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Dodgers roll past Royals for 11th straight win

Dodgers roll past Royals for 11th straight win

Tony Gonsolin was unhittable through six innings before finally allowing a couple of hits and a run in the seventh, as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their 11th straight game with an 8-3 victory over the Royals Friday night in Kansas City.Gonsolin (14-1) is tied for the National League lead with 14 wins with Atlanta's Kyle Wright.Josh Staumont (3-2) faced five batters without recording an out. He allowed five runs on four hits and a walk.KC starter Daniel Lynch didn't allow any runs in his five innings. He only allowed two hits, but four walks and a high pitch count cost him a chance to go further.The scoreless innings were more costly for Lynch. He allowed a baserunner in each of the first four innings -- three walks -- and threw 76 pitches through four.Gonsolin, meanwhile, threw only 34 pitches in his first four innings.Lynch got himself in trouble in the fifth, with his own fielding error, a double by Trayce Thompson and a walk to Mookie Betts to load the bases with no outs, but he escaped. He got Trea Turner to hit a foul pop, he struck out Freddie Freeman and he got Will Smith to fly out to end the inning.But those four walks and 105 pitches kept Lynch from going back out for the sixth.
Zack Greinke, Royals beat White Sox to win four-game set

Zack Greinke, Royals beat White Sox to win four-game set

Zack Greinke outdueled Dylan Cease as the host Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Wednesday afternoon.The Royals claimed the four-game series three games to one. After taking three of four from the Red Sox in their prior series, it marked the first time since Aug. 11-18, 2014 that the Royals have won back-to-back four-game series.Greinke (4-7) scattered nine hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, often getting out of jams of his own doing. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.Scott Barlow earned his 18th save.Cease (12-5) allowed just one run on three hits through six innings. One of the hits was a home run to Vinnie Pasquantino. Cease walked two and struck out eight.Since May 24 -- the last time he allowed more than one earned run -- Cease has allowed just one run five times and zero earned runs eight times, and all five earned runs came on solo home runs.The Royals got on the board in the second on a solo home run by Pasquantino, who hit a 3-2 slider 398 feet into the bullpen in right. It was just the 10th home run allowed by Cease all season.The White Sox loaded the bases with three straight singles to start the third, but Greinke then struck out Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu before getting Yasmani Grandal to ground out.
MJ Melendez homers to lead Royals past White Sox

MJ Melendez homers to lead Royals past White Sox

MJ Melendez hit a home run in the seventh inning as the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-3 Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series Kansas City.Melendez finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.Josh Staumont (3-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the victory. Jake Diekman (5-2) took the loss.Neither starter factored in the decision. Kris Bubic allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He managed to avoid trouble until the sixth when the White Sox got all three runs off him. Johnny Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits through six.Bubic worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second. He allowed a leadoff double to Jose Abreu, then walked Andrew Vaughn. With one out, he walked Yasmani Grandal. But he got Gavin Sheets to line out to short left and got Lenyn Sosa to strike out to end the inning.Bobby Witt Jr. put the Royals ahead in the third with a two-out single. Kyle Isbel reached on a one-out double that was scorched past first baseman Jose Abreu. Witt then drove him home with a solid single through the hole at short.
Nick Pratto carries Royals past White Sox to open twin bill

Nick Pratto carries Royals past White Sox to open twin bill

Nick Pratto went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Chicago White Sox 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.The home run was the second one of the homestand for Pratto. Vinnie Pasquantino also clubbed a two-run home run for Kansas City.Brady Singer threw a solid 7 1/3 innings for the Royals. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out six and not walking a batter.Jose Cuas recorded his first career save.Lance Lynn (2-5) allowed all four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one.Josh Harrison put the White Sox on the board in the third. He took a 2-2 pitch and placed it in the first row of the seats in left field. The solo shot was his sixth homer of the year.The Royals answered in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run by Pasquantino, who pulled one down the right-field line with the only question being whether it would stay fair.
White Sox edge Royals to split doubleheader

