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Alcides Escobar homered and drove in two runs to lead the surging Kansas City Royals past the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Thursday night.
Jarrod Dyson made a Ken Griffey Jr.-esque catch for the first-ever home run robbery at Marlins Park.
Lineup: Royals (65-61) vs. Marlins (66-60)
- 1. Paulo Orlando, CF (R)
- 2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
- 3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (R)
- 4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
- 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 8. Raul Mondesi, 2B (S)
- 9. Edinson Volquez, RHP Daily lineups
How do Royals rank in intangibles?
We all know Jarrod Dyson is fast, but where does he rank in terms of baserunning skill? And is Chris Young -- who has given up 26 homers in 77 2/3 innings this year -- one of the best pitchers at inducing weak contact? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
ESPN's Buster Olney talks to Sports Radio 810 about the Royals' chances to make the playoffs and whether Danny Duffy could win the AL Cy Young award.
All hail the rally mantis!
Since their good luck charm first appeared on Aug. 6, the Royals have been the best team in baseball.
From staying hydrated to swapping out sweaty jerseys and stinky masks, Salvador Perez explains what it's like to be a catcher in oppressive heat.
Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings and appeared to avoid a serious injury when he tweaked his right leg on his final pitch Wednesday night, helping the Miami Marlins beat Kansas City 3-0.
In wake of the recent fight between Oakland A's teammates, former Kansas City Royals CF Brian McRae tells a story about a fight between Tom "Flash" Gordon and Bo Jackson.
Does Perez have best arm at catcher?
Salvador Perez has an absolute cannon behind the plate, often evoking comparisons to the Cardinals' Yadier Molina. Which of the two does Keith Law rank No. 1? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Matt Strahm joined Soren Petro to discuss their winning streak, the bullpen's dominance and his transition to the majors.
Greinke excelled on a struggling squad
Zack Greinke won the AL Cy Young in 2009 after leading the majors in ERA (2.16), He also led the AL in WHIP (1.02) and allowed a career-low 11 home runs ... but the Royals finished 65-97, tied for the worst record in the AL Central and second-worst in the league. Great players on bad teams
Déjà vu for Yordano Ventura, Royals
With another gem against the Marlins, Ventura's ERA since the All-Star break is at 2.65, a big improvement over his 5.15 mark in the first half. Sounds an awful lot like last year for the right-hander. Five things we learned Tuesday
Defending champs not out of gas yet
The Royals' current nine-game win streak is the second-longest in the last 10 years by a defending World Series champion, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
- 2009 Phillies - 10 straight wins
- 2016 Royals - 9
- 2013 Giants - 8
- 2011 Giants - 8
- 2010 Yankees - 8
No surprise: Royals' bullpen doing work
Royals relievers have not allowed a run in their last 32 innings, the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest by any AL team since the Red Sox's bullpen went 32 1/3 innings without allowing a run in 2004, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Here come the Kansas City Royals
Counted out after an MLB-worst 7-19 July, the Royals have rally-mantised their way back into the wild-card picture with a 16-5 August. That included wins in their last nine games.
Stats & Info takes a closer look at the recent success for Yordano Ventura, and a new-look back end of the bullpen.
ESPN Stats and Information
The Royals have won 9 straight games, the 3rd-longest winning streak by a team this season. It was their 2nd shutout in the last 3 games. They have allowed 9 runs in their last 8 games. Every other team has allowed at least 20 runs in that same stretch. The Royals have 3 shutouts in August after having 3 from April to July.
Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Is Wade Davis' injury a concern?
Davis has been out since July 28 with a right forearm strain and is moving closer to a return. He'd surely give the Royals, who have pushed their way back into playoff contention, a lift once he's back from the disabled list. Crasnick: Injury questions for contenders
Jason Vargas nears major league return
Jason Vargas was called up to Triple-A on Monday as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. The team expects Vargas to be on the major league roster in September. The Kansas City Star
Is a Royal baseball's fastest player?
When it comes to speed, Kansas City has two of the game's best options in Jarrod Dyson and Billy Burns. That said, Keith Law opines that another player on the Royals' 40-man roster could be faster than both. Best hitting/speed tools in MLB (Insider)
On Base Percentage.31222nd
Earned Run Average3.9810th
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