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The Kansas City Royals dropped a 15-4 decision to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Rookie pitcher Jake Odorizzi took a loss in his MLB debut, despite having a decent first outing.
Odorizzi rolled through the first five innings of the game, holding the Indians scoreless while allowing just two hits. However, the youngster hit a wall in the sixth, as he allowed two singles, a triple and a home run in the inning before exiting with one out. Overall, he gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in 5.1 innings, while striking out three.
Things didn't get much better for the Royals after that, as the Indians tacked on five runs in the seventh inning and another seven in the ninth. Jeremy Jeffress was tagged with the majority of the damage, as he allowed six runs in the final frame.
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Jake Odorizzi, obtained from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke deal, will make his Major League debut on Sunday when the Royals (70-81) go for a weekend sweep of the visiting Cleveland Indians (62-90). Kansas City has won seven straight games against Cleveland, outscoring the Indians 45-22 in the process.
Odorizzi had a strong year in the minors, going 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA for Triple-A Omaha, and is expected to be part of the 2013 Kansas City rotation.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT from Kauffman Stadium.
The Kansas City Royals used a three-run fifth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Saturday night. The Royals' victory guarantees a series win against the Indians, as KC notched its fourth win in a row.
Kansas City used an Alcides Escobar double and a single off the bat of Billy Butler to take an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Indians came back with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth, as second baseman Cord Phelps took Royals starter Will Smith deep.
Cleveland then took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning, using a fielder’s choice, sacrifice fly and single to plate three runs. The Indians scored once in the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to two, but Kelvin Herrera shut the door in the ninth to collect his second save of the season and secure KC’s win.
The injuries haven't stopped Perez from producing, but he is admittedly banged up. He was able to pick off his fifth runner of the season on Thursday and threw out his 14th would-be base-stealer on Wednesday, so his play has not slipped.
Brayan Pena started at catcher on Friday and will more than likely do it again on Saturday in Perez's place. Adam Moore will take his spot behind the plate on Sunday, prior to Perez's return on Monday.
For more on Perez, Gordon and the Royals, check out Royals Review.
The Kansas City Royals host the Cleveland Indians at Kaufman Stadium Saturday, looking for their second win in a row against the Indians, and their fourth win in a row overall. The Royals defeated the Indians 6-3 Friday night. Will Smith will take the mound for the Royals, facing Ubaldo Jimenez for the Indians.
Smith is 5-8 on the season, having lost 4 of his last 5 decisions. Smith currently stands with a 5.08 ERA. Jimenez is 9-16 entering Saturday's game with a 5.43 ERA.
The Indians are in the midst of a major slide, having lost 40 of the last 52 games including 3 of their last 4. Jimenez's last win came September 16th vs. Detroit, having lost his previous 6 decisions up to that point.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET. The game will be streamed on MLB.tv, and will be carried on local radio on KCSP 610.
The Kansas City Royals held off a late surge to overcome the Cleveland Indians in the first of a three game series, winning 6-3. The Indians pulled to within a run in the 7th inning as Indians catcher Carlos Santana drove in Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo, bringing the score to 4-3. The Royals responded in the 8th with two runs of their own, sealing the victory.
Kansas City catcher Brayan Pena drove in right fielder Jeff Francoeur in the 2nd inning, giving Kansas City a lead they would not surrender. Pena drove in Francoeur again in the 8th to give Kansas City extra cushion, and securing the 6-3 victory.
The Kansas City Royals are beginning a new three-game sereis as they travel on the road to face the Cleveland Indians Friday night. Luis Mendoza is back on the mound after missing his scheduled start last Wednesday due to a sore throat. In his last start, Mendoza played great by holding the Minnesota Twins to only two hits and one run over six innings, plus he struck out six batters.
The Royals are making some changes from Thursdays's loss to the Chicago White Sox. Jarrod Dyson is in the leadoff spot and patrolling centerfield and David Lough earned the nod at left field and is hitting eighth. Jeff Francoeur moved up two spots to hit fifth, while Mike Moustakas jumped up to the third spot after batting sixth.
Here is how the rest of the card shakes out:
1. Vinny Rottino RF
2. Jason Kipnis 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
4. Carlos Santana C
5. Michael Brantley CF
6. Travis Hafner DH
7. Casey Kotchman 1B
8. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
9. Ezequiel Carrera LF
Justin Masterson P
The Kansas City Royals open a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians Friday.