Kansas City Royals

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez struggled in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday. Lopez gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings while walking one.

Fantasy Impact: It was not a good day for either team's starter as they combined to throw 4 2/3 innings. Lopez's record drops to 4-9 with a 6.35 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 106 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings.

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Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-1 with a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday. He had to exit early due to a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi's season is over, according to manager Ned Yost. The young shortstop finishes with a .263 average, nine homers, 58 runs, 62 RBI, and 43 steals in just 102 games.

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Merrifield ups his average to .302 with an .811 OPS with the three-hit day. The veteran has put up another solid all-around season, with 16 homers, 102 runs, 74 RBI, and 19 steals.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Glenn Sparkman allowed five runs (four earned) over four innings in a 12-5 win over the Twins on Saturday. He struck out four and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Sparkman got knocked out of the game during a four-run fifth inning. The right-hander has a 4-11 record, and 6.11 ERA through 30 appearances this year.

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Hunter Dozier has two hits

Sun, Sep 22nd 7:57am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in a 12-5 win over the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier is finishing up a breakout season, hitting .282 with 26 homers, 72 runs, 83 RBI, and two steals. He has cooled off lately, hitting just .172 over the past seven games.

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Eric Skoglund takes loss

Sat, Sep 21st 8:06am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund gave up two runs in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Friday. Skoglund went four innings in the start.

Fantasy Impact: He held the Twins at bay but Skoglund was tagged with the loss. He now has a 0-2 record, 7.50 ERA, and just two strikeouts in 18 innings of work this year.

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Jorge Soler steals a base

Sat, Sep 21st 8:03am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals DH Jorge Soler went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs, and a steal in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Soler picked up the rare steal, giving him three on the year. The young slugger has put together an exceptional season, hitting .257 with a .900 OPS, 45 homers, 88 runs, and 110 RBI.

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Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy pitched well in a 1-0 loss to Oakland on Wednesday. Duffy pitched seven shutout innings while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy and former Royal Homer Bailey were both excellent in the 1-0 pitchers duel. Duffy now has a 6-6 record, 4.30 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 110 strikeouts in 125 2/3 innings of work. His final start of the season will come against Atlanta next week.

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Alex Gordon hitless in loss

Wed, Sep 18th 5:56am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon went 0-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon couldn't get anything going in the loss. He is hitting .262 with 13 homers, 73 runs, 71 RBI, and five steals.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Jakob Junis allowed five runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday. Junis struck out two and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Junis struggled, although that was to be expected against a loaded Houston lineup. He will look to bounce back in his next start, which comes against the Twins. He is not a recommended streaming option for that start.

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Kansas City Royals left-hander Mike Montgomery pitched well in a 6-1 loss to the Astros on Saturday. Montgomery allowed two runs over five innings while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery was saddled with the loss despite his strong pitching. He now has a 3-9 record, 4.70 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings of work. He has a 4.23 ERA over 11 starts since joining the Royals.

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Bubba Starling went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 4-1 loss to the Astros on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Starling was one of the few Royal hitters who could get to Gerrit Cole on the evening. Starling is hitting .216 with four homers, 23 runs, 10 RBI, and two steals.

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Ian Kennedy earns 29th save

Thu, Sep 12th 8:06pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals closer Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Thursday afternoon. Kennedy struck out two in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: He made it interesting as he loaded the bases but he was able to get the final out via a Leury Garcia strikeout. Kennedy now has a 3.34 ERA and 29 saves this season.

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Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over Oakland on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: O'Hearn now has his second straight season with double-digit homers. The 26-year-old is hitting .177 with 25 runs and 25 RBI in 266 at-bats. He offers power upside but little else in fantasy.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller was hit hard in a 19-4 loss to Oakland on Monday. Keller allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings of work while striking out one and walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Keller was coming off a strong performance but he just didn't have it on Monday. The loss drops his record to 7-14, to go along with a 4.19 ERA. He is not a very inspiring fantasy option in standard leagues.

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Brett Phillips went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 19-4 loss to Oakland on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Phillips has appeared in just eight games for the Royals this season. He is hitting .208 with the one homer, three runs, three RBI, and a steal.

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Nick Dini homers in win

Tue, Aug 20th 7:46am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals catcher Nick Dini went 1-for-4 with a homer and two runs in a 5-4 win over Baltimore on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Dini has his first big league homer. The rookie is hitting .143 through his first 14 at-bats.

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Nicky Lopez homers in win

Tue, Aug 20th 7:44am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs in a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez has been playing regularly with Adalberto Mondesi on the injured list. The24-year-old is hitting .227 with two homers this season.

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Billy Hamilton was claimed by the Braves on Monday. (Source: David O’Brien on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: With Austin Riley, Ender Inciarte, and Nick Markakis all on the injured list, the Braves needed outfield depth. Hamilton will mainly be used as a pinch runner and a defensive replacement. He will be a massive upgrade on defense over Adam Duvall or Matt Joyce. Hamilton hit .211 with 0 home runs and 18 steals in 93 games with the Royals before being optioned to the minors.

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 7-5 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Cuthbert took Boston starter Rick Porcello deep in the sixth inning. The young infielder is hitting .290 with seven homers, 18 runs, and 29 RBI on the season.

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