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Billy Butler was one of few bright spots Sunday for the Royals as he went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the 10-3 loss to the Indians.

Big Boy Butler finished the weekend off in style going 6-for-9 with two home runs, a double, five RBI, and three runs scored after going hitless in the series opener against the Indians Thursday. As big of a weekend as it was for Butler and the Royals, who took three of the four games against Cleveland, the Royals DH has just five home runs on the year with a meh slash line of .273/.326/.370.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

28 Jul, 03:27 AM

Bruce Chen got lit up for six runs on eight hits, including a home run, and two walks with just one strikeout over five innings in the loss to the Indians Sunday.

Hopefully you heeded my advice, which usually appears here after every Bruce Chen start, and loaded up on "insert team name here" offensive players, in this case it was the Indians turn to go Bruce Lee on Bruce Chen, who should not be owned by anyone, in any league.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

28 Jul, 03:20 AM

Eric Hosmer (hand) remains out of the Royals' starting lineup Sunday.

Hosmer continues to be bothered by the sore hand and will now miss his fourth-straight game (six out of his last seven) with the injury. Billy Butler will handle the work at first for Sunday's game.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

27 Jul, 10:59 AM

Norichika Aoki RF, Omar Infante 2B, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez DH, Mike Moustakas 3B, Billy Butler 1B, Brett Hayes C, Jarrod Dyson CF, Alcides Escobar SS, (Bruce Chen P)

27 Jul, 10:45 AM

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Analyst: Jeff Mans  View Profile

17 Jul, 07:49 PMSource

Lorenzo Cain is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday. 

And while he might be expected by some, the Royals will not be so accommodating. Despite a five-game hit streak, the Royals will give the always-frail Cain a day off to rest. No one needs him playing five-straight says here and pop a hammy or something so Ned Yost will go with Jarrod Dyson and Norichika Aoki in center and right. Cain should be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

27 Jul, 10:44 AM

Eric Hosmer did not test his hand on Saturday. All signs pointing to him not returning until Tuesday.

While the Royals could use his bat, there is no reason to rush him back if he cannot swing a bat. Tuesday may prove to be optimistic as far as his return to the lineup.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

26 Jul, 04:41 PMSource

Norichika Aoki DH, Omar Infante 2B, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Mike Moustakas 3B, Billy Butler 1B, Lorenzo Cain RF, Jarrod Dyson CF, Alcides Escobar SS, (Jeremy Guthrie P)

26 Jul, 01:59 PM

With Greg Holland unavailable, Aaron Crow worked through a scoreless ninth inning to secure his second save of the season on Friday against the Indians.

Crow made the most of his rare save-opportunity on Friday night, tossing a scoreless ninth inning with Greg Holland pitching three consecutive days. Although Wade Davis has been the main set-up man for the Royals up to this point, Crow has be expected to get any save chances outside of Holland as the season progresses, but is not worth stashing unless Holland goes down with an injury.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

26 Jul, 05:46 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out seven batters over 6.1 innings on Friday against the Indians. 

Ventura's struggled continued on Friday night, has he has now allowed 10 runs (nine earned) over his last two starts, now sitting 7-8 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 19 trips to the mound. He has managed to keep a solid strikeout rate, fanning 95 batters over 114.0 innings, but has struggled with his command and the long ball (12 HR allowed). Until he gets it back together he should be avoided in most league formats, although there is still plenty of upside left in the tank for this 23-year-old.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

26 Jul, 05:45 AM

Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth inning, breaking up a tied ballgame to give the Royals a 6-4 win over the Indians. 

Butler made the most of is only at-bat on Friday night, as he blasted a two-run home run that would eventually be enough for the Royals to pull away from the Indians. Although it was nice to see Butler go yard, odds are he wasn't in many starting lineups as his struggles at the plate continue, with Friday's homer being just his fourth of the season. He has managed a decent slash line despite his deficiencies, owning a .266/.320/.353, but a 91.3 AB/HR is just inexcusable. Unless he finds his power as we get into the heat of the summer, he should remain bench, if owned at all.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

26 Jul, 05:44 AM

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