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Yankees throttle Royals for fourth straight win

Yankees throttle Royals for fourth straight win

Jose Trevino, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres hit multi-run homers as the visiting New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 11-5 on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.The Yankees quickly loaded the bases against Royals opener Dan Altavilla with two singles and a walk. With one out, Alex Verdugo smacked a bad-hop single past first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, scoring two.Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly brought in a run ahead of Trevino's three-run homer into the left field bullpen as New York took a 6-0 lead before the Royals ever came to bat.Altavilla (0-1) retired one of six batters faced, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks before giving way to Daniel Lynch IV with one out and the bases loaded.In the fifth, Stanton connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot 449 feet to left for an 8-0 lead.Torres hit his sixth homer in the seventh, a three-run blast to left for an 11-2 advantage.Trevino, Stanton and Anthony Volpe each had two of New York's 11 hits. Juan Soto reached base safely four times and scored three runs.Over his first five innings, Cody Poteet (3-0) allowed two singles and two walks but allowed no runs, inducing a pair of double-play grounders while facing just two over the minimum. He stumbled in the sixth, allowing three of the first four batters to reach base before being lifted. He ended up going 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.The Yankees have won 12 of 14 and outscored the Royals 25-8 while winning the first three of the four-game series.
Royals OF Hunter Renfroe (fractured toe) placed on IL

Royals OF Hunter Renfroe (fractured toe) placed on IL

The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day injured list and infielder Adam Frazier on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday's home game against the New York Yankees.Renfroe fractured the big toe on his left foot during Monday's 4-2 loss against the Yankees. He fouled two pitches off the foot during a 12-pitch at-bat in the third inning against New York left-hander Carlos Rodon.Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said Renfroe is getting further imaging done before the club settles on a timetable for his return."We're getting one more exam on him (Tuesday) to see if we can clarify exactly what's wrong and how long it's going to be," Quatraro said. "He's in pain, but we're hopeful that the further testing gives us a better insight into what it is."Renfroe, 32, feels the fracture occurred during the first of the two foul balls. He eventually struck out and was replaced before the top of the fifth inning.The injury comes at a bad time, as Renfroe had found a groove at the plate. Prior to Monday's abbreviated night, Renfroe had a hit in nine straight games and was 12-for-32 (.375) with two homers and seven RBIs during that span."It's pretty aggravating," Renfroe said before Tuesday's game. "It always seems to happen, for any player really, once you start going good, you start moving around a lot, get on base a lot, all of a sudden, something happens. You pull something, you get hurt, a freak accident happens. It's one of those things in baseball where it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's part of it."The recent tear allowed Renfroe to increase his average to .200. He has six homers and 26 RBIs in 56 games.
Refreshed Aaron Judge drives in 3 as Yanks rout Royals

Refreshed Aaron Judge drives in 3 as Yanks rout Royals

Aaron Judge, back from his first day off of the season, homered and knocked in three runs as the New York Yankees demolished the host Kansas City Royals 10-1 Tuesday.Following a rest day, Judge returned to deliver a first-inning RBI single, plating Anthony Volpe, who tripled on the second pitch of the game.In the seventh, Judge hit a two-run, 436-foot blast to center, his 25th, for a 9-0 Yankees lead. He is hitting .401 with 21 homers and 49 RBIs over his past 41 games.Giancarlo Stanton homered, his 16th, and drove in two for New York, which has won three straight and 11 of 13.The Yankees' Gleyber Torres delivered an RBI hit ahead of Austin Wells' three-run homer to center during a four-run fourth inning as the Yankees increased the margin to 6-0. The long ball was Wells' second of the year.New York starter Marcus Stroman (6-2) threw 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out one. Stroman is unbeaten in his past six starts.Yankees starters have thrown at least four innings in all 69 games this year, the longest single-season stretch in franchise history.New York has won 13 of its past 16 games against Kansas City.
Carlos Rodon goes 7 strong innings as Yanks dump Royals

