KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 14 Dec 2018 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Billy Hamilton signs a one year agreement with the Kansas City Royals https://www.komu.com/news/billy-hamilton-signs-a-one-year-agreement-with-the-kansas-city-royals/ https://www.komu.com/news/billy-hamilton-signs-a-one-year-agreement-with-the-kansas-city-royals/ Baseball Mon, 10 Dec 2018 4:07:24 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU-8 Sports Digital Producer Billy Hamilton signs a one year agreement with the Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY- Billy Hamilton agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. His contract will be worth $5.25 million, according to ESPN.

Hamilton spent his first six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. His speed could be a great impact for the Royals defense. In his first six seasons he stole 277 bases. He is considered one of the fastest players in the league.

The Reds did not offer him a contract due to his at bat performance last season. He had a .236 batting average and a .299 on-base percentage.

Hamilton is regarded as among the three best defensive center fielders in baseball according to yahoo sports.


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Milwaukee Brewers claim the National League Central title https://www.komu.com/news/milwaukee-brewers-claim-the-national-league-central-title/ https://www.komu.com/news/milwaukee-brewers-claim-the-national-league-central-title/ Baseball Mon, 1 Oct 2018 5:48:59 PM Madeline Boccardi, KOMU-8 Sports Digital Producer Milwaukee Brewers claim the National League Central title

CHICAGO- The Milwaukee Brewers are now the National League central division winners after beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will stay at home to play the loser of the one-game wild card game tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rookies.

The Brewers are awarded a two-day break before they face the wild-card winner. The winner of the wild-card game will travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers for the first two games of the series on Thursday night.


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Cubs lose 2-1 to Cards as NL Central race goes to final day https://www.komu.com/news/cubs-lose-2-1-to-cards-as-nl-central-race-goes-to-final-day/ https://www.komu.com/news/cubs-lose-2-1-to-cards-as-nl-central-race-goes-to-final-day/ Baseball Sun, 30 Sep 2018 8:33:58 AM The Associated Press Cubs lose 2-1 to Cards as NL Central race goes to final day

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are going to the final day of the season with a shot at the NL Central championship.

Whether they take it outright, blow their big opportunity or have to play a tiebreaker remains unclear.

So much uncertainty for a team hoping for another long postseason.

The Cubs wasted a solid performance by Cole Hamels in a 2-1 loss to Miles Mikolas and the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, making for a muddled NL playoff picture.

Hamels and company dropped into a tie with Milwaukee for the division lead when the Brewers rallied for a 6-5 victory over Detroit.

The Cardinals kept alive their chance for a wild card, but were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-6 victory at San Francisco.

The Cubs have locked up a playoff spot, but that's all they know at this point.

"It's a special moment to be able to see that type of intensity that comes with meaningful games and that sort of playoff atmosphere," Hamels said before Milwaukee's victory. "It's a little bit better when you win. ... (To win the World Series), you're gonna have to play some really tough teams at some tough moments, high intensity, high stakes."

The Cubs would have wrapped up their third straight division championship with a victory and a loss by the Brewers to Detroit on Saturday night. Chicago and Milwaukee would meet in a tiebreaker at Wrigley Field on Monday if they wind up with identical records, with the loser then playing in a wild-card game at home on Tuesday.

"There's nothing to lament with our guys," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, whose team led the division by five games on Sept. 2. "They've been playing very well for a long period of time. Our route's been a little different than everybody else. We'll come back ready to play (Sunday) and see how it all falls."

Mikolas (18-4) allowed one unearned run and five hits in his fifth straight win. He struck out six, walked none and improved to 10-0 in 16 road starts.

"Credit to him, he shows up prepared, is even keeled and goes out there and executes and pitches," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "Just a fantastic job today."

Carlos Martinez worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong each had RBI singles. Carpenter also scored a run. And the Cardinals got back to winning after matching a season high with four straight losses.

"We did everything we could today," Mikolas said.

Hamels (4-3) was a tough-luck loser, dropping his third straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine outings following a trade from Texas. The left-hander gave up two runs, one earned, and three hits in seven innings. He struck out eight , walked two and hit two batters.

Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Daniel Murphy hit fly balls to the warning track. But the Cubs got shut out the rest of the way after taking a 1-0 lead in the first.

GRABBING THE LEAD

Ben Zobrist singled and scored when second baseman Yairo Munoz let Javier Baez's pop fly deflect off his glove as he tried to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch in shallow right field.

It was the Cardinals' major league-leading 132nd error.

Carpenter played a role in both runs as St. Louis scored in the fourth and fifth to go up 2-1.

He reached on interference by catcher Victor Caratini and scored on DeJong's single in the fourth. Harrison Bader got hit by a pitch leading off the fifth and scored on a single by Carpenter, who got thrown out by Caratini trying to take second on the play.

DOMINATING

Mikolas' 18 wins are the most by a Cardinals pitcher since Adam Wainwright's 20 in 2014. ... Hamels has a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts for Chicago.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Bud Norris (tight left hamstring) was unavailable, Shildt said. Norris faced two batters in the seventh inning Friday before leaving the game.

Cubs: RHP Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) said he does not expect to pitch again until the playoffs. Injured running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington on Sept. 13, he still experiences some discomfort on the landing throwing off the mound. "I expect to feel it a little bit," Strop said. "But it was nothing major, nothing like I reinjured it. I knew it was gonna hurt at some point. I'm not afraid of it."

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (8-8, 3.16 ERA) pitches in the regular-season finale on Sunday. He is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his past five starts.

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (5-6, 3.99 ERA) tries to close out the regular season on a winning note after getting tagged for five runs in four innings in a loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.


