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MLB: Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
Recap

Taylor Hearn, Brad Miller lead Rangers' win over Royals

May 13, 2022, 3:32 AM

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Left-hander Taylor Hearn showed no effects whatsoever of an 11-day layoff, throwing five shutout innings for the Texas Rangers in their 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas.

Hearn (2-2) last pitched on May 1 in beating the Atlanta Braves. Making his sixth start, he limited the Royals to one hit, a single to Michael A. Taylor with two outs in the second inning. Hearn walked three and struck out five.

Joe Barlow stranded two runners in the ninth inning for his sixth save in as many chances.

Brad Miller went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored, and the Rangers took two of three in the series.

The Royals had just the one hit Whit Merrifield's infield single with one out in the eighth off John King.

Royals right-hander Jonathan Heasley (0-1), called up from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, made his first big league start of the season. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Kansas City's No. 9 prospect, Heasley yielded one run on four hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out one.

Miller opened the first inning with an infield single, and he scored on Kole Calhoun's RBI single to left with two outs in the inning.

Texas added on in the seventh inning on Miller's home run down the right-field line off Taylor Clarke. Miller's fifth homer of the season was confirmed on video review.

In the eighth inning against King, the Royals cut into the lead on Salvador Perez's one-out single to right. It came after singles by Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi put runners on the corners. Perez then left for pinch-runner Kyle Isbel.

With runners on first-and-second, King struck out Hunter Dozier. The Royals' threat was thwarted when Matt Bush came on and struck out Bobby Witt Jr.

Texas got the run back in the bottom of the eighth. Adolis Garcia tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Josh Staumont's wild pitch.

Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien, who is mired in an 0-for-17 slump, was given the night off.

-- Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
Preview

Bobby Witt Jr., Royals pursue encore vs. Rangers

May 12, 2022, 10:51 AM

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Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager is an established star, and Kansas City Royals rookie Bobby Witt Jr. projects to be a star.

The two have had their moments in the first two games of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won the opener 6-4 on Tuesday, and the Royals bounced back for an 8-2 victory on Wednesday.

The rubber match will be Thursday night, with the Royals going with right-hander Jon Heasley in his first appearance of the season, and the Rangers turning to left-hander Taylor Hearn (1-2, 6.53 ERA).

Seager has three homers in the series. Witt had his first big-league three-RBI game on Wednesday.

Witt, who grew up a Rangers fan after his father, Bobby Witt Sr., played for Texas from 1986-92 and 1995-98, has about 100 family members and friends attending the series.

"Pretty much every Opening Day, I was able to go," Witt Jr. said on the Royals' pregame radio show.

Witt also attended the Rangers' World Series games in 2010 and '11.

"Good to see him do something for his family and friends," said Royals infielder Whit Merrifield, who had three hits and four runs on Wednesday.

Witt made a memory with his two-run double on his father's 58th birthday.

In Texas' Tuesday win, Seager enjoyed his first multi-homer game with the Rangers, the 11th of his career.

"He's Mr. Dependable," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday in a pregame radio interview. "You know he's going up there with a plan."

In his two-homer game, Seager launched an opposite-field home run in the first inning. In his next at-bat, he pulled a homer to right.

Seager, who signed a 10-year, $325 million deal in the offseason, is starting to live up to the hype after hitting just .243 with one homer through his first 17 games.

"You know he's going to come out of it," Woodward said.

A lack of run production has plagued the Royals, who rank next-to-last in the major in runs and homers.

On Wednesday night, Merrifield ended a homerless drought of 255 at-bats that dated to Aug. 28, 2021.

"We got some guys pressing," Merrifield said. "Guys are struggling."

For the Thursday series finale, Kansas City is calling up Heasley from Triple-A Omaha for the start. In six minor-league starts this season, he is 1-0 with a 4.44 ERA. Heasley made three major-league starts in 2021, going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

Heasley grew up in Plano, Texas, about a 30-minute drive from Arlington.

"My dad's company always had a deal with the Rangers, so we would always go to Opening Day," Heasley said.

Texas, meanwhile, is going with Hearn.

The 6-foot-6 southpaw last pitched on May 1, when he beat the Atlanta Braves after giving up two runs and striking out six in five innings.

Hearn is set to start at home for the fifth time in six starts this year. In his first four outings at Globe Life Field, he is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA.

With catcher Mitch Garver on the injured list due to a flexor strain, Sam Huff, the Rangers' 11th-rated prospect, was promoted to back up Jonah Heim, who is getting most of the work behind the plate.

