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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals

Edward Olivares raps two homers to lift Royals over A's

June 25, 2022, 3:01 AM

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Edward Olivares hit two home runs in his return from the injured list as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Oakland A's 3-1 Friday night in the first game of a three-game series.

Olivares had not played a game in the majors since May 8.

The Royals have won six of their last eight games, while the A's have lost 19 of their last 22.

Zack Greinke (1-4) earned his first win of the season. He allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four. Greinke improved to 12-3 all-time against the A's.

Scott Barlow picked up his ninth save in 11 chances.

Greinke had been out since May 30 with a right flexor strain. He had an ERA of 9.50 with 15 strikeouts, seven walks and five home runs allowed in his last four starts before going on the injured list.

Cole Irvin (2-6) took his second straight loss against the Royals. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Olivares hit his first home run of the season to put the Royals on the board in the third. Olivares, who blasted one 430 feet to left, had been out since May with a right quad strain. He took the spot on the roster of Salvador Perez, who had surgery Friday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament on his left thumb.

The A's answered with a run in the fourth. Tony Kemp led off with a single. He stole second and scored on Seth Brown's two-out single up the middle.

Olivares put the Royals on top in the fifth inning with his second home run of the game. As in his first at-bat, Olivares pounded a solo home run to left field.

The Royals added another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Carlos Santana. Hunter Dozier led off with a double, followed by a walk to MJ Melendez.

Santana pulled the ball to left and was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. It was his ninth RBI in his last 13 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals

Royals C Salvador Perez to have thumb surgery

June 24, 2022, 5:57 PM

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Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will have surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb but is expected to return this season, the team said Friday.

He was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday.

Perez first went on the injured list on May 18 with a left thumb sprain and was activated May 28. He initially sustained the injury while swinging the bat during the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on May 17.

On Tuesday, he left Kansas City's win over the Los Angeles Angels after aggravating the injury.

The seven-time All-Star had a career season last year, tying for the major league lead in home runs with 48 and setting a record for most home runs by a catcher. He also drove in an MLB-best 121 runs. He finished seventh in the American League MVP voting.

This season, however, he is batting a career-low .211 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 57 games.

Perez, 32, reached the majors with Kansas City in 2011. He was World Series MVP in 2015 when the Royals beat the New York Mets to win the crown.

In a corresponding move, the Royals activated outfielder Edward Olivares (quad strain) from the injured list. The 26-year-old is batting .371 with four doubles and three RBIs in 15 games this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics

Royals return home after 9-game trip, face scuffling A’s

June 24, 2022, 11:55 AM

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The Kansas City Royals, coming off their most successful road trip of the season, will return home to face one of the three teams they played on that trip.

The Royals will host the Oakland A's on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series.

Kansas City welcomes back Zack Greinke (0-4, 5.05 ERA) from the 10-day injured list while the A's will send Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14 ERA) to the mound.

The Royals went 5-4 on their recent trip through San Francisco, Oakland and Anaheim, Calif. They lost two of three to the Giants before taking the series with the A's and Angels. The biggest factor seemed to be strong starting pitching.

In the nine games of the trip, Kansas City starters combined for a 3.42 ERA (18 runs in 47 1/3 innings). They gave up 36 hits and struck out 47. The biggest negative was that only two starters completed six innings.

But manager Mike Matheny believes he sees some of his youthful rotation's promise.

"I believe that we have the makings for that here, too," Matheny said about his staff, referring to the young pitching that carried the Atlanta Braves to 14 division titles from 1991-2005.

"I think that they're pulling for each other, because we're all wearing the same colors. But deep down, they're figuring out that they can make each other better by pushing each other.

Greinke will try to add to that hot streak. He has been out since May 30 with a right flexor strain. It was clear that something was bothering him before he went on the IL.

In his first six starts, he allowed three runs or less and pitched at least five innings. In those starts, he posted an ERA of 2.67, struck out 10 and walked just three. But in his last four starts, he had an ERA of 9.50 with 15 strikeouts, seven walks and five home runs allowed.

He made two minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Omaha. In his second start Saturday, he pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, six hits, including one home run, and one walk. He struck out four.

Matheny said Greinke is fully built up and shouldn't have any limitations.

Greinke is 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 24 appearances (19 starts) all-time against the A's.

The A's enter Friday's game on a three-game losing streak. They've won just three of their 19 games in June. They lost to the Mariners 2-1 Thursday, even with Frankie Montas pitching a gem; he had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings.