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Mondesi's 3-run HR lifts Royals to 9-4 win over Indians https://www.komu.com/news/mondesi-s-3-run-hr-lifts-royals-to-9-4-win-over-indians/ https://www.komu.com/news/mondesi-s-3-run-hr-lifts-royals-to-9-4-win-over-indians/ Baseball Sun, 30 Sep 2018 8:16:41 AM The Associated Press Mondesi's 3-run HR lifts Royals to 9-4 win over Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After losing an inconsequential game to the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians were relieved catcher Yan Gomes' injury was not as serious as first feared.

Adalberto Mondesi hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 9-4 win over the Indians on Saturday night.

Gomes left the game in the bottom of the third with an injured right hand after he was hit by Alex Gordon's bat on a backswing as he attempted to throw out would-be base-stealer Mondesi. The Indians' training staff led Gomes off the field as Gordon was called out for interference and Mondesi sent back to first. Gomes was replaced by Roberto Perez.

Gomes received two stitches on his hand near his thumb.

"I think we kind of dodged a bullet right there," Manager Terry Francona said. "When it first happened it was bleeding like crazy. He got a couple of stitches, but it's just a contusion. The doctors feel like in a couple of days, he gets the swelling out of there. He could play with the stitches but they feel like they can have them out of there by Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm sure he's going to be sore for a few days, but it looks like he's going to be OK."

Corey Kluber gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings in his final regular season start for Cleveland. Working with a short pitch count in his tune-up for American League Division Series against Houston, Kluber struck out six while throwing 80 pitches.

"I think there's a couple of times I made mistakes, but that happens every game," Kluber said. "For the most part I executed pitches the way I wanted to. It may not have always gone the way I wanted it to, but that's part of the game."

Kluber finished the year fifth in the AL with a 2.89 ERA. He walked 34 batters in 33 starts for a league-leading walk rate of 1.42 per nine innings.

"I thought he was actually pretty good," Francona said. "His line's not going to look as good. We didn't finish some plays. Melky (Cabrera) kind of came in and then didn't make the play and that ended up being three. After that the game got ugly."

After reliever Andrew Miller (2-4) gave up a single to Alcides Escobar in the sixth and a two-out walk to Whit Merrifield, Mondesi hit the next pitch into the left-center stands to break a 3-3 tie.

"Just stay short to the ball," Mondesi said. "I know if I go with that plan, you got time to recognize the pitch. Stay short and put a good swing on a pitch."

The Royals added another run with consecutive hits by Gordon, Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Merrifield led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single to center, then stole second and third. He leads the American League with 191 hits and 44 steals. Merrifield, who also had a two-run double in the fourth, has a 19-game hitting streak, tying for the longest in the majors this year and matching his career best set last year.

Jakob Junis (9-12) went six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Junis has walked just three in his last seven starts, over 56 innings, the best walk rate among American League starters over that span. Junis is 4-1 in 11 starts since Aug. 1, with a 3.38 ERA.

"I got off to a slow start," Junis said. "I was making decent pitches, they were just finding holes. Thankfully, they were just singles and I was able to limit the damage to just a couple runs and no extra base hits or home runs."

Mondesi has hit seven of his 14 homers in the last 15 games. Since August 25, he is hitting .322 (39 for 122) with 10 homers and 19 RBIs over 29 games.

Rookie Meibrys Viloria had three hits and drove in the Royals' first run with a two-out, second-inning single.

Yonder Alonso and Cabrera gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the third with consecutive two-out, run-scoring singles.

Jose Ramirez, who had three hits, capped the scoring with a solo homer, his 39th, to lead off the eighth. Ramirez is hitting .177 (25 for 141) over his last 39 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: INF Erik Gonzalez is under concussion protocol after getting beaned Wednesday. "He's doing better today," Francona said. "He's actually going to go do some stuff in the weight room, get the blood flowing."

Royals: C Salvador Perez was held out of Saturday's lineup due to nagging left thumb pain. "It's been sore all month," manager Ned Yost said. "It's one of those things that he deals with and he's still been very productive." Perez is expected to be ready for Sunday's season finale.

UP NEXT

RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-10, 3.42 ERA) closes out the regular season against LHP Eric Skoglund (1-5, 5.40). Francona expects Carrasco to throw about 80 pitches before giving way to RHP Trevor Bauer, who the Indians hope will finish from there.


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Cardinals playoff hopes slipping through their gloves https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-playoff-hopes-slipping-through-their-gloves/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-playoff-hopes-slipping-through-their-gloves/ Baseball Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:33:23 PM Sarah Bush, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Cardinals playoff hopes slipping through their gloves

ST. LOUIS - The Milwaukee Brewers clinched a playoff spot with a series sweep over The St. Louis Cardinals 2-1. This is Milwaukee's first playoff spot since 2011.

The Cardinals were looking for a win to improve their chances of post-season play.

St. Louis scored its only run in the fourth inning, but Brewers' pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had shutouts in each of the last five innings.

The Cardinals had momentum and were in scoring position in the bottom of the 8th inning, but Adolis Garcia was tagged out at home plate when he tried to advance on the play to end the inning.

St. Louis will travel to Chicago for its match up against the Cubs on Friday at 1:20 p.m. It's a must-win to keep the Cardinals' play off hopes alive.


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St.Louis Cardinals look to continue their win streak https://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-cardinals-look-to-continue-their-win-streak/ https://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-cardinals-look-to-continue-their-win-streak/ Baseball Mon, 24 Sep 2018 4:29:38 PM Madeline Boccardi, Sports Digital Producer KOMU-8 St.Louis Cardinals look to continue their win streak

ST. LOUIS- The St.Louis Cardinals continue a homestand to face the Milwaukee Brewers after a clean sweep against the San Francisco Giants.