Huff made the start on Wednesday, going 1-for-3. Heim is expected to be behind the plate for Hearn.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
News

Rangers C Mitch Garver headed to 10-day IL

May 10, 2022, 10:30 PM

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Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Garver is heading to the 10-day injured list because of a sprained flexor tendon.

Garver has not played since Sunday because of the injury. The 31-year-old is in his first season with the Rangers after spending the previous five seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

In 22 games this season, Garver is hitting .205 with three homers and eight RBIs. He has thrown out two of 12 runners from behind the plate.

To take Garver's spot on the roster, the Rangers recalled catcher Sam Huff from Triple-A Round Rock. Huff has appeared in 11 career games with the Rangers, hitting .353 (12-for-34) with three homers and five RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
News

Royals-Orioles postponed to Monday due to rain

May 7, 2022, 10:24 PM

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The Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles game scheduled for Saturday in Baltimore was rained out.

The Orioles announced the game would be rescheduled for Monday, May 9.

It was the second straight game rained out for the teams, as Friday's Game 1 opener was rescheduled as well. The teams are now scheduled to play a double-header Sunday with the final game to occur Monday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-New York Mets at New York Yankees
News

Rangers-Yankees rained out again Saturday

May 7, 2022, 2:37 PM

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The visiting Texas Rangers and New York Yankees were rained out for the second straight day on Saturday.

The game will be made up Monday afternoon with a single-admission doubleheader starting at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Friday's scheduled series opener was one of six postponements in baseball, the most in one day since April 15, 2018.

That game will be made up in a single-admission doubleheader Sunday at Yankee Stadium, starting at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Both teams have been off since Wednesday.

The Yankees won 11 straight before a 2-1 loss in Toronto on Wednesday. Texas is on a four-game winning streak following a two-game sweep in Philadelphia.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
News

Royals-Orioles is latest MLB rainout; will play doubleheader Sunday

May 6, 2022, 8:27 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles' home game against the Kansas City Royals was the fifth Major League Baseball game washed out due to rain Friday.

The game was postponed until Sunday, when the Royals and O's will play a traditional doubleheader beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Fans who had tickets for Sunday's originally scheduled game will be allowed to use them to stay for both games of the doubleheader.

Starting pitchers for Sunday's games were not yet confirmed. Friday was set to be the opener of a three-game series and the first time the two clubs have met this season.

Games in Chicago (Dodgers-Cubs), Cleveland (Blue Jays-Guardians), Philadelphia (Mets-Phillies) and New York (Rangers-Yankees) were also postponed earlier Friday due to inclement weather.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
News

Rangers-Yankees postponed, rescheduled for Sunday DH

May 6, 2022, 3:50 PM

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Friday night's game between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to a forecast of sustained inclement weather.

The game will be made up on Sunday as the second half of a single-admission doubleheader, starting at 1:35 p.m. ET. The second contest will start approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends.

The Yankees, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss at Toronto on Wednesday night, have the best record in the majors at 18-7.

The Rangers are on a four-game winning streak, including a two-game sweep in Philadelphia.

Both teams were off Thursday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
News

Royals place 1B Carlos Santana (ankle) on IL

May 4, 2022, 6:53 PM

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The Kansas City Royals placed veteran first baseman Carlos Santana on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right ankle bursitis and recalled third baseman Emmanuel Rivera from Triple-A Omaha.

Santana, 36, was injured in Monday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals and he did not play Tuesday.

He is batting .159 with a .566 OPS and has one home run with six RBIs in 19 games this season. He had his first two-hit game of the season Monday.

Rivera, 25, did not have a hit in six at-bats with the Royals earlier this season. In 32 career major league games, he is batting .240 with a .611 OPS and one home run with five RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
News

Monday's Royals-Cardinals game moved to 1:15 p.m. ET

May 1, 2022, 5:05 PM

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Monday's game between the Kansas City Royals and host St. Louis Cardinals has been moved to 1:15 p.m. ET due to the weather forecast.

The game at Busch Stadium, originally scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET, is a make-up for an April 13 postponement.

Monday's scheduled starters are Royals right-hander Zack Greinke (0-1, 2.86 ERA) and Cardinals left-hander Steven Matz (2-1, 6.11 ERA).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Kansas City Royals
News

Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi out with ACL tear

April 28, 2022, 5:53 PM

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Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee, team president Dayton Moore said, and likely will miss the remainder of the season.

Mondesi's injury occurred in Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He was off to a slow start with a .140 batting average and no extra-base hits over his first 15 games. In seven seasons, all with the Royals, he is a .244 hitter with 38 home runs and 157 RBIs over 358 games.