Carlos Rodon goes 7 strong innings as Yanks dump Royals

Carlos Rodon threw seven solid innings, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win on Monday against the host Kansas City Royals.Rodon (9-2) was aided by several fine defensive plays, including a diving stop by first baseman DJ LeMahieu on Bobby Witt Jr.'s sharp grounder along the first base line in the fourth inning.Nelson Velazquez got the Royals' first hit, opening the fifth with a sharp single to left. Nick Loftin followed with a broken-bat infield hit.Through six innings, the Royals managed just three baserunners -- two were erased on double-play grounders -- and only one advanced past second.Trailing 4-0, Kansas City broke through in the seventh with three hits, capped by Freddy Fermin's RBI single to center.Rodon allowed a run on five singles with three strikeouts to win his seventh consecutive start.The Yankees banged out eight singles against Seth Lugo (9-2), scoring two runs in the first and two in the fourth.Three consecutive first-inning hits produced a run when Alex Verdugo's sharp grounder past Witt at short, and LeMahieu collected his first RBI of the year with a squeeze bunt for a 2-0 lead.Jose Trevino's two-out, two-run hit to center gave New York a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Mariners avoid sweep, salvage finale vs. Royals

Mariners avoid sweep, salvage finale vs. Royals

Julio Rodriguez hit a run-scoring single into right field with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to break a tie and the Seattle Mariners went on to defeat the host Kansas City Royals 6-5 Sunday afternoon to avoid a three-game sweep.With Josh Rojas the runner at second to open the 10th and the score tied at 3-3, the Mariners' Ryan Bliss put down a sacrifice bunt. After J.P. Crawford struck out, Dylan Moore drew a walk to bring up Rodriguez, whose eighth-inning double gave him hits in all 16 career games against the Royals. Rodriguez grounded a single to right off James McArthur (2-3), scoring Rojas and sending Moore to third.A walk to Mitch Garver loaded the bases for Cal Raleigh, who hit a two-run single to right to make it 6-3.Hunter Renfroe led off the bottom of the 10th with a two-run homer to left off Austin Voth to score ghost runner Freddy Fermin, pulling the Royals within a run. Following a single by Matt Isbel, Voth gotMaikel Garcia to ground into a forceout and Bobby Witt Jr. to fly out to right before lefty Tayler Saucedo retired Vinnie Pasquantino on a groundout to second to earn his third save.Mariners reliever Mike Baumann (3-0) was credited with the victory despite blowing a chance for his first career save in the ninth. With two outs, the Royals' Nick Loftin doubled to right-center and MJ
Adam Frazier helps Royals knock off Mariners

Adam Frazier helps Royals knock off Mariners

Adam Frazier went 2 for 2 with a double and home run against his former team as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 8-4 Saturday afternoon.Vinnie Pasquantino and Kyle Isbel added two-run doubles for the Royals, who have won the first two games of the series after rallying from an eight-run deficit for a 10-9 decision Friday night.J.P. Crawford and Mitch Garver homered for the Mariners.Royals starter Alec Marsh (5-3) earned the victory despite allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out eight.Seattle's Luis Castillo (5-7) gave up five runs on six hits in five innings, with one walk and four strikeouts.Crawford hit the game's first pitch over the right-field wall.The Royals tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning as Maikel Garcia led off with a single, stole second and scored on Salvador Perez's two-out single to left.Kansas City took the lead in the second as, with one out, Frazier capped a nine-pitch at-bat by going deep to right.
Royals erase 8-run deficit to stun Mariners

Royals erase 8-run deficit to stun Mariners

Bobby Witt Jr. hit a game-tying triple with two outs in the ninth inning and then scored the winning run as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-9 victory against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Friday night.MJ Melendez launched a three-run homer for the Royals, who trailed 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.Seattle's Ryan Bliss hit his first major league homer, capping a seven-run first inning.Royals reliever Nick Anderson (3-1) got the victory and Seattle's Ryne Stanek (3-1) took the loss.Trailing 9-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Loftin drew a leadoff walk and Garrett Hampson hit an infield single to third. The runners advanced to second and third after Josh Rojas' errant throw. Maikel Garcia grounded out to short to pull the Royals within a run before Witt tripled into the left field corner to tie the score.The Mariners intentionally walked Vinnie Pasquantino and Salvador Perez to load the bases for Nelson Velazquez, who hit a hard one-hopper to Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford, who made a diving stop but was unable to turn a double play.All seven of Seattle's runs in the first scored with two outs. Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch with one out, Julio Rodriguez lined a single to left and France was plunked to load the bases. With two outs, Mitch Garver drew a walk to score the first run. Mitch Haniger lined a three-run double to center and Victor Robles doubled to left-center to make it 5-0. Bliss then launched a 2-2 fastball just to the left of the fountains in left field, a 421-foot blast.The Mariners added a run in the fourth on a leadoff single by Crawford, a one-out walk to Rodriguez and France's ground-rule double down the right field line.
Kyle Isbel's clutch hit gives Royals edge over Guardians