Milwaukee has a two-game edge over the Cardinals for the first wild card spot. The Cardinals are a game and a half ahead of Colorado for the second spot.

This series is important for the Brewers as they can possibly clinch the wildcard spot or potentially knock out the Cardinals of the wildcard chase with a sweep.

The two teams are split with eight wins a piece this season. They are also both 6-4 in their last 10 games entering tonight’s game.

Lefthanded reliever Dan Jennings will get his first start in the major leagues tonight. Jennings will face off against righthander Jack Flaherty on the mound tonight.

First pitch will begin at 7:15 p.m tonight at Busch Stadium.


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Royals split four game set in Detroit https://www.komu.com/news/royals-split-four-game-set-in-detroit/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-split-four-game-set-in-detroit/ Baseball Sun, 23 Sep 2018 9:39:53 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals split four game set in Detroit

Detroit - With the regular season winding to a close, the Kansas City Royals are battling to avoid becoming the worst team in franchise history. A four game road series with fellow bottom dweller Detroit represented a chance for young players to continue their growth for both clubs.

Chirstin Stewart blasted two home runs for the Tigers Thursday to power them to an 11-8 win.

Ian Kennedy was fantastic on the bump for the Royals, going seven strong innings while allowing just two earned runs as Kanas City bounced back with a 4-3 win on Friday.

On Saturday, Mikie Mahtook drilled a two run home run in the eighth inning and put the Tigers ahead for good as Detroit held on for a 5-4 win in Victor Martinez’s final game.

The Brad Keller show was on display Sunday afternoon. He confused the Tigers over seven one run innings as the Royals secured a four game split with a 3-2 victory.

The Royals will travel to Cincinnati for a three game series with the Reds to begin the final week of the regular season. Three wins this week would prevent the 2018 Royals from having the worst record in club history.


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Cardinals maintain 1.5 game wild card lead with sweep https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-maintain-1-5-game-wild-card-lead-with-sweep/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-maintain-1-5-game-wild-card-lead-with-sweep/ Baseball Sun, 23 Sep 2018 9:16:35 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals maintain 1.5 game wild card lead with sweep

St. Louis - The St. Louis Cardinals entered this weekend’s series with the Giants clinging to a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers for the final National League Wild Card spot. With six games against the Brewers and Cubs on tap to end the season, St. Louis needed to take full advantage of the home series against the struggling Giants.

Matt Adams was the hero on Friday. His pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and provided the final blow in a 5-3 Cardinals win. St. Louis leaned on its bullpen for 6.1 two run innings after starter John Gant only managed to get through 2.2 innings.

Another day another hero. Tyler O’Neill played the part on Saturday, as his 10th inning walk-off home run lifted the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory. St. Louis won despite committing four errors, as San Francisco stranded 11 base runners.

Sunday’s game went a bit more according to plan for the Cardinals. The Redbirds completed the three game sweep with a dominant 9-2 win. Miles Mikolas shut down the Giants offense on the bump, allowing just two hits and one run over seven innings to win his 17th game of the season. Mikolas’ 17th victory draws him into a tie for the National League lead in wins.

While the Cardinals impressed with the three game sweep, the Rockies matched with a three game sweep of their own this weekend. St. Louis maintains its 1.5 game lead over Colorado for the final wild card spot with the final week of the regular season ahead. The Cardinals will play a three game home series with the Brewers to start the week, and finish with a crucial three game weekend road set with the Cubs. The Rockies play at home for all seven of their games, four with Philadelphia and three against Washington.


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O'Neill's homer in 10th lifts Cardinals over Giants 5-4 https://www.komu.com/news/o-neill-s-homer-in-10th-lifts-cardinals-over-giants-5-4/ https://www.komu.com/news/o-neill-s-homer-in-10th-lifts-cardinals-over-giants-5-4/ Baseball Sun, 23 Sep 2018 7:59:57 AM The Associated Press O'Neill's homer in 10th lifts Cardinals over Giants 5-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler O'Neill thought about it for brief moment.

The St. Louis outfielder gave strong consideration to flexing his muscles for the Busch Stadium crowd following his solo home run in the 10th inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

"I decided that might be a little too much," O'Neill said.

The son of Terry O'Neill, an award-winning Canadian body builder in the 1970s, Tyler was stripped of his jersey top and undershirt by jubilant teammates seconds after he crossed home plate with the Cardinals' 11th walkoff win of the season.

O'Neill's two-out drive allowed St. Louis to retain its hold on the final wild card spot in the NL. The Cardinals began the day 1 ½ games ahead of Colorado. They started three behind Milwaukee for the top wild-card slot.

Yadier Molina also homered for the Cardinals, who won for the fifth time in six games. San Francisco has lost three in a row.

O'Neill hit his ninth homer, connecting off Mark Melancon (0-3) to give the Cardinals their club record eighth walkoff homer of the season.

"I've had a couple walkoffs in my minor league career, but nothing comes close to being in a pennant race and finishing it off for the guys," O'Neill said.

O'Neill came into the game in the seventh inning as part of a double switch.

"He's a powerful guy, the ball just jumps off his bat," manager Mike Shildt said. "He's a threat every time he steps into the box."

Carlos Martinez (8-6) pitched two scoreless innings. He wriggled out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the 10th with a pair of strikeouts.

Adam Wainwright, making his third start for St. Louis since elbow inflammation put him on the disabled list, gave up four earned runs on eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

"I didn't think I had as crisp a cutter or fastball, but I located well," Wainwright said. "I had a good breaking ball going."