Irvin is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA in three career starts against Kansas City.

In his last start, he allowed just three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Royals in Oakland. But he took the loss as the A's were shut out 2-0.

"We haven't been able to put innings or at-bats together over the last four or five games," manager Mark Kotsay said. "Our pitching has been really good on the other end. We've got to score runs to win games. Unfortunately, again, the offense just couldn't get into a rhythm. Couldn't get momentum. Couldn't put hits together."

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals

Royals reinstate LHP Amir Garrett (illness)

June 12, 2022, 5:05 PM

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The Kansas City Royals reinstated left-hander Amir Garrett from the COVID-19 injured list on Sunday.

Garrett, who had been on the list since May 26, is returning following his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

Garrett, 30, is 1-0 with a 4.61 ERA in 16 relief appearances during his first season with the Royals. He owns an 11-17 record with a 5.08 ERA in 251 career games (14 starts) with the Cincinnati Reds and Royals.

Also on Sunday, Kansas City optioned Angel Zerpa to Double-A Northwest Arkansas and transferred fellow left-hander Jake Brentz to the 60-day injured list.

While Zerpa, 22, hasn't pitched in the majors this season, Brentz has been sidelined since late April with a left flexor strain.

Brentz, 27, is 0-3 with a 23.63 ERA in eight relief appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals

Royals recall LHP Kris Bubic to start vs. Astros

June 4, 2022, 4:12 PM

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The Kansas City Royals recalled left-hander Kris Bubic from Triple-A Omaha to make Saturday's start against the visiting Houston Astros.

The move was expected, as Bubic was in the Royals' clubhouse prior to Friday's series opener.

Bubic, 24, is 0-3 with a bloated 12.83 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in six games (five starts) with Kansas City this season. He didn't fare much better in three starts in the minors, going 0-2 with a 6.59 ERA.

Bubic owns a 7-16 record with a 4.98 ERA in 45 career appearances (35 starts) with the Royals.

Kansas City optioned right-hander Ronald Bolanos following the team's 10-3 loss to the Astros on Friday.

Bolanos, 25, has yet to record a decision while registering a 4.42 ERA in eight relief appearances this season with the Royals. He gave up three runs on 1/3 of an inning on Friday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Texas Rangers

Royals acquire RHP Albert Abreu from Rangers

June 3, 2022, 5:02 AM

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The Kansas City Royals acquired right-hander Albert Abreu from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league right-hander Yohanse Morel on Thursday night.

Abreu, who was designated for assignment on Monday, had a 3.12 ERA in seven relief outings for Texas this season. He was on the injured list from April 30-May 23 due to a sprained left ankle, and he made three scoreless appearances on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.

Abreu, 26, was part of a three-player trade on April 2 that brought him to Texas from the New York Yankees.

Morel, 21, was 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Class-A Quad Cities this season. He averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Texas assigned Morel to Class-A Hickory.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Royals RHP Zack Greinke (forearm) placed on IL

May 30, 2022, 10:12 PM

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Zack Greinke was placed on the 15-day injured list with a strained pitching forearm prior to Monday night's game against the Cleveland Guardians.

Greinke, 38, was bothered by tightness in the arm on Sunday when he served up three homers in a 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Greinke gave up five runs and six hits in four innings in the shaky outing. He is 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 10 starts.

"Any guy who has been around as long as he has, he kind of knows what he feels and knows what most likely will work," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny told reporters on Monday. "We're just trying to get ahead of it right now, just looks like it's going to take a little time."

Greinke, a six-time All-Star, is in the first season of his second stint with the team. He expressed concern after Sunday's outing.

"It's just been sore and tight for a little bit," Greinke said. "(My) stuff just doesn't seem very sharp at the moment. Last couple games, have given up home runs on pitches that guys have never hit. So that tells you that stuff isn't sharp."

Greinke won the American League Cy Young while with the Royals in 2009 as part of a seven-season stint (2004-10) with the club.

Overall, he owns a 219-136 record with a 3.44 ERA in 540 appearances (498 starts) while pitching for the Royals and five other teams.

Also Monday, Kansas City placed left-hander Gabe Speier and right-hander Matt Peacock on the COVID-19 IL and optioned outfielder Brewer Hicklen to Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals reinstated outfielder Kyle Isbel from the COVID-19 IL, and promoted left-hander Foster Griffin and right-handers Jose Cuas and Arodys Vizcaino from Omaha.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

Royals star Salvador Perez (thumb) activated off IL

May 28, 2022, 7:11 PM

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Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins.