The Royals also optioned right-hander Brady Singer to Triple-A Omaha and recalled outfielder Kyle Isbel, as well as infielder Emmanuel Rivera. Singer, 25, had a 6.35 ERA in three relief appearances with the Royals.

Isbel, 25, has just 30 games of major league experience and was batting .250 in five games at Omaha with a home run and four RBIs. Rivera, 25, played 29 games with the Royals last season and was batting .290 at Omaha with three home runs in 17 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
News

Wednesday's Royals-White Sox game moved to afternoon

April 26, 2022, 5:50 PM

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Wednesday's start time for the visiting Kansas City Royals' game against the Chicago White Sox has been moved to 2:10 p.m. ET due to expected cold temperatures.

The game initially was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Royals have lost four in a row heading into the opener of the three-game series on Tuesday. The White Sox have dropped seven straight games.

Also on Tuesday, the White Sox reinstated right-hander Matt Foster from the family medical leave list and optioned outfielder Adam Haseley to Triple-A Charlotte.

Foster, 27, was placed on leave Friday. He is 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA in five relief appearances this season.

Haseley, 26, went 2-for-10 in five games after being recalled from Charlotte on April 20.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
News

Rangers' Jon Gray (knee) returns to IL

April 22, 2022, 2:26 AM

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Texas Rangers pitcher Jon Gray is headed back to the injured list, this time with a left knee sprain.

Gray was hurt during his start Tuesday night vs. Seattle. He had just returned from the IL after being out with a blister on his right middle finger.

Gray, who has made two starts this season, is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA. He gave up four runs on three hits in a 6-2 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

Gray, who signed a $56 million, four-year deal with the Rangers in the offseason, said the knee injury occurred on his first pitch vs. the Mariners as he reacted to a fake bunt attempt. He is expected to go on the IL on Friday.

Rangers general manager Chris Young said right-hander Glenn Otto will be brought up from Triple-A Round Rock to start Friday night's game at Oakland. Otto was 0-3 with a 9.26 ERA in six starts for the Rangers last season in his big league debut.

Spencer Howard had been scheduled to start on Friday but will be moved into Gray's spot in the rotation on Sunday vs. the A's.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays
News

Rangers activate Jon Gray from IL, DFA Greg Holland

April 19, 2022, 9:25 PM

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The Texas Rangers activated right-handed pitcher Jon Gray from the injured list ahead of his start Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.

Texas also designated right-hander Greg Holland for assignment in a corresponding move.

Gray joined the Rangers after spending his first seven major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies. In his debut start for the team April 8, he went four innings and allowed three runs and three hits while dealing with a blister on his right middle finger. He did not factor into the decision in a 10-8 loss to Toronto.

Gray was moved to the 10-day IL due to his blister and activated Tuesday, the first day he was eligible to return.

Holland has made five appearances out of the bullpen in 2022, his first season with Texas. He is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA, giving up three home runs and striking out five batters in 4 2/3 innings.

The 36-year-old has a 30-28 career record and a 3.14 ERA in 556 career games with the Kansas City Royals (2010-2015, 2020-21), Rockies (2017), St. Louis Cardinals (2018), Washington Nationals (2018), Arizona Diamondbacks (2019) and Rangers. He made Texas' Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee to spring training.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
News

Tigers-Royals game postponed due to inclement weather

April 17, 2022, 3:37 PM

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Sunday's finale of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers and host Kansas City Royals was postponed due to inclement weather.

The game between the American League Central rivals will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 11.

The Tigers posted a 4-2 win over the Royals on Thursday and a 2-1 victory the following night. Kansas City, however, snapped a five-game skid with a 3-1 triumph on Saturday.

The Royals are scheduled return to action on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers open a three-game series versus the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers
News

Rangers place RHP Josh Sborz on IL, welcome back LHP Matt Moore

April 16, 2022, 7:21 PM

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The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Josh Sborz on the 10-day injured list with right elbow soreness and recalled veteran left-hander Matt Moore from Triple-A Round Rock.

Sborz, 28, has made four appearances with the Rangers this season with an 11.25 ERA. He pitched Friday against the Los Angeles Angels, giving up two runs in one inning.

Over four major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rangers, Sborz is 4-4 with a 4.72 ERA in 78 relief appearances.

Moore, 32, is making his return to the Rangers after signing a minor league deal with the club in March. He was 3-8 with a 6.79 ERA with Texas in 2018 over 39 appearances (12 starts).

In 10 major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants, Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, Moore is 56-60 with a 4.64 ERA over 205 appearances (164 starts).

--Field Level Media