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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.Smith (2-1) pitched 4 13 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory, allowing just one hit, after starter Danny Duffy failed to make it through four innings. Five of Smith's strikeouts took only three pitches.Greg Holland pitched a one-hit ninth for his 37th save in 39 opportunities.The Royals broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run fifth, which Jarrod Dyson led off with an infield single and advanced to third on Alcides Escobar's hit-and-run single to right. Dyson scored on a Hernandez wild pitch. Escobar scored on Emilo Bonifacio's sacrifice fly.Hernandez (12-9), who was 0-3 with a 9.64 ERA in his previous three starts, exited while pitching to Alex Gordon with two out in the seventh.Duffy, who had elbow surgery last year, departed after 3 23 innings and 91 pitches. Duffy allowed one run on five hits and four walks, while striking out four before being replaced by Will Smith.Brad Miller's two-out triple in the fourth scored Abraham Almonte, who had doubled.Hernandez, however, could not hold the lead. He gave up three consecutive hits with one out in the fourth with Mike Moustakas' single bringing home Eric Hosmer.Duffy threw 68 pitches in the first three innings and stranded six runners. He struck out Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak swinging to end the first with two runners on base.Michael Saunders led off the second with a bunt single and Duffy walked Mike Zunino on nine pitches before retiring the next three batters.Nick Franklinwalked to start the third and Nick Seager, who had three hits, singled to center, but Duffy rebounded to strike out Morales and retired Smoak and Saunders on fly balls to left.NOTES: Zunino was activated from the disabled list after five rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma. He went on the disabled list July 26 with a broken left wrist. . Carlos Pena, whom the Royals signed to a minor league contract last week, went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as Triple-A Omaha beat Round Rock Monday to clinch the Pacific Coast League North Division championship. . RHP Erasmo Ramirez will be added to the Mariners roster Tuesday and start against the Royals. This will be his 10th Seattle start this season and 17th career start.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
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...
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. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals.
TIME TO DREAM?
These 2013 Royals simply won't go away.
As depressed and angered as Royals fans were Saturday after that 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays -- and, oh my, wouldn't you love to have that game back -- they have to be equally intrigued now that the Royals have bounced back with two straight wins...
The Kansas City Royals have managed to stay in the wild-card conversation thanks in part to Danny Duffy, who has come up big since debuting last month.The same can't be said for Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who has struggled to find his form of late.Duffy takes the mound opposite Hernandez as the Royals and Mariners meet for the first time Monday at Kauffman Stadium...
After a pair of ugly outings, Bruce Chen got back on track with a solid showing last week.The Kansas City Royals are hoping for a repeat performance as they try to keep pace in the AL wild-card race Tuesday night against the visiting Seattle Mariners.Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA) has given Kansas City (71-66) a lift since joining the rotation July 12, going 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA in nine starts...
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.
Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.
The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.
Smith (2-1) pitched 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory...
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...
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...
The Kansas City Royals have managed to stay in the wild-card conversation thanks in part to Danny Duffy, who has come up big since debuting last month.
The same can't be said for Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who has struggled to find his form of late.
Duffy takes the mound opposite Hernandez as the Royals and Mariners meet for the first time Monday at Kauffman Stadium...
Seattle Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez left Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning due to a lower back cramp. He left for precautionary reasons with the Mariners behind 3-1.
As reported by Robert Falkoff of MLB.com, After a 1-1 pitch to Alex Gordon with two outs in the seventh inning, Hernandez put his hand near the left side of his...
After leaving Monday's game with back issues, Felix Hernandez got some good news yesterday. He was evaluated by team doctors and they believe he will be able to make his next start on Sunday. Hernandez was lifted on Monday in the seventh inning due to cramping in his lower back.
According to Robert Falkoff of MLB.com, the heat may have contributed to Hernandez's...
What a downer weekend of baseball.
The Rangers scored just seven runs off the Minnesota Twins in three games. Seven. They scored more than that in three innings of Felix Hernandez pitching.
But that’s exactly why I never look at any series as a gimme. There are no gimmes in baseball. Every team will have a good stretch and every team will have a bad stretch. The Rangers are...