Royals shut out again, run scoreless innings streak to 43 innings

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The Royals were shut out for the fourth consecutive game, suffering a 12-0 loss to the Rays on Monday night. They were defeated 12-0, 4-0, and 4-0 by the Indians over the weekend and were held scoreless in the final seven innings of Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Rockies as well.

In total, that’s 43 consecutive scoreless innings, which matches an American League record held by the 1913 St. Louis Browns. The major league record is 48 innings, set by the 1968 Cubs. The 1992 Cubs were the last team to get shut out in four consecutive games.

As mentioned yesterday, the Royals managed just 18 hits (only four went for extra bases, all doubles) and four walks in 27 innings against the Indians over the weekend. The Rays held them to two hits — both doubles by Lorenzo Cain — on Monday night.

The Royals have dropped five games in a row unsurprisingly. They’re 10 games behind the Indians in the AL Central and have fallen three games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot in the American League.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.