Shildt indicated that Wainwright would get another start, most likely in the season-ending series next weekend in Chicago against the Cubs.

Molina tied it with a two-run homer off Dereck Rodriguez in the seventh inning. It was Molina's 19th home run, but only his second at home.

Aramis Garcia, who had four hits, gave the Giants a 3-2 lead with a two-run single off Wainwright in the seventh.

Rodriguez, the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked one.

"I felt like I threw a good game," Rodriguez said. "I felt like I battled out there."

Joe Panik had three hits and drove in a run for the Giants.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: INF Kolten Wong was held out of the lineup as a precautionary measure. He left Friday's game with a sore hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.

"(He's) in pretty good shape," Shildt said.

UP NEXT

RHP Miles Mikolas (16-4, 3.01) will face LHP Andrew Suarez (7-11, 4.24) in the final game of the three-game series on Sunday. Mikolas is 16-0 when receiving two or more runs of support. Suarez is 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in his last five starts.


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Adams lifts Cardinals past Giants 5-3 https://www.komu.com/news/adams-lifts-cardinals-past-giants-5-3/ https://www.komu.com/news/adams-lifts-cardinals-past-giants-5-3/ Baseball Sat, 22 Sep 2018 8:08:31 AM The Associated Press Adams lifts Cardinals past Giants 5-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Shildt likes going to Matt Adams in big spots.

He showed why Friday night.

Adams sliced a broken-bat, two-run double down the third-base line, lifting St. Louis to a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Harrison Bader sparked the winning rally with a two-out walk against Mark Melancon (0-2). Yairo Munoz then singled before Melancon was replaced by left-hander Tony Watson.

Shildt thought that would be the case.

"I told him regardless, 'They bring (Watson) in, it's your at-bat,'" Shildt said. "I like 'Big City' there. He's taken big at-bats against lefties, he knows what this stage looks like."

Adams doubled to left on a 2-1 pitch , eluding third baseman Evan Longoria and giving St. Louis a 5-3 lead.

"I got a pitch to hit," Adams said. "I was able to get some part of the bat on it and it found a hole."

Watson said he felt like he threw the pitch where he wanted it to be.

"I'd throw the same pitch again," he said. "He didn't get much on it but he got enough to get the job done."

John Brebbia (3-3) struck out the side in the eighth for the win and Carlos Martinez picked up his fourth save in four chances.

St. Louis moved within 4 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost 10-4 to the White Sox. The Cardinals also stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado for the second NL wild card.

Shildt said his focus is for his team to compete each day.

"It doesn't do us any service to try and look ahead and make anything bigger than it is," Shildt said. "It's really about the opportunity tomorrow to compete and play good winning baseball."

Longoria had three hits for San Francisco, which has dropped 14 of 18. Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

St. Louis jumped in front on Marcell Ozuna's two-out RBI single in the first, ending a scoreless string of 14 2/3 innings by Bumgarner at Busch Stadium dating to 2014.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy lamented his team's bad luck.

"Ball down the third-base line killed us," Bochy said. "Watson makes a good pitch, breaks a bat and (Adams) just hit it down the line."

John Gant lasted just 2 2/3 innings for St. Louis in his shortest outing of the season. He allowed one run and four hits.

The Giants tied it at 3 with two runs in the seventh against Jordan Hicks. Gregor Blanco singled in Austin Slater. With one out and runners on first and third, Longoria drove in Alen Hanson with a grounder to first.

BIRTHDAY PRESENT

It was Martinez's 27th birthday. He has been a starter for most of his career, so it was the first time he had recorded a save on his birthday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: INF Brandon Belt had surgery in San Francisco to clean up his torn meniscus and cartilage damage in his right knee. Bochy said Belt is expected to be ready for spring training. Belt hit .253 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs this season.

Cardinals: INF Kolten Wong left after seven innings due to cramping. He was replaced by Munoz. ... RHP Giovanny Gallegos was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 27-year-old Gallegos was acquired along with LHP Chasen Shreve in a July 29 trade with the New York Yankees for INF Luke Voit.

UP NEXT

Giants RHP Dereck Rodriguez (6-4, 2.30 ERA) faces Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 3.72 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Wainwright is 6-7 in his career against San Francisco. Rodriguez is facing the Cardinals for the second time after recording a no-decision in a 3-2 Giants win on July 6.


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The Pirates plunder the Royals https://www.komu.com/news/the-pirates-plunder-the-royals/ https://www.komu.com/news/the-pirates-plunder-the-royals/ Baseball Wed, 19 Sep 2018 9:01:56 PM Sarah Bush, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter The Pirates plunder the Royals

PITTSBURGH- Kansas City was swept in the series against Pittsburgh as it lost game 3  2-1.

The Pirates scored in the second inning.  The Royals responded quickly with a run in the third. The game was tied and Kansas City was within reach of avoiding a series sweep until Pittsburgh's Adam Frazier hit a solo home run into center field in the fifth inning. The Royals kept their bats swinging late in the game but were not able to run in any more scores.

The Kansas City Royals look to break their losing streak in Detroit on Thursday at 6:10 PM.


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Royals take three of four from division rival Twins https://www.komu.com/news/royals-take-three-of-four-from-division-rival-twins/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-take-three-of-four-from-division-rival-twins/ Baseball Sun, 16 Sep 2018 9:18:43 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Reporter Royals take three of four from division rival Twins

Kansas City - The Kansas City Royals entered Sunday looking for a rare four game sweep of a division rival. Despite their inability to complete that sweep on Sunday, the club’s improved play in September is encouraging with eyes towards next season.

