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Brady Singer befuddles White Sox hitters as Royals win

Brady Singer befuddles White Sox hitters as Royals win

Brady Singer threw seven scoreless innings to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Saturday.Singer (6-6) allowed just five hits and two walks, while striking out seven en route to the Royals' second win in as many nights and eighth in nine games against Chicago this year. Bobby Witt Jr. finished 3-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City. Hunter Renfroe drove in two for the Royals.Andrew Benintendi was 1-for-3 for the White Sox, driving in their lone run. Chicago has dropped six in a row and nine of its last ten.After a scoreless top of the first, Kansas City's offense struck in the home half of the inning. Witt and Vinnie Pasquantino each slashed one-out singles off Chicago starter Jonathan Cannon. Witt was caught attempting to steal third by catcher Chuckie Robinson, but Salvador Perez drove in Pasquantino for the game's first run.Michael Massey then tripled, scoring Perez. Hunter Renfroe's RBI double gave the Royals a 3-0 advantage.Maikel Garcia led off the bottom of the second with a double for the Royals, before scoring on Witt's 26th double of the year, putting Kansas City up 4-0 after two innings.The White Sox threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with two outs for Brooks Baldwin. However, Singer escaped the jam, striking out Baldwin on four pitches.Still trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Nicky Lopez and Paul DeJong tallied two-out singles, before Singer retired Robinson for the final out.
Bobby Witt Jr. helps Royals cruise past White Sox

Bobby Witt Jr. helps Royals cruise past White Sox

Bobby Witt Jr. went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs to lift the host Kansas City Royals to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series.Witt scored twice and also walked as Kansas City won for the fifth time in seven games. Michael Massey also drove in two runs for the Royals.The White Sox, who own the worst record in the majors, lost their fifth straight game and eighth in their last nine.Kansas City starter Michael Wacha (7-6) won his third straight start by logging seven scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walking one and striking out seven.Chicago starter Chris Flexen (2-9) struggled with his control in the fifth, allowing the Royals to break the game open.Maikel Garcia and Kyle Isbel drew walks to open the frame before Adam Frazier dropped a sacrifice bunt down to move Garcia to third and Isbel to second. Flexen then walked Witt, and Vinnie Pasquantino followed with a sacrifice fly to put Kansas City up 3-0.After Salvador Perez was intentionally walked, Flexen hit Hunter Renfroe with a pitch to force in another run. Massey lined a two-run single to right to chase Flexen from the game, with Chad Kuhl taking over in relief.Freddy Fermin then capped the five-run rally with a run-scoring base hit, making it 7-0.
Royals release RHP Nick Anderson

Royals release RHP Nick Anderson

The Kansas City Royals released right-hander Nick Anderson on Thursday after he cleared waivers.The Royals had designated him for assignment on Saturday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Hunter Harvey, whom they obtained in a trade the same day with the Washington Nationals. Anderson declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha.Anderson, 34, was 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA, 15 walks and 29 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings over 37 appearances in his first season with Kansas City.
Red Sox win fourth straight series by turning back Royals

Red Sox win fourth straight series by turning back Royals

Rafael Devers and Dominic Smith each hit a two-run home run to propel the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Sunday in each team's final game before the All-Star Break.Devers hit his 23rd home run of the season to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the first inning, and Smith's fifth home run increased the lead to 4-1 in the second. Both home runs came against Kansas City starting pitcher Brady Singer (5-6), who gave up four runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.Jarren Duran went 4-for-5 for Boston, and David Hamilton added three hits. The Red Sox took two of three games against the Royals and have won their last four series.Adam Frazier (No. 3 of the year) and Salvador Perez (No. 17) each hit a solo home run for the Royals. Frazier led off the game with a home run against Boston starter Brayan Bello (10-5), and Perez homered against Bello in the sixth.Bello gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kenley Jansen pitched two innings of relief to collect his 19th save. Jansen struck out the side in the eighth, but surrendered a run in the ninth.After the home runs by Devers and Smith handed Boston a 4-1 advantage, Kansas City cut its deficit by a run in the fourth. Perez scored when MJ Melendez hit into a fielder's choice. Melendez appeared to injure himself running to first on the play and was replaced in left field by Garrett Hampson the following inning.
Royals acquire RHP Hunter Harvey from Nats

