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7-10, 5th in AL Cent
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Andrus' hit kicks off Rangers' walk-off celebration (0:42)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

More Joey Gallo goodness: After his massive homer in the third, he went upper deck off Royals starter Nate Karns in the fifth. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that one went 431 feet and, with an apex of 160 feet, was the highest-hit homer of the season. The guy is putting on a show. For the Rangers' temporary third baseman in place of Adrian Beltre, that's his first career multi-homer game. Nine of Gallo's 12 career homers have traveled at least 430 feet, per ESI. After going 1 for 25 at the big-league level last season, Gallo now has five homers and a .582 slugging percentage in 17 games this season.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier, Tampa Bay's Corey Dickerson mashed a 445-foot homer with a 117.1 MPH exit velocity, making it the hardest hit ball so far this season in MLB, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Well, that didn't last long: The bomb Texas' Joey Gallo just hit off Kansas City's Nate Karns went 462 feet (!) with an exit velo of 123.6 mph (!!). According to our stat crew, that's the hardest-hit homer since ESPN since starting tracking these things in 2009.

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2dAlex Vigderman

Can defense keep AL Central close?

Keeping up with the Indians won't be easy, but thanks to a healthy Lorenzo Cain, the Royals join the Twins and Tigers in bidding to win with improved defense.

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Jason Vargas is the first Royals pitcher to win his first 3 starts since Zack Greinke in 2009. Vargas is also the first pitcher to begin a season by winning his first three games, throwing at least 20 innings and allowing no more than one run after having pitched in three or fewer games the previous season since 1970 (Wayne Simpson), per the Elias Sports Bureau. (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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3dSam Miller

The groundout heard 'round the world

Eric Hosmer could be responsible for the most profoundly disappointing groundout of 2017.

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Time to pick up Moustakas? (0:58)
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Mike Moustakas honors Yordano Ventura

Royals infielder Mike Moustakas joins Nate Bukaty to talk about honoring former pitcher Yordano Ventura, the start of the season, his rehab experience and team expectations.

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Royals P Ian Kennedy struck out 10 in his eight scoreless innings on Sunday. Seven of those 10 strikeouts came on his fastball. Kennedy led the majors with 144 fastball strikeouts last season, despite the pitch averaging only 92 MPH.

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Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel and the Royals' rotation are off to strong starts this season.

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9dDavid Schoenfield

Is it time for Royals fans to panic?

Eric Hosmer and the Royals are struggling at the plate through nine games. Kansas City's pitching staff, meanwhile, is the oldest in the American League.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs4430th
Batting Average.20928th
On Base Percentage.27429th
Slugging Percentage.32430th
Earned Run Average3.172nd
Quality Starts122nd
WHIP1.24Tied-12th
BAA.2183rd

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