Heath Fillmyer bounced back from a rough start last weekend against the Twins with a strong start against those same Twins on Thursday night. The rookie right hander went a career high 7 1/3 innings in a 6-4 Royals win.

Salvador Perez blasted a walk-off grand slam to cap a five run ninth and give Kansas City an 8-4 win on Friday. Perez’s walk-off was the Royals’ fourth in their last 13 home games.

This September surge has primarily been powered by the Royals’ young players, but Saturday night’s 10-3 victory was led by the veterans. Ian Kennedy snapped a 17 start winless streak by limiting the Twins to just two runs over a dazzling six innings and Alex Gordon drove in five runs.

The Twins blasted four home runs on Sunday and beat the Royals 9-6 to avoid the four game sweep. Adalberto Mondesi and Ryan O’Hearn both had three hits for Kansas City, but Minnesota’s 18 hits were too much.


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Kennedy sharp, Gordon with 5 RBIs as Royals beat Twins 10-3 https://www.komu.com/news/kennedy-sharp-gordon-with-5-rbis-as-royals-beat-twins-10-3/ https://www.komu.com/news/kennedy-sharp-gordon-with-5-rbis-as-royals-beat-twins-10-3/ Baseball Sun, 16 Sep 2018 8:38:28 AM The Associated Press Kennedy sharp, Gordon with 5 RBIs as Royals beat Twins 10-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ian Kennedy, Alex Gordon and the rest of the Royals' veterans have been watching as their talented young teammates delivered win after win during a surprising late-season surge.

They finally got a piece of the action Saturday night.

Kennedy pitched six innings to earn his first win since the first week of April, Gordon drove in five runs, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 10-3 for their fifth win in six games.

Another of the old guard, Alcides Escobar, had three RBIs while finishing a homer shy of the cycle, and Cam Gallagher ended a 0-for-14 skid with a career-best four hits, in a blowout that set Kansas City up for a shot at a four-game sweep of its AL Central rivals on Sunday.

"We're not looking at it like that. We feel like we're a quality team that's playing well right now," Gordon said. "Whether you're young or old, it doesn't really matter."

Kennedy (2-8) allowed six hits while striking out four in his second start since a two-month stint on the disabled list. The right-hander allowed only Ehire Adrianza's RBI single in the second and Logan Forsythe's run-scoring hit in the fifth to earn his second home win in two years.

"I just knew it had been a long time," said Kennedy, who ended a 17-start winless streak with his first since April 7. "It was the first win since last September that I got at home. I did know that."

Gordon had an RBI groundout in the first, a two-run double in the fourth and another two-run double in the sixth. He finished one RBI shy of his career best, set against Baltimore on May 18, 2014.

"He had some fantastic at-bats," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "His focus has been beating the shift and I told him he was like Rod Carew tonight, peppering it down the left-field line."

Most of the damage came against Chase De Jong (0-1), who was pounded for five runs — three earned — on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. It was a far different from his start against the Royals last week, when De Jong allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in a game the Twins won 3-1.

This time, Kansas City jumped out to a 2-1 lead before a four-run fourth provided a comfortable cushion. Escobar started the scoring with an RBI triple, then scored when he was caught in a run-down and the throw toward home hit him in the back and bounced away.

Twins skipper Paul Molitor and third base coach Gene Glynn took exception with the umpiring on the play, and both earned their second ejections of the season. That meant they weren't around to see Gordon add a two-run double later in the inning and give Kansas City a 6-2 advantage.

The Royals' longtime outfielder hit his second two-run double a couple innings later, his third hit of the night, before grounding out in his final at-bat.

"It was nice. I'm proud of the way Alex has continued to battle back," Yost said. "He had a rough year last year. He's worked hard and it's paying off for him."

ON THE TOSS

Molitor said he came out to question whether Gallagher had squared to bunt on a suicide-squeeze in the fourth inning, when he got ejected. "We didn't execute the play and that was probably what had my emotion kind of high anyway," he said. "They were giving us an out there and take a runner out of scoring position and we can't execute. So, I didn't bother to look at it. We didn't get the call. I wasn't happy at the time. I stepped out of the dugout, which you can't do on a ball-and-strike call, which is why I got tossed as quickly as I did."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: C Mitch Garver (concussion) did some light cardio Saturday after his team sent him back to the hotel the previous night. Garver took a foul ball off his mask Wednesday, and he began to feel the effects of a concussion taking batting practice Friday. "He's not doing as well as we had hoped," Molitor said. "We are labeling it in the concussion category. And with all concussions kind of being unique in themselves, we'll just have to see how he progresses."

Royals: RHP Jorge Lopez (bruised ribs) had an MRI exam that came back clean, and Yost said he's day-to-day. Jopez left in the fifth inning of Friday night's game. He fell three outs shy of a perfect game his previous start last Saturday at Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Royals RHP Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.28 ERA) tries to keep his hot streak going in the series finale against RHP Kyle Gibson (7-13, 3.67) and the Twins. Junis has a 2.83 ERA over 10 starts since returning from the disabled list on July 21, and has 58 strikeouts in 60 innings.


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Puig's 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Dodgers over Cards 17-4 https://www.komu.com/news/puig-s-3-homers-7-rbis-lead-dodgers-over-cards-17-4/ https://www.komu.com/news/puig-s-3-homers-7-rbis-lead-dodgers-over-cards-17-4/ Baseball Sun, 16 Sep 2018 8:28:19 AM The Associated Press Puig's 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Dodgers over Cards 17-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yasiel Puig has never missed the postseason since making his major league debut in 2013, and he doesn't plan on ending that run.