Royals acquire RHP Hunter Harvey from Nats

The Kansas City Royals bolstered their bullpen on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Hunter Harvey from the Washington Nationals in exchange for prospect Cayden Wallace and a competitive balance pick (No. 39 overall) in this year's MLB draft, which begins Sunday.Harvey, 29, is 2-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 43 relief appearances this season, his third with Washington. Harvey spent his first three big-league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, who drafted him in the first round (No. 22 overall) of the 2013 draft.Wallace, a 22-year-old third baseman, was the Royals' No. 2 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. In 34 games this season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, he hit .282 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.
Kutter Crawford's strong start carries Red Sox past Royals

Kutter Crawford's strong start carries Red Sox past Royals

Kutter Crawford tossed seven-plus scoreless innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Saturday.Crawford (6-7) limited the Royals to two hits, struck out four and walked one. He exited after allowing a leadoff single to Maikel Garcia in the eighth.The only other hit against him was a double by Garrett Hampson with one out in the third inning.Crawford also pitched seven scoreless innings in his previous start to help the Red Sox defeat the New York Yankees 3-0 on July 10. He threw 68 pitches (54 strikes) in that game.Rafael Devers hit his 22nd home run of the season on Saturday and Dominic Smith added two hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, who began the day tied with the Royals for the final wild-card spot in the American League.Devers' home run was the 194th of his career and moved him past Jason Varitek and into the No. 11 spot for most home runs by a Red Sox player in franchise history. Devers, Jarren Duran and Reese McGuire also collected two hits for the Red Sox.Kansas City starting pitcher Seth Lugo (11-4) began the day with the lowest ERA in the major leagues (2.21), but allowed five runs on 10 hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six. His ERA rose to 2.48.The loss ended Kansas City's four-game winning streak.
Cole Ragans shines, Royals defeat Red Sox

Cole Ragans shines, Royals defeat Red Sox

Cole Ragans allowed one run in seven innings to help the visiting Kansas City Royals extend their winning streak to four games by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Friday night.Ragans (6-6) gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked one.Bobby Witt Jr. (No. 16 of the year) and MJ Melendez (No. 11) each hit solo home runs for the Royals, who scored a run in the first inning, three in the second, one in the fourth and one in the eighth.Witt's home run came against Boston starting pitcher Cooper Criswell (3-4). Witt will be among the contestants in Monday's Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities.Melendez homered against Greg Weissert. Melendez has eight home runs in 14 career games against the Red Sox.Witt, Melendez and Adam Frazier each had two hits and an RBI for Kansas City. Melendez and Frazier each scored twice, and Salvador Perez drove in two runs.Ceddanne Rafaela collected two of Boston's five hits. The Red Sox struck out 10 times.Chris Stratton and Nick Anderson both tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the Royals. Stratton struck out three after Boston's first two batters reached base in the eighth.
Salvador Perez, Royals finish DH sweep of Cardinals

Salvador Perez, Royals finish DH sweep of Cardinals

Salvador Perez homered and drove in two runs as the visiting Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 Wednesday night to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep.The Royals won the opener 6-4 as the teams played two following a Tuesday rainout.Kyle Isbel hit home run and scored three times and MJ Melendez also homered for the Royals, who won their third straight game.Kansas City starter Michael Wacha (6-6) allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one.James McArthur tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save.Lars Nootbaar paced the St. Louis offense with a homer, a double and two runs.Cardinals pitcher Gordon Graceffo (0-1) allowed three runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start and second appearance in the big leagues. He fanned two without issuing a walk.St. Louis took a 1-0 lead on Nootbaar's second-inning homer before the Royals tied the game on Melendez's third-inning homer.Kansas City moved ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning. Bobby Witt Jr. led off with a single and moved to third on Vinnie Pasquantino's double.After Perez hit a sacrifice fly, Matthew Liberatore replaced Graceffo and allowed Hunter Renfroe's two-out RBI single.
Royals rally for 6-4 win over Cardinals in opener

