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Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer after Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night.
Lineup: Royals (27-22) vs. Rays (22-26)
- 1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (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. Jarrod Dyson, LF (L)
- 9. Drew Butera, C (R)
- SP: Ian Kennedy, RHP Daily notes
Royals rise to No. 11 in rankings
Kansas City climbs two notches according to ESPN's expert panel. The Rays visit for three games beginning Monday night following a historic sweep of the White Sox that introduced Royals fans to call-up Brett Eibner. Week 8 Rankings
The Royals capped a great weekend on Sunday, moving into first place by completing a sweep of the White Sox, who had started Chris Sale.
The Royals should have been swept by the White Sox this weekend. But what happened instead brought back memories of the 2015 World Series.
Cheslor Cuthbert drove in the go-ahead run with an infield hit in a three-run eighth inning, and the Royals rallied for the third straight game in a 5-4 win over the White Sox.
Salvador Perez will miss 7-10 days with a quad contusion, manager Ned Yost said Sunday.
How rare was the Royals' comeback win?
Kansas City scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday to win 8-7. Since 2010, teams are now 5-2,813 when trailing by six runs entering the bottom of the ninth, ESPN Stats & Info notes. And the Royals, in their 48-year history, had never before won a game in which they trailed by as many as six runs in the ninth inning or later, Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Brett Eibner's single capped the biggest ninth-inning comeback in Royals history, a seven-run rally off David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle that lifted them over the White Sox 8-7 Saturday.
Bad luck a factor for Kendrys Morales?
Morales has suffered a massive OPS decline this season. However, the numbers suggest that he's still squaring up the ball. FiveThirtyEight measures just how much bad luck has played a role in Morales' poor performance. Hitting hard, or into hard luck?
Salvador Perez appears to have dodged a major injury; manager Ned Yost said his catcher suffered a quad contusion after colliding with Royals 3B Cheslor Cuthbert.
Starting pitcher Chris Young, who has been on the disabled list since May 9 with a right forearm strain, was activated by the Royals on Saturday.
Eric Hosmer had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs as the Kansas City Royals rallied to defeat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Friday night.
Where will the Royals turn to replace Mike Moustakas at third base, plus all of the latest from around baseball.
Buster Olney talks to Rustin Dodd of the KC Star about the news that Mike Moustakas will miss the rest of the season, shares his thoughts on where the team will turn and more.
With Mike Moustakas (torn ACL) joining Alex Gordon (broken hand) on the DL after their Sunday collision, the Royals will see their depth tested.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Royals have probably had the most stable lineups in the majors the past two seasons, with few injuries to position players (plus the most durable catcher in the game in Salvador Perez). With Mike Moustakas now joining Alex Gordon on the DL, the team's depth -- not viewed as a strength -- will be tested.
The Kansas City Royals placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer
Tough one as Royals lose 3B Moustakas for rest of season with torn ACL. Royals no reasonable replacement for fantasy, but available choices include Valencia, Lamb, Nunez, Reynolds.
Royals could be active on trade market
Kansas City will likely look for inexpensive ways to upgrade its roster this summer, which is why Jim Bowden sees the Royals as a good match for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick of the A's or the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig. Top trade candidates, best fits (Insider)
Moustakas to have knee re-evaluated
After sitting out three straight games, Mike Moustakas will have his ailing right knee re-evaluated by the Royals' medical staff on Thursday. "It still bothers him to run laterally a little bit," manager Ned Yost said. Kansas City Star
Miguel Sano hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning after Minnesota lost an early lead, and the Twins staved off another series sweep Wednesday by beating the Kansas City Royals 7-5.
On Base Percentage.31716th
Earned Run Average3.809th
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