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Sun, Jul 21
vs Chicago White Sox (27-73)
  • Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
  • KC -240, O/U 8
Middle 5th
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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
59-38 4-6 L1
54-43 5-5 L2
54-45 6-4 W2
49-50 8-2 W4
27-73 1-9 L6

Top Royals News

  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Sitting again Sunday

    Fermin is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.

    Fermin will sit for the second straight game while Salvador Perez starts behind the plate and Adam Frazier serves as the Royals' designated hitter. The Royals' willingness to deploy Perez at first base or DH on his non-catching days should continue to open up more playing time for Fermin compared to most No. 2 backstops, though Fermin's opportunities have taken a hit while his bat has cooled down of late. Fermin has gone 2-for-14 with a walk and four strikeouts over his last four starts.

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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Massey is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.

    Massey went 3-for-8 with a triple, three RBI and a run in the first two games out of the second half but will head to the bench for Sunday's contest. Garrett Hampson will receive a start at second base and bat sixth in the series finale.

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  • Royals' Bobby Witt: Racks up three more hits Saturday

    Witt went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in Saturday's 6-1 win against the White Sox.

    Witt has come out of the All-Star break firing on all cylinders, going 6-for-7 with two extra-base hits (a homer and a double), three RBI and three runs through two contests. His span of excellence extends well before the break, though, as he's batting a magnificent .491 (27-for-55) with five homers, 13 RBI and 15 runs over his past 14 games. Witt's hot streak has pushed his season batting average up to .332, second only to Steven Kwan (.351) among qualified major-league hitters.

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  • Royals' Brady Singer: Tosses seven scoreless frames

    Singer (6-6) earned the win over the White Sox on Saturday, allowing five hits and issuing two walks while striking out seven batters over seven scoreless innings.

    All five of Chicago's hits against Singer were singles, and he needed an efficient 93 pitches to get through seven frames. The right-hander has completed at least seven innings in three of his past five outings, and he has given up more than one run just once over his past six starts. Over that span, Singer has recorded a 2.12 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 30:11 K:BB across 34.0 innings.

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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: On bench Saturday

    Fermin is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Fermin will head to the bench after he went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in Friday's 7-1 win. Adam Frazier will slot in at designated hitter while Drew Waters enters the lineup in left field and bats seventh versus Chicago.

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  • Royals' Alec Marsh: Makes relief appearance

    Marsh appeared out of the bullpen in Friday's 7-1 win over the White Sox, allowing two hits and striking out one over one scoreless inning.

    Marsh's last start before the All-Star break was July 10, so this relief appearance was likely just to get him back into his pitching rhythm in a lopsided game. The Royals haven't specified their pitching plans beyond this weekend, but it's safe to assume Marsh will take the hill at some point during their three-game series versus the Diamondbacks that begins Monday. Through 91.2 innings, Marsh has a mediocre 4.52 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 84:29 K:BB across 18 appearances (17 starts).

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  • Royals' Maikel Garcia: Nabs steal Friday

    Garcia went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in Friday's 7-1 win over the White Sox.

    After an uninspiring June, Garcia has steadied himself in July, batting .250 (9-for-36) over 12 contests. His steal Friday was his first since he swiped two bags June 28. The infielder is at a .231/.284/.344 slash line with 22 steals, six home runs, 43 RBI, 56 runs scored, 15 doubles and five triples over 96 games this season. Garcia's counting stats are likely to be less notable during the second half if he remains near the bottom of the order, as he's been replaced by Adam Frazier as the Royals' leadoff hitter against right-handed pitchers.

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  • Royals' Bobby Witt: Perfect day at dish

    Witt went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Witt picked up where he left off after a terrific first half by belting a solo homer in the first inning. He later knocked an RBI single in the third and scored another run during the Royals' five-run fifth. Witt has been unstoppable over the last few weeks; in 13 games since June 30, he's slashing .471/.482/.863 with nine extra-base hits. For the season, Witt owns a .944 OPS with 65 RBI, 22 steals and 17 home runs through 429 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Michael Wacha: Cruises to easy win

    Wacha (7-6) allowed four hits and a walk over seven shutout frames Friday, striking out seven and earning a win over the White Sox.

    Wacha gave up a leadoff double on the second pitch of the game but allowed just one other runner to reach scoring position during his outing. He retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. Since giving up seven runs to the Rangers on May 4, Wacha hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any start. During that 10-game stretch, he's 6-2 with a 2.30 ERA. Wacha dropped his season ERA down to 3.55 with an 85:28 K:BB through 96.1 innings. His next start is projected to be at home against the Diamondbacks.

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  • Royals' Austin Cox: Back with Kansas City on MiLB deal

    The Royals re-signed Cox to a minor-league contract Tuesday.

    Cox opted out of his minor-league contract with Kansas City last week but has ultimately returned on a re-worked deal. The left-handed reliever holds a 4.03 ERA and 29:17 K:BB in 29 innings with Triple-A Omaha this season.

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  • Royals' Dinelson Lamet: Gets MiLB deal from Kansas City

    The Royals signed Lamet to a minor-league contract Friday.

    Lamet had remained a free agent since opting out of his minor-league contract with the Dodgers back in early June, but he's finally latched on with another organization. The veteran right-hander had been pitching mostly as a starter with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but it's not clear whether the Royals are planning on a starting or relief role for Lamet at Triple-A Omaha.

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  • Royals' Drew Waters: Recalled from Omaha

    The Royals recalled Waters from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

    With MJ Melendez (ankle) landing on the injured list Tuesday, Waters will return to Kansas City to give the Royals additional outfield depth coming out of the All-Star break. The 25-year-old went 1-for-8 during his first MLB stint in June, and he's slashed .277/.362/.502 with 44 RBI across 287 plate appearances with Omaha.

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  • Royals' Carter Jensen: Climbs to Double-A

    The Royals promoted Jensen from High-A Quad Cities to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday.

    The 21-year-old Jensen will be getting a promotion coming out of the All-Star break, as he'll make the jump to Double-A after slashing .271/.386/.435 with 10 home runs, 16 stolen bases and a 15.5-percent walk rate. Though questions remain about Jensen's ability to stick behind the plate long term, the Royals are continuing to develop him as a catcher, which would enhance his fantasy appeal if/when he reaches the big leagues.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: On 10-day IL

    The Royals placed Melendez on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

    Melendez suffered a sprained left ankle during Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox and will miss at least the Royals' first six games coming out of the All-Star break before he's eligible for activation July 26. While Melendez is sidelined, Dairon Blanco and Garrett Hampson should see action in left field.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .247


Player Injury
M. Melendez LF MJ Melendez LF Ankle
K. Wright SP Kyle Wright SP Shoulder
D. Altavilla RP Dan Altavilla RP Oblique
J. Taylor RP Josh Taylor RP Biceps

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