Danny Duffy shines in return as Royals defeat Indians

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It was tough to know what to expect from Danny Duffy tonight, as he was making his first start since September 6 due to left rotator cuff inflammation. However, he showed little in the way of rust.

Duffy tossed six scoreless innings as the Royals defeated the Indians 2-0 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The southpaw gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five. Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland followed with three scoreless innings to lock down the victory.

Carlos Carrasco pitched a solid game in his own right, striking out nine batters over his 7 1/3 innings of work, but Eric Hosmer delivered an RBI single in the first inning and Alcides Escobar added another run with an infield single in the fifth.

The Tigers lost 2-0 to the White Sox tonight, so the Royals are now just one game back in the American League Central with six games remaining for both teams. The Mariners got blown out by the Blue Jays tonight, so they are now two games back of the Royals in the Wild Card race. Meanwhile, the Indians are 3 1/2 games behind the Royals.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.