DETROIT -- Catcher Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer off Justin Verlander and drove in three, leading the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Kansas City tagged Verlander for five runs on 10 hits, highlighted by Perez's blast in the fourth inning on an elevated fastball. The Royals added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth, the latter of which came when Alex Rios' shallow fly ball dropped into left-center for a double.
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DETROIT -- Royals manager Ned Yost believes that a pitcher trusting both his command and defense is conducive to success, and that recipe worked well for Danny Duffy on Tuesday night.
The left-hander showcased a wicked slider, and his teammates helped him escape a pair of tight jams in a 5-1 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park. Duffy allowed just one run over seven innings for his fifth quality start in his last six outings.
DETROIT -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez was batting .074 over his previous eight games and hadn't enjoyed a three-hit performance since May, but you wouldn't have guessed it after watching him on Tuesday night.
Perez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as he propelled Kansas City to a 5-1 win over Detroit in the opener of a three-game set.
Cueto seeking first Royals win in clash with Tigers
By Alejandro Zúñiga
Left-hander Matt Boyd will make his first start with the Tigers just six days after joining the club as part of the non-waiver Trade Deadline deal that sent ace David Price to the Blue Jays.
Boyd (0-2, 14.85 ERA), the Tigers' No. 8 prospect, according to MLB.com, will take the hill on Wednesday night in the middle game against the Royals at Comerica Park. Though the southpaw struggled in two outings with the Blue Jays earlier this season, he went 9-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 19 Minor League starts.
DETROIT -- Two days after an intense series finale against the Blue Jays, Royals manager Ned Yost's opinion of the events that transpired hasn't changed.
"I don't really have many thoughts on it," Yost said on Tuesday afternoon before the opener of a three-game set against the Tigers. "I don't feel like we did anything wrong. We were just playing baseball. It was a spirited series, so it's always nice to get an off-day after a series that was exciting and had a lot of elements to it."
The Royals owned the American League in last year's playoffs. But entering 2015, their division felt very much up for grabs. The Tigers had won four straight AL Central crowns, while the seemingly improved White Sox and the Indians both looked capable of making a run at the top spot. If any club was generally counted out of the running before Opening Day, it was the Twins.
Collectively, we should have given more credit to the Royals. Their October run was real, and they've further asserted themselves as one of baseball's best ballclubs by taking a seemingly insurmountable lead in the Central standings with two months left to play.
TORONTO -- Right-hander R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and Chris Colabello smashed a two-run homer as the Blue Jays earned a 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday to win three of the four games in the series at Rogers Centre.
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TORONTO -- With the Blue Jays banging home runs all weekend, the Royals' plan of attack in Sunday's 5-2 loss was to pitch more inside, which is exactly what right-hander Edinson Volquez did.
Volquez's pitch to Josh Donaldson in the first inning got too far inside and hit him. Both benches were warned, and that was just a prelude to a day full of tension, especially between Volquez and Donaldson.
TORONTO -- The first three games of a pivotal series between the Blue Jays and the American League-leading Royals had a playoff-like atmosphere. Sunday's finale, however, turned decidedly more intense.
Chin music was played, batters were hit and benches cleared in Toronto's 5-2 win at Rogers Centre that culminated with three ejections -- including Blue Jays manager John Gibbons -- and a heated exchange of words following the game.
TORONTO -- Ben Zobrist certainly didn't have anything to prove to his new teammates.
But after two tough losses in a Kansas City uniform, Zobrist was eager to do something to chip in. And he did just that on Saturday with two homers and a double in the Royals' pulsating 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.
By Gregor Chisholm and Jeffrey Flanagan
TORONTO -- The Royals scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning vs. recently acquired right-hander Mark Lowe to steal a victory away from the Blue Jays with a 7-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
"We had to have this one today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We had to find a way to beat [Mark] Buehrle, especially the way he performs against us."
While the actual Deadline day didn't feature many high-profile moves, the last week has been filled with them. Now that the dust has settled, here are the three clubs that I think improved the most as a result of Trade Deadline deals.
They are the clear the winner at the Deadline. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos pushed all of his trade chips to the front in acquiring five players, headlined by starter David Price and All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Price becomes the ace of a pitching staff that has ranked toward the bottom in the American League in ERA, while Tulo improves an already deep Blue Jays lineup and upgrades their infield defense.
New acquisition strikes out seven, allows three runs over six innings
By Jeffrey Flanagan
TORONTO -- The much-anticipated Royals debut of Johnny Cueto seemed to be following the perfect script. Cueto delivered a quality start against a tough Toronto team on Friday night and had a 6-3 lead after six innings.
By Gregor Chisholm and Jeffrey Flanagan
TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning to send the Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Royals on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Donaldson's third hit of the night scored Troy Tulowitzki from second and came off left-hander Franklin Morales. The rally in the 11th inning began with a one-out single by Tulowitzki, who later advanced to second when a balk was called on Morales. Donaldson finished 3-for-5 with a walk, four RBIs and a run scored.
Cueto, Zobrist support Kansas City's roster for postseason push
By Jeffrey Flanagan
TORONTO -- The Royals, under general manager Dayton Moore, have not been a team prone to making splashy moves before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
That all changed this time around when Moore and his staff pulled the trigger and acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto, one of the biggest names on the trading block, as well as super-utility player Ben Zobrist, whom the Royals have admired for some time.
All three home runs were charged to Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy, who allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over six innings. It was the first time Duffy surrendered more than four runs since May 11 and it broke a string of four consecutive quality starts.
TORONTO -- Newly acquired Ben Zobrist showed up at Rogers Centre on Thursday, greeted his new Royals teammates, and donned his familiar No. 18 -- the price tag from first-base coach Rusty Kuntz for giving up his jersey will be a leaf blower.
Last year, Kuntz raked in a snow blower from Raul Ibanez for giving up No. 18.
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Hosmer takes foul ball away from Blue Jays fan
By Matt Monagan |
Eric Hosmer is a Major League Baseball player. His job is to hit baseballs, field ground balls, scoop throws at first base and catch pop-ups. Below is a GIF of Eric Hosmer doing the latter during Thursday's Royals-Blue Jays game.
By Jeffrey Flanagan and August Fagerstrom
CLEVELAND -- The Indians unleashed a week of pent-up offensive frustration upon the Kansas City Royals with a season-high 18 hits and four home runs in a 12-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.
The outburst could also be viewed as a release stemming from an inability to score with Corey Kluber on the mound this season. Kluber entered the contest receiving a Major League-low 2.41 runs per game. Wednesday was just the fourth time in 22 starts that Kluber received more than four runs of support. He more than did his part, too, holding the Royals to a ninth-inning run in his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career. He struck out six and walked one, allowing just five hits.
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Royals send Blanton to Pirates for cash considerations
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
Blanton, 34, is expected to join the Pirates before Thursday night's series opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh will make a corresponding move after Blanton officially joins the roster.