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2016 Schedule
40-35, 2nd in AL Cent

Lineup: Royals (39-36) vs. Cardinals (40-35)

  • 1. Whit Merrifield, LF (R)
  • 2. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  • 3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  • 4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  • 5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  • 6. Paulo Orlando, RF (R)
  • 7. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
  • 8. Christian Colon, 2B (R)
  • 9. Drew Butera, C (R)
  • SP: Yordano Ventura, RHP
  • Daily notes

Two to rep Royals at Futures Game

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio will play for the World team while 3B Hunter Dozier cracks the United States roster at this summer's All-Star Futures Game in San Diego. Bonifacio ranked eighth among Keith Law's top Royals prospects this offseason.

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Duffy strikes out eight in Royals' win over Cardinals (1:07)
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Cardinals' Diaz fouls a ball off his face (0:30)

Cain needing late push in All-Star vote

In the AL's final ballot update, 1B Eric Hosmer and C Salvador Perez hold commanding leads at their positions. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Cain is nearly 100,000 votes behind the Red Sox's Mookie Betts for the last starting outfield spot. Voting ends June 30:

  • Salvador Perez - No. 1 catcher
  • Eric Hosmer - No. 1 first baseman
  • Omar Infante (released) - No. 4 second baseman
  • Mike Moustakas (out for season) - No. 3 third baseman
  • Alcides Escobar - No. 2 shortstop
  • Lorenzo Cain - No. 4 outfielder
  • Alex Gordon - No. 7 outfielder
  • Paulo Orlando - No. 9 outfielder
  • Kendrys Morales - No. 3 designated hitter

Royals slide down to No. 12 in rankings

Yordano Ventura is suspended and Kris Medlen is rehabbing from shoulder inflammation, but either should be up soon to replace the struggling Chris Young in the rotation. Power Rankings

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Avoid Yordano Ventura in fantasy Tuesday (1:26)
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Kennedy plays stopper for Kansas City

After the Astros scored 13 runs in back-to-back games, Ian Kennedy silenced their bats with 11 strikeouts in the Royals' 6-1 win Sunday. He's only the third pitcher in modern MLB history to strike out more than 10 batters against a team coming off consecutive 13-run games, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

  • Fernando Valenzuela vs. Phillies, 1986
  • Johan Santana vs. Rangers, 2007

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Kennedy strikes out 11 as Royals top Astros 6-1

Ian Kennedy struck out 11 over seven innings, Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and the Kansas City Royals snapped the Houston Astros' seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

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Dirty dozen for Volquez

According to Elias, Edinson Volquez was chased after recording just three outs and allowing 12 of the Astros' 13 runs. Volquez is the first starting pitcher in over 120 years to allow at least 12 runs in a game while getting no more than three outs.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Edinson Volquez's Game Score tonight was minus-18, the lowest in 18 years (Mike Oquist). He's only the 13th pitcher to score that poorly or worse in the past 100 years.

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Danny Duffy a must-start pitcher for Week 13 fantasy (1:17)
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Alex Gordon could return soon

Gordon, who is in the final stages of recovery from a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand, could return to the lineup this weekend after positive results during the first two days of his rehab assignment. Kansas City Star

Cain loses grip on All-Star starting spot

In the AL's fourth ballot update, Lorenzo Cain is down from third to fifth in the outfield vote after being passed by the Red Sox's Mookie Betts and Orioles' Mark Trumbo:

  • Salvador Perez - No. 1 catcher
  • Eric Hosmer - No. 1 first baseman
  • Omar Infante (DFA'd) - No. 4 second baseman
  • Mike Moustakas (out for season) - No. 3 third baseman
  • Alcides Escobar - No. 2 shortstop
  • Lorenzo Cain - No. 5 outfielder
  • Alex Gordon (on DL) - No. 7 outfielder
  • Paulo Orlando - No. 8 outfielder
  • Kendrys Morales - No. 2 designated hitter

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7dAdam Rubin

Series preview: Mets vs. Royals

The New York Mets host the Kansas City Royals in a matchup of second-place teams that have lately been headed in opposite directions.

Royals moving on up in ranks

Kansas City followed an eight-game losing streak by winning eight of nine, including three of four over Detroit. The Royals are a half-game behind the Indians even though the rotation has allowed the most home runs in the majors. Power Rankings

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs30725th
Batting Average.2782nd
On Base Percentage.32515th
Slugging Percentage.41614th
Earned Run Average4.1214th
Quality Starts2828th
WHIP1.3212th
BAA.250Tied-11th

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