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Salvador Perez, CCold4/23/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez hit his first home run of the season Wednesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Perez was zero for his last 21 going into Wednesday's game and has watched his average drop from .300 to .213.
Mike Moustakas, 3B 4/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas homered for the second straight game Wednesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas has drilled four homers and driven in 10 runs over his last eight games but he's still just 11-for-69 (.159) this season. This is the second straight year he raked in spring training and then got off to an ice cold start.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer blasted four hits Tuesday in an 8-2 win over Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer hasn't found his home run stroke yet (still homerless in 74 at bats) but who needs the long ball when you're hitting over .300? Here's another thing Hosmer owners should be thrilled about: the 24-year-old has just six strikeouts in 19 games. With a contact rate like that, Hosmer should be in for a great season.
James Shields, SPHot4/17/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Kansas City ace James Shields shut down Houston on Thursday night.
Insight: Shields delivered 12 punchouts in eight innings of work as the Royals won by a score of 5-1. Thursday was the right-hander's first victory since September 27th.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/17/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is headed to the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: He suffered a Grade 1 groin strain in Wednesday night's extra inning win over Houston. That's good news for Jarrod Dyson, who will take over center field duties during Cain's absence.
Bruce Chen, RP4/17/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Bruce Chen will miss Thursday's scheduled start against Houston due to tightness in left glute.
Insight: The 36-year-old Chen had a 9-4 record with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 121 frames last year, but has started slowly this spring.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/17/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Kansas City 1B Eric Hosmer is just 1-for-10 versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Hosmer is batting a respectable .286, but is still looking for his first home run. Avoid him on Thursday.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/16/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas won't be in the starting lineup Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: He's off to a miserable start with just four hits in his first 40 at bats. Danny Valencia hasn't been much better (.125 AVG) but he'll get the start at third base on Wednesday.
Yordano Ventura, SPHot4/16/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura picked up his first career win Tuesday at Houston.
Insight: Ventura touched 100 mph with his fastball and struck out seven batters over seven innings. He gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) and has a 0.69 ERA and 13 Ks in 13 innings this season.
Jason Vargas, SPHot4/13/2014 8:54:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has a 1.64 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 22 innings this year.
Insight: Last year, the Royals acquisition of Angels starter Ervin Santana worked pretty well, so they decided to try it again with Vargas. The 31-year-old had a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 150 innings last year and has never had an ERA better than 3.78 in a season. The extreme fly-ball pitcher is a good match for the Royals, who have two of the best defensive outfielders in the AL in Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain, but he won't keep up what he has done so far.
Omar Infante, 2B4/11/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante (jaw) is in the starting lineup Friday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Infante suffered a sprained jaw and required six stitches when he was hit in the face by a Heath Bell pitch on April 7.
Alex Gordon, LF4/9/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon had a big day at the plate Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Gordon had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in four at-bats. The left fielder has averaged 19 homers, 80 RBI, 95 runs and 13 steals over the past three years. He's batting lower in the order this year, so expect fewer runs and more RBI.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/9/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Yordano Ventura's major league debut Tuesday versus the Rays was a success (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 K's, 0 BB).
Insight: It's only April, but you already get the feeling this kid is going to be something special. Expect the 22-year-old to be in the running for Rookie of the Year honors this season.
Omar Infante, 2B4/8/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a Heath Bell pitch Monday night, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Infante suffered a sprained jaw and required six stitches. He'll be re-evaluated in a couple of days. Danny Valencia will take over at second base until Infante returns.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit the bench Sunday with Chris Sale on the mound for Chicago, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: The Royals acquired Danny Valencia for his ability to hit lefties, and he'll start Sunday. A second straight scorching spring training has led to a second straight ice cold April for Moustakas, who is 0-for-15 this season. It's still early, but fantasy owners don't have much patience for the 25-year-old third baseman after underwhelming seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/6/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has gone 4-for-20 with seven strikeouts against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: A second straight scorching spring training has led to a second straight ice cold April for Moustakas, who is 0-for-15 this season. It's still early, but fantasy owners don't have much patience for the 25-year-old third baseman after underwhelming seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/6/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale has fanned Eric Hosmer eight times in 25 at-bats.
Insight: Hosmer has gone 5-for-14 (.357) in 2014 but he's still looking for his first homer. He's unlikely to get it off Sale, who has limited Hosmer to six hits (five singles) in 25 at-bats (.240).
Billy Butler, DH4/6/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler hasn't had much of an issue against White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Butler has gone 3-for-12 with two RBI, four walks and zero strikeouts in his first four games and he has hit .412 (14-for-34) with two doubles and three homers against Sale.
Bruce Chen, RP4/5/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Bruce Chen surrendered one (unearned) run and struck out seven batters in 6 1/3 innings Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: The 36-year-old Chen has been around since 1998 and owns a career ERA of 4.47, but he had a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 121 frames last year (3.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 87 1/3 innings as a starter).
Billy Butler, DH4/5/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 1-for-2 with two RBI Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Butler has gone 3-for-12 with two RBI, four walks and zero strikeouts in his first four games. The 27-year-old tailed off from his career year in 2012 and hit .289 with 15 homers, 82 RBI and a .786 OPS last season.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/5/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is still seeking his first hit of the season and it's unlikely to come against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Moustakas is 1-for-11 versus Danks. We've been waiting for three years for Moustakas to produce and another slow start may be the end of his fantasy relevance.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold4/5/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitless in 10 at-bats versus White Sox left-hander John Danks with four strikeouts.
Insight: Escobar is also hitless on the season (0-for-11). Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/3/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Royals hurler Yordano Ventura will be skipped in the rotation after his scheduled start on Thursday was rained out, according to Lynn Henning.
Insight: He'll likely make his first start on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. He has been dominant this spring and should be drafted/claimed in all leagues.
Salvador Perez, C4/3/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is hitless in nine at-bats against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Perez has gotten out of the gate quickly, batting .714 (5-for-7) through the first two games. He's a career .304 hitter and has the talent to hit 20 homers, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Jason Vargas, SP4/2/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Jason Vargas gave up five hits and one earned run while striking out six in seven innings Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Vargas joined the Royals this offseason after spending one year with the Angels. The lefty is an extreme fly-ball pitcher who is prone to homers and doesn't strike many people out. He went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 150 frames last season and is best left for AL-only owners.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/2/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is still seeking his first hit of the season, but he'll be hard-pressed to get it against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Moustakas is just a .130 hitter in this matchup with more than twice as many strikeouts (7) than hits (3) in 23 career at-bats. Avoid him today.
Alex Gordon, LF4/2/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is a .393 lifetime hitter against Detroit ace Max Scherzer with a pair of homers and a 1.229 OPS.
Insight: Gordon's .265 average was the lowest since 2010, but he was still a solid across the board contributor with 90 runs, 20 HR, 81 RBI and 11 steals. This is a favorable matchup.
Salvador Perez, C3/31/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez crushed four hits Monday in a season-opening loss to Detroit.
Insight: Perez has quickly become one of the best hitting catchers in baseball. Since making his debut in 2011, the Royals backstop is hitting .304 with 27 HR and 141 RBI in 937 at bats. Three of his four hits Monday came off former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
Mike Moustakas, 3B3/31/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hasn't had much luck against Justin Verlander in the past.
Insight: Moustakas is hitting a dismal .182 against Verlander in 33 at bats. Third base isn't a deep position this year but there are certainly much better options than Moustakas (.233, 12 HR, 42 RBI in 2013). Leave him on your bench today.
Billy Butler, DH3/31/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler loves facing Justin Verlander.
Insight: Somehow, he's managed a .441 batting average against him in 68 at bats. Butler's fantasy value is tough to gage because he isn't eligible at first base in all formats but he's certainly worth starting today against Verlander.
Omar Infante, 2B3/31/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante will start Monday against Detroit. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: Infante (.318, 10 HR, 51 RBI in 2013) missed time with elbow issues during spring training but is ready to go for Opening Day. He'll bat second behind leadoff man Norichika Aoki.
Salvador Perez, C3/26/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez does not have a concussion and says he is fine, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Perez took a curveball off his helmet behind the left ear on Wednesday and walked off under his own power. The 23-year-old hit .292 with 13 home runs, 79 RBI and a .756 OPS in 138 games last season and has a career .301 average in 933 at bats.
Salvador Perez, C3/26/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez took a curveball off his helmet during an at-bat and left Wednesday's game, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Perez walked off under his own power and will presumably be checked for a concussion. The 23-year-old hit .292 with 13 home runs, 79 RBI and a .756 OPS in 138 games last season and has a career .301 average in 933 at-bats.
Omar Infante, 2B3/25/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante admitted that his elbow still bothers him when he throws and hits. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: Infante played in a minor league game Tuesday while wearing a sleeve on his elbow. He is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but he's running out of time.
James Shields, SPHot3/23/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has struck out 24 batters without issuing a walk in 20 2/3 innings during spring training.
Insight: Shields had a 3.15 ERA, a 1.24 ERA and a 196/68 K/BB in 228 2/3 innings last season. He has thrown at least 203 1/3 frames in each of the last seven seasons and is a very safe mid-tier option who is undervalued (Yahoo ADP: 94).
Danny Duffy, SP3/23/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will begin the year in the minors.
Insight: Duffy lost the fifth spot in the rotation to Yordano Ventura. The hard-throwing Duffy's career was been set back by Tommy John surgery, but he returned to post a 1.85 ERA and 22 Ks in 24 1/3 innings last season. He'll be the first pitcher called up if Kansas City needs an injury replacement in the rotation.
Mike Moustakas, 3B3/21/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas played six innings at second base on Thursday.
Insight: He's a third baseman and this is likely just a emergency option if needed, but its interesting to note that his value would likely rise if he became second-base eligible.
Omar Infante, 2B3/19/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante received a cortisone shot in his elbow on Tuesday. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: This comes just a week and a half after dealing with shoulder inflammation. None of this bodes well for the 32-year-old after missing more than a month last season because of a sprained ankle. If by some miracle Infante recovers quickly and can stay relatively healthy throughout the season, he could hit close to .300.
Yordano Ventura, SP3/17/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals will likely name Yordano Ventura to their starting rotation as early as this week.
Insight: MLB.com's No. 35 prospect in all of baseball possesses an upper-90s fastball and struck out 155 batters in 134 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season before posting a 3.52 ERA and 11 Ks in 15 1/3 innings with the Royals. He has been dominant this spring and should be drafted in all leagues.
