salvador Perez leads the club with five, averaging one every 11.8 at-bats. The Rays are 6-4 on the road. The Tampa Bay offence has compiled a .220 batting average as a team this season, Joey Wendle leads the team with a mark of .340. The Rays won the last meeting 4-1. Josh Fleming earned his first victory and Willy Adames went 2-for-4 for Tampa Bay. Danny Duffy registered his first loss for Kansas City. TOP PERFORMERS: Perez leads the Royals with 17 hits and has 11 RBIs. Wendle leads the Rays with seven extra base hits and 11 RBIs. LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 6-4, .222 batting average, 3.35 ERA, outscored by eight runs Rays: 6-4, .211 batting average, 3.23 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs INJURIES: Royals: Jesse Hahn: (right shoulder), Adalberto Mondesi: (right oblique strain). Rays: Chaz Roe: (shoulder), Colin Poche: (elbow), Collin McHugh: (lower back), Pete Fairbanks: (shoulder), Oliver Drake: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Chris Archer: (forearm), Nick Anderson: (elbow), Ji-Man Choi: (knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • Rays' Fleming delivers in home state, TB beats Royals 4-1
    The Canadian Press

    Rays' Fleming delivers in home state, TB beats Royals 4-1

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Fleming pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning, Kevin Kiermaier led a strong effort from the bottom of Tampa Bay's batting order and the Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Monday night. Fleming struck out three in 5 1/3 innings, getting big cheers from friends and family who journeyed over from his hometown of Bridgeton, Missouri. The 24-year-old left-hander has allowed just one run in 10 1/3 innings this year. Relievers Ryan Thompson and Hunter Strickland carried the baton out of the bullpen and held Kansas City to two hits, both in the eighth. Chris Mazza shut the door in the ninth. Danny Duffy (2-1) struck out eight in six innings and allowed two runs — neither earned — and four hits with two walks. Kiermaier had two hits and two RBIs from the nine-hole and combined with seven-hitter Joey Wendle and eight-hitter Willy Adames for five of Tampa Bay's seven hits. Duffy held to Rays to only one baserunner until the fifth , when Wendle singled with two outs. Wendle scored from first on an error by first baseman Carlos Santana on a high infield popup, which highlighted a two-run inning. Kiermaier added an RBI single in the ninth. Kansas City threatened in the eighth with two on and one out with Whit Merrifield at the plate, but he struck out to end the rally. Jorge Soler drove in the Royals' run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly. DUFFMAN DOMINANCE Duffy notched his 1,000th career strikeout in the fourth inning and passed Tom Gordon for sixth in club history. The longtime Royal has spent 11 seasons in the majors, all in Kansas City, one of three pitchers to do so. TRAINER'S ROOM Rays: RHP Chris Archer (right lateral forearm tightness) is eligible to return off the 10-day injured list on April 21st but did not make the trip to Kansas City. Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi (strained right oblique) remains on the 10-day injury list. The 25-year-old has yet to suit up for the Royals this season. UP NEXT Rich Hill (1-0, 7.53) will pitch for Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Hill will be the sixth consecutive southpaw starter that the Royals will face — the longest stretch in franchise history. Right-hander Brad Keller (1-1, 9.58) will make his fourth start of the season for Kansas City. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Cody Friesen, The Associated Press

  • MLB.com

    Danny Duffy escapes jam

    Danny Duffy gets out of a bases-loaded jam as he starts a double play in the top of the 6th inning