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MLB: Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies
Recap

Royals pound out 18 hits in victory over Rockies

May 14, 2022, 5:09 AM

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Hunter Dozier had five hits, Andrew Benintendi and Ryan O'Hearn homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 14-10 in Denver on Friday night.

Michael Taylor had three hits, Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield had two hits each and Dylan Coleman (1-1) pitched an inning of relief for the win for Kansas City.

Brendan Rodgers homered among his three hits, Sam Hilliard had two hits and also went deep, C.J. Cron finished with three hits and Ryan McMahon had two hits for the Rockies.

The Royals took the lead on Benintendi's two-run homer in the first inning, his second of the season.

Colorado struck back in the second inning. Rodgers doubled and Elias Diaz reached on an error to put runners on the corners.

Iglesias followed with a single to drive in Rodgers, Hilliard's single brought home Diaz and advanced Iglesias to third, and he scored on Yonathan Diaz's sacrifice fly to make it 3-2.

Kansas City answered in the next inning. Perez had an RBI double, Dozier drove in another with a single and Bobby Witt Jr.'s two-run triple made it 6-3, and the Royals added to it in the fifth.

Dozier doubled with one out and scored on Rodgers' error on Witt's grounder, and he scored on Taylor's RBI single that ended Kyle Freeland's night.

Freeland (1-4) allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on 12 hits and walked two in 4 2/3 innings.

Colorado responded in the fifth off Zack Greinke. McMahon laced an RBI single, Randal Grichuk reached on a third-strike wild pitch, which allowed another run to score, and Rodgers followed with a two-run double to make it 8-7 and chase Greinke.

Greinke allowed seven runs -- five earned -- on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Kansas City put four more runs up in the seventh on an RBI double by Taylor, a two-run single from Merrifield and a run-scoring triple by Benintendi.

Rodgers hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh -- his second -- but O'Hearn's pinch-hit two-run shot in the eighth got the runs back.

Hilliard led off the eighth with his first homer of the season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
Preview

Zack Greinke no stranger to Coors Field as Royals face Rockies

May 13, 2022, 7:00 AM

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Zack Greinke may pitch in the American League, but he has a wealth of experience against the Colorado Rockies.

Greinke, who spent the first seven seasons of his 19-year career with Kansas City and returned to the Royals in the offseason, also spent plenty of time in the NL West and logged heavy innings against the Rockies.

He'll get another shot at Colorado when the Royals open a three-game weekend series in Denver on Friday night. Greinke (0-2, 2.67 ERA) will be opposed by left-hander Kyle Freeland (1-3, 3.94).

Kansas City is coming off 3-1 road loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, while Colorado had a much-needed off day.

Despite his record, Greinke has been pitching well -- and efficiently. In a time when strikeouts account for nearly a third of all outs across baseball, Greinke has been throwing few pitches, striking out only 7.5 percent of the batters he has faced through his first six starts.

He has fanned just 10 batters in 33 2/3 innings, and in only two of his six starts has he struck out more than one.

"It's brilliant, that efficiency," Royals manager Mike Matheny said recently. "And he's going to be able to have some really efficient outings just because he's making quality pitches, and he's manipulating the ball to get minor movement from one pitch to the next.

"You're not going to see the same thing. It could be the exact same pitch, but it'll have different movement the second time you see it. He's just trying to miss the barrel. That's pitching. It's undervalued in our game."

Greinke could see his style get tested in the thin air of Coors Field, but he boasts some success against the Rockies, mostly from his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. He is 14-7 with a 3.53 ERA in 36 career games (35 starts) against Colorado, 5-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) in Denver.

Freeland, a Denver native, has never pitched against Kansas City, but he will get a chance to help the Rockies wash away their just-completed 1-5 road trip. Colorado lost two of three in Arizona and then was swept in a three-game set by the San Francisco Giants.

Usually the Rockies' issues on the road are lack of pitching and hitting, and they were during the latest trip. The staff allowed 24 runs in the three games against the Giants, and the Colorado offense averaged just 2.2 runs during the six-game trek.

Another unexpected problem has cropped up this season for the Rockies -- defense. Colorado has consistently played good defense over the years (the 2007 team had a .989 fielding percentage, which set a major league record).

This season, however, the Rockies have committed 24 errors, and their .980 fielding percentage ranks among the bottom third of major league teams.

"We have to assess where we all are as a group, individually and as a group," infielder Ryan McMahon, who committed his sixth error on Wednesday, told MLB.com. "But then you have to move on from it because we have another ballgame in a couple of days. As a team, we take a lot of pride in defense. I do specifically, and it's eating at me a little bit. But I'll be good to go and I'll move past it in time for the next game."

--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: 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: 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: Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies
News

Rockies place Kris Bryant on 10-day IL

April 29, 2022, 11:22 PM

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The Colorado Rockies placed left fielder Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list Friday because of back soreness.

