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Liam Hendriks Royals

Blue Jays re-acquire Liam Hendriks from Royals


Making a roster move the morning after losing the World Series, the Royals traded right-hander Liam Hendriks to the Blue Jays for minor league catcher Santiago Nessy. Hendriks pitched for Toronto briefly this season before being traded to Kansac City along with catcher Erik Kratz for infielder Danny Valencia. They apparently want another look at him.

Hendriks was the Twins’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2011 and has always posted strong numbers in the minors, but he’s been knocked around for a 3-15 record and 5.92 ERA in 189 innings as a big leaguer.

Hendriks’ raw stuff is underwhelming and he’s also a fly-ball pitcher, but he’s still just 25 years old and a 3.19 ERA in nearly 400 innings at Triple-A suggest he could be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter.

Nessy is a 21-year-old who’s yet to advance past Single-A, hitting .231 with one homer and a .645 OPS in 69 games this season.

Indians defeat Royals after resuming suspended game from August 31

Scott Atchison Getty

After resuming a suspended game from August 31, the Indians hung on to defeat the Royals 4-3 in 10 innings early this evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

It only took nine minutes to complete, as the Indians had a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the 10th when play was originally halted due to rain. Get your “speed up the game” jokes in here. Scott Atchison was tasked with protecting the lead for Cleveland and gave up a leadoff single to Mike Moustakas. Eric Hosmer then pinch hit for Erik Kratz and struck out swinging before pinch-runner Terrance Gore stole second base. Alcides Escobar grounded out to third base for the second out, but Nori Aoki then laced a single to left to bring the Royals within one run. Things got really interesting when pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second base, but Atchison got Omar Infante to pop up to shortstop to end it.

With the victory, the Indians now trail the Royals by 2 1/2 games for the second Wild Card spot. The two teams will begin a crucial three-game series in a little less than one hour from now. The Athletics still appear vulnerable despite having a half-game lead for the top Wild Card spot and the Mariners are just one game behind the Royals. This week should be a lot of fun.

Always be prepared: Royals backup catcher hits two homers off the bench

Erik Kratz

The fates are smiling on the Kansas City Royals these days. In addition to winning like crazy and taking over first place in the AL Central, they’re doing just fine even if key players go down.

Last night catcher Salvador Perez left the game in the seventh inning with right knee discomfort. That’s a bad thing. But then backup Erik Kratz entered the game and hit two solo home runs in his only two plate appearances.  The first home run extended the Royals’ lead to 4-0 in the seventh, and his second came in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Which was necessary, as the Twins mounted a mini-rally in the ninth, falling short.

After the game, Kratz had this to say:

“You put your work in before the game as a bench guy to be ready to go in,” Kratz said. “Some people could say well, Salvi plays every day, so why not take a day off? In my opinion, what’s the point of taking a day off if that might be the day you come in and play?”

While this runs somewhat counter to one of my own favorite dynamics in life — sometimes being utterly unprepared is totally thrilling — it is probably the better approach to take.

Meanwhile, Perez’s removal from the game is said to be precautionary. He’s day-to-day.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals

Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 4: That Nationals have won seven in a row, with the last three being of the walkoff variety. This time courtesy of Adam LaRoche’s homer in the 11th inning. Leading up to it was a lot of fun: Wilson Ramos put the Nationals in front in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run homer and the Dbacks went back into the lead when Didi Gregorius did the same in the top of the eighth. The Nats came back in the ninth only to see Tyler Clippard blow the save in the ninth. In the Arizona half of the 11th they loaded the bases with no one out and then didn’t score, which is about the most annoying thing on the planet. If anything the LaRoche homer put them out of their misery.

Cubs 4, Mets 1: Kyle Hendricks and two relievers combined to allow one run on four hits and got all the support they’d need thanks to homers from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. The three of them will, hopefully for Cubs fans, represent a winning combination for years and years.

Angels 4, Red Sox 2: Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit RBI doubles. The Sox threatened in the ninth against fill-in closer Kevin Jepsen, but Jepsen worked around trouble, allowing only one run to score.

Orioles 8, White Sox 2: An uncharacteristically poor outing for Chris Sale, who needed 121 pitches just to make it through six. The O’s took advantage, led by Nick Markakis who was 3 for 5 with a homer. He also had a pretty darn swell catch.

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Phillies 4, Mariners 1: Jerome Williams allowed one run and three hits while pitching into the eighth. Andres Blanco had a three-run homer. Before coming up at the end of June, Blanco had not played in the majors since 2011.

Royals 6, Twins 4: Erik Kratz came in to replace Sal Perez in the seventh and homered twice. That’s kinda how it’s been going for the Royals. Jason Vargas allowed one run on four hits in seven innings.

Braves 7, Pirates 3: Six runs in the first — kicked off by back-to-back homers from Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons to lead things off — pretty much ended this one before it started. Six in a row dropped by the Pirates. Whose season looks like it could be ending before it’s even technically finished.

Cardinals 6, Reds 5: Jhonny Peralta hit a walkoff single in the tenth. This after Trevor Rosenthal blew the save in the ninth. Jay Bruce homered, doubled and drove in four in a winning effort in a losing effort.

Royals could lose Eric Hosmer for month with stress fracture

Eric Hosmer

A disappointing day for the Royals got worse late Thursday night, as the team discovered that first baseman Eric Hosmer could miss 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his hand.

It’s an especially poorly-timed injury with the trade deadline having just passed. Worse, the Royals recently traded Danny Valencia to the Blue Jays for catcher Erik Kratz, denying them their best fallback option at first base. They’ll most likely turn to Raul Ibanez for now. They could later explore a deal for Boston’s Mike Carp or Seattle’s Corey Hart once waivers go through.

Hosmer has had a disappointing year, but he was the Royals’ best player of late, hitting .377/.436/.551 with two homers in 21 games this month. Ibanez is hitting .209/.244/.372 in 43 at-bats since joining the Royals and .167/.255/.287 in 209 at-bats this year.