Royals left-hander Danny Duffy and Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who both spent lengthy stints on the disabled list this season, will square off for the second time this season on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League in RBIs, was a late scratch from the Mariners’ starting lineup before Friday’s 5-2 win over the Royals due to a neck spasm.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano became just the fifth active Major League player with 500 career doubles in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Royals, and he’s on the verge of passing some pretty heady company on the all-time list as well.
The calendar has turned to August, but that didn’t slow Mariners lefty James Paxton’s roll as he tied a franchise record by winning his seventh consecutive start in Friday’s 5-2 victory over the Royals.
Former Royal Jarrod Dyson looped the go-ahead RBI single to center in the seventh inning and red hot left-hander James Paxton won his seventh straight start as the Mariners rallied for a 5-2 win over the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Mariners utility man Shawn O’Malley, who has been recovering from surgery on his right shoulder since Spring Training, was activated off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger has been completely sidelined the past five days since being hit in the face by a 95-mph fastball from Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, but manager Scott Servais said on Thursday that the 26-year-old expects to be cleared to begin doing some activities in the next day or two.
Following the month of July in which he became the first Mariners pitcher to win six games in a single month, left-hander James Paxton is set to face right-hander Jason Hammel and the Royals on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
After seven seasons with the Royals, Mariners center fielder Jarrod Dyson knows well how they operate. And even before Thursday’s opener of a key four-game series, the speedy Dyson warned that his club had to be on top of its game because the playoff-experienced Royals do the little things to win when it counts.
Lorenzo Cain and Melky Cabrera produced RBI singles in the seventh inning, and Brandon Moss belted two home runs to help the Royals rally for a 6-4 win over the Mariners on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Padres left-hander Brad Hand and Mariners right-hander Edwin Diaz were named The Hartford National League and American League Relievers of the Month for July, respectively. The awards were announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball.