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.
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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.
Lineup: Royals (38-33) vs. Astros (37-36)
- 1. Whit Merrifield, 2B (R)
- 2. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- 4. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
- 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
- 6. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
- 7. Paulo Orlando, RF (R)
- 8. Brett Eibner, LF (R)
- 9. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
- SP: Edinson Volquez, RHP Daily notes
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.
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
Jose Reyes is set to become a free agent on Saturday and could draw interest from several teams.
Bartolo Colon's early injury put the New York Mets in a major bind, but they won a battle of bullpens against the best relief corps in baseball and defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday.
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
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
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Dustin Johnson are the latest champions to overcome their recent failures
Royals score big without homers
The Royals had 21 hits and scored 16 runs for the first time since 2011 on Saturday. It was the fourth time in their history they'd had 21 hits without a home run among them, the last being July 4, 1991, in Anaheim. This week in unusual stats
Royals fans rescue puppy from car
With temperatures in the low 90s on Sunday, Royals fans Josh Lee, his wife Erin, son Hudson and brother Michael Warner called police to rescue a whimpering puppy from a car in the parking lot in the eighth inning of K.C.'s eventual 13-inning win. Kansas City Star
Royals win in dramatic fashion
Kansas City walked off in the bottom of the 13th inning to stay a half-game behind Cleveland in the American League Central and send Detroit a game under .500. Five things we learned Sunday
Cuthbert comes up clutch for Royals
Cheslor Cuthbert led Kansas City to a walk-off win on Sunday with his RBI single in the 13th. He's the first Royals rookie to produce a walkoff RBI in the 13th inning or later since 1995, when Jon Nunnally did it twice, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Yordano saca su mejor ‘Ventura’ esta semana
Tras una semana en la que se vio involucrado en una pelea, el lanzador dominicano presentó su mejor versión. Leer
Cheslor Cuthbert singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 13th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Kendrys Morales drove in five runs with four hits, Paulo Orlando also had four hits and the Kansas City Royals routed the Detroit Tigers 16-5 on Saturday night.
Yordano Ventura will begin serving an eight-game ban Saturday and Manny Machado will begin serving a four-game ban Sunday for their on-field fight during a game on June 7.
Salvador Perez homered to end Michael Fulmer's long scoreless innings streak, Yordano Ventura kept the Tigers' big bats off balance and the Kansas City Royals routed Detroit 10-3 on Friday night.
Royals vs Astros
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