Yordano Ventura, SP3/16/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Yordano Ventura has emerged as the leading candidate to fill the No. 5 spot in Kansas City's starting rotation. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: The 22-year-old posted a 3.52 ERA in three starts for the Royals in 2013. So far this spring, he's 0-1 with seven strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot3/14/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas, hoping to rebound from a sub par 2013, is batting .500 this spring with four homers and a 1.595 OPS.
Insight: Yes, we know its spring training, but anything that Moustakas and his fantasy owners can hang their hat on is a good thing. This best thing about his 28 spring at-bats is he's struck out just four times.
Ervin Santana, SP3/11/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves could make a run at Ervin Santana.
Insight: The Blue Jays, Orioles and Twins have already offered Santana a deal, but the Braves could jump in late following injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy. Going to the National League and facing teams like the Marlins and Mets frequently would be great for Santana's fantasy value.
Brad Penny, SP3/7/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Kansas City has parted ways with veteran righthander Brad Penny. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: Penny was having an awful spring training (15.75 ERA in two appearances) and the fact that he punched a wall and hurt his hand probably didn't help matters. The two-time All-Star hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012 and we'd be surprised if he ever does again.
Luke Hochevar, SP3/7/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to manager Ned Yost, ending his 2014 season.
Insight: Hochevar, the 2006 first-overall pick, found his niche last season as a reliever, throwing 70 1/3 innings and posting a 1.92 ERAm a 0.83 WHIP and 82 strikeouts.
Omar Infante, 2B3/6/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante will sit out Friday's spring training game versus the Giants. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: He's dealing with some inflammation in his right shoulder. Infante (.318, 10 HR, 51 RBI in 2013) shouldn't miss more than a few days.
Luke Hochevar, SP3/5/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and will be shut down for at least two weeks, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Manager Ned Yost said the best-case scenario is that Hochevar will be able to return by late-May or June, but he'll have to undergo Tommy John surgery if rest doesn't help. Hochevar, the 2006 first-overall pick, was a failed starter, going 38-59 with a 5.39 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in his first six seasons, but he was excellent in relief last season, throwing 70 1/3 innings and posting a 1.92 ERAm a 0.83 WHIP and 82 strikeouts. The team was expected to give him another look in the rotation this spring, but that plan is out the window even if he is able to avoid surgery.
Ervin Santana, SP2/22/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: A source told Ken Rosenthal that Ervin Santana would rather sit out until after the MLB Draft in June than accept a one-year contract like Nelson Cruz' $8 million deal with the Orioles.
Insight: Teams have been hesitant to sign Santana because of the draft pick compensation attached to him. That compensation disappears after the draft. The right-hander pitched for the Royals last season and turned down their $14.1 million qualifying offer.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B2/12/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: The Royals officially released infielder Emilio Bonifacio on Wednesday. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: He was placed on waivers earlier this week. Bonifacio is gifted with elite speed but not much else. His career batting average is only .262. We'll see if he catches on with someone in time for spring training.
Ervin Santana, SP2/11/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: After striking out with Bronson Arroyo, the Orioles have now shifted their attention to signing righthander Ervin Santana. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Santana, A.J. Burnett and Ubaldo Jimenez are probably the three best starters left on the market now that Arroyo has signed with the Diamondbacks. Baltimore would have to give up a draft pick to sign Santana (9-10, 3.24 ERA in Kansas City), which is probably why he remains unsigned despite the fact that pitchers and catchers report to camp in less than a week.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B2/2/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: The Royals designated utilty man Emilio Bonifacio for assignment on Saturday. SOURCE: Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star
Insight: That opens up a roster spot for lefthander Bruce Chen. Bonifacio lost his spot at second base when the team inked Omar Infante to a four-year contract earlier this offseason. The 28-year-old is just a .262 lifetime hitter but he's an intriguing fantasy possibility because of his elite speed and positional flexibility.
Ervin Santana, SP1/13/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: The Orioles, Twins and Yankees have all requested medical records for righthander Ervin Santana. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: That doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to sign with any of them but there does appear to be some interest. Any team that signs Santana (9-10, 3.24 ERA) will have to give up a draft pick, which may be why he hasn't generated much interest on the open market this winter.
Ramon Hernandez, C1/7/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez has accepted a minor league deal with Kansas City. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal includes an invite to spring training. Hernandez saw just 17 games of action last season, connecting on three homers in 48 at bats for the Dodgers. The best case scenario is that he backs up Salvador Perez (.292, 13 HR, 79 RBI) next season.
Omar Infante, 2BHot12/13/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Second baseman Omar Infante is headed to Kansas City. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: He signed for four years and about $30 million. The Yankees were also in on him but they only offered Infante three years and $24 million. Infante hit .318 for the Tigers last year but is just a .279 career hitter. Expect him to come back to Earth a little in 2014.
Michael Mariot, SP11/22/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: The Royals added minor league RP Michael Mariot to their 40-man roster.
Insight: Mariot had 11 saves with a 3.56 ERA and 1.385 WHIP in the minors last season. The move was to protect him from being a Rule 5 Draft casualty. The Royals already have an excellent closer in Greg Holland (47 saves, 1.21 ERA, 0.867 WHIP) so Mariot likely doesn't have much fantasy value in 2014.
Jason Vargas, SP11/21/2013 9:34:00 PM
Description: The Kansas City Royals signed Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract Thursday.
Insight: After four seasons with Seattle, Vargas fired 150 innings and went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 24 starts with the Angels in 2013. He'll presumably take former Angel Ervin Santana's spot in the Royals rotation. He's a mediocre fantasy option due to his high WHIP and lack of Ks.
Ervin Santana, SP11/13/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana is aiming for a five-year, $112 million contract in free agency. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: That's simply not going to happen. Anibal Sanchez settled for a five-year, $80 million deal last offseason and he's twice as good as Santana. The righthander turned down Kansas City's qualifying offer, which means that whoever signs him will have to give up a draft pick.
James Shields, SP10/31/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: The Royals have exercised James Shields' team option for 2014. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
Insight: Shields (13-9, 3.15 ERA) will earn $13.5 million in base salary next season. He was dominant in his first year in KC and should be again in 2014.
Alex Gordon, LF9/29/2013 11:33:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is a .150 lifetime hitter against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. UPDATE: Gordon is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gordon's average is just .265 this season but he has kept his fantasy value up by scoring 90 runs, stealing 11 bases, slugging 20 home runs and driving in 81 runs. However, he's batting .167 over his last nine games and is 3-for-20 against Quintana.
Eric Hosmer, 1B9/29/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has struggled against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, Sunday's scheduled starter.
Insight: After a down year in 2012 and a poor start to this season, Hosmer has really turned things around and become a strong all-around fantasy first baseman. He has hit .302 with 17 homers, 79 RBI, 86 runs, 15 steals and an .801 OPS, but he's unlikely to end his season on a high note Sunday.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold9/29/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has hit .195 with a .572 OPS in September but he'll finish the season with a strong matchup Sunday.
Insight: Moustakas has hit .421 (8-for-19) with three doubles and two round-trippers against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. He has failed to live up to expectations during his time in the big leagues but it would be nice if he had a big game to wrap up this disappointing season.
James Shields, SP9/28/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on four hits over seven innings Friday night against the White Sox.
Insight: Shields has struck out 10 batters in two of his last three starts and is 7-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 65 K in 68 innings over his last 10 outings. Shields is a big reason why the Royals have a winning record for the first time since 2003; the team went 21-13 in his starts. He'll finish with a 13-9 record and a 3.15 ERA in 228 2/3 innings.
Billy Butler, DH9/27/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is 11-for-31 (.355) with three home runs against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Butler's power numbers are down, with just 14 HR this season and 40 extra base hits versus 29 and 62, respectively, last season, but this is a favorable matchup.
Justin Maxwell, CF9/22/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Justin Maxwell led the Royals to victory with a walkoff grand slam Sunday versus Texas.
Insight: It was Maxwell's second career walkoff grand slam and his fourth grand slam overall. Since coming over at the trade deadline, Maxwell has hit .308 for the Royals with five homers and 17 RBI.
James Shields, SP9/22/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields tossed eight shutout innings Sunday in a 4-0 win over Texas.
Insight: Shields has been a great pickup for Kansas City. In 33 starts, he's 12-9 with a 3.21 ERA and 186 strikeouts. The righthander is slated to make his final start of the regular season (the Royals still have a 4.6 percent chance of making the playoffs) Friday versus the White Sox.
Billy Butler, DH9/17/2013 12:02:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is just 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Butler's power numbers are down, with just 14 HR this season and 39 extra base hits versus 29 and 62, respectively, last season. Avoid this matchup.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold9/15/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has gone 7-for-49 (.143) over his last 14 games and doesn't have good numbers against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Moustakas batted .321 with an .873 OPS in his first 30 games of the second half, but he has hit another long slump. He's just 2-for-20 against Scherzer so he isn't likely to do anything Sunday.
Alex Gordon, LF9/15/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon enters play Sunday against the Tigers 9-for-25 (.360) with three doubles, a homer and seven walks against scheduled starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Gordon has scored at least one run in six straight games and hit .287 with eight doubles, a triple and nine home runs in his last 37.
Salvador Perez, CHot9/15/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez won't be intimidated by facing 19-3 Tigers hurler Max Scherzer Sunday. Perez is 6-for-15 (.400) with a double and two homers against Scherzer.
Insight: Perez has hit .391 with four doubles, six homers, 22 RBI and a 1.131 OPS over his last 20 games to pull his season OPS up from .672 to .744.
Ervin Santana, SP9/14/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Kansas City righthander Ervin Santana improved to 9-9 with a win Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Saturday was his first win in over a month (August 4th against the Mets). Santana (3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) has had an excellent season but for some reason, his manager Ned Yost has him on a short leash. It's been six starts since his last 100-pitch outing.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B9/14/2013 9:35:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Emilio Bonifacio got tossed for showing up an umpire Saturday versus the Tigers. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
Insight: Bonifacio threw his helmet down in frustration after he was picked off first base and was given the heave-ho moments later by umpire James Hoye. Chris Getz has since entered the game to to take over at second base for Bonifacio.
Billy Butler, DHt9/13/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .431 hitter (28-for-65) with a pair of homers and a 1.085 OPS against the ace right-hander.
