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Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in a 6-4 win over the Mariners on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Maldonado's ninth-inning homer gave the Royals an insurance run. The veteran backstop is now hitting .212 with three homers and 12 RBI.

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Kansas City Royals closer Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 6-4 win over Seattle on Monday. Kennedy struck out two and allowed one hit in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy has settled in nicely as the Royals' closer. He now has a 0-2 record, 3.72 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, eight saves, and 38 strikeouts in 29 innings.

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Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy took a no-decision in a 6-4 win over the Mariners on Monday. Duffy gave up four runs in five innings while striking out four and walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy has a 3-3 record, 4.64 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings of work. He is just a low-end streamer in plus matchups.

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Kansas City Royals DH Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk, two runs, and two RBI in a 6-4 win over Seattle on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Soler's two-run homer in the eighth inning put the Royals ahead for good. He is enjoying a breakout season, hitting .245 with 19 homers and 51 RBI.

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Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Merrifield is now hitting .302 with eight homers, 48 runs, 33 RBI, and 11 steals. He has stolen three bases while hitting .333 over his past seven games.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Jakob Junis struggled in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday. Junis lasted just 3 2/3 innings while giving up two runs. He struck out five and walked three in the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: While it wasn't a disaster, the Twins made Junis work as he needed 92 pitches to get 11 outs. The young right-hander now has a 5.33 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 15 starts.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Glenn Sparkman struggled in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday. Sparkman allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: The right-hander allowed two homers in the game while striking out just three. Sparkman now has a 1-3 record, 4.01 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. With no strikeout upside, Sparkman isn't even a consideration as a streamer.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller was excellent in a 2-0 loss to the Twins on Friday. Keller blanked Minnesota over seven innings while striking out five and walking three. He settled for a no-decision in the eventual loss.

Fantasy Impact: Keller was impressive, shutting down a Twins lineup that has been among the best in baseball this season. Keller now has a 3-8 record, 3.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts in 93 innings.

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Mondesi was not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. (Source: LaVelle E. Neal III on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Consider this a well-deserved breather for Mondesi, who has played in all but one of the Royals' first 69 games this season. He could also use a bit of a reset, having batted just .236 with zero home runs and three RBIs over his past 17 games. He does, however, have eight steals over that span and leads the majors with 26.


Billy Hamilton walks once

Fri, Jun 14th 7:53am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The free-running Royals surprisingly didn't attempt a steal in the victory. Hamilton is having a slow season, batting just .227 with 12 steals.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Homer Bailey pitched well in a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Bailey spun six innings of shutout ball, striking out six and walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Bailey picked up the win, improving his record to 5-6 with a 5.37 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts in 67 innings of work. The veteran has been inconsistent this season but he showed his upside on Thursday.

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Terrance Gore steals a base

Thu, Jun 13th 8:20am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals outfielder Terrance Gore went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gore only plays sparingly, having seen just 40 at-bats this season. That being said, he has an impressive eight steals in that time. If he ever found his way to a full-time job, he would be fantasy relevant for the steals alone.

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with a run and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon is hitting .274 with 10 homers, 40 runs, 39 RBI, and four steals in what has been a resurgent season for him.

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Nicky Lopez steals a base

Thu, Jun 6th 7:42pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 7-5 loss to Boston on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez is hitting .217 with eight runs, four RBI, and the steal. He is not of interest in fantasy leagues.

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 7-5 loss to Boston on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Cuthbert is performing well with Hunter Dozier on the injured list. He is hitting .375 with three homers, three runs, and five RBI in 24 at-bats.

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The Royals placed Hunter Dozier (chest) on the 10-day IL on Monday. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The move is being made retroactive to May 31st. Dozier sat out the entire weekend after suffering the injury late last week. Fantasy owners should stash him in an IL slot as the 27-year-old is having a breakout season.

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Ryan O'Hearn homers Sunday

Mon, May 27th 7:14am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in an 8-7 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: O'Hearn is hitting just .182 with five homers, 16 runs, and 17 RBI this season. He is not of interest in fantasy leagues.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez lasted just one inning in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees on Saturday. Lopez was blasted for five runs on six hits before departing.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez didn't have it on Saturday. His record falls to 0-6 with a 6.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings of work. Lopez is not on the radar in standard fantasy leagues.

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Kansas City Royals infielder Kelvin Gutierrez went 4-for-6 with a double, two runs, one RBI, and a steal in a 15-3 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old rookie turned in a career game in the blowout win. Gutierrez is hitting .344 with one homer, four runs, and nine RBI on the year.

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Kansas City Royals utility man Chris Owings went 0-for4 with a walk, a run, and a steal in his team's 10-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Owings has played all over the diamond for the Royals this season and has contributed nicely in the steals column. He isn't doing much else but he's on the radar in AL-only leagues.

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