White Sox edge Royals to split doubleheader

Eloy Jimenez had three hits and a walk as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night.The two clubs split the twin bill.Davis Martin (2-3), the 27th man called up for the doubleheader for the White Sox, allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.Liam Hendriks picked up his 23rd save in 26 chances.Jonathan Heasley (1-7), the Royals' 27th man, took the loss. He allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked just one and struck out five. But he allowed two solo home runs.Between games of the doubleheader, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand. He suffered the injury on a checked swing in his final at-bat in Saturday's victory in Texas.He is expected to miss up to six weeks. The White Sox are in contention for the lead in the American League Central but losing Anderson could be costly.The White Sox grabbed the lead in the third inning when Lenyn Sosa connected for his first major league home run. He hit a curveball 428 feet into the fountains over the wall in left-center field.
Royals place RHP Taylor Clarke (oblique) on injured list

Royals place RHP Taylor Clarke (oblique) on injured list

The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Taylor Clarke on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a left oblique strain.The designation is retroactive to Monday for the 29-year-old reliever, who is 3-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 44 games.Clarke is 12-9 with three saves and a 4.78 ERA in 122 games (20 starts) with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2019-21) and Royals.The Royals also recalled Jose Cuas from Triple-A Omaha and appointed fellow right-hander Jonathan Heasley as the 27th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the visiting Chicago White Sox.
MJ Melendez's six RBIs lead Royals to rout of Red Sox

MJ Melendez's six RBIs lead Royals to rout of Red Sox

Rookie catcher MJ Melendez homered and drove in six runs, and Brad Keller ended a three-start losing streak as the host Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red Sox 13-5 on Sunday.Melendez's three-run blast off Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford in the fifth inning broke open a two-run game.In the series, Melendez homered three times and drove in 10 runs as the Royals won three of four. The Red Sox have lost four of their past five games.Keller (6-12) worked six innings, allowing four hits and one run -- Rafael Devers' 24th homer of the season. Keller walked three and struck out four.Crawford (3-4) surrendered five runs, one on a balk, on five hits and two walks. He struck out four.In the fifth inning, Michael Massey walked for the Royals, and Nate Eaton doubled on a long fly ball to center that Jarren Duran allowed to drop just past him on the warning track, putting runners at second and third.Crawford got a strikeout, but Melendez's 13th homer of the season extended the Royals' lead to 5-0.Devers homered in the sixth, and Tommy Pham, who was batting just .150 in his first five games with Boston, hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Taylor Clarke to pull the Red Sox to 5-3.Kansas City added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back triples by Eaton and Kyle Isbel and Melendez's sacrifice fly.
Nick Pratto's walk-off homer sends Royals over Red Sox

Nick Pratto's walk-off homer sends Royals over Red Sox

Nick Pratto hit a two-out homer to center field, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 5-4 walk-off victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.Pratto launched a 3-2 changeup from Garrett Whitlock (2-2) for his first career walk-off hit. It was the eighth walk-off loss this season for the Red Sox, the most in the majors.Dylan Coleman (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the victory. Whitlock, who had pitched two scoreless innings heading into the ninth, took the loss.Neither starter factored into the decision. Kansas City's Daniel Lynch allowed four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and didn't walk anyone for the second straight start.Nathan Eovaldi's line was almost identical. He also allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings without yielding a walk. He struck out seven.MJ Melendez led off the bottom of the first with a home run, the second time in the last three games that he has led off a game with a long ball.The Red Sox answered in the second. J.D. Martinez hit a one-out double to the wall in right. He advanced on Christian Arroyo's single and scored on an error by Bobby Witt Jr.
Xander Bogaerts' 4-hit night leads Red Sox over Royals