Puig homered three times and had a career-high seven RBIs, giving him five homers in two games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed St. Louis 17-4 Saturday and moved into first place in the National League West.

The Dodgers moved a half-game ahead of Colorado in the division following the Rockies' 3-0 loss to San Francisco.

The Cardinals are a half-game behind Colorado in the race for the second National League wild card.

"We want to be back in the playoffs, like every year." Puig said. "We need to play like a team, like family, hard every day, every pitch, in every situation."

Puig hit a solo homer in the fourth off John Gant (7-6) and three-run drives in the fifth against Mike Mayers and in the seventh versus Luke Weaver. Puig raised his season total to 21 homers with the first three-homer game of his major league career. He became the fourth Dodgers hitter since 2000 with consecutive multihomer games after Cody Bellinger, Adrian Beltre, and Shawn Green.

"He's focused, and he understands the importance of every pitch," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "For him to be as productive, have that day, get us on the board, have some space with the score, we needed every bit of it today. Guys fed off of his energy."

Bellinger hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Luke Weaver and had a career-high six RBIs. The defending NL champions have won four consecutive games and nine of their last 14.

"Once you see him do it, you're like, oh, I can do this," Bellinger said of Puig. "I think that's just for everybody. That's why it's so contagious. We've got a good thing going and we're going to try and keep it going.

Rich Hill (9-5) allowed four runs, two hits and four walks in five innings, improving to 3-1 in seven starts against the Cardinals.

St. Louis has lost four straight games for the third time this season and has dropped eight of its last 13 games.

Gant allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

"You can't walk those guys," Gant said. "You've just got to come out and bear down harder than that."

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 11th for Los Angeles and 35th this year overall. The Dodgers have homered in 23 consecutive games, the longest streak in the major leagues this season and one shy of the franchise record set in 1953.

Patrick Wisdom put St. Louis ahead 4-3 in the fourth with his first big league grand slam. Bellinger hit a two-run single off Tyler Webb in the fifth.

"Hopefully they got all their hits out today," Wisdom said. "I think everyone's flushed what happened today, and we're moving on."

WELCOME BACK

Dodgers youngster Julio Urias pitched a perfect ninth inning in his first big league appearance since early in the 2017 season. The 22-year-old left-hander missed over a year following surgery on his left shoulder. Urias struck out one and threw nine of his 12 pitches for strikes.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP John Axford (broken right fibula) allowed one run and one hit in two-thirds of an inning Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, which completed a three-game sweep of Visalia to win the California League title. LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) pitched a scoreless inning for the Quakes. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said both will be activated from the DL on Monday.

UP NEXT

RHP Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.70) starts for St. Louis in the Sunday night finale of the four-game series, and RHP Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.61) opens for the Dodgers.


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Perez hits game-ending slam as Royals beat Twins 8-4 https://www.komu.com/news/perez-hits-game-ending-slam-as-royals-beat-twins-8-4/ https://www.komu.com/news/perez-hits-game-ending-slam-as-royals-beat-twins-8-4/ Baseball Sat, 15 Sep 2018 8:08:01 AM The Associated Press Perez hits game-ending slam as Royals beat Twins 8-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It has been one rough year for the Kansas City Royals.

Not this night, though. This one was fun.

Salvador Perez capped Kansas City's five-run ninth inning with a game-ending grand slam, lifting the Royals to an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Rosell Herrera sparked the winning rally with a one-out double off Trevor Hildenberger (4-4), who took over as Minnesota's closer after Fernando Rodney was traded to Oakland last month. Whit Merrifield followed with an RBI single and advanced to third on Adalberto Mondesi's base hit.

Manager Paul Molitor then put in Logan Forsythe, giving the Twins five infielders, and Alex Gordon was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Perez thwarted the strategy with a drive to center for his 26th homer.

"I was sitting on a slider," Perez said. "It surprised me a lot when he threw me a fastball first pitch right down the middle, but after that I was just trying to do my best to put the ball in play and see what happens."

The Twins' loss lowered Cleveland's magic number for clinching the AL Central title to one.

"We know Perez is a Twins killer and all those kind of things, but it would have been a little bit trickier to try to find a way to do that with Gordon," Molitor said. "So, we went ahead and gave it a shot and he did a good job of fouling off some tough pitches and working it to 3-2, and we had to throw a strike."

It was Perez's second career game-ending homer and the sixth game-ending slam in Royals history. Perez said he was so focused on trying to hit the ball in the air he didn't realize there were five infielders until the third pitch.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew we were going to bring him in (with the winning run)," Perez said. "If it had hit the wall, I didn't care. I just wanted to win. But as soon as I saw the ball going, I got more excited."

Last-place Kansas City improved to 12-2 in its last 14 home games after going 11-35 at Kauffman Stadium before the All-Star break.

"It's getting fun again," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "For a while, it wasn't a whole lot of fun, but you just keep your head up and keep working. But it's starting to get fun again."

Perez also had an RBI single in the first inning and Mondesi connected for his eighth homer in the seventh, a 437-foot drive into the right-field fountains. Jason Hammel (3-13) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Robbie Grossman and Willians Astudillo each had three hits for Minnesota, which also dropped the opener of the four-game set on Thursday.

Joe Mauer had a run-scoring double in the Twins' three-run fifth, and Astudillo made it 4-2 when he singled in Grossman in the seventh.

But Mondesi went deep in the bottom half of the inning and the Royals nearly tied it in the eighth. Ryan O'Hearn tried to score from first on Jorge Bonifacio's two-out double, but Astudillo made a diving tag to get him at the plate.

