Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning a day after saying he was dealing with anxiety issues, and Toronto avoided a sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Sunday.
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There have been multiple reasons for the Royals' success in recent years, one of which is subtle: the health of their key players.
Shades of Zack Greinke for Jason Vargas
In beating the Blue Jays on Saturday, Vargas became the first Royals pitcher to win six straight starts in a season since Greinke won six in a row in his 2009 AL Cy Young campaign. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Jason Vargas earned his major league-leading 11th victory, pitching seven efficient innings to lead the surging Kansas City Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Saturday.
The Royals have been rotating multiple well-below-average defenders in right field named Jorge (Bonifacio and Soler). Perhaps Paulo Orlando can fix the issue once he's healthy.
Royals had right man up for walk-off
Down a run with two outs in the ninth, Whit Merrifield completed Kansas City's four-run comeback against Toronto on Friday night with a two-run double.
Royals rediscover their comeback mojo
Prior to Friday's four-run rally in the ninth, Kansas City was 0-29 when entering the inning trailing this season. All four runs came with two outs -- the Royals entered the day hitting just .217 as a team with two outs and runners in scoring position. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
Chris Young was designated for assignment by the Royals after allowing 47 hits, including seven home runs, and 18 walks in 30 innings.
Royals sign Feliz, DFA Young
The Royals announced the signing of former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz to a major league deal Friday. Feliz, who has a 6.00 ERA in 27 innings this year, was released by the Brewers earlier this week. In a corresponding move, veteran RHP Chris Young was designated for assignment after three seasons with Kansas City.
The Royals can't afford to pay Eric Hosmer and the rest of their pending free agents, but they've earned the right to play out their final act.
Buster Olney talks to Rustin Dodd of The KC Star about the Royals' strategy with their veteran players, the club's future if there is a fire-sale and more.
Perez slam puts KC over the top
Royals C Salvador Perez launched his first career grand slam during the eighth inning of Wednesday's game vs. the Red Sox, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Perez is just the second player in franchise history to turn a deficit into a lead with a grand slam in eighth inning or later. Frank White accomplished the feat against Rich Yett and the White Sox on May 15, 1986.
Buster Olney recaps all of Wednesday's action, including missed no-hit bids by Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, a Boston bullpen implosion and a stir caused by Yasiel Puig.
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With no Royals prospect in Law's top 100, first-round pick Nick Pratto could already be among the best in Kansas City's system.
Jarrod Dyson's catch off the wall faces Mario Mandzukic's UEFA Final goal in the first round of voting. Let your voice be heard by casting your vote in our polls, and make sure to tune into the ESPYS on July 12.
Salvador Perez hit his first career grand slam, connecting in the eighth inning to rally the Kansas City Royals over the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Wednesday.
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Royals 6, Red Sox 4: With Craig Kimbrel sitting in the bullpen, the Red Sox imploded in the eighth inning to drop the rubber game of a three-game series. Matt Barnes and Robby Scott teamed up to walk the bases loaded before Scott gave up a grand slam to Salvador Perez. The Red Sox finished their six-game trip to Houston and Kansas City with a 3-3 record.
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Salvador Pérez hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to put the Royals ahead of the Red Sox 6-4. Pérez is the first Royals player with a grand slam in the eighth inning or later with his team trailing since Frank White, who did it against the Indians in May 1986.
Chris Sale shut down the Kansas City Royals while pitching into the ninth inning, and a rag-tag bunch of Boston Red Sox filling in for injured starters pounded their way to an 8-3 victory Tuesday night that moved them into first place in the AL East.