Xander Bogaerts' 4-hit night leads Red Sox over Royals

Xander Bogaerts had four hits with a run and an RBI as the Boston Red Sox defeated the host Kansas City Royals 7-4 Friday night to even the four-game series at a game apiece.Alex Verdugo had three hits, including two doubles, and two runs for Boston.Josh Winckowski (5-5) earned the win. He gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked two. Winckowski worked around trouble most of the evening.Greinke (3-7) took the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.Eric Hosmer, who had 288 career RBIs at Kauffman Stadium as a member of the Royals in his first seven seasons, pulled a double down the right-field line in the second inning to give the Red Sox the early lead. Hosmer's hit drove in Verdugo, who reached on a one-out double.J.D. Martinez hit a double off the top of the wall in left center, scoring Bogaerts and Verdugo with one out in the fourth, extending Boston's lead to 3-0.The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Winckowski got Kyle Isbel to ground into a fielder's choice at the plate and struck out Nicky Lopez.
Salvador Perez drives in four as Royals top Red Sox

Salvador Perez drives in four as Royals top Red Sox

Salvador Perez's three-run, line-drive homer capped a four-run seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series.Perez collected four RBIs on the night. His home run was reviewed after the ball appeared to hit the wall below the railing, but the call stood. Boston manager Alex Cora emerged from the dugout to argue with plate umpire Bill Welke, who ejected him.Prior to Perez's blast, Bobby Witt Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a single that scored Nicky Lopez.Eric Hosmer, who starred for the Royals from 2011-17, made his Red Sox debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk.Taylor Clarke (3-1), who blew a save opportunity, was the winning pitcher.Darwinzon Hernandez (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs in the seventh.Neither starter factored in the decision. Kansas City's Kris Bubic allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to record his fourth straight quality start. He struck out six and walked one. Boston's Nick Pivetta gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.
White Sox pound out 12 hits in win over Royals

White Sox pound out 12 hits in win over Royals

Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game and Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings to lift the host Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon.The White Sox took two of three from Kansas City while collecting double-digit hits in each game. Liam Hendriks worked a perfect ninth to notch his 21st save as the Chicago relief corps retired nine of 10 batters faced.Chicago's Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games, finishing 3-for-4 with three singles. Jimenez had four multi-hit games over the past week to help the White Sox to a 4-2 homestand against Oakland and Kansas City.The White Sox moved to two games over .500 for the first time since April 20.Lynn needed a mere 24 pitches to retire the first six Royals in order. Then the rains came.After enduring a 65-minute rain delay, Lynn shook off a Michael Massey single to open the Kansas City third and another Massey single with one out in the fifth. A product of south suburban Palos Park, Ill., and a childhood White Sox fan, Massey made good in a homecoming as he was called up from Triple-A before the game.Bobby Witt Jr. cracked a solo home run in the sixth to open the scoring for Kansas City and trim the deficit to three runs.The White Sox got on the board on a Yoan Moncada RBI single against Royals starter Brady Singer in the first inning. Chicago broke things open in the third, as Tim Anderson and Jimenez singled ahead of Abreu, who launched a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right center for a three-run shot.
Blue Jays acquire Whit Merrifield, Mitch White

Blue Jays acquire Whit Merrifield, Mitch White

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals and right-hander Mitch White from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.To the Royals, the Blue Jays are sending prospect Samad Taylor and right-hander Max Castillo. The Royals assigned Taylor to Triple-A Omaha and added Castillo to their 40-man roster and optioned him to Omaha.To the Dodgers, the Blue Jays are sending minor league pitching prospects Nick Frasso and Moises Brito. The Blue Jays also get minor league infielder Alex De Jesus in the deal.Merrifield, 33, has spent all seven years of his major league career in Kansas City. He's a career .286 hitter despite batting a career-low .240 in 95 games this season. Merrifield was an All-Star in 2019 and 2021.Merrifield had been unvaccinated with the Royals, something that will need to change given Canada's health requirements against COVID-19.White, 27, had been something of a revelation for the pitching-rich Dodgers this season. He is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 15 appearances, including a career-high 10 starts. He's 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 38 career games (14 starts) since being taken in the second round of the 2016 draft.
Eloy Jimenez drives in four as White Sox rout Royals

