Trade deadline day a mixed-bag as Royals beat Twins, but lose Hosmer and don’t make moves
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Yordano Ventura pitched seven effective innings as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday.
Escobar’s triple highlighted a four-run seventh. The inning also included Jarrod Dyson’s run-scoring single. Dyson stole second and third and scored on catcher Eric Fryer’s throwing error.
Ventura (8-8) limited the Twins to two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out seven.
Danny Santana led off the game with a home run. Mike Moustakas committed two throwing errors in the third to gift the Twins with an unearned run.
Caleb Thielbar (2-1) retired only one of three batters he faced for Minnesota.
Hosmer out 3-6 weeks with stress fracture
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand.
He aggravated a previous injury on a check swing in the fourth inning of a 6-3 victory Thursday night over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler hit for Hosmer in the sixth and X-ray’s revealed the fracture.
Hosmer was hit by a pitch by Jon Lester on July 20 at Boston and did not start six of the next seven games.
“Very frustrating, bad timing,” Hosmer said.
Hosmer, who will go on the disabled list, had a 16-game hitting streak before Lester’s pitch hit him.
Royals stand pat at trade deadline
Stuck in limbo between contending and conceding, the Royals opted to stand pat as baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline passed Thursday, even as several other teams pulled off splashy moves.
The Tigers, who led the Royals by 4 1/2 games in the AL Central at the start of the day, landed arguably the biggest coup in left-hander David Price. The Mariners and Yankees, neck-and-neck with Kansas City in the wild-card hunt, also were involved in a series of trades.
Meanwhile, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said his perennially building club checked on potential trade targets but “at the end of the day, there weren’t any players we could get our hands on that would be upgrades over what we have.”