Bryant, 30, has not played since Monday, and the roster move is retroactive to Tuesday. An MRI on Bryant's back revealed no long-term injury issues, according to a report from the Denver Post.

In 15 games this season, Bryant is hitting .281 (16-for-57) with no home runs and four RBIs. He has four doubles and his slugging percentage sits at .351, which is significantly lower than his career slugging percentage of .501.

The Rockies signed Bryant to a seven-year, $182 million contract during the offseason.

To replace Bryant's spot on the roster, the Rockies promoted infielder Elehuris Montero from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 23-year-old has yet to play in the majors.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
News

Rays claim LHP Ben Bowden off waivers from Rockies

April 29, 2022, 7:01 PM

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The Tampa Bay Rays claimed left-handed reliever Ben Bowden off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Bowden, 27, was 3-2 with a 6.56 ERA in 39 bullpen appearances during his rookie season in 2021. He struck out 42 and walked 21 in 35 2/3 innings.

He made seven relief appearances this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, posting an 8.22 ERA with no decisions.

The Rays, who had an open spot on their 40-man roster, assigned Bowden to Triple-A Durham.

The Rockies drafted Bowden in the second round out of Vanderbilt in 2016.

--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

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
News

Tigers-Rockies postponed due to weather; DH Saturday

April 22, 2022, 10:42 PM

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Friday's game between the host Detroit Tigers and the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.

It will be made up Saturday as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will remain at 1:10 p.m. ET, while Friday's game was rescheduled for 6:40 Saturday.

The Tigers were set to start left-hander Tarik Skubal (0-1, 3.72 ERA) against Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 2.16 ERA) on Friday. The teams' pitching plans for Saturday's games were unknown.

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera stands at 2,999 career hits, with his approach of 3,000 drawing scores of fans to Comerica Park. After the Tigers' three-game home series with Colorado, they are scheduled to hit the road for three games at the Minnesota Twins and three at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers
Betting

MaximBet signs Charlie Blackmon to landmark sportsbook deal

April 20, 2022, 2:26 PM

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Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon signed a landmark agreement with MaximBet, becoming the first Major League Baseball player with a sportsbook endorsement deal.

MLB rules prohibit Blackmon from referencing specific baseball wagers or promoting gambling on baseball, but the popular four-time All-Star is one of the most recognizable players in the state of Colorado. MaximBet, exclusively online, is one of the approved operators in the state.

Many MLB teams have their own agreements with sportsbooks, including in-park facilities or plans to add brick-and-mortar presence in the near vicinity. Teams include the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs.

Blackmon is permitted via the collective bargaining agreement to participate in promotions and social media content. He will be featured by MaximBet in upcoming marketing campaigns and fan events.

MaximBet said last month it has plans to expand in the Midwest with licenses approved in Iowa and Indiana and applications in at least three other states.

"As I learned more about MaximBet, I knew this absolutely was the right brand for me," Blackmon said in a prepared statement on the partnership. "MaximBet has really attached itself to the local Colorado community, and I cannot wait to have some fun with MaximBet and surprising fans with incredible 'money can't buy' experiences all season."

Blackmon, 35, is in his 12th season with the Rockies.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
News

Rockies sign LHP Kyle Freeland to 5-year deal

April 19, 2022, 8:58 PM

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The Colorado Rockies signed left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Freeland to a new five-year contract Tuesday worth a reported $64.5 million.

The deal begins this season and covers two arbitration years and three years of free agency. Multiple outlets reported the total value of the deal.

"We have been in talks with Kyle for a long time and are glad to finalize this deal that secures his future in Denver," Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt said in a statement. "Kyle has been a steady part of this rotation since his debut and we are excited to have him in a Rockies uniform for at least the next five seasons."

A player option for a sixth year worth $17 million kicks in if Freeland pitches 170 innings in 2025, MLB Network reported.

Freeland, 28, is a homegrown player for the Rockies, who drafted him No. 8 overall in 2014.

Freeland is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA through two starts this season. However, he's 40-42 with a 4.28 ERA in 126 career appearances (121 starts) since his major league debut in April 2017.

His best season came in 2018 when he went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA.

Freeland is the second Rockies starter to ink a long-term contract extension in recent months; Antonio Senzatela signed a five-year, $50.5 million deal last October. The Rockies also have German Marquez under contract through the 2024 season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies
News

Rockies put Garrett Hampson on 10-day injured list

April 17, 2022, 6:37 PM

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The Colorado Rockies placed fifth-year utilityman Garrett Hampson on the 10-day injured list with a right hand contusion on Sunday.

The 27-year-old has appeared in just three games this season, batting .111 in nine plate appearances.

Taken in the third round by the Rockies in the 2016 MLB draft, Hampson has played centerfield, second base and shortstop with Colorado. He has a career batting average of .239 with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled infielder Colton Welker from Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque.

Welker, 24, appeared in 19 games for the Rockies in 2021, batting .189 in 37 at-bats.

--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