James Shields, SP9/11/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Royals ace James Shields shut down the Indians Wednesday night.
Insight: Shields gave up two runs on four hits and struck out seven over eight innings to bounce back from his worst start of the season. He allowed 14 hits and 10 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings versus Detroit his last time on the hill.
Alex Gordon, LFHot9/11/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon launched his 19th homer of the season Wednesday against the Indians.
Insight: Gordon has picked up 18 extra-base hits, including nine homers, in his last 157 plate appearances (11.5 XBH%). He only had 10 homers and a 6.8 percent extra-base hit rate over his first 474 plate appearances this season.
Jamey Carroll, 2B9/11/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Royals infielder Jamey Carroll is 7-for-12 (.583) versus Cleveland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Carroll hasn't been used much by Kansas City, but if he gets a chance to play on Wednesday you could use him in your lineup.
Salvador Perez, C9/9/2013 12:36:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is just 1-for-10, a single, against Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: The Royals are taking things slow with Perez after a foul ball hit him in the head Thursday against Seattle. George Kottaras might get a start tonight.
Eric Hosmer, 1B9/8/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer's 15 homers and 52 RBI since June 13 equate to 30 and 105 over 162 games.
Insight: Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer Sunday against the Tigers and is hitting .302 with 16 longballs, 73 RBI and an .808 OPS this season.
Salvador Perez, C9/8/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take a breather Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: The Royals are taking things slow with Perez after a foul ball hit him in the head Thursday against Seattle. George Kottaras will be filling in at catcher.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold9/8/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has gone 3-for-30 (.100) over his last eight games.
Insight: Moustakas was hitting .321 with an .873 OPS since the All-Star break prior to this cold streak. He does have a strong matchup Sunday against Tigers starter Doug Fister; he has gone 7-for-19 (.368) with one homer against Fister.
Salvador Perez, CHot9/7/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez hit his seventh home run since Aug. 17 Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Perez only had four home runs, a .270 average and a .673 OPS prior to that point, but he's up to 11 homers, a .282 average and a .737 OPS after going 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Saturday.
Billy Butler, DHHot9/7/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .435 hitter (27-for-62) with a pair of homers and a 1.104 OPS against the ace right-hander. Butler is in the midst of a modest five-game hitting streak, including a 5-for-5 game on Thursday.
Billy Butler, DH9/5/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Kansas City DH Billy Butler slammed five hits Thursday in a win against Seattle.
Insight: All five were singles, which seems to be the theme with Butler lately. Since the All-Star break, only 12 of his 59 hits have gone for extra bases (20.3 percent).
Salvador Perez, C9/5/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez left Thursday's game with a head injury. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
Insight: He took a foul ball off his catcher's mask and experienced some "mild dizziness." It sounds like Perez (.286, 10 HR, 64 RBI) may have suffered a concussion.
James Shields, SPHot9/1/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Kansas City ace James Shields (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 9 K's, 1 BB) was brilliant Sunday in a win over Toronto.
Insight: Shields (10-8, 3.03 ERA) has been untouchable over his last five starts (4-0, 1.53). The 5-0 victory puts the Royals just six games back in the AL Wild Card. Shields will try for win No. 11 next Friday against Detroit.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP8/31/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie took a no decision Saturday against the Blue Jays despite allowing one run over seven innings.
Insight: Guthrie went 2-3 with a 3.60 ERA in August and is 13-10 with a 4.08 ERA this season.
Ervin Santana, SP8/30/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana went 1-2 with a 3.82 ERA in August.
Insight: Santana was the tough-luck loser Friday at Toronto. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over seven innings but Kansas City only mustered two runs. Santana has resurrected his career with a 3.19 ERA this season, but he has just eight wins to show for it.
Billy Butler, DH8/30/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .351 hitter (20-for-57) against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle with three homers and 15 RBI.
Insight: After a slow start, Butler has picked it up over the summer and pushed his batting average to .295 with 14 homers, however, he has no chance to match last year's home run total (29). Start him in this favorable matchup.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/29/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is hoping to return to the lineup Friday against Toronto. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
Insight: Moustakas missed Thursday's series finale because of strep throat. The 24-year-old is hitting .314 since the All-Star break.
Alex Gordon, LFHot8/29/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is 10-for-27 (.370) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, seven RBI and nine runs over his last six games.
Insight: It's good to see Gordon hitting for extra bases. His extra-base hit production is way down from last season, when he had 70 in 721 plate appearances (9.7 percent). This year, he has 45 in 568 plate appearances (7.9 percent).
Danny Duffy, SP8/29/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy blanked the Twins over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night to pick up his second win over the season.
Insight: Duffy struck out seven and didn't walk a batter Wednesday. He has given up just six hits and no runs over 12 2/3 innings. With Wade Davis finally moved to the bullpen, the 24-year-old Duffy should have a spot in the rotation going forward. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues should take a flyer on him.
Salvador Perez, CHot8/29/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez has discovered his power stroke this week.
Insight: Perez went deep twice Wednesday against the Twins and is 9-for-17 (.529) with four home runs and 11 RBI over his last four games. He only had five homers all season prior to this stretch.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/28/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Minnesota with strep throat.
Insight: After failing to produce in April and May, Moustakas is batting .281 over his last 64 games, but still not hitting with enough power for fantasy owners (.744 OPS).
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/27/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moutstakas will miss the next few games with strep throat, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: The 24-year-old is hitting .314 with four homers, 17 RBI and an .859 OPS since the All-Star break after batting .215 with a .598 OPS in the first half. He should be back by this weekend at the latest.
David Lough, RF8/26/2013 1:44:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder David Lough is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game with Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lough has done a decent job for the Royals, batting .287 with four homers, 30 RBI and 28 runs in 75 games, but just .176 over the past nine games. Justin Maxwell gets the start.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/26/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) against Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Butler hasn't homered off of Hellickson and only driven in one run, but you can't argue with a 1.365 OPS. After a slow start, Butler has picked it up over the summer and pushed his batting average to .290, however, he has no chance to match last year's home run total (29).
Eric Hosmer, 1B8/22/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been limited to two hits in 18 at-bats against Jose Quintana of the White Sox.
Insight: Hosmer has struck out five times against the Chicago left-hander. The first baseman has had a nice bounce-back campaign, hitting .296 with 14 homers, 59 RBI, 64 runs, 10 steals and a .786 OPS, but fantasy owners can avoid this matchup.
Alex Gordon, LFCold8/22/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is hitting .301 with an .846 OPS in 156 at-bats against left-handers this season, but he has struggled against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana, going 2-for-17 (.118).
Insight: Gordon's extra-base hit production is way down from 2012, when he had a 9.7 percent rate in 721 plate appearances. His extra-base hit rate is just 7.1 percent in 2013, and he is hitting just .206 with a .243 BABIP over his last 70 games after starting out .340 with a .404 BABIP.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/22/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moutstakas (calf) returned to the lineup Tuesday and went 0-for-2 with a walk and one RBI. He has a favorable matchup Thursday.
Insight: Moustakas, who is batting .299 with an .851 OPS since the All-Star break, is just 16-for-86 (.186) against left-handers this season but is 7-for-16 with two homers against White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana.
Alex Gordon, LFCold8/20/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .130 hitter (3-for-23) against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Gordon's numbers are down from 2012. He's batting just .262 this season against .294 last year and has knocked out 38 extra base hits after posting 70 last season, including a league-leading 51 doubles. He's hitting just .203 since the All-Star break and fantasy owners should avoid this matchup.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/20/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moutstakas is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Moustakas has been bothered by a sore calf all week, though he did return to smack two hits in Saturday's 6-5 loss. After an ugly April and May with a batting average below the Mendoza line, Moustakas is batting .306 since the All-Star game to bring his average up to .236. Not great, but at least he's headed in the right direction.
Bruce Chen, RPHot8/18/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen came back to Earth Sunday at Detroit. He gave up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Insight: Chen came in having allowed four earned runs on 19 hits over his last 38 2/3 innings, but he wasn't expected to maintain that level of play or anything close to it.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/18/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Butler is 20-for-51 (.392) with four doubles and three homers over his last 13 games and has his average up to .289.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/18/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moutstakas is out again Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Moustakas has been bothered by a sore calf all week, though he did return to smack two hits in Saturday's 6-5 loss. Utility player Emilio Bonifacio is getting the start at third base.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/17/2013 3:55:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is back in the lineup after missing five games with a calf injury.
Insight: Moustakas was never in danger of going on the DL. Saturday, Moustakas will face off against the Tigers, a team he's hitting .286 against this season.
Miguel Tejada, 2B8/17/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Miguel Tejada faces a 105 game suspension for violating the league's drug program, according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Tejada (.288, .695 OPS) claims that Adderall was the drug he tested positive for. This likely marks the end of Tejada's 16-year major league career. Tejada's suspensions is the third-longest in major league history.
Lorenzo Cain, CF8/17/2013 9:05:00 AM
Description: Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday night's game in the 10th inning due to a groin strain.
Insight: Too bad, as Cain is off to one of his best start in four seasons with Kansas City, batting .333 through his first dozen games. He could miss a few days with Jarrod Dyson likely to see more playing time.
James Shields, SP8/16/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has won four of his last five starts.
Insight: He blanked Detroit over seven three-hit innings Friday in Game 2 of a doubleheader and is now 8-8 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Eric Hosmer, 1B8/16/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a home run in both games of a doubleheader Friday at Detroit, giving him 14 this season.
Insight: That's as many home runs as he had all of last season. After hitting .274 with one homer over his first 61 games this season, Hosmer has 13 longballs to go with a .317 average over his last 57.
Danny Duffy, SP8/16/2013 8:21:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings Friday afternoon at Detroit in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Insight: It was Duffy's first win since May 3, 2012. The young lefty showed promise last year prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he's blocked out of the rotation right now.
David Lough, RF8/16/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder David Lough is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Insight: Lough has done a fine job for the Royals, batting .293 with four homers, 28 RBI and 28 runs in 68 games. Justin Maxwell gets the start.
Salvador Perez, C8/16/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez will not start the first game of the doubleheader with Detroit.
Insight: Perez is a .333 hitter against Justin Verlander (5-for-15), but will apparently start the nightcap. George Kottaras gets to face the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner.
Alex Gordon, LF8/16/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Unlike teammate Billy Butler, Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .200 hitter against Justin Verlander with 21 strikeouts in 55 official at-bats.
