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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Sitting again Saturday

    Velazquez is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Texas.

    Velazquez will be out of the lineup Saturday for the third straight game. The lefty-hitting Vinnie Pasquantino will serve as the designated hitter and bat third against Rangers right-hander Jon Gray.

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  • Royals' Hunter Renfroe: Resting Saturday

    Renfroe is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Renfroe will take a rest Saturday after returning from the injured list Friday, going 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts. The lefty-hitting Adam Frazier will start in right field Saturday and bat in the leadoff spot against Rangers right-hander Jon Gray.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Out of lineup Saturday

    Isbel (back) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Isbel left in the fifth inning of Friday's 6-2 loss due to lower back tightness, and it's not yet clear how long he will be sidelined for. Garrett Hampson will start in center field Saturday and bat ninth against Texas right-hander Jon Gray.

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  • Royals' Steven Cruz: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Royals optioned Cruz to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.

    Cruz was recalled Thursday to bolster the Royals' bullpen after Dan Altavilla (oblique) was placed on the injured list. Cruz did not make a major-league appearance, and he will return to Omaha where he has registered a 4.50 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 15:11 K:BB over 26 innings. The move comes with Michael Wacha (foot) being reinstated from the 15-day injured list.

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  • Royals' Michael Wacha: Reinstated from IL

    The Royals reinstated Wacha (foot) from the 15-day injured list ahead of his start against the Rangers on Saturday.

    Wacha was placed on the injured list June 2 due to a non-dispalced left foot fracture he sustained on a comebacker against the Padres on May 31. He made one rehab start in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Monday, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out six over four scoreless innings. To make room for Wacha, right-hander Steven Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.

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  • Royals' John Schreiber: Takes second loss

    Schreiber (3-2) allowed three runs on three hits over one-third of an inning to take the loss versus the Rangers on Friday.

    Schreiber was on the hook for three of the five runs the Rangers scored in the sixth inning. After opening June with four scoreless innings, Schreiber's struggles have returned -- he's given up eight runs (six earned) over his last four appearances, taking two blown saves in that span. Friday's outing pushed his ERA up to 4.15 with a 1.48 WHIP and 20:11 K:BB over 30.1 innings. While he has a save and 16 holds to his name this year, he could see a move to a low-leverage role if he continues to falter.

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  • Royals' Brady Singer: Tosses five frames

    Singer yielded a run on three hits and two walks over five innings in a no-decision Friday. He struck out four during a loss to Texas.

    Singer turned in three scoreless frames before Wyatt Langford knocked an RBI double in the fourth inning. It was the only damage against Singer through five innings, but the Royals bullpen would go on to allow five runs in the sixth and cost him a win. It was his first start without allowing a homer since May 19; in his previous four outings, he was taken deep six times, resulting in a 5.31 ERA. Singer lowered his season ERA to 3.29 with an 80:25 K:BB through 82 frames. He's in line for a home start against the Marlins next week.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Leaves game with back tightness

    Isbel exited Friday's game against the Rangers due to lower-back tightness.

    Garrett Hampson pinch hit for him in the top of the fifth inning. Before exiting, Isbel hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning in his only at-bat of the game. The Royals should provide some clarity on the severity of the injury following Friday's game.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Absent from lineup again

    Velazquez is not in the lineup for Friday's contest versus the Rangers.

    The hot-hitting Freddy Fermin will make a second straight start at designated hitter. Velazquez has just a .401 OPS so far in June and has now been absent from the starting lineup for seven of 18 games this month.

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  • Royals' Bobby Witt: Lifts 12th homer

    Witt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Athletics.

    Witt provided the Royals' margin of victory with his eighth-inning blast. He's had an incredible June, hitting safely in 16 of 17 games. He's batting .347 with a .937 OPS, three home runs and five steals this month. That's even a little better than his season-long .322/.371/.550 slash line with 12 homers, 21 steals, 53 RBI and 60 runs scored through 76 contests.

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  • Royals' Austin Nola: Sent to Triple-A

    The Royals optioned Nola to Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

    The 34-year-old was called up by Kansas City last weekend but will lose his place on the 26-man roster as Hunter Renfroe (toe) returns from the injured list. Nola didn't see game action while up with the Royals.

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  • Royals' Hunter Renfroe: Returns from injured list

    The Royals reinstated Renfroe (toe) from the 15-day injured list Friday.

    The 32-year-old resumed taking swings over the weekend and is back on the active roster after spending the 10-day minimum on the shelf with a bruised toe. Renfroe had a hot start to June prior to the injury as he went 7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in six games.

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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Slugs two homers Thursday

    Fermin went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in a 3-2 win over Oakland on Thursday.

    Fermin accounted for both Royals runs against Oakland starter Mitch Spence, belting a solo shot in each of the second and fourth frames. The backstop had just two homers across 138 plate appearances coming into the contest, though he flashed some power by going deep nine times over 235 plate appearances last year. Fermin has swung a solid stick with a .303/.352/.447 slash line this season, and he's being rewarded with increased opportunities. Over Kansas City's past five games, Fermin has started four times (three times at catcher and once at DH).

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  • Royals' Chris Stratton: Notches save Thursday

    Stratton earned a save against the Athletics on Thursday by retiring both batters he faced.

    Regular closer James McArthur was deployed in a high-leverage situation in the seventh frame and ended up with the victory despite allowing two hits and two walks over one inning of work. That left the door to a save chance open for Stratton, who entered Thursday with three saves on the season but none since May 20. Stratton got the job done against Oakland in a tough spot, as he entered with two runners on base and just one out. The right-hander could see a few additional ninth-inning opportunities along the way, though McArthur remains the favorite for saves in Kansas City.

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  • Royals' Seth Lugo: Continues standout season

    Lugo allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight batters over 6.2 innings in a no-decision against Oakland on Thursday.

    Lugo held the A's scoreless until Zack Gelof tagged him for a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning. The blast tied the game, costing Lugo a chance at his 11th win of the campaign. The right-hander nonetheless notched his 12th quality start, which is tied for the MLB lead. Lugo has reached that mark with an excellent 2.42 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through 104 innings.

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Team Statistical Rankings

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Player Injury
M. Massey 2B Michael Massey 2B Back
K. Bubic SP Kris Bubic SP Elbow
K. Wright SP Kyle Wright SP Shoulder
K. Isbel CF Kyle Isbel CF Back
D. Altavilla RP Dan Altavilla RP Oblique

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