Kansas City Royals Roster
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Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez carried the offense in the team's 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Perez went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in the game. Home runs have been coming in bunches lately for Perez. This was his third two-homer game of the month already. He's currently riding a five-game hitting streak and he's slashing .333/.350/.821 through the start of June. On the year as a whole, he is slashing .285/.312/.533 with 16 home runs, 42 RBI and 30 runs.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer came through with a solid outing against the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Singer pitched six innings and allowed five hits, one walk and three earned runs while striking out seven. He wound up with a no decision as the Royals eventually lost the game 4-3. This was Singer's first quality start since May 22. He'd struggled over his previous three starts before this one. He now has a 4.85 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 13 starts on the year. His next start will be on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (hamstring) was able to take batting practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics. It's also worth noting that Mondesi took fielding drills as well before Thursday's contest. It certainly seems that the young infielder is making solid progress. He has been sidelined since June 6 because of a lingering hamstring injury. The Royals have not given a timetable for his return, but maybe late June or early July is possible. Fantasy managers should keep him rostered or snag him off the waiver wire, assuming someone gave up on him.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland was called upon to close out the team's 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing no hits or walks while recording one strikeout. It was a non-save situation, but it was the closest thing to a save opportunity the team has provided lately as they had a five-game losing streak going into Thursday's game. Josh Staumont returned from the injured list last weekend. He was the team's primary closer before he suffered a knee injury. Staumont should still be seen as the most likely candidate for saves going forward, but don't write off Holland. Fantasy managers who are desperate for saves can consider adding Holland in case he winds up splitting saves with Staumont.
Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi continued his hot start to June with a big game at the plate against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in the game. He is now slashing .290/.333/.677 with three home runs, 12 RBI and five runs through eight games in June. Benintendi had a strong month of May, hitting .340, but he produced very little power, slugging just .443. If he can keep this recent power increase intact, he's going provide fantasy managers with a strong all-around game the rest of the way.