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 Latest Kansas City Royals Player Notes:

Dec 5 2017 - Wily Peralta
  RHP Wily Peralta signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Tuesday. Peralta will reportedly make $1.5 million this coming season. The option is worth $3 million with a $25,000 buyout. Peralta, 28, is coming off a poor season in which he went 5-4 with a 7.85 ERA in 19 appearances (eight starts) with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also spent time at Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2017, and went 1-0 with one save and a 3.38 ERA in 13 appearances with the Sky Sox.


Dec 1 2017 - Mike Moustakas
  3B Mike Moustakas, formerly of the Royals, has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Moustakas slugged a career-high 38 home runs and hit .272 with 85 RBIs last season. He missed most of the 2016 season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after colliding with teammate Alex Gordon pursuing a fly ball in a late-May game. Moustakas is now a free agent.


Oct 2 2017 - Lorenzo Cain
  C Lorenzo Cain, who batted second in 65 games and third in 88 games, hit ninth in the final game. "We're going to make sure Lorenzo hits .300," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That's why I hit him ninth to make sure he can achieve that. Hopefully he'll get a hit in his first at-bat and I don't have to worry about it at all." The Royals had calculated if Cain went 0-for-2 he would hit .300. Five times the official scorekeeper allotted Cain a hit this year only to have it flipped by the league office. Cain went 0-for-2 and finished at .300.


Oct 2 2017 - Whit Merrifield
  2B Whit Merrifield topped the American League with 34 stolen bases. He finished with 19 home runs after starting the season in the minors.


Oct 2 2017 - Jason Vargas
  LHP Jason Vargas finished with a career-high 18 wins, although he lost the season finale. He shared the major league lead for victories with Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber.


Oct 2 2017 - Eric Hosmer
  1B Eric Hosmer homered on an 0-2 pitch in the first inning for his 25th home run, matching his season high. He finished with a career-best 192 hits and a .318 batting average. Hosmer, who turns 28 on Oct. 24, will be a free agent after the World Series.


Oct 1 2017 - Jorge Bonifacio
  RHP Jorge Bonifacio hit his 17th home run of the season on Saturday, the most by a Royals rookie since Eric Hosmer hit 19 in 2011. It was his first homer since Aug. 29 against the Rays. "He's going to be a good player," Royals manager Ned Yost said.


Oct 1 2017 - Peter Moylan
  RHP Peter Moylan retired the only batter he faced, making his 16th appearance in September. Only the late Dan Quisenberry made more Royals appearances in a calendar month, 18 in August 1980. Moylan has made 85 appearances without a decision.


Oct 1 2017 - Jake Junis
  RHP Jake Junis allowed two runs and five hits in six innings to log his ninth victory of the season in beating the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Saturday. He is tied for the American League lead for wins by a rookie pitcher. He went 7-3 as a starter and 2-0 as a reliever. He issued just 20 walks in 93 innings and walked only eight of the last 245 batters as a starter.


Oct 1 2017 - Danny Duffy
  LHP Danny Duffy will have minor surgery Tuesday to remove chips from his left elbow. It caused inflammation and put Duffy on the disabled list in August. Duffy went 9-10 with a 3.81 ERA in 24 starts. He was the Royals' Opening Day starter.


Sep 30 2017 - Lorenzo Cain
  RHP Matt Cain pitched the final game of his career Saturday, shutting out the San Diego Padres on two hits in five innings in the Giants' eventual 3-2 loss. Cain did not get a decision and thus finished his career with a 104-118 record. The no-decision was the 109th of his career, the 44th in which he left with a lead. The three-time All-Star was making his 331st career start, the second most for a Giant in their West Coast history behind RHP Juan Marichal's 446.


Sep 30 2017 - Eric Hosmer
  1B Eric Hosmer singled in the first Kansas City run. He has a career-best 190 hits. He has a 29-game interleague stretch of reaching base. He is hitting .361 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 18 games against National League clubs this season.