Insight: Gordon's numbers are down from 2012. He's batting just .266 this season against .294 last year and has knocked out 37 extra base hits after posting 70 last season, including a league-leading 51 doubles. Fantasy owners should avoid this matchup.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/16/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .424 hitter (25-for-59) with a pair of homers and a 1.086 OPS against the ace right-hander. Butler saw an eight-game hitting streak fall by the wayside in the first game of this series with the Tigers, but has his batting average up to .286.
Miguel Tejada, 2B8/14/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Miguel Tejada has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: That means Tejada is done for the season. He suffered a strained calf over the weekend. Emilio Bonifacio, was was acquired from Toronto in a trade earlier today, will take over for Tejada at second base.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/14/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (calf) won't return to the lineup until the weekend at the earliest, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star. The third baseman was in a walking boot Wednesday morning.
Insight: Moustakas is dealing with calf tightness and has missed Tuesday's game. He has struggled for most of the season but is hitting .293 with four homers and an .852 OPS since the All-Star break.
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B8/14/2013 5:24:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays traded Emilio Bonifacio to the Royals for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Insight: Bonifacio, who was traded from Miami to Toronto last offseason, hit just .218 with a .579 OPS in 94 games with the Jays. What's worse is that he had just 12 steals. Bonifacio carried solid fantasy value last year by stealing 30 bases in 64 games while battling numerous injuries. He could see regular at-bats at second base or in right field with the Royals, but he isn't someone fantasy owners need to add at this point.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/14/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left Monday's game with tightness in his left calf and missed Tuesday's game.
Insight: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports seeing him in a walking boot, which can't be a good sign for his Wednesday availability. Moustakas has struggled for most of the season but is hitting .293 with four homers and an .852 OPS since the All-Star break.
Lorenzo Cain, CF8/14/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain, sidelined by a strained left oblique, has no current timetable for returning to the field.
Insight: Cain is only hitting .261 for the season and the team is getting good mileage out of Jarrod Dyson and David Lough.
Bruce Chen, RPHot8/13/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen has given up just four earned runs on 19 hits over 38 2/3 innings since rejoining the rotation.
Insight: Chen hasn't given up a run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts, including Tuesday against the Marlins. At age 36 and 1,428 2/3 innings into his career, Chen is pitching some of the best ball ever.
Mike Moustakas, 3B8/13/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left Monday's game with tightness in his left calf and will miss Tuesday's game.
Insight: He's likely out for Wednesday as well, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star. The third baseman was feeling better Tuesday and his limp was down to a minimum, so he isn't expected to go on the DL at this point. Moustakas has struggled for most of the season but is hitting .300 with four homers and an .857 OPS over his last 22 games.
Chris Getz, 2B8/12/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Chris Getz has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Getz served the minimum 15 days on the DL. He was dealing with a sprained knee. Getz hasn't had an impressive season so far (.209, 1 HR, 14 RBI in 54 games) but he should see regular at bats while Miguel Tejada is out with a calf injury.
Jamey Carroll, 2B8/11/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: The Royals have acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports
Insight: Carroll had mostly been playing third base for Minnesota but he'll serve as the everyday second baseman for Kansas City. The Royals needed a second baseman after Miguel Tejada went down with a strained calf on Saturday.
Alex Gordon, LF8/11/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Unlike teammate Billy Butler, Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .200 hitter against Justin Verlander with 21 strikeouts in 55 official at-bats.
Insight: Gordon's numbers are down from 2012. He's batting just .266 this season against .294 last year and has knocked out 37 extra base hits after posting 70 last season, including a league-leading 51 doubles. Fantasy owners should avoid this matchup.
Miguel Tejada, 2B8/11/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Miguel Tejada has been placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Tejada (.288, 3 HR, 20 RBI) strained his calf in a game Saturday versus Boston. Elliot Johnson (.184, 2 HR, 9 RBI) is playing second base Sunday in the series finale.
Salvador Perez, C8/11/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (concussion) has been activated from the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Perez recovered from his concussion and was able to return from the DL after a minimum stay. He's hitting .278 with four homers and a .691 OPS.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP8/11/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie lost to the Red Sox Saturday to snap a personal four-game winning streak.
Insight: Guthrie allowed five earned runs and 10 hits over six innings and has a 4.10 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP to go with a 12-8 record this season. The right-hander struggled badly with the longball from April through mid-June, but he has allowed a total of four homers over his last 61 2/3 innings (0.58 HR/9). However, his ERA in that span is 4.67.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/11/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is batting .458 with five extra-base hits over his last six games.
Insight: Both Butler's home run total and extra-base hit rate are down this season compared to last year. He's now hitting .286 with an .802 OPS, 10 HR, 60 RBI and 40 runs.
Billy Butler, DH8/9/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .400 hitter with three long balls and a 1.204 OPS versus Boston starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Butler's numbers are off this season (.278, 10 HR, 58 RBI, .785 OPS) as compared to last year when he set career highs for homers (29), RBI (107) and OPS (.882). perhaps this favorable matchup will get him going.
Alex Gordon, LF8/8/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon faces a difficult matchup Thursday against the Red Sox.
Insight: He usually struggles against Boston lefthander Jon Lester (.133 AVG in 15 at bats). Gordon busted out of a 1-for-23 slump with two hits Wednesday against the Twins.
Salvador Perez, C8/7/2013 7:46:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (concussion) was cleared for light workouts Wednesday, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Perez, who hit just .208 (16-for-77) with a .543 OPS in July and is batting .278 with four homers, 43 RBI and a .691 OPS this season, was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Aug. 4.
Salvador Perez, C8/6/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (concussion) told club officials he awoke Tuesday with no headache for the first time since suffering a concussion, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: Perez hit just .208 (16-for-77) with a .543 OPS in July and is batting .278 with four homers, 43 RBI and a .691 OPS this season. He was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Aug. 4.
David Lough, RF8/5/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder David Lough left Sunday's game because of quad tightness and is expected to miss Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Too bad, as he was 5-for-5 in his "career" against Monday's starter Kevin Correia.
David Lough, RF8/4/2013 9:33:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder David Lough left Sunday's game because of quad tightness and is expected to miss Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Too bad, as he was 5-for-5 in his "career" against Monday's starter Kevin Correia.
Salvador Perez, C8/4/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been placed on the on the 7-day concussion disabled list. We're not sure when the injury took place.
Insight: Perez is batting .278 with four homers and 43 RBI, which is significantly below preseason expectations after he posted 11 HR and a .301 batting average in 76 games last season.
Justin Maxwell, CF8/3/2013 5:02:00 PM
Description: Royals newly acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell smacked a pinch-hit home run to put Kansas City ahead in the 12th inning.
Insight: Maxwell missed nearly two months this year with a broken hand and time with a concussion. He'll probably be in a platoon situation for the remainder of the season which will limit any fantasy value, but he does own a career .827 OPS versus left-handers.
Bruce Chen, RPHot8/3/2013 3:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight against the Mets on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Chen has been pitching phenomenally over the past four starts yielding just 11 hits and four runs in 24 innings (1.500 ERA).
Salvador Perez, C8/3/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just the typical day game after a night game off got the catcher. Perez is batting .279 with four homers and 43 RBI, which is significantly below preseason expectations after he posted 11 HR and a .301 batting average in 76 games last season.
Billy Butler, DH8/3/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Contrary to earlier reports, DH Billy Butler will get a start in the series at Citi Field. He'll start at first base on Saturday, according to Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton.
Insight: Regular first baseman Eric Hosmer will make a rare start in the outfield to accommodate Butler. Butler has been dealing with a neck injury, but is apparently well enough to play.
Eric Hosmer, 1B8/3/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will get a rare start in the outfield as Kansas City squeezes DH Billy Butler into the lineup at first base against the Mets in New York.
Insight: Hosmer appeared in three games as a right fielder in 2012. He has been swinging a hot bat and we have seen his batting average rise to .285 with 11 HR and 47 RBI.
Billy Butler, DH8/2/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Billy Butler's absence this weekend is partly because the DH spot won't be available at Citi Field but also because he's been battling a sore neck. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: It's poor timing as Butler has been red-hot lately. He owns a .327 average since the All-Star break compared to just .271 before it. Maybe if he's feeling up to it he can make a pinch-hitting appearance later in the series.
Billy Butler, DH8/1/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: According to the Kansas City Star, Royals DH Billy Butler will be out of the lineup for all three games this weekend while the team plays at New York against the Mets. Butler went 2-for-5 with two RBI Thursday and is batting .278 with nine homers and 55 RBI this season.
Insight: Butler has a career-high 51 percent groundball rate this season and is batting just .214 on grounders this season. That combined with an extreme dropoff in power has made him a fantasy disappointment. With no DH in the NL park, the team will leave Butler on the bench in favor of lefty-swinging first baseman Eric Hosmer because the Mets will start three right-handers.
James Shields, SP8/1/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields worked around five walks to beat the Twins Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Shields allowed five hits and two earned runs over six innings and has won two straight starts. The right-hander is 6-7 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in his first season with the Royals.
Chris Getz, 2B8/1/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Chris Gets has landed on the disabled list.
Insight: He's battling a sprained left knee. Getz has been a colossal disappointment this season, hitting just .209 with one homer and 14 runs driven in. In the meantime, Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada will share reps at second base.
Alex Gordon, LF8/1/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon should get a boost Thursday with Scott Diamond throwing for Minnesota.
Insight: Gordon has always done well against the Twins lefthander (.455 AVG in 11 at bats). He's had a good series so far with four hits in nine at bats.
Lorenzo Cain, CF8/1/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain is back in the lineup Thursday against Minnesota. He's missed the team's last three games because of a groin injury.
Insight: Maybe Cain's .714 lifetime average versus Scott Diamond had something to do with the team's decision to bring him back today. Cain is only hitting .259 for the season but he should be able to improve that Thursday against Diamond.
Wade Davis, SP7/27/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Kansas City righthander Wade Davis held the White Sox scoreless over 7 1/3 innings Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Insight: It was Davis' best outing of the year and it snapped a four-game losing streak. With nine losses and an ERA over five, it's doubtful many fantasy owners benefited from his strong performance on Saturday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B7/27/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has a .321 average in 112 at-bats against lefties this season, but he struggles against Chris Sale of the White Sox.
