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Byron Buxton tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Thursday night.
Lineup: Royals (81-77) vs. Twins (56-102)
- 1. Jarrod Dyson, CF (L)
- 2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (R)
- 3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- 4. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
- 5. Paulo Orlando, RF (R)
- 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- 7. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
- 9. Drew Butera, C (R)
- SP: Danny Duffy, LHP
Volquez's stock down after rough year
After two years with respectable numbers, Edinson Volquez's ERA ballooned up to 5.37 this season. That'll likely lead to a pay cut for the 33-year-old if he hits the open market. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)
The World Series champions have failed to make the postseason for the fourth year in a row.
Billy Burns' sacrifice fly scored Raul Mondesi in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Tuesday night, staving off postseason elimination.
Royals right-hander Dillon Gee, who was hospitalized after Sunday's game, has two blood clots and will not pitch again this season.
Which Royals have mastered spin rate?
Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Edinson Volquez and Joakim Soria are among pitchers with the least spin on changeups, allowing the offering to get more drop. Why spin rate matters (Insider)
Royals hold steady in Power Rankings
The Royals are aiming to finish above .500 for the fourth straight season, which the franchise hasn't done since it had six such seasons in a row from 1975-80. Still, missing the playoffs will hurt for the defending World Series champs. Week 25 Power Rankings
Royals set a dubious record
Following homers by Victor Martinez and Justin Upton on Sunday, the Royals have allowed 201 HRs this season. That's the most ever by a team that won the World Series the previous year, breaking the mark of 200 by the 2006 White Sox, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Sunday's longest home runs
Lost in the shuffle of a benches-clearing incident between the Pirates and Nationals, Jung Ho Kang and Jayson Werth both hit deep blasts in the game. Corey Seager's 414-footer came with the Dodgers down a run in the ninth, allowing them to come back and clinch the NL West.
Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas City's first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat Detroit 12-9 Sunday.
Saturday's longest home runs
Nelson Cruz's monster 454-foot blast at Target Field led the way on Saturday. Kendrys Morales' 433-footer was No. 30 on the year, while Trey Mancini's 432-foot homer was his third in as many career starts. Maikel Franco and Stephen Piscotty round out the list.
Paulo Orlando hit a tying, two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer, capping a ninth-inning comeback that led the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Saturday.
Michael Fulmer pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and the Detroit Tigers homered three times in an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Royals scratch Salvador Perez
Perez (knee) was in the starting lineup before being replaced by Drew Butera. Manager New Yost told reporters the 26-year-old is cleared to play, but the team is giving him a day off.
ESPN's Buster Olney talks about the likelihood that Edinson Volquez returns to the Royals next year and whether they should offer arbitration to Kendrys Morales.
Carlos Santana's three-run homer pushed the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007.
Edinson Volquez is open to remaining in Kansas City, but it is unclear if his $10 million option for 2017 will be exercised.
Corey Kluber allowed two runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night, eliminating the reigning world champions.
How could Chase Vallot impact the Royals?
There aren't too many questions about his bat, but Vallot, a catcher, has a long way to go defensively. His hitting could carry him, even if he changes positions. Is Vallot poised for a breakout season with the Royals in a few years? Future breakout rookies (Insider)
Tigers poised to pounce in wild-card race
With the Orioles having a rough time against the Red Sox, the Tigers could take advantage of a three-game set against the woeful Twins to claim the second wild-card spot. The Astros won on Tuesday to keep pace, but their odds still took a dip.
On Base Percentage.31426th
Earned Run Average4.2117th
Royals vs Indians
Kauffman Stadium - Fri 9/30