Eloy Jimenez drives in four as White Sox rout Royals

Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, Jose Abreu and Gavin Sheets homered and the host Chicago White Sox routed the Kansas City Royals 9-2 on Tuesday night.Jimenez stretched his season-best hitting streak to eight games while notching his fourth multi-hit game during that stretch. The White Sox outhit the Royals 14-7, with Andrew Vaughn collecting three hits and Tim Anderson, Abreu and Josh Harrison each adding two apiece.Chicago's Lucas Giolito (7-6) picked up his first win in three starts, scattering two runs and five hits in five innings with three walks and seven strikeouts.The White Sox built a three-run cushion in the first inning, doing damage early in counts against Royals right-hander Brad Keller.One batter after Vaughn tripled on the first pitch, Jimenez hit a first-pitch single to open the scoring. Abreu followed with an RBI single of his own before Yoan Moncada walked and AJ Pollock capped the rally with a run-scoring single.Jimenez added a two-run double in the fourth and had to settle for a sacrifice fly in the sixth when he narrowly missed a grand slam. The next batter, Abreu, connected for a two-run homer against Keller (5-12), his second long ball in three games.Giolito rebounded from a laborious third inning to earn his first victory since July 13. After cruising through the first two innings, Giolito walked three and allowed two runs in a 41-pitch third before striking out Michael Taylor to strand the bases loaded.
Two solo HRs enough as KC edges White Sox

Two solo HRs enough as KC edges White Sox

Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield homered and Daniel Lynch pitched into the sixth inning in his first action in more than two weeks to boost the visiting Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.Kansas City won its second straight on the heels of a five-game losing streak behind an opportunistic attack and a bounce-back effort from Lynch, who was activated from the injured list before the game. The lefty was sidelined with a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand.Lynch (4-7) scattered six hits and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. He did not issue a walk for the first time in 17 starts this season.Scott Barlow capped a strong effort from the Royals bullpen, allowing two hits and striking out two to earn a two-inning save, his 17th. The White Sox again fell short of securing their first three-game home winning streak of the season, with Tim Anderson grounding into a double play to end the night.Perez connected for a solo shot, his third home run in four games since returning from surgery, to open the scoring in the fourth. Merrifield homered two innings later.Those were the blemishes during an otherwise solid night for Chicago righty Michael Kopech (4-7), who spaced two runs and six hits in seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Royals trade Emmanuel Rivera to D-backs for Luke Weaver

Royals trade Emmanuel Rivera to D-backs for Luke Weaver

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for third baseman Emmanuel Rivera on Monday.Weaver, 28, made 12 appearances (one start) for the Diamondbacks this season and went 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In his three-plus seasons in Arizona, he went 9-19 with a 4.72 ERA.The former first-round draft pick was selected by the Cardinals back in 2014 with the 27th overall pick. He spent the first three seasons of his career in St. Louis.
Royals trade for Mariners LHP Anthony Misiewicz

Royals trade for Mariners LHP Anthony Misiewicz

The Seattle Mariners sent left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Kansas City Royals on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.The Mariners designated Misiewicz for assignment Sunday.
Aaron Judge HR tear continues as Yankees top Royals

Aaron Judge HR tear continues as Yankees top Royals

Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the second inning, the 200th of his career, and the host New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Saturday afternoon.Judge hit his 42nd home run of the season when he connected on a 2-2 fastball from Jonathan Heasley and parked it in the right-field seats to give the Yankees an early 4-0 lead.It was Judge's 12th home run in his past 14 games and fourth of the series. He hit a game-ending homer off Scott Barlow on Thursday, then capped an eight-run eighth inning with a grand slam Friday after reaching 40 homers earlier in that game.Judge reached 200 homers in his 671st career game. The only player to get there quicker was Ryan Howard, whose 200th career homer occurred in the first baseman's 658th career game back in 2009.Judge reached base in his first four plate appearances Saturday before flying out in the eighth. He singled and scored on a double by Gleyber Torres in the first and drew walks in the fourth and sixth after his latest homer.DJ LeMahieu led off the game for the Yankees with a home run as New York capitalized on three Kansas City errors to pull away.LeMahieu also had an RBI single in the fourth after rookie shortstop Maikel Garcia dropped a pop up by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Whit Merrifield had a throw from third baseman Nicky Lopez go off his glove on a force play.Kiner-Falefa also scored in the sixth on a throwing error by Royals catcher Salvador Perez. Kiner-Falefa opened the sixth inning with a walk, was balked to second by Josh Staumont, stole third and scored when Perez's throw sailed into left field.
Salvador Perez homers late as Royals avoid sweep to Yankees