Insight: Hosmer also had poor career numbers against Friday's starter Jose Quintana, another lefty, and he ended up going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He's just 3-for-18 (.167) with seven K against Sale and should be benched Saturday.
Billy Butler, DH7/27/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has hit .329 with three homers in 28 at-bats against tough lefty Chris Sale of the White Sox.
Insight: Butler has produced three straight multi-hit games and could be in line for another one even with Sale on the mound Saturday.
Joaquin Arias, 3B7/26/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: San Francisco infielder Joaquin Arias has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: He missed about three weeks after undergoing surgery for an appendectomy. Arias (.282, 0 HR, 10 RBI in 110 at bats) is a bench player for the Giants and offers no fantasy value.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot7/26/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has picked up just two hits in 15 at-bats (.133) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: The lefty-swinging Hosmer actually has a .333 average in 108 at-bats against left-handers this season, but Quintana is one lefty he doesn't hit well against.
Alex Gordon, LFCold7/26/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI Thursday, but he's still just 6-for-44 (.136) with 17 K over his last 12 games and has a terrible matchup Friday.
Insight: Gordon will see Jose Quintana of the White Sox Friday. He has gone 2-for-14 with three K against the left-hander.
Mike Moustakas, 3B7/26/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is just 11-for-67 (.164) with a .487 OPS against left-handers this season, but for some reason he hits well against White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana.
Insight: Moustakas is 7-for-14 (.500) with two homers against Quintana. The third baseman's solid glove has kept him in the lineup even though he's only hitting .223 with seven home runs this season. If you're still holding him, play him Friday.
Billy Butler, DH7/26/2013 9:25:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over Baltimore.
Insight: After hitting a career-high 29 homers last year, Butler's power has returned to its previous level. He has nine home runs and an 11.4 percent HR/FB.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot7/25/2013 5:16:00 PM
Description: According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, George Brett is stepping down as the Royals hitting coach to return to the vice president of baseball operations role.
Insight: Hosmer hit .309 with 11 doubles, 10 homers, 31 RBI and an .880 OPS under Brett's tutelage after knocking just one ball out of the park all season prior to the team bringing the Royals legend.
Alex Gordon, LFCold7/25/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday.
Insight: Gordon is just 5-for-41 (.122) with 17 K over his last 11 games, so the team gave him a day off Wednesday.
Alex Gordon, LFCold7/24/2013 5:55:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon will sit out Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: He's just 2-for-19 since coming back from the All-Star break. Rookie David Lough will get the start in left.
Billy Butler, DH7/24/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a 5-for-9 with four extra base hits, including a pair of homers, against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Butler is not playing up to expectations with an OPS still more than 100 points below last season (.765 vs. .882). This matchup, however, should push his numbers in the right direction.
Bruce Chen, RP7/23/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: In two starts since joining Kansas City's rotation, Bruce Chen has allowed a total of four hits, one walk and one earned runs in 12 innings.
Insight: Yes, Bruce Chen is still in baseball and owns a 1.97 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 35 2/3 innings pitching mostly in relief this season. Despite the strong start as a member of the rotation, he can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Billy Butler, DH7/20/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is one of the few hitters in baseball who performs well against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Butler is 24-for-57 (.421) with two homers, 10 RBI and a 1.081 OPS against Verlander.
Insight: Butler is not playing up to expectations with an OPS 100 points below last season. This matchup, however, should push his numbers upward.
Ervin Santana, SP7/19/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana bounced back from a terrible outing his last time out with 7 1/3 innings of two-hit shutout baseball Friday against the Detroit Tigers.
Insight: Santana gave up eight runs and 10 hits in five innings at New York on July 11, but it looks like the extended rest did him some good. He is having one of his best seasons, posting a 3.18 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. The right-hander has allowed just three home runs over his last 60 innings.
Chris Getz, 2B7/19/2013 9:12:00 AM
Description: Royals recalled second baseman Chris Getz and will give him another chance to win the second base starting job.
Insight: Getz (.214, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 4 SB) has not proven to be fantasy worthy. The Royals tried Johnny Giavotella at the spot over the past few weeks, but he too failed to produce (.206, 0 HR, 4 RBI).
Johnny Giavotella, 2B7/18/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: The Royals are sending second baseman Johnny Giavotella down to Triple-A Omaha.
Insight: Kansas City's second base woes continue. Giavotella struggled to a .206 average in 34 at bats before his demotion. Who the Royals will use at second base going forward is anyone's guess.
Greg Holland, RP7/14/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland has been named to the AL All-Star team.
Insight: He's replacing Seattle righthander Hisashi Iwakuma, who is starting Sunday against the Angels. Holland will join his teammates Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez at the All-Star Game on Tuesday. It's the first time three Royals have made the squad since 1988 when they were represented by George Brett, Mark Gubicza and Kurt Stillwell.
Alcides Escobar, SS7/14/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is 2-for-20 (.100) against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Escobar has declined to .246 one season after hitting .293. He has trimmed his strikeout rate from last year, but his flyball rate has jumped from 23.7 percent to 31.5 percent and he is batting just .128 on flyballs.
Alex Gordon, LFCold7/14/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez has shut down Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon in their previous meetings.
Insight: Gordon is 2-for-17 (.118) with five K against Jimenez, who will start Sunday for Cleveland. He's also 1-for-17 (.059) with eight K over his last five games and 26-for-136 (.191) over his last 38, so make sure he's not in your lineup Sunday.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot7/14/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has gone 6-for-16 (.375) with two homers, five RBI and four walks against Indians hurler Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Hosmer is hitting .341 with five doubles, a triple, seven home runs and a 1.013 OPS over his last 22 games.
Wade Davis, SPCold7/12/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Wade Davis left on paternity leave after Wednesday night's ugly outing (six hits, three walks, eight earned runs in five innings).
Insight: Perhaps this is why he's been off his game lately. He isn't expected to start until after the All-Star break, so the leave won't effect any lineup plans.
Salvador Perez, C7/11/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez had a double and two RBI in his return to the lineup Thursday.
Insight: The Royals held Perez out Wednesday to allow the catcher to rest his tight right leg. The backstop said he has taken several foul balls off his right leg over the past week and a half and is dealing with soreness. Perez made his first All-Star team this season.
Ervin Santana, SP7/11/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs in five innings Thursday at New York.
Insight: In his first season with the Royals, Santana has been able to avoid the implosions that plagued him with the Angels. Even after Thursday's meltdown, his ERA is 3.37 and his WHIP is 1.11. Santana gave up 1.97 HR/9 last year and 1.66 per nine in his first 10 starts this year, but he has served up just three longballs over his last 52 2/3 innings (0.51 HR/9).
Alex Gordon, LFCold7/11/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon probably isn't too thrilled to be facing Andy Pettitte on Thursday.
Insight: He's 2-for-15 (.133) lifetime against Pettitte. Gordon is hitting just .200 since his return from a head injury on July 6th.
Salvador Perez, C7/10/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: According to MLB.com, Royals catcher Salvador Perez had Wednesday off to rest a tight right leg.
Insight: Perez is hitting .292 with four homers and 36 RBI this season. He said he has taken several foul balls off his right leg over the past week and a half and is dealing with soreness. "He's got a bone bruise and he's got a muscle bruise in his calf, which results in tightness in the calf," manager Ned Yost said. "So what we're trying to do is monitor his play right now so that we can get that tightness out of there, because if that tightness continues to get tighter, it will result in a strain, which will make him unavailable for a week to two weeks."
Salvador Perez, C7/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is getting a day off Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Perez is hitting .292 with four homers and 36 RBI this season. He's always been a high average hitter, but fantasy owners were expecting more home runs after he blasted 11 in just 289 at-bats last season.
Billy Butler, DH7/9/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Butler has just eight home runs this season even after hitting one in each of the last two games. He's also hitting .270, which would be a new career low.
James Shields, SP7/9/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields allowed four hits in the first inning Tuesday at New York, but he worked out of the jam after allowing just one run and finished his night by retiring 16 of the last 19 batters he faced.
Insight: Shields retired the Yankees in order every inning from the fourth to the seventh, and Kansas City took the lead in the top of the seventh to get him his fourth win. The right-hander had not thrown seven innings since June 12.
Alex Gordon, LFHot7/7/2013 9:17:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Sunday against Oakland.
Insight: Gordon is 14-for-40 (.350) with three longballs, 11 RBI and a 12/9 K/BB over his last 11 games. The outfielder's extra-base hit rate has dropped off to 7.2 percent from 9.7 last year, but he's still a solid fantasy option.
Jarrod Dyson, CF7/6/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Jarrod Dyson crushed three hits Saturday in a win over Oakland.
Insight: He also stole two bases. Dyson (.269, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 12 SB) has seen a little more playing time recently due to Lorenzo Cain's struggles but he still isn't a fantasy option.
Alex Gordon, LF7/6/2013 11:53:00 AM
Description: Alex Gordon is back in the Royals' starting lineup. He's playing left field and leading off Saturday against Oakland. SOURCE: Dave Skretta, Associated Press
Insight: Gordon missed two games after suffering head and hip injuries on Jason Kipnis' inside-the-park home run on Wednesday night. He's a huge part of the Royals' offense, batting .292 with 8 HR, 46 RBI and 45 runs scored.
Alex Gordon, LF7/5/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon suffered head and hip injuries on Jason Kipnis' inside-the-park home run Wednesday night and is questionable for Friday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Gordon has passed his concussion tests, but is expected to miss a few games as he rests his sore hip.
Alex Gordon, LF7/5/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon suffered head and hip injuries on Jason Kipnis' inside-the-park home run Wednesday night and is questionable for Friday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Gordon got turned around and ended up trying to make the catch while he was falling backwards. The left fielder fell onto his rear end and the back of his head hit the wall on the play. Gordon is expected to avoid the 15-day disabled list, but will likely miss the weekend series, according to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star.
Felipe Paulino, SP7/4/2013 5:52:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Felipe Paulino (elbow, back, shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Friday, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: Paulino's rehab from Tommy John surgery has been delayed by back and shoulder discomfort. The team will try to see where he's at with those injuries during Friday's session. He has no timetable for a return to the major league rotation.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot7/4/2013 5:33:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has homered six times in his last nine games.
Insight: Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, two runs and a walk Thursday against the Indians and is batting .308 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 32 games since George Brett took over as Kansas City's hitting coach.
Lorenzo Cain, CF7/4/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain had a big day Thursday versus the Indians.
