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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is clearly doing everything he can to boost his team's slim postseason hopes.
Now his club faces a pitching matchup Thursday night that looks unlikely to help its chances.
Seattle Mariners starter Joe Saunders is 4-0 in his career against the Royals while Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie has dropped his last five decisions versus Seattle heading into the finale of this four-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals (72-67) tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game when Yost used eight pitchers in Wednesday's 6-4 defeat. Starter Ervin Santana allowed four runs in 3 13 innings before the manager turned to his bullpen that has produced an AL-best 2.52 ERA.
Yost's first six relievers held Seattle (63-76) scoreless before Aaron Crow allowed Kendrys Morales' tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning.
"It was just one pitch but that will hurt you," said Crow, who has surrendered four homers in his last eight appearances. "I just left it up and it hurts more so because the home run lost us the ballgame."
Kansas City fell 5 12 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card with three other clubs ahead of it.
The Royals, 18-23 against left-handers, had a three-game win streak snapped and will try to defeat Saunders (11-13, 4.92 ERA) for the first time. Saunders has posted a 2.81 ERA in seven career starts against them, going 3-0 in five road outings.
Saunders, however, is allowing opponents to hit .306 - the worst mark in the majors along with a league-worst 1.58 WHIP.
He ended a four-start winless streak Saturday by limiting Houston to an unearned run over 5 13 innings in a 3-1 road victory. His 86 pitches marked his fourth-lowest 2013 total.
"I wasn't happy about coming out of the game," Saunders said. "I'm never happy about coming out of a game. I thought I had a lot left in the tank, but he's the manager for a reason and he makes those decisions."
Yost will hope that Guthrie (13-10, 4.08) gives him plenty of innings Thursday as the right-hander looks to reverse his poor history against the Mariners - the only AL team he has failed to defeat since 2009.
Guthrie is 0-5 with a 5.80 ERA in his last six outings against Seattle. He has allowed two runs in 12 innings over consecutive starts after a three-outing stretch in which he went 0-3 with a 6.63 ERA.
Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan is 5 for 10 against him while Justin Smoak is 4 for 12 with two homers.
Kansas City's Billy Butler is just 3 for 12 in this series, but that's been good enough for him to extend his streak of reaching base at home to 27 games. The slugger, 3 for 14 off Saunders, is hitting .376 in that stretch.
Kyle Seager is 6 for 12 with a homer in this series for Seattle while Raul Ibanez is 4 for 8 with two doubles.
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by John Viril---
With the season coming to a close and starters wearing down, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost needs to be more aggressive utilizing his team's strength. He needs to use his bullpen to relieve wobbling starters more to bring home wins.
The Royals have the 3rd least-used pen in baseball with 384.1 IP---about 7 innings more than the Tigers. The Royals have...
From September 1 to the end of the season, Major League Baseball allows teams to expand their rosters from 25 to a maximum of 40 players. Teams call up players from the minors to give them major league playing time, or to add depth for a team’s potential playoff run. For many years, the Royals were out of the playoff hunt by September. So to make games somewhat interesting, the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, recovering from a strained oblique muscle, on Tuesday took the most extensive batting-practice session yet since his injury, and he reported no discomfort.
Cain wouldn't say when the Royals may let him come off the disabled list but he did reiterate that he feels he is at the day-to-day stage.
Royals manager Ned Yost,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There have been numerous defining moments and stretches of games for these 2013 Royals.
And none will be bigger than the next two weeks when the Royals enter a gauntlet of 12 straight games against Detroit and Cleveland, followed by three more against the Texas Rangers.
This 15-game stretch likely will make or break the Royals, who are sitting just 4 games behind...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have made a series of roster moves to bolster their bullpen and overall depth as they play for their first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years.
The Royals, who began Tuesday 4 12 games out of the final wild-card spot, recalled pitchers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman from Class A Wilmington, where they were optioned last week.
Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz exited last
night’s contest against the Seattle Mariners after playing only two innings as
a precautionary measure. That precaution proved worthy, as initial tests
indicate that Getz likely suffered a concussion, according to Dick Kaegel ofMLB.com.
Getz suffered the head injury in the second inning. He fielded
a ball hit...
The Mariners and Royals were tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the 11th in Thursday's get-away game at Kauffman Stadium.Billy Butler, whose nickname on Baseball Reference is "Country Breakfast" meaning this was probably the last time I'll be visiting Billy Butler's BR page, is scheduled to hit with the potential winning run at first and one out.Butler had been having...
Mike Moustakas hit two balls that had chances to go deep.
The first one was just foul down the right-field line, but the second was fair as Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since...
Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since 2011.
Louis Coleman (3-0), the eighth Royals pitcher, retired the only batter he faced in the top of the 13th.
Kansas City rallied...
The Detroit Tigers seem to be cruising to an AL Central title, and Anibal Sanchez is on the cusp of the matching a career-best winning streak.
Sanchez goes for a sixth straight victory Friday night when the Tigers open this three-game road series against the Kansas City Royals, the most recent team to defeat him.
Detroit (81-59) leads the division by 6 12 games on second-place...
So do the Royals have your attention yet?
Salvy Perez’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning Tuesday night produced the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.
That was after the Royals blew a 3-0 lead.
And after Luke Hochevar held a 3-3 tie for Tim Collins in the Seattle eighth inning by stranding runners at second and third with one out...
by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals stole a win on Sunday from Seattle uber-starter King Felix (Felix Hernandez). With young gun Danny Duffy wobbling in the 4th inning after giving up a single run and runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs, Kansas City’s prospects looked grim against Hernandez. Manager Ned Yost made the unconventional decision to pull his starter at 91 pitches...
by John Viril---
After the Kansas City Royals charged back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Seattle 7-6 on Thursday, they stand 73-67 and 4 ½ games behind Tampa Bay for the 2nd wild card. If they finish the final 22 games like their 17-5 start after the All-Star break, they will win 90 games---and probably earn a playoff spot.
Their next 12 games are crucial. They play four consecutive...