"That was a great send right there," Yost said. "You hate the outcome. You don't really want him thrown out, but I'm thinking if I'm coaching at third base I'm sending him right there, too. You've got to make them make that play."

Minnesota wasted a solid start by Jose Berrios, who struck out nine while pitching six innings of two-run ball.

Kansas City right-hander Jorge Lopez was charged with three runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He departed with a left rib contusion after a fourth-inning collision with third baseman Hunter Dozier.

"He hit me right here in the chest," Lopez said, lifting his shirt to reveal a bandage just below his left pectoral muscle. "I just reacted to that ball and didn't know he was going to go that far. I should not be there."

WORTH NOTING

Mauer's double was his 598th extra-base hit, breaking a tie with Tony Oliva for fourth place on the Twins' career list. He trails only Harmon Killebrew (728), Kirby Puckett (687) and Kent Hrbek (623).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: After taking Dozier's shoulder to the ribs, Lopez said he started having difficulty breathing, especially when taking a deep breath. He will have an MRI on Saturday and will be re-evaluated by the training staff.

Twins: C Mitch Garver (head) remained sidelined for a second straight game while he awaits clearance from the training staff after taking a foul ball off the facemask, but he did hit in the cage before Friday's game. "I think that's another step forward today," Molitor said. ... 3B Miguel Sano (lower left leg) was expected to work in the batting cage for a second consecutive day, but he remains out indefinitely.

UP NEXT

Royals RHP Ian Kennedy (1-8, 4.92 ERA) will make his second start since returning from the disabled list and second straight start against the Twins, who send RHP Chase De Jong (0-0, 0.00) to the mound for his second appearance since a July 30 trade with the Seattle Mariners.


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Buehler, Dodgers blank Cards to draw even in wild-card race https://www.komu.com/news/buehler-dodgers-blank-cards-to-draw-even-in-wild-card-race/ https://www.komu.com/news/buehler-dodgers-blank-cards-to-draw-even-in-wild-card-race/ Baseball Sat, 15 Sep 2018 8:03:52 AM The Associated Press Buehler, Dodgers blank Cards to draw even in wild-card race

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a pivotal series for the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance.

Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. The Dodgers also moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West.

Buehler (7-5) pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time and earned his first victory since Aug. 17. He retired the first 13 batters before Paul DeJong singled to left field. Harrison Bader singled later in the fifth for the Cardinals' only other hit.

"This was probably the best pitching performance of the year," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Not only Walker but across the board. Against a very good club in St. Louis on the road and obviously what's at stake right now for each game. He wanted this moment and just coming out firing. His command. Just domination. He kind of did what he wanted to do tonight."

Buehler struck out nine and walked two. In two career starts against St. Louis, the right-hander has not allowed a run and has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.

"He's got some serious weapons," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "He's throwing 97-98 (mph), with command. When you can locate your fastball, regardless of velocity, that's a nice weapon. Then you do it with that velocity and then you do it with some cut. And his cutter, at least from the side, it looked like it had some depth. Then second time through the lineup, start mixing in a changeup and hitting with that, that's a pretty potent weaponry right there."

The Dodgers and Cardinals are tied for the second NL wild-card position, four games behind Milwaukee for the top spot. But Los Angeles has its sights on the division crown and moved closer when the Rockies lost to San Francisco.

"Sometimes there's teams you match up well against," Buehler said. "It's hard to explain. It's just the way the game works and luckily tonight that worked out."

Puig homered in the second off Jack Flaherty (8-7) and connected again in the ninth off Tyler Webb. It was his second multi-homer game of the season.

"I was trying to do my best," Puig said through a translator. "He threw a fastball there and I was able to connect with it. I can hit lefties sometimes and right there I was trying to find something up in the zone. I wasn't expecting a home run but it happened."

In the seventh, Cody Bellinger scored on a passed ball by Yadier Molina.

Kenley Jansen hit Yairo Munoz with a pitch to open the ninth but retired the next three batters to finish the two-hitter, earning his 35th save in 39 opportunities.

Flaherty worked six innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. He has 168 strikeouts this season, the fourth-best total for a rookie in franchise history.

"We want to win. I don't care about my line. I don't care about anything other than winning," Flaherty said. "It doesn't matter how I pitched, I didn't pitch well enough. He pitched better than I did."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Relievers John Axford and Tony Cingrani were scheduled to pitch in the California Championship Series for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. "They're stacking the deck, trying to help them make their playoff push," Roberts joked. "They're supposed to go an inning each. We'll see how they come out of it. Our hope is to get these guys back." Axford could return to the majors after one appearance, while Cingrani (shoulder) would likely need more rehab work.

Cardinals: IF Jedd Gyorko is likely to return to the starting lineup Saturday, manager Mike Shildt said. He drew a pinch-hit walk in the eighth inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Adolis Garcia.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals send right-hander John Gant (7-5, 3.16 ERA) to the mound Saturday afternoon to make his third career appearance and first start against Los Angeles. Veteran lefty Rich Hill (8-5, 3.88) starts for the Dodgers.


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Cardinals drop series finale to Pittsburgh https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-drop-series-finale-to-pittsburgh/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-drop-series-finale-to-pittsburgh/ Baseball Wed, 12 Sep 2018 4:11:05 PM Chance Sticklen, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals drop series finale to Pittsburgh

ST. LOUIS - Prior to Wedneday’s matchup, the Cardinals were riding a three-game winning streak and were looking to bring the brooms out against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the series finale.

The Cardinals were first up to cross the plate, in fact, bottom of the first, Marcell Ozuna singled to left, scoring Matt Carpenter and the teams first run of the afternoon.

