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Beitragvon sakura698 » 15 Nov 2019, 01:51

PHOENIX -- The Kansas Royals had given Danny Duffy almost no run support over his previous four starts and little all season, so they were anxious give him something, anything against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Clay Buchholz Red Sox Jersey . Ten runs on three swings did the trick nicely. Billy Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, Nori Aoki hit a grand slam and the Royals gave Duffy some rare run support by bashing the Diamondbacks 12-2 on Tuesday night. "Our pitching has picked us up all year and for us to give Duffy some support like that, especially a guy we havent been giving any to, was big for us," said Butler, who had three hits his previous game. The Royals started early, battering Wade Miley (7-8) for 10 runs by the fifth inning. Salvador Perez had the first big blow with a three-run homer in the third inning and Butler added another three-run shot during Kansas Citys eight-run fifth. Aoki capped the big inning with his first career slam, marking the first time the Royals had a grand slam and three-run homer in the same inning. Kansas City had 10 of its 15 hits -- three by Perez -- by the fifth inning and had a season-high in runs, allowing Duffy (6-10) to cruise to his first win since June 30. Not bad for a team thats missing its best hitter (Eric Hosmer) and entered the game with 62 homers in 110 games, by far the fewest in the majors. "You score 10 runs off of three swings of the bat, youll take it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Im not really (used to it), but Ill take it when I can get it." The Royals have mostly struggled when Duffy has pitched this season, producing 2.34 runs of support, lowest in the majors among pitchers with at least 100 innings. The left-hander had allowed a run or less in 11 of 16 starts, yet was 4-5 in those, including four straight losses. That changed in a big way against the Diamondbacks and Miley. Arizonas left-hander had been sharp over his previous six starts, going 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA, including 6 2-3 scoreless innings his last outing. The Royals hit Miley hard early, starting with Perezs 13th homer in the third inning. Butler added his own three-run shot in the fifth and, after a pair of wild pitches by Miley, Aoki put the capper on the big inning with his first career grand slam on the first pitch by reliever Bo Schultz. Miley allowed nine hits and walked three. "Everything I threw was in the middle of the plate," Miley said. "You cant find success up here when you are living in the middle of the plate." Duffy got off to a rough start, giving up a pair of doubles in the first inning, including one by Mark Trumbo that scored the games first one. The left-hander was sharp after that, allowing three hits and striking out seven in five innings to end a five-start winless streak. "This was not a good night for us all around," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had some opportunities and couldnt come through." MILESTONES Royals LF Alex Gordon reached a big milestone in the fifth inning, lining a single for his 1,000th career hit -- all with Kansas City. He became the 10th player in franchise history to reach 1,000 hits and joined Butler, seventh on the list with 1,231. ... Trumbo played his 500th career game. AOKIS HOMER Aoki hit 10 homers as a rookie in 2012 and eight last season, but had yet to clear the fences this season. He finally cleared the wall in the fifth inning, ending a streak that stretched 338 at-bats to Sept. 27, 2013. "I knew it was coming, somewhere down the road," Yost said. "Glad to see it today." TRAINERS ROOM Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock, out since June 1 with a broken right hand, was 0 for 5 in his first game with Triple-A Reno. He was 1 for 3 in two games with Arizonas rookie league team. ON DECK: Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura will start Wednesdays game against Arizona after picking up his eighth win of the season the last time out. He allowed an earned run in seven innings against Minnesota and struck out seven for the second straight start. Diamondbacks: RHP Josh Collmenter, Wednesdays starter against Kansas City, has allowed nine runs in eight innings over his past two starts. Tim Wakefield Jersey . The Leafs were back on the ice Wednesday following an 10-day break. It apparently wasnt long enough, as Team Canadas 2-1 win over Latvia didnt conclude before the Leafs began practice. "I was thinking we might get a little delay, but it was nice to get out there," said Tyler Bozak of watching Wednesdays game. Rick Porcello Red Sox Jersey . LeBron James believes hes a major reason for their early failures. https://www.cheapredsox.com/981z-colten-brewer-jersey-red-sox.html . Goldeyes third baseman Ryan Pineda drove in three runs and the pitching staff didnt allow an earned run, as Winnipeg downed Kansas City 6-3 in American Association exhibition action at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Although Stephane Robidas isnt a flashy player, the sturdy defenceman could be exactly what the high-flying Anaheim Ducks need in their Stanley Cup chase. The Ducks acquired Robidas from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round pick in this years draft. The overall NHL leaders made three deals on the day before the leagues trade deadline, shaking up their roster with 20 games left in the regular season. Anaheim also sent backup goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton and shipped forward Dustin Penner to Washington. Although the 37-year-old Robidas wont return from a broken leg for at least two more weeks, the Ducks were eager to acquire a hard-nosed veteran with superior passing skills and a nasty edge to his game. Theyre all attributes Anaheim could use in its attempt to back up its outstanding regular season with playoff success. The Ducks lead the NHL with 91 points and three straight victories heading into Wednesdays game against Montreal, but theyve won just one playoff series since winning their franchises only Stanley Cup title in 2007. Robidas knew he probably didnt have a future with the Stars, who havent discussed a contract extension with him. When he heard Anaheim was interested, he jumped at the chance to play in the post-season for the first time since 2008, when Dallas eliminated the defending champion Ducks in the first round. "Were going for a Stanley Cup, and thats what Ive been waiting for for a long time," said Robidas, who is joining his fourtth NHL club. Jason Varitek Jersey. "I think its a great opportunity for me, and Im just very excited for the chance the Ducks are giving me." Robidas hasnt played since breaking his leg against Chicago on Nov. 29 while crashing into the boards behind the net, but he has been participating extensively in practice. He had four goals and one assist in 24 games for the Stars this season. "Everything has been going really well," Robidas said of his recovery. "Ive just got a few little things I need to get a little more comfortable." Robidas should add experience and toughness to a defence that has spent the entire season without veteran Sheldon Souray, who got hurt in summer training. Robidas should be familiar to some Ducks fans from that 2008 playoff series in which Anaheims Todd Marchant accidentally broke Robidas nose with the puck -- and Robidas returned to the game shortly afterward. "Thats how I play," Robidas said. "Im not a finesse player. I know my role. I know what I need to do. I know how I need to play, and Im not going to change the way Ive been playing. Im going to be the same player, and I think thats why they came and they got me." Robidas is seventh in Dallas club history with 704 games played. He has 211 points in two stints with Dallas, his home for all but 45 NHL games since 2002. The draft pick acquired by the Stars becomes a third-rounder if the Ducks reach the Western Conference finals and Robidas plays in half their playoff games. ' ' '
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