Royals rally for 6-4 win over Cardinals in opener

Salvador Perez homered and added an RBI single as the visiting Kansas City Royals rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon in the first half of a split doubleheader.Garrett Hampson added a two-run double as the Royals erased a 3-0 deficit to earn their second straight victory.Royals starting pitcher Alec Marsh (7-6) allowed three runs on three hits in six innings. He struck out eight batters and walked one.James McArthur worked the ninth inning to earn his 16th save.Alec Burleson hit a two-run homer, and Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt each hit solo shots for the Cardinals, who lost for just the third time in nine games.Cardinals starter Andrew Pallante (4-4) allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.St. Louis struck first with Arenado's second-inning homer to take a 1-0 lead.The Cardinals pushed their lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Pedro Pages walked and Burleson smacked his homer.Pallante cruised through his first four innings while allowing just one baserunner, but the Royals broke through in the fifth to tie the game 3-3.
Royals-Cardinals rained out, doubleheader Wednesday

Royals-Cardinals rained out, doubleheader Wednesday

The St. Louis Cardinals postponed Tuesday night's game with the visiting Kansas City Royals due to inclement weather.The contest will be made up Wednesday with a split doubleheader at Busch Stadium, with the first game starting at 12:45 p.m. CT and the nightcap at 6:45 p.m. CT.The Cardinals (48-42) have won two straight and four of their last five games. The Royals (49-43) have dropped four of their last five.
Royals SS Bobby Witt Jr. enters Home Run Derby

Royals SS Bobby Witt Jr. enters Home Run Derby

Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. announced Monday that he will compete in the Home Run Derby.Witt, 24, was already headed to Arlington, Texas, as a first-time starter for the American League All-Star squad.Witt, who grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will participate in next Monday's derby for the first time."It's an honor just to be able to be asked to do that and kind of represent the Royals," Witt said.Other confirmed entries in the slugging exhibition are the Philadelphia Phillies' Alec Bohm, the Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson and two-time winner Pete Alonso of the New York Mets. More participants will be announced in the coming days.
Brady Singer, Royals salvage series finale vs. Rockies

Brady Singer, Royals salvage series finale vs. Rockies

Brady Singer threw seven dominant innings to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 10-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in Denver.Singer (5-5) allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven and walking a pair, earning his first victory since May 19. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Royals.Bobby Witt Jr. finished 3-for-5, including a three-run home run, while Maikel Garcia tallied a pair of hits and a three-run homer of his own.Tanner Gordon (0-1) started for Colorado, making his MLB debut. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 6 1/3 innings of five-run, eight-hit ball while striking out four.Jake Cave was 2-for-3 for the Rockies, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.After a scoreless first inning, Salvador Perez and Michael Massey led off the top of the second with singles for Kansas City. Freddy Fermin then laced a ground ball up the middle, scoring the game's first run.After Gordon retired MJ Melendez, Garcia launched his sixth homer of the year, a 382-foot shot, giving the Royals a 4-0 lead.The Rockies threatened in the bottom of the third as Michael Toglia walked, then advanced to second on Nolan Jones' sacrifice bunt. Aaron Schunk then laced the first hit of his career, placing runners at the corners for Colorado. Singer, however, struck out Charlie Blackmon and Ezequiel Tovar to escape the jam.
Rockies edge Royals, extend win streak to three

Rockies edge Royals, extend win streak to three

Brenton Doyle hit a two-run homer and Austin Gomber tossed seven strong innings to help the Colorado Rockies notch a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night at Denver.Ryan McMahon reached base four times on three hits and a walk and had the other RBI as Colorado won a third straight game for the second time this season. The Rockies won seven straight games in May.Doyle reached base three times and is 11-for-17 over the last five games.Vinnie Pasquantino homered and Hunter Renfroe had three hits for the Royals, who have lost three straight games and four of their past five.Gomber (2-5) allowed one run and six hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked none.Gomber was 0-3 with an 8.69 ERA over his past six starts.Tyler Kinley worked a scoreless eighth before Victor Vodnik escaped trouble in the ninth and posted his first career save.Renfroe hit a bloop single into left center with one out and Freddy Fermin drew a two-out walk. Vodnik then induced pinch hitter Michael Massey to ground out to first to give Colorado its second win in two nights against the Royals.
Royals activate 2B Adam Frazier, add LHP Walter Pennington