Salvador Perez homers late as Royals avoid sweep to Yankees

Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning off Clay Holmes and the visiting Kansas City Royals rallied for an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday afternoon to snap a five-game losing streak.The Royals blew a late lead for the second time in the four-game series, but this time they were able to recover and earned their second win in 57 games when trailing after eight innings.Whit Merrifield started the comeback by getting a walk and rookie Bobby Witt Jr. reached when he was hit in the hand.Perez then gave the Royals an 8-6 lead by hammering a 1-2 sinker from Holmes (5-2) onto the netting above Monument Park in center field.Before Holmes blew his third save in 20 chances, Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer off Dylan Coleman to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead in the seventh, and Hunter Dozier opened the eighth with a homer off Ron Marinaccio to pull the Royals within 6-5.Taylor Clarke (2-1) got the final six outs. After getting two groundouts in a perfect eighth, Clarke held on in the ninth.Clarke allowed a single to DJ LeMahieu, retired MLB home run leader Aaron Judge on a long fly ball, walked Rizzo and ended the four-hour marathon by retiring Gleyber Torres.Kyle Higashioka hit an RBI single and LeMahieu hit a two-run homer to start the comeback in the fifth off Zach Greinke, but the Yankees ultimately fell to 55-2 when leading after eight. New York was unable to get its 70th victory and major league-leading 30th comeback victory.
Aaron Judge leads big Yankee comeback vs. Royals

Aaron Judge leads big Yankee comeback vs. Royals

Aaron Judge became the first player this season to reach 40 homers and then capped an eight-run eighth inning with a grand slam as the New York Yankees rallied for an 11-5 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Friday night.Judge reached 40 homers by hitting a 449-foot two-run shot to left field in the third. The slugger then slammed his fourth career grand slam when he hit a first-pitch changeup to the short porch in right field.Judge's drive against Jackson Kowar gave the Yankees an 11-5 lead and marked his major league-leading ninth multi-homer game this season.Judge set a team record for multi-homer games in a season, breaking the previous mark held by Gleyber Torres (2019), Alex Rodriguez (2007), Mickey Mantle (1961) and Babe Ruth (1927).Before Judge's second homer in the eighth inning, the Yankees tied the game on an infield single by newcomer Andrew Benintendi and a bases-loaded walk by Aaron Hicks off Scott Barlow (4-4). New York took a 6-5 lead when Isiah Kiner-Falefa extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left and Jose Trevino made it 7-5 on an RBI groundout.New York's 29th comeback win occurred after Kansas City rookie shortstop Maikel Garcia booted a potential double play grounder by Josh Donaldson.Before pulling off their latest comeback, the Yankees took a 3-0 lead on a solo homer by Anthony Rizzo in the first inning and a two-run drive in the third by Judge, whose game-ending homer off Barlow gave New York a 1-0 win Thursday.Judge joined Roger Maris (1961) and Babe Ruth (1928) as the third Yankee to reach 40 homers by the end of July, according to MLB.com.
Yankees' Aaron Judge hits 40th homer of season

Yankees' Aaron Judge hits 40th homer of season

Aaron Judge belted his major-league-leading 40th home run of the season on Thursday, joining an exclusive club of New York Yankees who have reached that milestone by the end of July.Judge hit a two-run shot against the Kansas City Royals' Kris Bubic in the third inning at New York.Only Babe Ruth, who had 41 homers before August in 1928, and Roger Maris, who had 40 by the end of July in 1961, previously accomplished the feat for the Yankees.

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