Insight: Cain went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. The outfielder hit just .183 (19-for-104) with 29 K and a .540 OPS in 29 games from May 25 to June 30, but he has started off July by going 3-for-7 with five RBI, a walk and no strikeouts in two games.
Salvador Perez, CHot7/4/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is getting a day off Thursday against the Indians.
Insight: Perez is hitting .304 with four homers and 32 RBI this season. He should be back behind the plate Friday. George Kottaras is back there Thursday.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold7/4/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Ubaldo Jimenez of the Indians.
Insight: Fantasy owners likely moved on from Escobar and his .250 average and .609 OPS long ago, but if you're still holding onto him, make sure he's not in your lineup Thursday.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot7/4/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is red hot and has a favorable matchup Thursday.
Insight: Hosmer is hitting .302 with seven homers and an .880 OPS in 135 plate appearances since George Brett took over as Kansas City's hitting coach. He's also 5-for-14 with two homers, five RBI and three walks versus Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Alex Gordon, LF7/4/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon suffered head and hip injuries on Jason Kipnis' inside-the-park home run Wednesday night.
Insight: Gordon got turned around and ended up trying to make the catch while he was falling backwards. The left fielder fell onto his rear end and hit the back of his head on the wall on the play. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Gordon expects to avoid the 15-day disabled list. He has not been diagnosed with a concussion.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot7/4/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: It's time to remove that interim tag from George Brett. The Royals hitting coach has worked his magic with first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Insight: Brett took over the job on May 30. Since then, Hosmer is hitting .302 with seven homers and an .880 OPS in 135 plate appearances. He batted .261 with a measly one home run and a .656 OPS in 194 plate appearances prior to Brett joining the coaching staff. Brett actually insisted on the interim tag while he decides if coaching is something he wants to do full time.
Ervin Santana, SPHot7/1/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana went 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in June.
Insight: The righty went 0-4 with a 4.72 ERA and a 2.36 HR/9 in May, but he allowed just two home runs over 40 2/3 innings in June. Longballs were the issue for Santana last year, as he gave up 1.97 per nine innings, but this year he has allowed just 1.22 per nine. The righty also has cut his BB/9 from 3.08 to a career-low 1.78.
David Lough, RF6/30/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Kansas City right fielder David Lough picked up four hits Sunday in a win over Minnesota.
Insight: All four were for extra bases (three doubles, one homer). Lough has been a bright spot on an offense that has mostly underachieved this season. In 35 games, the 27-year-old is hitting .314 with a .471 slugging percentage and an .807 OPS.
Jeremy Guthrie, SPCold6/30/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was hit on the hand by a comebacker in his last start, but he's expected to be ready to make his next one, according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Guthrie said the swelling has gone down, so he should be ready for Wednesday's game against the Indians. The righty was 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA at one point this season, but he has gone 2-6 with a 5.74 ERA over his last nine.
Wade Davis, SPCold6/29/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Wade Davis walked five and allowed five hits and six earned runs in just one-plus innings Saturday at Minnesota.
Insight: Davis walked three and gave up four hits and five earned runs in the first inning, and then let three more men reach base in the second before he was mercifully removed. The right-hander has been abysmal this year, going 4-6 with a 5.55 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP.
Alex Gordon, LF6/27/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Wednesday versus the Braves.
Insight: Gordon has gone 6-for-13 (.462) with four RBI and two walks in his last three games after getting a day off on June 22. The left fielder batted .133 with a .401 OPS in the 21 games prior to that day off.
Felipe Paulino, SP6/26/2013 5:26:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Felipe Paulino (elbow, back) will resume his rehab assignment Sunday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to the KC Star's Bob Dutton.
Insight: Paulino had to put his rehab stint on hold earlier this month due to back stiffness. The right-hander had a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings last season before suffering a torn UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Lorenzo Cain, CF6/25/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is not in Tuesday's starting lineup and hasn't played since Saturday, though we aren't aware of any injury problems.
Insight: It appears that Cain will have to fight for playing time the rest of the way with Jarrod Dyson, David Lough and Jeff Francoeur.
Joaquin Arias, SS6/25/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Giants utility infielder Joaquin Arias is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers with a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Arias is batting .276 while playing for Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval. Now that both are back in the lineup, even a healthy Arias would be back on the bench.
Alex Gordon, LF6/22/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. No injury, just a off day.
Insight: Gordon is ice cold right now -- 10-for-67 (.149) with 16 K and a .445 OPS over his last 18 games. The Royals will sit him down and start Jeff Francoeur, Lorenzo Cain and David Lough.
Jarrod Dyson, CF6/22/2013 2:02:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson missed about a month with a sprained ankle, but has been activated in time for Saturday's game.
Insight: He's activated, but not starting as the Royals go with Lorenzo Cain, Jeff Francoeur and David Lough. Dyson (.268, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 6 SB) could be a solid fantasy contributor if he played every day, but that isn't likely to happen.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/22/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is just 1-for-12 (.083) versus Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Hosmer (.277, 3 HR, 27 RBI) has gone 5-for-8 over the past two games, so we'd like to believe he's starting to find his swing and this unfavorable matchup will be an excellent test. If he's successful on Saturday fantasy owners may be able to put him back in lineups.
Jeff Francoeur, RF6/22/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur is a stunning 6-for-8 against White Sox starter Jose Quintana with a 2.068 OPS.
Insight: Small sample size to be sure, but he obviously sees the ball well and should be given a one-day flier by fantasy owners, despite his .216 batting average.
Mike Moustakas, 3B6/22/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: A rare favorable matchup for struggling Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas, who is 6-for-12 with a pair of home runs versus Chicago starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Moustakas has been a disaster for fantasy owners, hitting .195 with four homers and a .550 OPS. The 24-year-old has not lived up to the promise he displayed in the minors, but he might be worth a shot on Saturday after back-to-back two hit games.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/21/2013 11:02:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit just his third homer of the season Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Hosmer went 2-for-4 in the game and is batting .316 in June. However, he won't be a fantasy option unless his power returns.
Jeremy Guthrie, SPCold6/21/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie walked three and gave up five hits and six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Regression has been harsh to Guthrie. He was 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA after seven starts, but he has gone 2-5 with a 6.13 ERA over his last eight.
Jeff Francoeur, RFCold6/21/2013 12:52:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur (.214) has faced White Sox starter Hector Santiago six times and is hitless with five strikeouts.
Insight: Today would be an excellent opportunity to give David Lough more playing time.
Billy Butler, DH6/19/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has had trouble in his career versus Indians pitcher Justin Masterson.
Insight: He's 8-for-37 versus Wednesday's scheduled starter with 11 strikeouts. Butler is hitting .340 with an .872 OPS over his last 15 games, but fantasy owners should avoid this matchup.
Alex Gordon, LFCold6/19/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has gone 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, a triple, a homer and five RBI in his career against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Gordon is ice cold right now -- 10-for-67 (.149) with 16 K and a .445 OPS over his last 18 games -- so he might not even be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Ervin Santana, SPHot6/18/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana limited the Indians to one run over seven innings Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
Insight: Santana is undefeated in his last four starts (2-0, 0.94 ERA over that span). He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last seven appearances and has thrown at least six innings in every game he's pitched this season. After several mediocre seasons in Los Angeles, it looks like a change of scenery was all Santana (5-5, 2.64 ERA) needed.
Alex Gordon, LFCold6/18/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is only hitting .156 (10-for-64) with 16 strikeouts and a .204 BABIP over his last 17 games.
Insight: Gordon hit .340 with a .404 BABIP over his first 50 games this season, so he was due for some regression. The disappointing thing is that Gordon's power has remained at his 2012 level (31.9 percent FB, 8.7 percent HR/FB). He doesn't have a good matchup Tuesday -- he's 2-for-15 (.133) with five K against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez -- so keep him on the bench.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold6/18/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is 2-for-16 (.125) against Cleveland hurler Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Escobar was a solid fantasy shortstop one year ago with a .293 average and 35 steals, but his is hitting just .248 this year (.215 over his last 40 games). Tuesday does not present a good matchup.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/18/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 5-for-11 with two homers, four RBI and three walks in his career against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Hosmer has displayed an incredible lack of power this season, hitting just two homers in 243 at-bats. He at least has raised his average from .232 to .272 since 2012, but his OPS is under .700 for the second straight season. That's not what fantasy owners are looking for in a first baseman, but if you do own Hosmer, Tuesday could be a nice day.
Xavier Nady, LFHot6/17/2013 4:19:00 PM
Description: Former major leaguer Xavier Nady has apparently found his swing down at Triple-A Omaha.
Insight: Nady is batting .320 with 11 HR, 38 RBI and a .902 OPS in 60 games. Between 2006-08 he averaged 21 homers a season for the Pirates and Yankees. Maybe there is a spot for him at the major league level.
Billy Butler, DH6/17/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has gone 6-for-13 (.462) with two home runs against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: After a career year in 2012 (.313, 29 HR, 107 RBI), Butler has disappointed here in 2013. He's hitting .276 with five homers and a .785 OPS, but this matchup is favorable.
Lorenzo Cain, CF6/16/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is getting a day of rest Sunday.
Insight: Cain is 1-for-12 in three games since hitting a game-tying two-run homer off Jose Valverde in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday. He should be back in the lineup Monday at Cleveland.
Alex Gordon, LFCold6/16/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has crushed former Indians and current Rays starter Roberto Hernandez, picking up 15 hits in 31 career at-bats (.484).
Insight: Gordon hit .340 with a .404 BABIP over his first 50 games this season, but he is batting .158 with a .214 BABIP and a 23.4 percent K rate over his last 15 games.
Salvador Perez, CHot6/15/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Saturday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: That's just his third homer of the season. He's hitting .318, but his OPS is under .800.
Billy Butler, DH6/13/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has gone 5-for-9 (.556) with two doubles against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: After a career year in 2012, Butler has disappointed here in 2013. He's hitting .269 with five homers and a .782 OPS.
Lorenzo Cain, CF6/12/2013 8:34:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain hit a game-tying two-run homer off Jose Valverde in the ninth inning Wednesday.
Insight: The Royals were shut out by Justin Verlander but tied the game up in the ninth and won it in the 10th. Cain hit .320 over his first 124 at-bats of the season, but that was only being sustained by a BABIP close to .400. He's down to .285 after hitting .229 over his last 83 at-bats.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold6/12/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitting below .200 over his last 35 games.