Kyle Isbel's clutch hit gives Royals edge over Guardians

Kyle Isbel delivered a two-out, tiebreaking single in the eighth, and five Kansas City relievers held the Cleveland Guardians without a hit over 5 1/3 innings, during the Royals' 4-3 road win Thursday.Relievers Will Smith, Angel Zerpa, Sam Long (1-1), John Schreiber and James McArthur (12th save) stymied the AL Central-leading Guardians to split this abbreviated two-game series. Vinny Pasquantino and Hunter Renfroe each had two hits with an RBI as the Royals won for the third time in 10 games.Jose Ramirez hit his 17th homer for Cleveland, which went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and couldn't take advantage of the Royals stranding 11 men.Kansas City took advantage of some early poor defense from Cleveland. Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez couldn't handle Maikel Garcia's liner to open the game. Garcia then went to third via first baseman Josh Naylor's error on starter Tanner Bibee's pickoff attempt and scored when Pasquantino doubled to right.In the fourth, Ramirez added an RBI infield hit following consecutive two-out singles from Steven Kwan and Gimenez to make it 3-1.
Royals-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

Royals-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

Wednesday's game between the Kansas City Royals and host Cleveland Guardians was postponed due to inclement weather in Northern Ohio.The contest will be rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 26, in Cleveland as part of a split doubleheader.The Royals and Guardians will finish what is now a two-game series on Thursday afternoon. Cleveland notched an 8-5 win in the series opener on Tuesday.Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer (4-2, 2.63 ERA) was slated to start Wednesday but will now take the ball on Thursday.
Guardians escape five-run hole, dump Royals

Guardians escape five-run hole, dump Royals

Tyler Freeman's two-run, tying homer highlighted a five-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Guardians rallied from a five-run deficit to down the visiting Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Tuesday night.Later in the inning, the Guardians loaded the bases against relievers Sam Long (0-1) and Angel Zerpa. With two outs, Cleveland's David Fry hit a chopper to Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., who failed to touch second base for a force while throwing wild to first -- allowing all three runners to score.Kansas City couldn't answer and wasted a pair of two-run homers by Witt in the opener of a three-game set, losing for the seventh time in nine games.Lugo, who entered 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA, allowed a season-high five runs with six hits in six-plus innings. He struck out five and walked one.Cleveland's Triston McKenzie also allowed five runs, on nine hits and two walks, and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. Cade Smith (3-0) got the win and Emmanuel Clase recorded his 19th save for the AL Central-leading Guardians, who have won 16 of 20 and became the third team to reach 40 victories.
Royals score 3 in ninth to shock Padres, avoid sweep

Royals score 3 in ninth to shock Padres, avoid sweep

Nelson Velazquez's two-run triple and Nick Loftin's sacrifice fly rallied the Kansas City Royals past the visiting San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday to salvage the final game of the weekend series.With the Royals trailing by two, Vinnie Pasquantino singled and Salvador Perez walked to lead off the ninth. Velazquez blasted a 1-1 slider from Yuki Matsui (3-1) deep to center field, tying the game.Loftin delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly to right as Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak.Velazquez's first triple since 2022 was the only extra-base hit for the Royals, who extended their streak of at least one such hit to a club-record 61 games, the third-longest streak to begin a season in the last 10 years.The Padres gained a 3-1 lead with four straight hits to open the eighth.Tyler Wade reached on an infield hit and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt before Fernando Tatis Jr. delivered an RBI hit through the drawn-in infield.Jurickson Profar followed with another infield hit and Manny Machado drove an RBI hit to right against Angel Zerpa, who faced four hitters, allowing singles to each while surrendering two runs.Kansas City's Will Klein (1-0) earned his first career win with a hitless ninth.Starting pitchers Michael King of San Diego and Cole Ragans of Kansas City battled to a 1-all draw through six innings.
Clutch hitting lifts Padres past Royals

