The Royals beat Justin Verlander? Of course they did.


Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re one of the worst teams in baseball. You are starting a guy with a 6.75 ERA who has walked more dudes than he has struck out.  You’re facing the defending AL Central champs with the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP on the mound.  How’s it gonna turn out?

Just fine, thanks: The Royals and Jonathan Sanchez beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers 3-2.

It was tied at two heading into the ninth when Jaoquin Benoit took over for Verlander. After retiring the first man he faced, Benoit gave up a double to Mike Moustakas, who then advanced to third on a groundout.  Up came Chris Getz who hit an infield single to short scoring Moustakas.  Jonathan Broxton came in to close it out in the ninth.

As the saying goes, you can’t predict baseball. There are no Master Lock: Keys to the Game.  Anyone who does the “What [Team X] needs to do to win” thing is wasting time.  Baseball just happens. Sometimes the worst beats the best. And it means little, because there’s another game tomorrow.

Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

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The Royals signed free agent reliever Justin Grimm to a one-year, $12.5 million deal, the club announced Sunday. Grimm can earn up to $300,000 in additional incentives, the specifics of which have yet to be disclosed.

The 29-year-old right-hander was released by the Cubs on Thursday. Prior to his release, he was slated to make $2.2 million after losing his arbitration case against the team. Grimm polished off a five-year campaign with the Cubs in 2017 and produced an unimpressive 5.53 ERA, 4.4 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 over 55 1/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-hander Sam Gaviglio was designated for assignment. He pitched in five games for the Royals this spring, racking up 13 hits, eight runs and seven strikeouts in seven innings.