In the next inning, Pittsburgh’s own Jacob Stallings hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing around Jordan Luplow, and the Cardinals and Pirates were all knotted up at one.

The bats would remain hot for the Pirates over the next few innings, and in the top of the third, Luplow singled to left, scoring Starling Marte and Josh Bell, and Pittsburgh had a 2-1 lead.

Jacob Stallings was back at the plate for the Pirates in the bottom of the sixth inning and singling to center, scoring three more runs, giving Pittsburgh a 4-1 lead after six innings.

The Cardinals tried to claw their way back into the game, and in the eighth, Jose Martinez grounded into a fielders choice, scoring Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly. St. Louis still trailed 4-2.

The Cardinals were then three outs away from dropping the series finale, but Patrick Wisdom singled to right, scoring Yairo Munoz, moving Harrison Bader over to third, St. Louis still down 4-3.

St. Louis couldn’t pick up the tying run in the ninth, dropping the series finale, 4-3.

Next up, the Cardinals will open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

 


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Adam Wainwright makes a return for the Cardinals https://www.komu.com/news/adam-wainwright-makes-a-return-for-the-cardinals/ https://www.komu.com/news/adam-wainwright-makes-a-return-for-the-cardinals/ Baseball Mon, 10 Sep 2018 6:47:55 PM Madeline Boccardi, Sports Digital Producer KOMU-8 Adam Wainwright makes a return for the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals return Monday night back to Busch Stadium after a 3-3 road trip against the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers. The redbirds will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series.

For the first time since May 13, right handed pitcher Adam Wainwright will start on the mound. Wainwright was previously placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort.  

The Cardinals and the Brewers remain in the wildcard spot for the National League Central trailing behind the league leaders, the Chicago Cubs.

The Pirates are on a five-game win streak entering tonight’s game and are above .500 for the first time since August 20.

The Cardinals and Pirates begin their series tonight at 7:15 p.m.


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Tigers take two of three from Cardinals behind pair of walk-off wins https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-take-two-of-three-from-cardinals-behind-pair-of-walk-off-wins/ https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-take-two-of-three-from-cardinals-behind-pair-of-walk-off-wins/ Baseball Sun, 9 Sep 2018 9:33:49 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tigers take two of three from Cardinals behind pair of walk-off wins

Detroit - The St. Louis Cardinals entered the weekend with an opportunity to put real distance between themselves and the competition in the National League Wild Card race. The Cardinals traveled to Detroit to take on a rebuilding Tigers club that has been one of the worst in baseball this season. Two walk off wins by the Tigers in the first two games of the series destroyed any designs the Cards had on distancing themselves from the field in the National League.

Jeimer Candelario blasted a two run walk off home run to boost the Tigers to a 5-3 win on Friday night. Candelario’s homer overshadowed Marcell Ozuna’s second multi home run game of the week for St. Louis.

A Marcell Ozuna game tying two run shot wasn’t enough for the Cardinals on Saturday, as closer Bud Norris spiked a curveball and allowed Victor Reyes to score from third and give the Tigers a 4-3 win. Matthew Boyd was dominant on the bump for Detroit, tossing seven innings and striking out a career high 11.

In danger of being swept and being pulled into a tie with the Dodgers for the second wild card spot, St. Louis responded. After a scoreless first six innings, the Redbirds broke out for a five run fifth that provided all the scoring they would need in a 5-2 series salvaging win. Three RBI singles and two sacrifice flies drove in each of the five runs in the seventh as St. Louis finally got to Detroit starter Michael Fulmer. Entering this week’s home three game series with Pittsburgh, the Cardinals are clinging to a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers for the final wild card position.  The Dodgers will visit Busch Stadium this weekend for a four game set that will potentially decide which club will pull away in the race for the second wild card.


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Royals fall on walk off home run ; drop two of three to Minnesota https://www.komu.com/news/royals-fall-on-walk-off-home-run-drop-two-of-three-to-minnesota/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-fall-on-walk-off-home-run-drop-two-of-three-to-minnesota/ Baseball Sun, 9 Sep 2018 9:24:58 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals fall on walk off home run ; drop two of three to Minnesota

Minneapolis - The Kansas City Royals are continuing to develop their young players as the regular season winds down. As with any rebuild, there will inevitably be many bumps in the road. A three game September road set in Minnesota represents the type of series the Royals hope will be a crucial one in future AL Central division title races. This season though, the series is merely a chance for both clubs to get valuable experience for their up and coming young players with the Cleveland Indians running away with the Central.

Rookie starter Heath Fillmyer has shown great progress in his last two outings, but Friday was much different as the Twins rocked him for six runs in just 2.1 innings on their way to a 10-6 victory. Second year outfielder Jorge Bonifacio had three hits for Kansas City.

Recently acquired starting pitcher Jorge Lopez carried a perfect game into the ninth as the Royals beat the Twins 4-1 Saturday. Lopez was acquired July 27 in exchange for Mike Moustakas and is an important piece to Royals’ rebuild puzzle. Lopez struck out just four while dominating over eight perfect innings. Entering the ninth, Lopez hadn’t allowed a base runner, but opened the ninth by issuing a leadoff walk before allowing a hit to Robbie Grossman.

Willians Astudillo crushed a two run walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth to give the Twins a 3-1 victory and the series win on Sunday. The Royals offense managed just three hits on the afternoon, one of which was Adalberto Mondesi’s solo blast. Ian Kennedy was strong for the Royals, allowing just one run over six strong innings in his return from the disabled list. Monday will bring a matchup of two of the AL Central’s rebuilding clubs when the White Sox head to Kansas City for a three game set.


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