Clutch hitting lifts Padres past Royals

Ha-Seong Kim's bases-clearing double led the visiting San Diego Padres past the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Saturday afternoon.With one out in the fourth and the Padres trailing by a run, Kim drilled Alec Marsh's sweeper to the center-field wall, plating three for a 5-3 advantage.Kim's decisive hit followed a controversial single by Jackson Merrill, who appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play.Home plate umpire and crew chief Andy Fletcher overturned the play, instead ruling a foul ball off Merrill's foot. Merrill singled on the next pitch, loading the bases.Kim also tripled as San Diego pounded Marsh (4-3) for five runs on seven hits, including four for extra bases. Marsh walked Manny Machado three times and hit a batter, completing five innings with three strikeouts.San Diego starter Randy Vasquez (1-3) finished five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts to earn his first win since Aug. 11.Vasquez was recalled from Triple-A El Paso prior to Saturday's game when Joe Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start, going to the injured list with right elbow inflammation.Fernando Tatis Jr. and Vinnie Pasquantino traded run-scoring hits in the early innings as the Royals built a 3-2 lead.Tatis hit a solo homer in the first, his team-leading 10th.
Royals place RHP Michael Wacha (foot) on 15-day IL

Royals place RHP Michael Wacha (foot) on 15-day IL

The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Michael Wacha on the 15-day injured list Sunday with a fractured left foot.The move was retroactive to Saturday, one day after Wacha was drilled by a comebacker off the bat of Luis Arraez in the first inning of an 11-8 loss to the San Diego Padres. Wacha remained in the game and received a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.Wacha, 32, is 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts this season. He owns a 92-59 record with a 3.98 ERA in 261 career appearances (240 starts) with six teams.
Padres score nine in 8th to top Royals

Padres score nine in 8th to top Royals

Jake Cronenworth's go-ahead two-run single sparked a nine-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres held off the host Kansas City Royals 11-8 on Friday.Batting with the bases loaded in the eighth, Cronenworth hit a two-run single to give the Padres a 4-3 lead. He also delivered an RBI double as San Diego set a club record with 11 hits in the inning.Royals relievers John Schreiber (3-1) and James McArthur combined to give up seven runs while recording no outs in the inning.Luis Arraez had four singles -- two in the eighth inning -- and scored three runs. It was his fifth four-hit game of the year, and his 82 hits lead the majors.Yuki Matsui (3-0) recorded three outs for the win. Robert Suarez got the final out for his 17th save. Padres starter Dylan Cease gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.In the sixth, Fernando Tatis Jr.'s one-out, RBI double off the wall in center field drove in the first run of the game. Jurickson Profar followed with an RBI single, ending Royals starter Michael Wacha's outing. He threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Royals scratch Brady Singer (illness) from Thursday's start

Royals scratch Brady Singer (illness) from Thursday's start

The Kansas City Royals scratched right-hander Brady Singer from Thursday's start at Minnesota due to illness.The team recalled left-hander Daniel Lynch IV from Triple-A Omaha to take the mound against the Twins.Singer, 27, is off to a strong start in his fifth season with the Royals. He is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA through 11 starts.
Twins rally from early deficit, take series from Royals

Twins rally from early deficit, take series from Royals

Ryan Jeffers went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis.Carlos Correa also finished with three RBIs on a tiebreaking, bases-clearing triple for the Twins, who earned a series victory with three wins in four games against Kansas City. Max Kepler went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Minnesota.Bobby Witt Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for the Royals. M.J. Melendez and Vinnie Pasquantino homered.Twins left-hander Caleb Thielbar (2-1) earned the victory in relief. He got the final out of the sixth inning as the replacement for starter Chris Paddack, who allowed four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.Royals right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3) took the loss out of the bullpen. He gave up four runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. In his first start since May 5, Daniel Lynch IV was charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings.Twins closer Jhoan Duran collected his ninth save. He gave up two unearned runs on one hit and one walk but got the final three outs in the ninth.Minnesota overcame a 4-0 deficit to rally for the win. The Twins scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to seize the lead for good.Pasquantino gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first with a 417-foot homer to right-center, his sixth of the season.Witt made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the third and Melendez provided a solo shot, his fifth homer of 2024, to increase the Royals' advantage to 4-0 in the fourth.
Nelson Velazquez (2 HRs), Royals overpower Twins

