MJ Melendez, Royals vie to stay hot in opener vs. Astros

The Kansas City Royals are riding high as they head into Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series against the visiting Houston Astros. The Royals completed their first four-game sweep in nearly three years after brushing aside the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. They also improved to 6-4, marking the first time they’ve been two games over .500 since the first two contests of the 2022 season. Kansas City’s offense came alive in the late

Royals seek 4-game sweep of struggling White Sox

Kansas City Royals right-hander Seth Lugo said manager Matt Quatraro had a simple request of the team’s starting pitchers going into this season. “He said, ‘Just go out there and give us five solid innings,’” Lugo said. “That seemed to make sense. If we all just did our jobs and gave those five solid innings, things could work out pretty well for us.” As it happens, the formula has turned out to be excellent. The

White Sox meet Royals with worries about hitting, Luis Robert Jr.

Hardly anyone expects the Chicago White Sox to average fewer than two runs a game all season. But then again, not many would have expected the Southsiders to be as punchless — an MLB-worst 13 runs in seven games, six of them losses — as they have been to start the 2024 season. But runs are the commodity the White Sox will need if they are to turn around this four-game series against the host

Royals attempt to keep power on against White Sox

The host Kansas City Royals continue their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Friday evening, hoping to build on their early-season power display. The top of Kansas City’s lineup has led the way, as both Maikel Garcia and Bobby Witt Jr. have multiple home runs. Leadoff hitter Garcia tops the team with three homers, while Witt — hitting second — ranks in baseball’s top five with eight extra-base hits, an .893 slugging percentage

White Sox look to rev up offense in series opener vs. Royals

Close contests have been the theme for the Chicago White Sox this season, with all but one of their five games decided by a single run. That includes Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Atlanta, an outcome that snapped Chicago’s four-game losing streak to start the season. Fresh off of being rained out on Wednesday, the White Sox will start a four-game series against the Royals looking for a win Thursday night when the teams meet in

Fifth starters face off as Royals oppose Orioles

A pair of pitchers looking to solidify their rotation status will face off when the Kansas City Royals visit the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday evening in the middle game of a three-game series. Kansas City right-hander Alec Marsh will open his second season hoping to start better than he did during his rookie campaign. Marsh, 25, dropped his first eight decisions last season before finishing 3-9 with a 5.69 ERA in 17 games (eight starts).

Orioles ride hot rotation into series vs. Royals

Baltimore pitchers will look to continue their strong start to the 2024 season when the Orioles open a three-game series against the visiting Kansas City Royals on Monday. Orioles right-hander Dean Kremer (13-5, 4.12 ERA in 2023) opposes Royals veteran right-hander Michael Wacha (14-4, 3.22) in the series opener. Baltimore starters Corbin Burnes and Grayson Rodriguez each pitched six innings of one-run ball as the Orioles won 11-1 and 13-4 against the Los Angeles Angels

Twins seek opening-weekend sweep of Royals

Starting the season for the second consecutive time in Kansas City, the Minnesota Twins again are 2-0 to begin the year and will look for a series sweep in Sunday’s finale with the Royals. After being taken out of Thursday’s Opening Day win, Minnesota infielder Royce Lewis was placed on the injured list before Saturday’s game and is expected to miss at least a month of action. Nevertheless, the Twins remain hopeful. “He’s a unique

Twins hope Royce Lewis is OK for second game against Royals

The Minnesota Twins took a costly 4-1 victory in Kansas City on Opening Day, with Royce Lewis pulling up lame at third base on Carlos Correa’s RBI double. The Twins will wait with bated breath for the news on Lewis before they continue the series with the Royals on Saturday afternoon. “It just felt like a little cramp, and it just tightened up,” said Lewis, who homered in his first at-bat. “The first thing in