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  • Royals' Cole Ragans: Goes seven innings again in win

    Ragans (6-6) earned the win Friday over the Red Sox, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out seven.

    Ceddanne Rafaela drove in the lone run against Ragans with a two-out double in the second inning. Otherwise, the left-hander was excellent Friday, making it through seven frames for a second straight outing. Ragans has held opponents to two runs or fewer in nine of his last 11 starts, posting a 2.39 ERA over that span (67.2 innings). Ragans, who'll represent the Royals at the All-Star game next week, wraps up the first half with a 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 141 strikeouts, good for third-most in the league.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Exits due to cramps

    Perez was removed from Friday's game against the Red Sox due to cramping.

    The Royals didn't specify where exactly Perez was hurting, but he was apparently in enough discomfort to warrant his removal in the eighth inning. His status for Saturday's contest is unclear, though it's possible he receives a day off in order to manage the issue.

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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Heading to bench Friday

    Fermin is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox.

    Fermin started the previous six games and will receive a day off after he went 7-for-20 with two walks, two RBI and four runs during that span. Adam Frazier will serve as Kansas City's designated hitter Friday.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Reaches 10-homer mark

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in an 8-5 win over the Cardinals in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Melendez also went 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI in a 6-4 win in the matinee. The outfielder is off to a good start in July, going 7-for-24 (.292) over his first seven contests of the month. For the season, he's posted a .191/.255/.379 slash line with 10 homers, 27 RBI, 24 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples and two stolen bases over 278 plate appearances. Melendez's struggles at the plate have cost him some playing time versus southpaws, but he's not strictly in a platoon role.

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  • Royals' Garrett Hampson: Nabs steal Wednesday

    Hampson went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in a 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Hampson got the start in center field for the first half of the doubleheader, giving Kyle Isbel some rest. Hampson's last three hits have all been doubles, but they've come over a span of 17 at-bats across his last six games. The versatile 29-year-old is slashing .262/.301/.349 with six steals, 12 RBI, 10 runs scored and no home runs across 135 plate appearances this season. He's mainly filled a short-side platoon role in center field, though he can play all over the diamond if necessary.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Homers, steals base Wednesday

    Isbel went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, a stolen base and three total runs in Game 2 of a doubleheader sweep versus the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Isbel didn't play in Game 1 of the twin bill but made a big impact in the nightcap. He singled, stole second base and scored in the fifth frame, scored again following a walk in the seventh, and finished with a solo shot to right field in the ninth. Isbel had been ice cold through six games in July coming into Wednesday, going 1-for-14 with four strikeouts.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Homers in each game of twin bill

    Perez went 3-for-7 with two home runs and four RBI over both games of Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of St. Louis.

    Perez started at catcher in Game 1 and recorded a 424-foot solo homer along with an RBI single. He was back in the lineup at DH in Game 2 and belted another solo shot while adding a sacrifice fly. Perez is up to 16 long balls on the campaign, tied for third most among MLB backstops. He's also tied for the lead among catchers with 59 RBI.

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  • Royals' Michael Wacha: Nabs win Wednesday in Game 2

    Wacha (6-6) earned the win over the Cardinals in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three batters over five innings.

    It wasn't a smooth outing for Wacha, as he tossed only one 1-2-3 inning and needed 84 pitches to get through five frames. Kansas City's offense gave him ample support, but the right-hander nearly lost his chance at a victory when he gave up two runs in the bottom of the fifth to allow St. Louis to close the gap to 5-4. The three earned runs were the most Wacha has allowed since May 4 -- over his previous eight starts, he had posted a 2.31 ERA and 1.03 WHIP across 46.2 frames. Wacha's overall 3.83 ERA puts him on pace to log a third straight season with a sub-4.00 earned run average.

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  • Royals' James McArthur: Notches pair of saves Wednesday

    McArthur earned a save in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, pitching two total innings during which he gave up one run on three hits while striking out two batters.

    McArthur gave up a Paul Goldschmidt solo homer and a Nolan Arenado single in the first game of the twin bill but managed to get through the ninth frame in 15 pitches. That left him fresh enough to be called upon again in the ninth inning of Game 2, and he finished off that contest in 19 pitches without yielding a run. McArthur thus became the first Kansas City pitcher with two saves in one day since Greg Holland in 2013. McArthur went through a stretch between June 7 to 23 during which he didn't record a single save (or get a single save opportunity), but since then he's registered five saves while giving up just one run over 7.2 frames.

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  • Royals' Alec Marsh: Improves to 7-6

    Marsh (7-6) earned the win over St. Louis in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, allowing three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.

    Marsh gave up two homers but only one additional hit. The right-hander was atypically prolific in the swing-and-miss department, racking up 16 whiffs and tying his season high with eight punchouts. Marsh notched his second quality start over his past three outings, though his other appearance during that span was a poor one during which he allowed five earned runs across three frames. He's been very up-and-down during the campaign, giving up one or zero runs in six of 17 starts but five-plus runs on four occasions. That's led to a mediocre 4.57 overall ERA.

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  • Royals' Walter Pennington: Returned to Omaha

    The Royals returned Pennington to Triple-A Omaha following Wednesday's doubleheader against St. Louis.

    Pennington didn't pitch in either of Wednesday's games while serving as the Royals' 27th man. He's been a reliable option for Omaha, however, posting a 2.22 ERA and 0.96 WHIP alongside an 81:21 K:BB through 56.2 innings. Should Kansas City need to bring another fresh arm into its bullpen, the 26-year-old southpaw would be a likely candidate for promotion.

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  • Royals' Maikel Garcia: Moving to bench for nightcap

    Garcia is out of the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.

    Garcia started at second base in the Royals' 6-4 win in the early game, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. He'll receive a breather for the nightcap while Michael Massey covers the keystone.

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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Gaining foothold in regular lineup

    Fermin will start at designated hitter and bat sixth in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.

    Fermin will stick in the lineup for the fifth game in a row, with the 29-year-old having now made three starts at catcher and two at designated hitter. With Michael Massey having been cleared to resume playing at second base after initially being limited to DH duties upon his return from the injured list June 24, the Royals should have a regular spot in the lineup for Fermin, at least while he's producing at the dish. Fermin will take a five-game hitting streak into the doubleheader and is slashing .304/.356/.435 over 177 plate appearances on the season.

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  • Royals' Walter Pennington: Joining big club for doubleheader

    The Royals recalled Pennington from Triple-A Omaha to serve as their 27th man for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.

    Pennington will give the Royals a fresh arm out of the bullpen for the nightcap before he likely heads back to Omaha on Thursday. The 26-year-old lefty previously made his big-league debut last week in Colorado, retiring both of the batters he faced.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Out of lineup for Game 1

    Isbel is absent from the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader in St. Louis.

    Garrett Hampson will get the start in center field in the first game for the Royals. Isbel should be back in center field for the second game of the day.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .247
(11th)
432
(13th)
97
(17th)
3.79
(10th)

Injuries

Player Injury
S. Perez C Salvador Perez C Undisclosed
K. Wright SP Kyle Wright SP Shoulder
D. Altavilla RP Dan Altavilla RP Oblique
J. Taylor RP Josh Taylor RP Biceps

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