As the Indians and Royals prepare for a four-game series at Progressive Field — a rivalry that will be renewed on Thursday night — the division race is heating up.
With injuries to Kris Medlen and Chris Young, Danny Duffy had the opportunity to return to a starting role, where the lefty has shown continual improvement, most recently with six quality innings for his first win of the season in the Royals’ 6-3 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night.
Left-hander Danny Duffy threw six strong innings and Lorenzo Cain had three hits and scored two runs as the red-hot Royals completed a sweep of the Rays with a 6-3 win on Wednesday night.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez, the reigning World Series Most Valuable Player, is the leading vote-getter in the American League for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.
Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales each hit two-run homers, and red-hot Eric Hosmer and Drew Butera each had three hits as the Royals rolled to their fifth straight win, a 10-5 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
On Tuesday, Royals rookie Whit Merrifield was handed a fan-written letter for the first time. He said he was excited, although there ended up being another surprise as he saw to whom it was addressed.
Brett Eibner became the latest Royals player to miss time with an injury as the club announced on Wednesday, among a series of roster moves, that he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.
Tuesday night’s Royals-Rays game — a 10-5 Kansas City victory — drew a 17.6 rating on FOX Sports Kansas City, the highest-rated telecast on the regional cable network.
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy looks to take the next step in his transition from the bullpen when he squares off with Rays pitcher Chris Archer, who also appears to be making progress, in the finale of a three-game series in Kansas City on Wednesday night.
Royals left fielder Brett Eibner, just called up last week from Triple-A Omaha, left Tuesday night’s game on a cart with a lateral sprain of the left ankle. He was expected to have an MRI on Wednesday.
The recent string of injuries to the Royals put that much more pressure on the 3-4-5 hitters to produce runs. But in a 10-5 win over the Rays on Tuesday night, that certainly was no issue.