Kansas City Royals' Kendrys Morales entered Friday's game riding a streak of six straight multi-hit games, in which he has gone 16-for-24, with three homers, three doubles and an 1.833 OPS.
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Lineup: Royals (42-36) at Phillies (35-45)
- 1. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- 2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (R)
- 3. Kendrys Morales, RF (S)
- 4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
- 6. Paulo Orlando, CF (R)
- 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
- 9. Ian Kennedy, RHP Daily notes
Kevin Kietzman talks with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost about the red-hot Indians, the resiliency of his club and their upcoming series in Philadelphia.
Jayson Stark joins Soren Petro from Sports Radio 810 to discuss possible trade targets for the Royals, including Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.
Royals happy to see June end
Kansas City pitching served up 51 homers in June, matching the franchise record for home runs allowed in any month (May 2006), the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Kendrys Morales' streak in perspective
Morales singled, doubled and homered on Thursday and has now amassed 16 hits, including three home runs, over his last six games. In the Royals' 48-year history, only one other player has had as many hits and homers over any six-game span: Mike Sweeney, who did it twice, in 2002 and 2004, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Thursday's longest home runs
Yoenis Cespedes' career-long 466-foot homer paced the competition on June 30. There were 1,012 home runs hit in the 407 MLB games played during June, the third-highest power display in any month in major league history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Who deserves a spot on the American League's All-Star Game roster this year? Our experts pick full 34-man squads.
Kendrys Morales homered and recorded his sixth straight multi-hit game to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Can the Royals catch the Indians? ESPN's Buster Olney answers that and talks to Sports Radio 810 about the Royals' pitching staff and how the organization develops pitchers.
Cain expected back after All-Star break
Lorenzo Cain's MRI showed a grade 1-plus strain, which probably will keep him out until after the All-Star break. “It always could be worse,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. Kansas City Star
Royals survive two blown leads in win
The Royals lost leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the ninth and 10th innings, respectively, but pulled out a 3-2, 12-inning win at St. Louis on Wednesday. It was only the second time in franchise history that K.C won a game after surrendering leads in both the ninth and 10th frames (July 22, 1977), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.
Overcoming two blown saves gave the Kansas City Royals reason to believe this trip would be better.
The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.
Kevin Kietzman is joined by Danny Clinkscale from St. Louis to break down what Lorenzo Cain's injury means to the Royals. Eric Hosmer says everyone else needs to step up.
Baseballs are leaving the yard at historic rates. What's causing the home run rise and is it good for baseball? David Schoenfield investigates.
The two best defensive catchers in baseball, Yadier Molina and Salvador Perez, both work in Missouri. The duo has forged a close friendship, too.
The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left hamstring strain.
In today's notes, Buster Olney writes about what could be a costly injury for the Royals, highlights an amazing Melvin Upton Jr. play and more.
Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the rash of injuries impacting contenders and much more. Plus, a chat with Red Sox manager John Farrell and a "Call To The Legend" with Lenny Dykstra.
Just about everybody in the Cardinals lineup drove in a run, Michael Wacha was good enough on the mound and St. Louis held off the Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Tuesday night.
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.
Royals @ Phillies
Citizens Bank Park - Sat 7/2