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Kris Bubic allows two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five across 6 2/3 innings during Saturday's 4-0 loss against Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Bubic (6-7) was greeted with a first inning homer, followed by runs in the fourth and fifth. The 24-year-old was solid down the stretch, allowing no more than two earned runs in his final six starts of 2021. Bubic will finish the season with a 6-7 record and an ERA of 4.43.

Category: Game Recaps


Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and a RBI during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi's third-inning double brought in his 17th RBI of the year, to go along with six home runs. The 26-year-old is batting .244/.286/.479 this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Hunter Dozier went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier's fifth-inning home run was his 16th this season, the second-most in a single-season for the 30-year-old. Dozier is batting .218 with 54 RBI in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI single during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: A sixth-inning single gave Merrifield a total of 74 RBI for the year. The 32-year-old is batting .279 with 10 home runs as the season enters it's final two games.

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Jon Heasley allowed four earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out a batter across 5 1/3 innings during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: In his third start for the big-league club, Heasley (1-1) recorded his first win at the sport's top level. Though not as clean as his prior start, the 24-year-old finishes 2021 with a 1-1 record in three starts, along with a 4.91 ERA.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a RBI single during Thursday's 6-1 loss to Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Santana drove in the lone Kansas City run with a second-inning single. It was the first baseman's 67th RBI of the year. Santana is batting .211 with 19 home runs as the season enters it's final series.

Category: Game Recaps


Angel Zerpa allowed no earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four across five innings during Thursday's 6-1 loss against Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Zerpa (0-1) was promoted for Thursday's game following a single start in Triple-A. The 22-year-old has spent most of 2021 in Double-A. While unfortunately taking the loss, Zerpa still owns an ERA of 0.00. The left-hander will most likely start 2022 in the minors with Thursday's start aiding to the promise of a young Kansas City rotation.

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Cam Gallagher went 2-for-2 with a RBI single during Wednesday's 10-5 win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: After entering the game following a Salvador Perez twisted ankle, Gallagher collected a pair of hits along with an eighth-inning RBI. The backstop is batting .220 with a home run and five RBI this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Salvador Perez went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run during Wednesday's 10-5 win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Perez's 48th home run of the year and 200th for his career gave Kansas City a two run advantage after the first. After driving in three and increasing his RBI total to 121, Perez slipped on the dugout's bottom step, forcing an early departure from Wednesday's contest. The All-Star is expected to play Thursday. With one more home run, Perez would break a tie held with Jorge Soler for the Royals single-season homer record.

Category: Game Recaps


Daniel Lynch allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two across three innings during Wednesday's 10-5 win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Lynch (4-6) was in trouble throughout his appearance, allowing nine baserunners in three innings. After posting an ERA of 2.39 in August, the 24-year-old has struggled in the season's final month, as only one of his five starts has yielded less than four earned. As the season draws to a close, Lynch will finish 4-6 with a 5.69 ERA. He struck out 55 and walked 31 across 68 innings in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Michael A. Taylorto a two-year, $9 million contract extension on Wednesday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor has been a solid contributor in his first season in Kansas City. He is slashing .244/.298/.359 with 12 home runs, 52 RBI, 56 runs scored over 137 games in 2021. The 30-year-old is an elite defender and is expected to win a Gold Glove this season. He is considered the best defensive center fielder in the game. Taylor provides the Royals an elite glove and a solid bat but is an OF 4/5 in upcoming fantasy drafts in 2022.

Category: Transactions


Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run during Tuesday's 6-4 win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Benintendi's first-inning blast was his 17th of the year and cut Cleveland's lead to one after the first frame. The 17 home runs is Benintendi's most since 2017, as the 27-year-old is batting .275 with 71 RBI in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Brady Singer allowed three runs on three hits and a walk across 2/3 of an inning as Kansas City defeated Cleveland 6-4 Tuesday evening.

Fantasy Impact: Singer (5-10) left Tuesday's game without getting through the first, as discomfort in his mid-right arm forced the 25-year-old's departure. With the season drawing to a close, Singer will end the year going 5-10 with a 4.91 ERA.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Jackson Kowar allowed five earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across 4 1/3 innings during Monday's 8-3 loss in Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Kowar (0-5) has had a tough start to his big-league career, taking his fifth loss in eight starts. The 24-year-old is scheduled to start the season-finale this weekend against Minnesota.

Category: Game Recaps


Scott Barlow allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three across an inning during Sunday's 2-1 win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Barlow worked himself in and out of trouble during Sunday's ninth inning en route to recording his 16th save of 2021. Barlow has posted 89 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings this season, owning a 2.49 ERA.

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Carlos Hernandez threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out a batter during Friday's 3-1 victory in Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez (6-2) put together a strong outing Friday, allowing no earned for the third start in his last five. Unfortunately the 24-year-old did not pick up the win, something he will look to do in next week's start verse Cleveland.

Category: Game Recaps


Nicky Lopez went 1-for-3 with a RBI single during Sunday's 7-1 loss verse Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez drove in the Royals' sole run Sunday with a sixth-inning single. It was Lopez's 41st RBI of 2021 and his 15th straight game of reaching base. Lopez is batting .301 with two home runs this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Edward Olivares went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI during Wednesday's 12-10 loss to the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Olivares drove in a run during the eight and ninth inning Wednesday, giving him a total of 12 RBI for the year. The 25-year-old is batting .227 with five home runs in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


The Royals placed LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) on the 10-day IL. (Source: Matt Kawahara on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This explains why Minor was scratched from Wednesday's start against the A's. Carlos Hernandez is filling in for the lefty tonight.

Category: Injury Updates


Kyle Isbel went 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run and three runs scored during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Isbel was stellar Tuesday, showing why he is ranked as the Royals' number six prospect. After making the Opening Day roster, a September recall has seen the 24-year-old record his first big-league homer and drive in three runs across two games.

Category: Game Recaps