Royals hit seven home runs, split doubleheader with Twins
May 23 2017
(Kansas City) - The Kansas City Royals have recalled Jake Junis from Triple-A Omaha to start the first game of the team's doubleheader at Minnesota. Perez was the first Royals player to homer in both games of a doubleheader since Eric Hosmer on August 16, 2013.
Robbie Grossman added a solo homer for Minnesota, which is 6-0 against Kansas City this season. The teams combined for 10 home runs in the two games, six in the nightcap. The game will be made up in a doubleheader on Sunday. One of those was at Kansas City on April 29, a game rescheduled for a doubleheader with the Royals on July 1.
Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday against Baltimore. He was added to the roster as the 26th player for the doubleheader.
Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning, and Brian Dozier had an RBI double in the second off Ian Kennedy (0-4) in his first game back from the disabled list. Heading into Thursday, Eric Hosmer brought 44 hits, 14 runs and 15 RBI, while Lorenzo Cain managed 40 hits, 15 runs and nine RBI in that time.
Neither Kennedy nor Mejia had been added to the 25-man roster on Saturday, giving the Royals and Twins flexibility.
Moss followed with his second homer deep to the second deck in right field leading off the top of the eighth. Kennedy walked Sano before Kepler's high-arching shot to the overhang seats in right.
Kennedy, who returned after missing time with a hamstring strain, said he felt fine physically.
Reliever Mike Minor (1-1) picked up the win in relief of Junis, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to start the first game for Kansas City as reliever Al Albuquerque was designated for assignment. Two doubleheaders in the past four days have made an extra starter necessary. Adalberto Mejia (ah-dahl-BEHR'-toh meh-HEE'-uh) allowed three runs over seven innings for his first big league win.
Kansas City won the first game on Sunday behind four homers and the first major league win for Mike Minor (1-1) since August 28, 2014. It was Herrera's second blown save in 10 chances this season. As for Santiago, he had a nice run going before coughing up six earned in 2.2 innings to the Indians in his last start. This is their first single-ticket twin bill at home since May 26, 2001, at the Metrodome when they scheduled in advance a turn-back-the-clock doubleheader with both the Twins and Oakland Athletics wearing old-fashioned uniforms. It was Kansas City's first traditional doubleheader since September 1, 2012, which was at home against the Twins.
Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was to miss the second game to join his wife, who is due to give birth on Monday. Gordon will be on the paternity leave list. Infielder Raul Mondesi replacing Gordon on the roster but was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after the game. Manager Ned Yost said Karns would undergo further testing. Karns left Friday's start after after experiencing tightness. The club was waiting to announce its starter for the first game.