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  • Royals' Hunter Renfroe: Hitting bench Wednesday

    Renfroe is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    The veteran outfielder will get a breather for the day game after he had started in right field in each of the Royals' last three contests. Renfroe has mustered a lowly .518 OPS over 144 plate appearances on the season, but he's shown some signs of life of late by going 6-for-24 with a home run and 3:3 BB:K over his last seven games.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sitting against southpaw

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    The lefty-hitting Melendez will head to the bench for the series finale while the Tigers bring ace southpaw Tarik Skubal to the bump. Nelson Velazquez will spell Melendez in left field.

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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Idle against lefty

    Massey is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    With ace southpaw Tarik Skubal on the hill for the Tigers, the Royals will stock up on extra right-handed bats in the series finale. The lefty-hitting Massey will thus cede his spot at the keystone to the right-handed-hitting Garrett Hampson.

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  • Royals' Adam Frazier: Playing time on downswing

    Frazier is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    Frazier has now started just twice in the Royals' last six games and seems to have transitioned into a full-time utility role. The 32-year-old has produced a career-worst .547 OPS over 109 plate appearances on the season.

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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Working behind plate Wednesday

    Fermin will start at catcher and bat sixth in Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    He'll be rewarded with his third start in four games after going 4-for-7 with a walk, an RBI and two runs between his previous two turns behind the plate. The Royals will likely continue to make room for Fermin in the lineup when the team opposes left-handed pitching, but his opportunities against right-handers will likely remain more limited while top backstop Salvador Perez is healthy.

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  • Royals' Hunter Renfroe: Pops fourth homer

    Renfroe went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two total runs scored in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Tigers.

    Renfroe has gone 6-for-24 (.250) with five RBI over his last seven contests. While that's still modest hitting, it's a vast improvement on his .160 batting average for the season. Despite the middling results at the plate, Renfroe has started six of the last eight games in right field and appears to have fended off challenges for playing time from Dairon Blanco and Adam Frazier that popped up earlier in May. Renfroe has four homers, 18 RBI, 15 runs scored, four doubles, no stolen bases and a .518 OPS over 144 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Maikel Garcia: Raps out four hits

    Garcia went 4-for-5 with two triples, one RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Tigers.

    Garcia showcased his speed Tuesday with the pair of triples. The third baseman has gone 14-for-39 (.359) during his nine-game hitting streak, and he's added three steals, eight RBI and nine runs scored in that span. For the season, the leadoff hitter is slashing .263/.308/.429 with five home runs, 32 RBI, 28 runs scored and 11 stolen bases across 48 games.

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  • Royals' Bobby Witt: Fills stat sheet in win

    Witt went 3-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI, one stolen base and three runs scored in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Tigers.

    Witt has six extra-base hits over his last five games, going 8-for-20 (.400) in that span. He hadn't hit a homer since May 8, but he made up for it with a three-run blast in the second inning and a solo shot in the sixth. Witt also had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in the contest. The star shortstop is slashing .304/.362/.546 with seven homers, 31 RBI, 45 runs scored, 16 steals, 14 doubles and three triples over 50 contests, a prominent display of his versatile skill set.

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  • Royals' Alec Marsh: Collects fourth win

    Marsh (4-1) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings to earn the win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Marsh completed six innings for just the second time this year, earning his second quality start in the process. He gave up a two-run triple to Matt Vierling and an RBI single to Colt Keith as the Tigers rallied in the fourth inning, but that was all of the damage. Marsh has limited opponents to one earned run or less in five of his eight starts this season, maintaining a strong 2.72 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 36:12 K:BB over 43 innings. He's projected to make his next start on the road in Minnesota.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Excels in Double-A rehab start

    Bubic (elbow) struck out three and allowed one hit and zero walks over three scoreless innings in his rehab start Sunday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    After a trio of rehab outings in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, Bubic was shifted to Double-A over the weekend and was unfazed by higher-caliber competition. He needed just 36 pitches to retire nine batters, doing so while allowing just one baserunner. Bubic's 30-day rehab window will come to a close in the first week of June, but the Royals haven't yet decided what role he'll fill once he's activated from the 60-day injured list. While he looks as though he'll get stretched out for starting duty, Bubic could have to settle for a long-relief role if No. 5 starter Alec Marsh continues to thrive in the Kansas City rotation.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not starting Tuesday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

    Velazquez will sit for a second straight game, leaving DH duties to Adam Frazier on Tuesday. Since May 10, Velazquez is 8-for-28 (.286) with a three-run home run.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Sparks rally Monday

    Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 8-3 win over the Tigers.

    It was a close game until the sixth inning, when Perez ignited a six-run rally for the Royals with his solo shot. The catcher has hit safely in six straight games, going 10-for-21 (.476) in that span. the homer was his first since May 3. Perez remains one of the top hitters in baseball this season with a .341/.404/.565 slash line, nine long balls, 38 RBI, 19 runs scored and 11 doubles over 47 contests.

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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Goes deep again

    Massey went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs scored in Monday's win over Detroit.

    Massey set the tone for the 8-3 win with a solo shot in the second inning. He later doubled and scored in the sixth. Massey has gone 8-for-14 (.571) with four extra-base hits over his last four games. The recent hot streak has boosted his slash line to .284/.300/.505 with 11 extra-base hits and 19 RBI through 27 games.

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  • Royals' Chris Stratton: Earns third save

    Stratton struck out one batter over 1.1 perfect innings and earned a save over the Tigers on Monday.

    Stratton entered in the eighth inning with two outs and the bases jammed. He escaped the threat and retired the side in order to preserve the win. The dangerous circumstances allowed him to earn the save despite Kansas City winning 8-3, which would explain why James McArthur wasn't used. Stratton owns a 4.95 ERA with three saves and three holds through 19 appearances.

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  • Royals' Michael Wacha: Fires seven innings

    Wacha (4-4) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings Monday, striking out three and earning a win over Detroit.

    Wacha kept the Tigers off the board until Kerry Carpenter took him deep with a solo shot in the fourth inning. Colt Keith later added an RBI double in the seventh. Wacha has turned in three straight quality starts and has earned a win in each one. Before this hot streak, he went 0-4 with a 7.01 ERA over a five-start span. The veteran righty is sporting a 4.45 ERA with a 47:18 K:BB through 56.2 frames. Wacha's next start is expected to be in Tampa Bay this weekend.

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Team Statistical Rankings

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Player Injury
K. Wright SP Kyle Wright SP Shoulder
C. Hernandez RP Carlos Hernandez RP Shoulder
K. Bubic SP Kris Bubic SP Elbow
J. Taylor RP Josh Taylor RP Biceps

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