Insight: In that span, he has gone 27-for-140 (.193) with a .435 OPS. Escobar hit .293 last season, but his flyball rate is up from 23.7 percent to 31.7 percent, causing his BABIP to dip from .344 to .257. Escobar has trimmed his strikeout rate from 15.4 percent to 10.5 percent, so he should see his average rise into the .270s once his BABIP regresses to league average.
Billy Butler, DH6/12/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is one of the few hitters in baseball who performs well against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Butler is 23-for-55 (.418) with two homers, 10 RBI and a 1.075 OPS against Verlander.
Insight: Butler is finally getting his average up where it belongs after a slow start. This matchup should continue his upward push.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold6/11/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is an ugly 1-for-17 against Detroit hurler Mex Scherzer.
Insight: Moustakas has had a disastrous season, hitting .180 with four homers and a .535 OPS. The 24-year-old has not lived up to the promise he displayed in the minors. Hopefully, you have already taken him out of the mix.
Alex Gordon, LF6/11/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .400 hitter (8-for-20) with six walks against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Gordon is struggling at the plate with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Maybe this favorable matchup can get him going again. He batted over .300 in April and May, but is hitting just .129 in eight June games.
Salvador Perez, CHot6/11/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is 6-for-9 with a pair of home runs against Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Perez is batting .318 and is on a modest six-game hitting streak. Fantasy owners love the batting average, but hope the youngster will start hitting for more power soon (2 HR).
Salvador Perez, C6/9/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is batting .320 this season after going 3-for-4 Sunday.
Insight: However, Perez only has a .344 OBP and is slugging .424. The average is nice, but fantasy owners need more than two home runs and 20 RBI.
Luis Mendoza, RP6/9/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Luis Mendoza fired seven scoreless four-hit innings Sunday in a no decision against the Astros.
Insight: Mendoza has a 2.93 ERA over his last seven starts but just one win and a 1.43 WHIP. He's a typical back-end-of-the-rotation starter.
Alex Gordon, LFCold6/8/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon will take a seat Saturday against Houston.
Insight: Gordon has watched his batting average drop 30 points in his last eight games (.340 to .310). Maybe taking a day off to regroup will help Gordon get back on track.
Felipe Paulino, SP6/7/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Felipe Paulino (elbow) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment next week with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Paulino had a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings last season before suffering a torn UCL. Fantasy owners should keep him in mind in the coming weeks.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold6/7/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is getting a night off Friday.
Insight: Moustakas has had a disastrous season, hitting .180 with four homers and a .538 OPS. The 24-year-old has not lived up to the promise he displayed in the minors. His flyball rate this season is 50 percent, but his HR/FB is 5.4 percent. That's an awful lot of flyballs that are finishing their journey in a baseball glove. It's nothing new for him -- he had a 49.8 percent flyball rate and a 9.0 percent HR/FB last season.
David Lough, RF6/4/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder David Lough is probable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota after dealing with a bruised right wrist.
Insight: Lough is hitting .289 since getting called up from Triple-A earlier in the month. With Jeff Francoeur struggling, Lough should continue to see plenty of playing time, but be aware that a wrist injury usually has a detrimental effect on power numbers and Lough's .772 OPS could slip until his wrist is 100 percent.
Salvador Perez, C6/3/2013 1:18:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is expected to return from bereavement leave in time for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Perez is once against hitting for a high average (.311), but without the double-digit home run power of a season ago.
Ervin Santana, SP6/2/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Kansas City righthander Ervin Santana only allowed one run in seven innings Sunday against Texas.
Insight: The run was unearned. Santana hasn't won since April 27th but his ERA (3.03) is still low enough to warrant fantasy consideration.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/1/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a stolen base Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Hosmer is batting .270 with four steals, but that's all he offers fantasy owners. He has just one homer and 16 RBI in 51 games.
James Shields, SP6/1/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one run on five hits and struck out five over seven innings Saturday.
Insight: Shields was handed a no decision as Kansas City failed to give him any support once again. The Royals have scored just 3.2 runs per game for the right-hander, so he is 2-6 despite carrying a 2.83 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
Salvador Perez, C5/31/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: According to Kansas City Star reporter Bob Dutton, Royals catcher Salvador Perez won't return from bereavement leave until Tuesday at the earliest.
Insight: Adam Moore and George Kottaras have been splitting time at catcher in Perez's absence. Perez has hit .311 with 1 HR and 15 RBI in 41 games this season.
Salvador Perez, C5/31/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: There's still no word on when Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez (bereavement leave) will return to the lineup.
Insight: Perez's grandmother passed away and he's trying to bring his mother back with him, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. Fantasy owners will just have to show patience.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold5/29/2013 5:08:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas (quad) is in the starting lineup Wednesday against St. Louis, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Moustakas is hitting .159 this season and with three hits in his last 44 at-bats (.068) he shouldn't be in any lineups even when healthy.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold5/29/2013 2:42:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is questionable for Wednesday's game against St. Louis with tightness in a quadricep.
Insight: Moustakas is hitting .159 this season and with three hits in his last 44 at-bats (.068) he shouldn't be in any lineups even when healthy.
Anthony Seratelli, 3B5/28/2013 11:53:00 AM
Description: If the Royals are seeking more production at third base, where starter Mike Moustakas is batting just .178, they need look no further than to Triple-A Omaha where Anthony Seratelli is batting .329 with a .931 OPS in 41 games.
Insight: Seratelli also put up solid numbers last season (.299, 17 HR, 66 RBI, .866 OPS) and could be an answer to Kansas City's third base problems until Moustakas remembers where he put his swing.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold5/28/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is doubtful for Tuesday's game against St. Louis with tightness in a quadricep.
Insight: Moustakas is hitting .159 this season and with three hits in his last 44 at-bats (.068) he shouldn't be in any lineups even when healthy.
David Lough, RF5/27/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder David Lough crushed four hits Monday in a Memorial Day loss to St. Louis.
Insight: Lough is hitting .320 since getting called up from Triple-A earlier in the month. With Jeff Francoeur struggling, Lough should continue to see plenty of playing time in right field.
Jeff Francoeur, RF5/26/2013 12:56:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur isn't listed in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Francoeur didn't play on Saturday either. Until Francoeur (.222, 1 HR, 10 RBI) can earn regular at bats, there's no use having him in fantasy.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold5/26/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas will take a breather Sunday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Moustakas is hitting .159 this month and it seems like his slump is only getting worse. A day away from baseball might be what's necessary right now for the struggling third baseman.
Salvador Perez, C5/25/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez has been placed on bereavement leave.
Insight: Perez's grandmother passed away over the weekend. The added roster spot allowed the Royals to call up Adam Moore from Triple-A Omaha.
Felipe Paulino, SP5/24/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Felipe Paulino (elbow) is about three weeks behind Danny Duffy in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: Paulino had a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings last season before suffering a torn UCL. Duffy also had Tommy John surgery last season and is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment Sunday.
Danny Duffy, SP5/24/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Duffy had Tommy John surgery last May.
Insight: He'll throw 60 pitches for Double-A Northwest Arkansas Sunday after making six appearances in extended spring training. He'll likely remain on the rehab assignment for the full 30 days. Duffy was drafted in the third round in 2007 and was 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA and a 9.11 K/9 last season before the injury.
Alex Gordon, LF5/24/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is one of five Royals starters (Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar) with a lifetime batting average below .200 against Angels starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Gordon (.346, 6 HR, 30 RBI, 30 runs) is playing at an All-Star level, but he like most of the Royals not named Billy Butler, have tended to struggle against Vargas.
Billy Butler, DHHot5/24/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Friday's scheduled starter Jason Vargas with three home runs and a 1.829 OPS.
Insight: Butler is batting just .260 this season, but .313 over the past two weeks with a solid .853 OPS. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Ervin Santana, SP5/23/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana's longball issues returned Thursday against the Angels. He allowed four homers and five earned runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Santana was bombed for 39 homers in 178 innings last season with the Angels, but he had given up just six in 55 1/3 innings this year and three over his last 49 1/3 innings. He'll try to regroup at St. Louis his next time out.
Salvador Perez, C5/23/2013 5:05:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (hip) is back in the lineup Thursday, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: Perez suffered a bruised hip Monday when he ran into a railing while trying to catch a foul popup. He missed two games.
Jeff Francoeur, RF5/23/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: It's always a welcome sight when Joe Blanton is on the mound, especially if Jeff Francoeur is on your fantasy team.
Insight: Francoeur carries a .429 lifetime average against the righthander. Make sure he's in your lineup on Thursday.
Salvador Perez, C5/22/2013 5:42:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is out of the lineup Wednesday for a second straight day due to his deep hip bruise, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: Perez suffered the injury Monday when he ran into a railing while trying to catch a foul popup. Manager Ned Yost said the catcher is likely to start Thursday against the Angels.
Salvador Perez, C5/21/2013 4:38:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is day-to-day with a deep right hip bruise and won't start Tuesday's game, according to Bob Dutton of the KC Star.
Insight: Perez suffered the injury Monday when he ran into a railing while trying to catch a foul popup. He's available in an emergency situation Tuesday and should be able to return to the starting lineup in a few days.
Salvador Perez, C5/20/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez injured his hip Monday against the Astros.
Insight: Perez exited in the sixth inning. George Kottaras (.125, 1 HR, 2 RBI) is now behind the plate for Kansas City.
Alex Gordon, LFHot5/19/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 4-for-5 Sunday in a loss to Oakland.
Insight: Gordon (.343, 6 HR, 29 RBI) has the sixth-highest batting average in the major leagues. Gordon has hit .500 with four extra base hits during his seven-game hitting streak.
Jarrod Dyson, CF5/17/2013 9:33:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson will miss the next 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained ankle. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
Insight: Dyson (.268, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 6 SB) could be a solid fantasy contributor if he played every day but that hasn't happened this season (41 at bats in 18 games). With Lorenzo Cain (.323, 1 HR, 22 RBI) occupying center field, it's going to be tough for Dyson to see regular at bats.
David Lough, RF5/17/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: The Royals brought up lefty David Lough to replace injured outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
Insight: Although Lough batted .465 in spring training he was sent to the minors where has has continued to hit, batting .340 for Triple-A Omaha. Given a full season of work, he appears to be have 10-15 home run power who can also steal double digit bases. He won't get that much work as the backup outfielder to Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur.
