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(AP) -- The Seattle Mariners' offense has been quite a mystery over the last week, piling up runs one game and failing to produce the next.
The biggest unknown for the Mariners' game in Kansas City on Tuesday night, however, is the Royals' stating pitcher.
Seattle (38-53) has split its last six games, combining for 23 runs in the wins while scoring three in the defeats. The Mariners' offense was on from the start Monday, pushing across five runs in the first inning en route to a 9-4 victory over Kansas City.
Casper Wells had a career-best five RBIs on a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run triple in the second, both coming off Jonathan Sanchez. Justin Smoak also had a two-run homer off Sanchez, while Dustin Ackley hit a solo shot in the sixth inning to cap Seattle's scoring.
The Mariners have won seven of their last 11 games when hitting at least one homer.
"We can't control the end result," manager Eric Wedge said. "We just want to go out there, put together good at-bats, turn around some fastballs, and if we do that, the runs will come."
Monday's outburst might not have been that big of a surprise, however, considering Sanchez has a 12.18 ERA over his last four starts.
The beleaguered starter was done after 1 1-3 innings and instead of emptying the bullpen, Royals manager Ned Yost decided to burn Tuesday's scheduled starter Everett Teaford, who did an admirable job in relief, yielding a run and three hits over five innings.
Teaford's outing leaves an opening for a starter for Tuesday, though, and the Royals (38-50) announced a replacement wouldn't be made until sometime on game day.
There is speculation Doug Davis could be called up from the minors to make the start considering he is slated to pitch Tuesday. The veteran left-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since last June for the Chicago Cubs, and is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA in six minor league starts this year.
The Mariners are also expected to turn to a minor leaguer on Tuesday, as they're set to recall Blake Beavan (3-6, 5.92 ERA).
Beavan was sent to the minors after being tagged for six runs in two innings of an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 10. He had an 11.77 ERA in his final three starts before his demotion but pitched much better with Triple-A Tacoma, going 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA in six outings.
In his only career game against the Royals on Sept. 9, the right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win.
He'll be facing a Kansas City team that has lost six of seven and 11 of 14.
Royals All-Star Billy Butler belted his 17th homer Monday, but Alex Gordon has been the team's hottest hitter of late. Gordon went 3 for 4 Monday, and is batting .462 with four doubles during a six-game hitting streak.
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Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez's nightmarish tenure with the Royals finally ended Tuesday, not long after a cascade of boos rained down on him in his last start Monday, boos that rivaled in intensity those delivered at Kauffman Stadium toward Robinson Cano at the Home Run Derby.
The Royals designated Sanchez for assignment, less than 24 hours after he was rocked for seven runs...
On Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals designated left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. The Royals, of course, acquired Sanchez and right-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants over the winter, in exchange for Melky Cabrera. At the time, the trade came in for criticism and praise on both sides, which suggested it was a fair deal. Obviously...
The truth is, I feel bad for Jonathan Sanchez.
The dude didn’t get the fairest of shakes from the Giants. His development was never really the same with the jimmy-jack from starting to relieving to back to starting. And as talented as he was, you never really knew if his problems with control stemmed from that at all.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have designated struggling starter Jonathan Sanchez for assignment.
The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners.
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The trade -- outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and minor league lefty Ryan Verdugo -- seemingly made sense for the Kansas City Royals when it was announced last Nov. 7. Sure, Cabrera was coming off a career year in which he batted .305 with 44 doubles and 201 hits. However, the Royals needed starting pitching, and Sanchez had...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One week ago, Kauffman Stadium was filled with boos intended to support the Royals' hometown guy. On Monday night, the hometown guy was the recipient.
Jonathan Sanchez allowed the first five Seattle batters he faced to score and gave up seven runs before getting yanked in the second inning. The Mariners took advantage of the rare offensive outburst and...
Jonathan Sanchez, the primary player involved in the trade that sent Melky Cabrera to the Giants, has done little for the Kansas City Royals, so the Royals essentially replaced him on the roster with the minor-league player acquired in the Cabrera trade -- Ryan Verdugo. Verdugo was scheduled to make his major-league debut Tuesday. Sanchez has been designated for assignment after...
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Ryan Verdugo's big league debut Tuesday night eerily resembled Jonathan Sanchez's final start a day earlier for the Royals.
That's not what Kansas City was hoping for.
Verdugo, a 25-year-old left-hander, gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks without making it through two innings of a 9-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
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