Royals activate 2B Adam Frazier, add LHP Walter Pennington

The Kansas City Royals activated second baseman Adam Frazier from the injured list and selected the contract of left-hander Walter Pennington on Friday in advance of a road game against the Colorado Rockies.The club optioned third baseman CJ Alexander and right-hander Carlos Hernandez to Triple-A Omaha, while right-hander Dan Altavilla (oblique) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.Frazier, 32, had been out with a right thumb strain after batting .211 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his first 57 games this season. In nine major league seasons with five clubs, including parts of six with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Frazier is a career .266 hitter with 58 home runs and 327 RBIs in 1,019 games.
Brenton Doyle's late hit lifts Rockies over Royals

Brenton Doyle's late hit lifts Rockies over Royals

Brenton Doyle went 3-for-4 with a tiebreaking two-run double to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Denver.Brendan Rodgers had two hits and Michael Toglia homered for the Rockies, who notched their fourth victory in the past six games.Freddy Fermin reached base four times on three hits and a walk for Kansas City, which lost for the fourth time in its last six contests. Vinnie Pasquantino and Bobby Witt Jr. added two hits apiece.With the game tied at 2, Rodgers led off the eighth inning with a single off John Schreiber (3-3) and Ryan McMahon followed with a double to right-center field. Elias Diaz walked to load the bases.Doyle came up and laced a double down the right field line that bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double, scoring pinch-runners Aaron Schunk and Sam Hilliard.Victor Vodnik (2-1) gave up one hit in the eighth for the Rockies before Jalen Beeks encountered trouble in the ninth. He allowed singles to Fermin and Nick Loftin before retiring three straight batters for his eighth save.Kansas City's Cole Ragans gave up two runs and five hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked three.Colorado's Kyle Freeland also pitched seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Rays take advantage of eight walks, outscore Royals

Rays take advantage of eight walks, outscore Royals

Jonny DeLuca and Brandon Lowe each had three hits, including a homer, as the visiting Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of poor control by Kansas City Royals pitchers to capture a wild 10-8 win on Thursday.The Rays led 4-0 after two innings and 9-4 after six before the Royals rallied to tighten the outcome. Tampa Bay emerged with two victories in the three-game series.Rays starter Zach Eflin (5-5) pitched five-plus innings, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts.Pete Fairbanks served up Bobby Witt Jr.'s ninth-inning homer while earning his 14th save.Tampa Bay's Randy Arozarena doubled and walked twice, reaching base safely for the 17th consecutive game. Brandon Lowe homered for the third time in his past four games for the Rays, who have won 10 of their past 14 games and five consecutive series.Witt collected three hits, Michael Massey also homered and Hunter Renfroe had two hits for the Royals.Kansas City starter Alec Marsh (6-6) labored through three innings, tossing 75 pitches while permitting the first two batters to reach safely in each frame. He surrendered five runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout, matching his fewest innings and lowest strikeout total of the season.Royals pitchers walked eight, and five of those baserunners came around to score.Marsh walked the game's first two batters. After a balk on a disengagement violation, Richie Palacios scored on Arozarena's grounder, and the Rays took a 2-0 lead on Josh Lowe's RBI double.
Michael Wacha's strong start again leads Royals over Rays

Michael Wacha's strong start again leads Royals over Rays

Michael Wacha tossed six strong innings, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.After Isaac Paredes' two-out solo homer, his 14th, put the Rays ahead in the first, Wacha permitted just one other hit while finishing six innings, walking three with eight strikeouts to earn his first win since May 20.It was the 43rd quality start by Kansas City pitchers, third-most in the majors.Wacha (5-6) has allowed two runs or less in seven straight starts, posting a 2.21 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.The Royals took a 2-1 lead in the third, highlighted by Bobby Witt Jr.'s RBI double into the left-field corner. Witt scored on Vinnie Pasquantino's single to right.Pasquantino has an RBI in eight-of-nine games during the current homestand and his 43 homefield RBIs lead the majors. Witt and Pasquantino each collected a pair of hits.Working long counts, Kansas City forced 87 pitches in four innings from Ryan Pepiot. He walked three with no strikeouts, allowing two runs on four hits. Pepiot (4-5) is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in his last five starts.Reliever Shawn Armstrong walked two in the seventh ahead of Salvador Perez's two-run single as the Royals led 4-1.Chris Stratton retired just one of four batters faced in the eighth, allowing back-to-back doubles by Randy Arozarena and Amed Rosario cut Kansas City's lead to 4-2.
Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow gets powerful support in shutout of Royals

Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow gets powerful support in shutout of Royals

Tyler Glasnow threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers used three solo home runs to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to win the three-game series.Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani ripped solo homers in the third and sixth innings and Freddie Freeman followed Ohtani's second homer with one of his own to account for all the game's scoring.The Royals got through a tough stretch of 12 games against first-place teams -- the Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and the Dodgers are all division leaders -- with a 5-7 record.The Dodgers have won six of their last 12 going back to June 4 in Pittsburgh.Dodgers superstar shortstop Mookie Betts came out of the game in the seventh inning Sunday after getting hit in the left hand on a 97.9-mph fastball from Royals right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla and exited the game.The game shaped up to be a pitchers' duel between Glasnow and Royals ace Brady Singer. Ohtani got ahold of a 2-1 sinker from Singer and crushed it 451 feet to deep center field for a 1-0 lead.Ohtani struck again in the sixth. The Dodgers designated hitter connected on a first-pitch slider from Singer and knocked it 400 feet into the right-field seats for his 19th homer of the season.Three pitches later, Freeman ripped a 2-0 slider from Singer 401 feet out to right for a 3-0 Dodgers' lead. It was Freeman's 10th homer of the year.
Royals star C Salvador Perez (knee) undergoes MRI

Royals star C Salvador Perez (knee) undergoes MRI

Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the host Los Angeles Dodgers due to a right knee injury.Perez, 34, underwent an MRI exam Saturday and no structural damage was detected."I didn't know what to think," Royals manager Matt Quatraro told reporters before Saturday's game. "He's so tough, you never know. But the fact that he's day-to-day and not going on the (injured list) is a big help for us."Kansas City recalled catcher Austin Nola from Triple-A Omaha to provide catching insurance. Freddy Fermin started Saturday's game and is batting in the No. 5 spot in the lineup.Perez, an eight-time All-Star, exited Friday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in the eighth inning due to the injury. He was injured in the fourth inning while blocking a pitch and said he felt immediate pain."Maybe my spike got stuck a little bit," Perez told reporters after Friday's game. "I went (through) the next couple of innings and tried to feel better, but it got worse after three or four more innings. So I decided to talk to (head athletic trainer Kyle Turner). Sometimes you feel something, you keep going for a couple more innings and it goes away."
MJ Melendez's slam gets Royals rolling past Dodgers

MJ Melendez's slam gets Royals rolling past Dodgers

MJ Melendez capped a 12-pitch at-bat with his first career grand slam and Seth Lugo tossed six strong innings as the visiting Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Saturday night.Lugo (10-2) reached double digits in wins for the first time in his nine-year career while yielding two runs on six hits. John Schreiber, Sam Long and Nick Anderson combined for three scoreless innings to help the Royals even the three-game series at a game apiece.Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto exited the game after two innings due to triceps tightness. The right-hander threw 28 pitches and was replaced by Michael Grove to start the third inning.Gavin Lux drove in both runs for Los Angeles, which has lost three of its last four games. Teoscar Hernandez added a pair of singles.Trailing 2-1 with one out in the sixth inning, Kansas City loaded the bases with three consecutive walks against Blake Treinen (2-1).After Adam Frazier struck out, Melendez fouled off six two-strike pitches and took a ball during his epic at-bat before depositing Treinen's 3-2 offering into the right field seats.Melendez entered the game mired in a 4-for-41 slump before hitting the 395-foot homer, his eighth this season.Treinen had not allowed a run this season, counting 13 scoreless frames since making his season debut on May 5.Kansas City broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Vinnie Pasquantino led off with a single, went to third on Freddy Fermin's one-out double, and scored on Nick Loftin's groundout.

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