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 to even their four-game,
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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.
Danny Duffy matched a career best with eight sharp innings, the Royals kept swinging hot bats and Kansas City routed the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Monday night.
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
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
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.
Jose Altuve went 4 for 5, including a home run and two doubles, and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to seven with a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
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.
George Springer hit a grand slam and a triple in Houston's nine-run first inning against Edinson Volquez, and the Astros routed the Kansas City Royals 13-4 on Friday night.
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.
Omar Infante, who struggled this season with the Royals before being waived, cleared waivers Thursday and became a free agent.
Alex Gordon is scheduled to come off the disabled list on Saturday, and he could move up to second in the Royals' lineup.
Matt Reynolds snapped a sixth-inning tie with his first major league home run, leading Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets past the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday.
Royals @ Cardinals
Busch Stadium - Wed 6/29