Found July 16, 2012 on
Fox Sports Kansas City:
New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals
San Francisco Giants
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 cruised to a 9-4 victory over Kansas City in their series opener.
"I just got hit around," said Sanchez, who has become the biggest target for vitriolic fans who see a season that began with such promise quickly slipping away.
They voiced their displeasure as Sanchez trudged off the mound. The wave of boos that they cast forth from the stands was eerily similar to the sounds directed at Yankees slugger Robinson Cano during last Monday night's Home Run Derby, when Kansas City fans were filled with angst over his decision not to select a Royals player for his American League lineup.
The fans booed that night in support of Billy Butler, their All-Star designated hitter.
There wasn't much support from anybody for Sanchez on this night.
"It's one of those games where they were on him, put seven runs up early and there's not much we could do," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The outing by Sanchez (1-6) was so abysmal that Yost had to call upon Everett Teaford, his projected starter for Tuesday night, just to get through the game.
Yost said afterward that he wasn't sure who will start in Teaford's place.
The Mariners certainly took advantage of the Royals' pitching woes.
Casper Wells hit a three-run homer during the five-run first and added a two-run triple in the second to set a career high for RBIs. Justin Smoak added a two-run shot, Dustin Ackley went deep and Ichiro Suzuki drove in another run with a triple of his own.
"I loved the way they turned around some fastballs," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "If you want to be a good big league hitter, you have to turn around some fastballs."
Or whatever else Sanchez was throwing.
Acquired this past offseason from San Francisco for outfielder Melky Cabrera, the MVP of last week's All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium, Sanchez has been nothing short of abysmal all year.
He hasn't gone past the sixth inning since May 28, 2011, hasn't allowed fewer than four runs since early June, and his already-bloated ERA rose to 7.76 for the season.
Asked what Sanchez had done to earn a spot in the rotation, Yost contritely replied: "I'm not going to answer that."
Jason Vargas (9-7) took advantage of Seattle's instant offense, giving up homers to Salvador Perez and Butler but still lasting six innings to win his second straight game.
"When your offense comes out like that," Vargas said, "you shouldn't blow the lead."
Sanchez was in trouble right from the start, walking Ackley on five pitches and then watching Suzuki dump a single to left before Wells' three-run homer. Jesus Montero added a single and Smoak hit his two-run shot, giving the Mariners a 5-0 lead after just five batters.
Sanchez retired the next batter to get through the inning, but gave up another base hit to Brendan Ryan leading off the second. Ackley added a single and Wells his triple, giving Seattle a 7-0 lead and sending Sanchez on the slow walk back to the dugout.
He still hasn't won since his Royals debut on April 8.
All that offense came from a Seattle lineup that came into the night second-to-last in the AL in homers, runs and team batting average (.229), and last in OBP and RBIs.
Perez homered to help Kansas City crack the scoreboard in the third inning, and Butler's two-run shot with two outs gave the Royals' sullen fanbase reason to hope -- at least until Suzuki's RBI triple and Ackley's homer dashed them entirely.
"Last time I was better. Today I just got hit around. They hit good pitches," Sanchez said afterward. "Trust me, if I knew (what was wrong) it would be fixed already."
NOTES: Ryan left after his second-inning at-bat, when he fouled a pitch off his left knee. He is day to day with a bruise. ... SS Alcides Escobar grounded into double plays his first two at-bats, making him responsible for four of the Royals' first eight outs. ... Kansas City 2B Yuniesky Betancourt had his 200th career double in the second inning. ... RHP Blake Beavan is expected to return from Triple-A Tacoma to start Tuesday for Seattle.
BEST OF MAXIM
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.
But, at the end of the day, he was a pitcher who had poor...
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.
Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts. The left-hander, who threw a no-hitter for San Francisco in July 2009, gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings in Monday night's...
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...
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...
Well then, I bet no one would have imagined in April that this would happen. The Kansas City Royals have designated starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. The Royals have also recalled Ryan Verdugo and Vin Mazzaro, and will start Verdugo tonight in Kansas City against the Mariners.
Kansas City traded for Sanchez this offseason, dealing Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco...
Jonathan Sanchez is the next Oliver Perez
– The Kansas City Royals designated left handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
– The New York Yankees designated Darnell McDonald for assignment to create a roster spot for C.C. Sabathia according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
– In order to make room for Jason Bay, the New York Mets designated Omar Quintanilla for assignment...
Everyone expected the San Francisco Giants to run into a brick wall when they faced the smoking hot Braves. Instead Barry Zito tossed 7 innings of 3 hit ball and not allowing a single run. In 5 career starts at Turner Field, Zito is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA.
Buster Posey had a BIG night! Posey collected 3 hits and 5 RBI. One of his hits was a bases loaded double that cleared the bases...
Anibal Sanchez (@CHC, @PIT)
After flaunting a 2.56 ERA at the end of May, Sanchez has been hit with a dose of reality, getting rocked for 30 runs in his past seven outings, five of which have resulted in losses for the Marlins. Sanchez's upcoming slate, however, should provide a platform to bounce back, taking on middling offenses in the Pirates and Cubbies...
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.
Sanchez gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings...
(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...