Sep 30 2017 - Mike Minor
  LHP Mike Minor is adapting to the closer's role. He has five saves in his past five appearances. He has allowed one earned run in 14 1/3 innings, while striking out 16 in his past 13 outings.


Sep 30 2017 - Whit Merrifield
  2B Whit Merrifield, who began the season in the minors, belted his 19th home run. If he hits one more home, he will join Roberto Alomar (twice), Jose Altuve (twice) and Ian Kinsler (twice) as the only American League second basemen with 20 home runs, 30 doubles and 30 stolen bases. "I'm not going to lie, I'd like to hit one more," Merrifield said. "I've probably got eight or nine at-bats to do it. I'll give it a shot."


Sep 30 2017 - Ian Kennedy
  RHP Ian Kennedy claimed his first home victory since Aug. 20, 2016, ending a club-record of 18-game consecutive winless starts. "That monkey is off my back," Kennedy said. It was also his 30th start, the eighth straight year he has started 30 or more games.


Sep 29 2017 - Danny Duffy
  LHP Danny Duffy failed to complete five innings for first time since May 28 Cleveland. He ends the season 9-10 with a 3.81 ERA. He is planning on having an offseason procedure to fix an elbow issue. "I was flooring it," Duffy said. "I was doing everything I could to get everything out of each pitch. I didn't have my best stuff."


Sep 29 2017 - Salvador Perez
  C Salvador Perez was removed after three innings with a strained left groin. Manager Ned Yost said Perez has been playing through it for a couple of weeks, but that it got worse Thursday. Drew Butera replaced him.


Sep 29 2017 - Paulo Orlando
  CF Paulo Orlando homered and doubled and had the Royals only extra-base hits in the 4-1 loss. He has homered in successive games for the first time in his career after going 117 at-bats sans a home run. He has a .333 career batting average with 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs in 31 career games against Detroit.


Sep 29 2017 - Ryan Buchter
  LHP Ryan Buchter inherited two runners in the seventh in relief of RHP Kevin McCarthy, but got out of that without allowing a runner to score. He pitched a scoreless eighth. It was his eighth straight scoreless appearance, covering 5 2/3 innings. He has a 2.84 ERA in 27 outings since the Royals acquired him in a trade with the Padres.


Sep 28 2017 - Mike Minor
  LHP Mike Minor logged his fourth save, all in his past four appearances, in getting the final two outs. He has allowed one earned runs in 13 1/3 innings in his past 12 appearances.


Sep 28 2017 - Alcides Escobar
  SS Alcides Escobar had a triple and a two-run double. He is batting .299 in 98 games since June 10, hiking his average 74 points to .252. He hit .178 in his first 60 games.


Sep 28 2017 - Paulo Orlando
  CF Paulo Orlando homered for first time since Sept. 19, 2016 against the White Sox. His two-run shot with two-out in the seventh put the Royals up 4-3. Orlando began the season on the big league roster, was sent back to Triple-A Omaha and missed two months after fracturing his shin in May. "It's a tough year," Orlando said. "I made an adjustment in my swing and then got hurt."


Sep 28 2017 - Jason Hammel
  RHP Jason Hammel permitted three runs on six hits over six innings in a no-decision. He did not allow a hit after James McCann's double in the third inning. Hammel finished his first season with the Royals with an 8-13 record and 5.29 ERA after winning 15 games last year with the Cubs. "I felt like I didn't really trick anybody this year," Hammel said. "A sub-par year for myself, individually. I did some good things and some bad things, too. I fell short of expectations for myself. It was disappointing."


Sep 27 2017 - Jason Vargas
  LHP Jason Vargas has won his past four starts and has 18 victories, tying him for the major league lead. He improved to 9-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 16 home starts. Vargas will start the season finale Sunday against the Diamondbacks. He limited the Tigers to one run on five hits over six innings. The Royals defense converted three double plays behind him and five total.


Sep 27 2017 - Eric Hosmer
  1B Eric Hosmer's run-producing double in the fourth inning was his 189th hit of the season, a career high. He had 188 hits in 2013. He is hitting .365 against AL Central League teams.