Perez was sidelined with a left thumb injury that he sustained while swinging the bat during the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on May 17. The seven-time All-Star missed 10 games.

Perez batted fourth and served as the designated hitter on Saturday. The expectation is that the five-time Gold Glove winner will be behind the plate on Sunday.

"Salvy's passed the test of what the medical team wants to see -- I think it's just comfortability," Royals manager Mike Matheny said before the contest. "Whenever that starts happening to a catcher, it's in your mind, because it doesn't feel good."

Perez tied for the major lead league with 48 homers and led with 121 RBIs last season but is off to a slow start this season. He is batting just .206 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 34 games.

Perez, 32, reached the majors with Kansas City in 2011. He was World Series MVP in 2015 when the Royals beat the New York Mets to win the crown.

Kansas City optioned catcher Sebastian Rivero to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Rivero, 23, was 0-for-7 in three games with the Royals.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game One-Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

Royals C Salvador Perez (thumb) expected to miss 2 weeks

May 18, 2022, 5:47 PM

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The Kansas City Royals expect to be without perennial All-Star catcher Salvador Perez for at least two weeks with a sprained left thumb.

He could be out as long as 4-6 weeks.

The injury occurred during Perez's first at-bat Tuesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Perez said he sprained the thumb while swinging the bat. Perez, serving as the designated hitter in Game 1, left the game in the seventh inning because he couldn't grip the bat.

The Royals put Perez on the10-day injured list between the two games and recalled catcher Sebastian Rivero from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

"It's the inside of my thumb, a grade 2 (sprain)," Perez said, per the Kansas City Star. "The ligament got turned. I just need some time off. Hopefully, it's just 10 days. (Head trainer Kyle Turner) told me maybe it's going to be four to six weeks, at least 21 days. It's grade 2."

Royals rookie MJ Melendez was forced to catch both games of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Perez, 32, is batting just .206 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 34 games. The seven-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner slugged 48 homers last season and is a career .268 hitter.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

Royals fire hitting coach Terry Bradshaw

May 16, 2022, 5:24 PM

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The Kansas City Royals fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw on Monday.

Bradshaw, 53, held the position since 2018 and has been with the organization since 2000.

The Royals entered Monday ranked 26th in team batting average (.224) and 28th in home runs (21).

Alec Zumwalt replaces Bradshaw on manager Mike Matheny's staff. Zumwalt's assistants are Keoni DeRenne and Mike Tosar.

"Baseball is constantly shifting and we have to continue to self-evaluate to make sure we're giving our players everything they need to be successful at the highest levels of baseball," Royals general manager JJ Picollo said in a statement announcing the moves. "Our results so far haven't matched what we're capable of, and we all share accountability in that. We look forward to Alec, Keoni and Mike helping us provide the best possible processes for our players."

The Royals begin an eight-game homestand Monday night against the Chicago White Sox.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

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: Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies

A's place LHP Cole Irvin (shoulder) on IL

May 7, 2022, 1:26 AM

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The Oakland Athletics placed left-handed starter Cole Irvin on the team's 15-day injured list Friday because of a sore throwing shoulder.

The move is retroactive to Monday, with manager Mark Kotsay telling media members Friday that the pitcher has shoulder tendinitis.

Irvin, 28, is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA over five starts this season, his second with the A's. The fourth-year veteran has given up just two earned runs over his past three starts combined, covering 16 innings.

To replace Irvin, the club announced it recalled left-hander Zach Logue from Triple-A Las Vegas Friday. Logue has appeared in one game with Oakland this season, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Baltimore on April 19.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

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

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: New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics

A's activate RHP James Kaprielian, option RHP Adam Oller

May 1, 2022, 8:02 PM

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The Oakland Athletics made it official Sunday, activating right-hander James Kaprielian in advance of his season debut against the Cleveland Guardians.

Right-hander Adam Oller was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Kaprielian was impressive as a rookie last season, going 8-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 24 games (21 starts). He is making his first appearance against the Guardians.

Oakland has been exercising patience with Kaprielian, 28, who started the season on the injured list with AC joint irritation in his right shoulder before making three minor-league rehab starts.

He most recently pitched for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, allowing five runs over four innings and throwing 84 pitches.

Oller, 27, was 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA in three starts to open the season for the A's. He made his major league debut on April 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

--Field Level Media