Kansas City Royals News
Sean Manaea is back on track. The Royals' No. 2 prospect made his return to Class A Advanced Wilmington on Monday, a full 10 months after he pitched his most recent game for the Blue Rocks.
Joe Blanton struggled with command early and often, walking four and allowing five runs in just 2 2/3 innings in the 6-1 loss to Houston on Monday night.
A rash of finger issues caught up to the Royals for Monday night's game in Houston. In addition to Eric Hosmer likely missing the series, shortstop Alcides Escobar was a late scratch from the lineup due to a split nail bed on his right index finger.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was not in Monday's lineup against the Astros due to a mild sprain on his left ring finger, and he's unlikely to play during the three-game set in Houston.
Five Royals -- catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, second baseman Omar Infante, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon -- remain the top vote-getters on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at their positions for the 2015 All-Star Game heading into the final days of voting.
The series between the two winningest teams in the American League resumes on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. CT, as the Astros and Royals meet for the second game of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Jose Altuve kickstarted the Astros' three-run third inning with his seventh home run, matching a career high, while Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings as the Astros topped the Royals, 6-1, on Monday.
An update on the Kansas City Royal Minor League teams.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a detail-oriented guy. Oh, he can see the big picture. But he also knows that the little things can make a big difference for a team that came within one victory of a world championship last October.
Salvador Perez delivered a two-run home run in the eighth inning of the Royals' 5-3 victory against the A's at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, the 500th hit of his career.
Two days after teammate Edinson Volquez recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie notched his 1,000th strikeout on Sunday during the Royals' 5-3 win over Oakland.
Here's a fun stat: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is leading the Major Leagues in night hitting.
Salvador Perez homered, and the Royals took advantage of a crucial A's error in a three-run sixth inning to secure a sweep-clinching 5-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Royals Minor League report: June 27
Royals manager Ned Yost has that Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox humility down to a T. "Sometimes I feel stupid," said Yost, a longtime member of Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta. "Sometimes I go a whole game without giving a sign. These guys are athletic. They know how to play the game. They know when to do what needs to be done."
The two things you rarely see from Royals reliever Wade Davis are runs allowed or emotion.
Coming off his worst start with the Royals -- seven runs in 4 2/3 innings vs. Boston -- right-hander Chris Young wasn't too concerned he'd fall into a funk.
It has been quite a year for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. He's hitting .323 and is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game at third base. And now he has his first hole-in-one under his belt.
Right-hander Chris Young threw six strong innings and Kendrys Morales delivered a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Royals held off the A's, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.
The loudest boos of Friday's 5-2 Royals win were saved for Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera.
No. 13 prospect Bubba Starling scored the lone Northwest Arkansas run, finishing 2-for-4, in the Naturals' 5-1 loss to Tulsa on Friday. Terrance Gore recorded his league-leading 27th steal.
Edinson Volquez picked up that 1,000th strikeout in the sixth inning when he fanned Oakland's Brett Lawrie -- that had to delight Royals fans.
The last time the Royals and A's met, former Royal and current A's designated hitter Billy Butler was put in an awkward spot.
Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven strong innings, and Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon each homered, as the Royals held off the Oakland A's 5-2 on Friday night.
Royals Minor League report: June 25
Prospects Raul Mondesi and Cheslor Cuthbert are slated to represent the Royals in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
It was more than two months ago, but the A's-Royals series at Kauffman Stadium from April 17-19 -- the first meeting between the clubs since the Royals rallied for a victory in last season's American League Wild Card Game -- was easily the most volatile of the season.
The long road back to the big leagues reached another milestone for Royals reliever Ryan Madson: He got his first win since Sept. 7, 2011, as the Royals beat the Mariners 8-2 on Wednesday.
It had been 39 days since Royals left-hander Danny Duffy joined his buddies on the field in a meaningful game.
Mike Moustakas drilled a two-run homer as part of a seven-run fourth inning and left-hander Danny Duffy delivered 4 2/3 effective innings in his first start back from injury as the Royals handled the Mariners 8-2 on Wednesday night at Safeco Field.