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Royals fight back with five-run seventh to take the lead in ALCS Game 2


The Royals finally got to Blue Jays starter David Price, rallying for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2 of the ALCS to take a 5-3 lead. The inning started with a miscommunication between right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins, allowing a Ben Zobrist pop-up to fall in for a hit to start the frame.

Lorenzo Cain then singled, and Eric Hosmer followed up with a single of his own to bring in Zobrist. Kendrys Morales plated Cain with a ground out for run number two. Mike Moustakas brought in the tying run with a single to right field, scoring Hosmer. Salvador Perez struck out, but Alex Gordon pushed across the go-ahead run with a line drive double to right-center, chasing Price from the game in the process. Reliever Aaron Sanchez allowed an RBI single up the middle to Alex Rios before getting Alcides Escobar to ground out to shortstop, ending the inning at long last.

Price entered the inning having retired 18 batters in a row — a Blue Jays record — going all the way back to the first batter of the game. His final line: 6.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 8 K on 96 pitches.

The Royals’ bullpen will need to keep the Jays off the board for two more innings if they want to take a 2-0 series lead.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.