Nelson Velazquez (2 HRs), Royals overpower Twins

Nelson Velazquez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals pulled away for a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.Salvador Perez doubled, homered and drove in two runs for Kansas City, which snapped a three-game skid. Bobby Witt Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI.Jose Miranda drove in Minnesota's only run. Willi Castro went 3-for-4 with a double for the Twins, who lost for only the second time in their past eight games.Royals right-hander Seth Lugo (9-1) won his fourth straight start. He allowed one run on six hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two.Twins right-hander Bailey Ober (5-3) gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings, recording four strikeouts and no walks.Relievers Angel Zerpa, Will Smith and Carlos Hernandez combined to pitch three scoreless innings for the Royals.The Twins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Castro hit a one-out double to right, advanced to third on a single by Carlos Santana and scored moments later on Miranda's sacrifice fly to right.Kansas City stormed back with four runs in the top of the third.
Jose Miranda, Manuel Margot help Twins take down Royals again

Jose Miranda, Manuel Margot help Twins take down Royals again

Jose Miranda drove in two runs, Manuel Margot went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and the Minnesota Twins held on for a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.Edouard Julien also had an RBI for the Twins, who have won the first two games of the four-game series. Byron Buxton went 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks.Garrett Hampson and Kyle Isbel had one RBI apiece for Kansas City. The Royals managed only five hits -- three singles and two doubles -- as they lost their third straight after an eight-game winning streak.Twins right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson (2-0) allowed two runs on three hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.Royals left-hander Cole Ragans (4-4) gave up three runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked one and fanned seven.Twins closer Jhoan Duran pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season and his second in as many nights. Duran has five saves in the Twins' past six games.The Twins jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Twins stave off Royals' ninth-inning comeback

Twins stave off Royals' ninth-inning comeback

Trevor Larnach hit a three-run home run, Jose Miranda added a two-run shot and the Minnesota Twins escaped with a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon in Minneapolis.Alex Kirilloff also drove in a run for Minnesota, which earned its fifth win in the past six games. The teams will meet again Tuesday night in the second contest of a four-game series.Royals hitters Vinnie Pasquantino, Hunter Renfroe, Dairon Blanco and Maikel Garcia each had an RBI. Kansas City has lost back-to-back games after winning the previous eight in a row.Twins right-hander Joe Ryan (4-3) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out nine, which marked his second-most strikeouts of the season.Royals right-hander Alec Marsh (4-2) allowed five runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven with two walks.Twins closer Jhoan Duran collected his seventh save despite a rough ninth inning. He entered the game with two outs in the ninth and Minnesota leading 6-2.Duran promptly hit MJ Melendez with a pitch to load the bases. He then gave up back-to-back RBI infield singles to Blanco and Garcia, and a throwing error by Twins third baseman Willi Castro allowed another run to score as the Royals pulled within 6-5.Duran then got Bobby Witt Jr. to ground out with runners on second and third to end the game.
Brandon Lowe's bases-clearing triple help Rays beat Royals

Brandon Lowe's bases-clearing triple help Rays beat Royals

Brandon Lowe hit a three-run triple and Taj Bradley threw five scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Sunday.The Rays were held without a base runner by Royals starter Michael Wacha until the sixth, but Tampa Bay scored four in the inning to help snap a six-game losing skid. Kansas City saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end.The Royals loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Pete Fairbanks, before the Rays' pitcher retired Witt on a grounder for his fifth save of the year.After Bradley and Wacha each recorded a 1-2-3 first inning, Nelson Velazquez worked a one-out walk in the top of the second, followed by Adam Frazier's single. Bradley then got Freddy Fermin to fly out and MJ Melendez to lineout, escaping the jam.Still perfect in the fifth, Wacha retired Isaac Paredes on a lineout, struck out Randy Arozarena and got Amed Rosario to ground out.Tampa Bay reliever Shawn Armstrong relieved Bradley after five innings of one-hit ball. Bradley struck out six and walked three, lowering his ERA to 3.13.Upon entering, Armstrong allowed Bobby Witt Jr.'s ninth homer of the year, a solo shot that gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth.In the bottom of the sixth, Jose Caballero's lead-off double ended Wacha's perfect outing. However, Wacha got through the inning without allowing a run.Garrett Cleavinger (4-0) pitched a scoreless top of the seventh after replacing Armstrong.Harold Ramirez singled to begin the bottom of the seventh, and Paredes moved him to third on a double to left, ending Wacha's day after 94 pitches.John Schreiber replaced Wacha, and promptly hit Arozarena with his second pitch, loading the bases with no outs for pinch hitter Jonathan Aranda.