Lorenzo Cain, CFHot5/16/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI, two runs and a stolen base Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Cain's line-drive rate is good, but not spectacular (21.8 percent), so he has been extremely lucky to have a .390 BABIP. He's still a solid fantasy option, but sell high if you can.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/14/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitless in nine at-bats versus Angels left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: Escobar is known as an excellent glove man, but he's also got a decent bat. he batted .293 last season and his hitting .267 through his first 35 games. This matchup, however, is an unfavorable one.
Billy Butler, DH5/14/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler, off a 5-for-5 Monday night, should continue producing as he's a career .462 hitter against Tuesday's scheduled starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Butler is batting just .261 this season, but is an excellent man in the clutch with 25 RBI and a .357 average with runners in scoring position.
Jeff Francoeur, RF5/11/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Kansas City outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who was not in Friday night's starting lineup, should get the nod on saturday as he's a career .545 hitter versus Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Francoeur has yet to show his power, batting .234 with just one home run and nine RBI.
Jeff Francoeur, RF5/10/2013 4:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City outfielder Jeff Francoeur is not in Friday night's starting lineup. Jarrod Dyson will get the start in center with Lorenzo Cain shifting to right field.
Insight: Francoeur has yet to show his power, batting .234 with just one home run and nine RBI, but installing Dyson likely won't help as he's hitless in six at-bats versus Yankees' starter Phil Hughes with five at-bats ending in strikeouts.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP5/9/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie beat his former team, the Baltimore Orioles, with six strong innings Thursday to improve to 5-0.
Insight: Guthrie's stats -- 5-0, 2.28 ERA -- scream regression, as he has a 93.2 percent strand rate and a .250 BABIP; his FIP is 4.59. However, he's a must-start while he's this hot.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot5/9/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas homered for the second straight game Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Moustakas isn't going to want to leave Baltimore. He had one homer prior to the series at Camden Yards. Moustakas is batting .342 with three homers, eight RBI, six walks and just four strikeouts over his last 13 games after hitting .148 with zero homers in his first 16. The young third baseman has improved his K/BB from 3.2 last year to 1.3 in 113 plate appearances this year.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/9/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer finally hit his first homer of the season Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Hosmer had an excellent rookie season, hitting .293 with 19 homers, 78 RBI, 11 steals and 66 runs in 128 games, but he has been a disappointment since last year, when he batted .232. This year, he's hitting a solid .277, but with no power.
Alex Gordon, LF5/9/2013 12:34:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon hasn't had the best of luck against Orioles righthander Freddy Garcia.
Insight: He's hitting just .167 against him in 12 at bats. Gordon's four-game hitting streak could be in jeopardy.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/8/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Wednesday against Baltimore.
Insight: Moustakas is still hitting just .219 with two home runs and eight RBI, but he does have an improved K/BB from last year (1.4 2013, 3.2 2012).
Alex Gordon, LF5/7/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon homered for the fourth time this season Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: It was a two-run shot off Orioles left-handed reliever Brian Matusz. Gordon is 21-for-48 (.438) with three homers and 14 RBI against lefties this season after hitting just .248 with three home runs in 230 at-bats against them last season.
Billy Butler, DHHot5/7/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .833 batter (5-for-6) against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen with four extra base hits including a pair of home runs and a 3.167 OPS.
Insight: Sure, it's a small sample size, but the numbers don't lie. After a slow start, Butler is batting .325 with an .854 OPS over the past 11 games. He's a must start.
James Shields, SP5/6/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Kansas City ace James Shields took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Monday against Chicago.
Insight: It should have been an easy W for Shields (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) but Greg Holland blew the save in the ninth and the White Sox eventually won 2-1 in the 11th inning. Shields (2-2, 2.52 ERA) recorded a season-high nine strikeouts in the no-decision.
Billy Butler, DHHot5/6/2013 11:57:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .320 batter (8-for-25) versus White Sox ace Chris Sale with three homers and a 1.037 OPS.
Insight: Butler started slowly this season, but is batting .343 with an .883 OPS over the past two weeks and this matchup should continue his march up the rankings.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/5/2013 9:24:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is 4-for-9 against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana with two homers.
Insight: Moustakas has just one homers and is hitting .195 this season, and he is a career .228 hitter against left-handed pitching. However, he has performed well against Quintana.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP5/4/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie threw his first career complete game shutout Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Guthrie is a perfect 4-0 through six starts and has a 2.40 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP this season. He has been a capable fantasy starter since joining Kansas City last July.
Ervin Santana, SPHot5/2/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana struck out seven batters in four scoreless innings Thursday against the Rays but the game was postponed due to snow.
Insight: The stats won't count. Santana was bombed for 39 homers in 178 innings last season with the Angels, but he has rediscovered his top form this year and is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 36 innings.
Alex Gordon, LF5/2/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: If you have an open outfield spot on Thursday make sure to use Royals leftfielder Alex Gordon. He's a .484 lifetime hitter against Rays righty Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona).
Insight: Gordon (.321, 3 HR, 18 RBI) has registered two or more hits in four of his last seven games. He could make it five out of eight with Hernandez (1-4, 5.28 ERA) pitching Thursday in the series finale.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/30/2013 11:03:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against the Rays. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the game.
Insight: Moustakas displayed 25- to 30-homer power in the minors, but that hasn't yet translated to the majors. He's only hitting .195 in 77 at-bats, though he does have a 1.22 K/BB after posting a 3.18 K/BB last season and has a good chance to turn things around in May. Buy low.
Wade Davis, SPCold4/29/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Wade Davis was U-G-L-Y Monday against Cleveland, giving up 12 hits, three walks and eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Insight: Davis was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA after his first three starts, but he has allowed 20 hits and 15 runs (11 earned) while walking seven over his last 8 1/3 innings.
Alex Gordon, LF4/29/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has struggled against Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez with just two singles in 12 at-bats. He's struck out five times.
Insight: Gordon is batting .337 with three homers, 17 RBIs and 18 runs and is beginning to build on the promise of the past two seasons. Monday, however, isn't a favorable matchup.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/29/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has five hits in eight at-bats against Cleveland right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez with a pair of homers and a 2.102 OPS.
Insight: Hosmer is batting .266 and hasn't hit a home run yet this season. The first baseman hit 14 last year and 19 in his rookie season, but with an OPS under .700 he's not a viable everyday fantasy option. Monday, however, he's worth a one-time flier.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/28/2013 7:41:00 PM
Description: Royals struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas went 1-for-1 with three walks, one RBI and two runs scored Sunday versus Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas (.164) has two RBIs and three extra-base hits in 67 at-bats. His only positive is a 10/9 K/BB.
Alex Gordon, LFHot4/28/2013 7:40:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a walk and his third homer of the season Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Gordon hit just 14 homers in 161 games last season and didn't have a round-tripper in his first 16 games this season, but he has three over his last five games. The outfielder is batting .352 with 17 RBIs and 18 runs.
Alcides Escobar, SS4/28/2013 5:43:00 PM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar's lone hit Sunday against Cleveland was a solo homer. Escobar also drove in a run on a fielder's choice and scored twice.
Insight: Escobar only hit nine homers in 1,153 at-bats over the last two seasons, but he has three already in 86 at-bats this year. After striking out 100 times and walking just 27 last year, Escobar has a 7/6 K/BB.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP4/28/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie improved to 3-0 with 6 2/3 coreless innings Sunday against the Indians.
Insight: Guthrie has been a capable fantasy arm in deeper mixed leagues this season, posting a 3.06 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 24 strikeouts over 32 1/3 innings this year. The right-hander has a 3.14 ERA over 123 1/3 innings since joining the Royals in the middle of last year.
Alex Gordon, LFHot4/28/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .407 hitter (11-for-27) with five extra base hits against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Gordon is hitting .345 with six doubles, two triples, two homers, 15 RBI and 17 runs in 20 games this season. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Ervin Santana, SPHot4/27/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Ervin Santana fired seven scoreless innings Saturday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: After years of struggling in Anaheim, it appears Santana has finally found his niche in Kansas City. Over his last four starts, Santana is 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA.
Billy Butler, DHCold4/27/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is just a career .214 hitter (3-for-14) when facing Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir. All three hits are singles.
Insight: He's a .299 lifetime hitter with a solid .830 OPS, batting .254 this season, but he's still managed to keep his OPS over .800 and is a useful bat in any fantasy lineup on most days.
Billy Butler, DHCold4/25/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is just a career .214 hitter (3-for-14) when facing Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir. All three hits are singles.
Insight: He's a .299 lifetime hitter with a solid .830 OPS, batting .254 this season, but he's still managed to keep his OPS over .800 and is a useful bat in any fantasy lineup on most days.
Alex Gordon, LFHot4/25/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-6 with a grand slam Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: Gordon came in with poor numbers against Justin Verlander, but he hit the grand slam in the top of the 10th after Verlander had been removed. Gordon is hitting .337 with six doubles, two triples, two homers, 15 RBI and 16 runs in 19 games.
Alex Gordon, LF4/25/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has struck out 17 times in 47 at-bats against Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: He has just 10 hits in the span, though four were doubles and two were homers. Gordon is hitting .338 with one homer, 11 RBI and 15 runs, but Verlander usually shuts him down.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/25/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has two hits in 20 at-bats against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Hosmer is batting .277 and has a .375 OBP, but he's slugging a feeble .319 and hasn't hit a home run yet. The first baseman has a terrible matchup Thursday.
Billy Butler, DH4/25/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is one of the few hitters in baseball who performs well against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Butler is 21-for-53 (.396) with two homers, nine RBI and a 1.033 OPS against Verlander.
Insight: Butler is only hitting .214 this year, but he does have 12 walks and 13 RBI. Seeing Verlander Thursday may actually help get his bat going.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/24/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Royals struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .071 hitter versus Detroit right-hander Maz Scherzer (1-for-14) and should probably be watching the action today instead of playing.
Insight: Moustakas is off to a horrible start batting just .158 without a home run and just one RBI. Given the unfavorable matchup there is no way he breaks out of his slump on Wednesday.
Salvador Perez, C4/24/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is 5-for-7 (.714) in his career against Detroit starter Max Scherzer with a pair of homers and a 2.429 OPS.
Insight: Sure the sample size is small, but Perez seems to have Scherzer's number. Perez is off to a slow start this season (.258) after batting .301 over 76 games last year and .331 in a cup of coffee back in 2011.


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