Blackmon, Story rally Rockies over Braves 9-5
ATLANTA (AP) — Charlie Blackmon has been waiting for the Colorado Rockies to show off their power late in a game.
"Just because we're down a run or two doesn't mean we're going to lose the...
Phillies sign veteran catcher Drew Butera
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have signed catcher Drew Butera to a minor league contract with an invitation to attend major league spring training.
Butera has a .201 career average with a .299 slugging percentage in 497 games over nine seasons. He has played for the Twins, Dodgers, Angels, Royals and Rockies.
If he's added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old Butera gets a one-year contract for $1.3 million while in the majors and $210,000 while in the minors.
Cubs leave Edwards off wild-card roster; Strop active
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs left struggling reliever Carl Edwards Jr. off their roster for Tuesday night's NL wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies.
Edwards had a 5.14 ERA in 11 September appearances. He walked 12 in seven innings.
Manager Joe Maddon said Edwards also is dealing with a forearm strain.
"We wanted to be very careful right now, and we thought if we did not push him right now, he would be available for the next series," Maddon said.
Dodgers top Rockies 8-2, move back into 1st in NL West
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson let his fist bump with a fan in the front row show just how good he was feeling Monday night.
The outfielder launched two home runs and tracked down a pair of potential extra-base hits on defense as Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers jumped back into first place in the NL West with an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Cuevas hits 2-run single in 8th, Rockies beat Giants 9-8
DENVER (AP) — A September call-up, Noel Cuevas just wants to make an impact.
With one choked-up swing, he delivered in a most meaningful way — in the heat of a pennant race.
The rookie pinch-hitter bounced a go-ahead, two-run single through the middle in the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 on Monday after squandering a five-run lead.
Royals send catcher Drew Butera to Rockies for minor leaguer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Rockies acquired Drew Butera from the Kansas City Royals on Friday, giving Colorado a veteran backup catcher as they try to chase down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
The Royals received minor league left-hander Jerry Vasto.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Heath Fillmyer used a hockey mentality to get a baseball milestone Wednesday night.
Fillmyer allowed three singles over seven innings for his first major league win, Adalberto Mondesi and Drew Butera each drove in three, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-0.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson will be receiving a text from catcher and former Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera.
"I'm going to tell him, 'that what speed do,'" Butera quipped.
Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jason Hammel is starting to look more like the pitcher who won 15 games with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs two years ago. On Sunday, he was helped by a bullpen that had just enough to deliver the win.
Hammel struck out 10, Drew Butera and Salvador Perez homered, and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3.
Hammel pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings. He gave up four hits, including three doubles, and two walks.
Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Drew Butera doesn't get much playing time.
But the Kansas City Royals backup catcher made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday.
Butera had a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Royals earned a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Butera's RBIs were his first since May 2. Jon Jay followed with an RBI single as the Royals won their first series since taking three of four from Detroit May 3-6.
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.
AL East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.
Twins marvel, root for Shohei Ohtani, the Angels rookie designated hitter/pitcher
When Brian Dozier watches highlights of Shohei Ohtani, the Angels rookie who pitched six solid innings last Sunday to beat the Athletics, then homered as Los Angeles DH on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, he is reminded of Drew Butera?
Merrifield powers Royals past White Sox 14-6
CHICAGO (AP) — Whit Merrifield had a chance to hit for the cycle. He settled for a really fun day.
Merrifield hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Kansas City Royals pounded the Chicago White Sox 14-6 on Sunday.
Drew Butera had four of Kansas City's 16 hits, helping the Royals climb back over .500 at 59-58. Jorge Bonifacio hit his 15th homer, and Lorenzo Cain had two hits and two RBIs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez borrowed a Miguel Cabrera bat from Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera for the first time Wednesday.
"It's a magic stick," Butera said.
It was magic for Perez, who hit his first career grand slam, connecting in the eighth inning to rally the Royals over the Boston Red Sox 6-4.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Line drive to left-center, and Jackie Bradley Jr. was in a full sprint. It didn’t take long for the Red Sox center fielder to be fully committed.
He dove head-first like Superman, either to save the day or set the stage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas came through with a big homer and thought of his late mother, just like he does every time he goes deep.
Moustakas homered and drove in four runs to help the Kansas City Royals rally from five runs down to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After an underwhelming past few weeks, Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals relished a breakout showing Monday night.
"A lot of guys had some good nights," Hosmer said. "We needed a night like this."
Nate Karns struck out 10 while pitching into the seventh inning, Hosmer had three hits and the Royals busted out of an offensive slump to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.
Royals expect Salvador Perez to be ready for opener
Kansas City expects All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to be ready for its opener at Minnesota on April 3 after tests showed inflammation but no structural damage in his injured left knee.
The Royals are concerned about his hyperextended left elbow, and manager Ned Yost said Perez probably will be ready to play in a week.
Salvador Perez should be ready for Royals’ season opener
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star catcher Salvador Perez should be ready for Kansas City's season opener after tests showed there was no structural damage to his injured left knee. The Royals, though, are still concerned about his hyperextended left elbow.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Perez would probably be ready to play in a week.
Royals catcher Perez set for test on knee injured in WBC
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is set for another test on his left knee after getting injured in a collision with Royals backup catcher Drew Butera in the World Baseball Classic.
Perez is returning to the Royals' spring training camp on Monday and will have an MRI. The four-time All-Star and 2015 World Series MVP was hurt Saturday in Mexico while playing for Venezuela and is out of the tournament.
Venezuela’s Salvador Perez done in WBC with knee injury
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — All-Star catcher Salvador Perez injured his left knee in a home-plate collision with Drew Butera, his backup with the Kansas City Royals, in a game between Venezuela and Italy and will be out for the rest of the World Baseball Classic.
Royals sign catcher Drew Butera to $3.2M, 2-year contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals signed veteran catcher Drew Butera to a $3.8 million, two-year contract Friday, keeping him as the primary backup to four-time All-Star Salvador Perez.
Butera will make $1.5 million this season and $2.3 million next season.
Ventura struggles in Royals’ 7-2 loss to the Indians
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura finished the season on a low note.
The right-hander gave up four runs and six hits in the Kansas City Royals' 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. It was Ventura's third loss in his final four decisions and gave him a career-worst 4.45 ERA for the season.
Royals fail to sweep Twins, move up in wild-card race
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Kansas City Royals fumbled a chance to creep forward in the AL wild-card race after a late lapse by the bullpen.
Royals get good news on Perez’s right wrist: only a bruise
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has only a bruise on his right wrist after getting hit by a pitch.
X-rays on Perez's throwing hand showed no broken bone, but Perez was held out of the starting lineup at Minnesota on Wednesday, a night after getting plunked by Twins pitcher Ervin Santana. Manager Ned Yost told reporters he hopes to put the All-Star back behind the plate for the next game Friday at Chicago.
Cain delivers game-winning hit for Royals in 14th inning
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain's two-out single in the 14th inning scored Christian Colon from second base and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Colon opened the inning with a single and Paulo Orlando sacrificed him to second. Cain laced a single to center to score Colon, ending the 4-hour, 34-minute game, the longest by the Royals this season.
Dillon Gee (4-5), the eighth Kansas City pitcher, struck out three in two...
Ventura pitches into 7th as Royals beat Blue Jays 7-1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura was not at his best, but good enough to end a personal losing drought.
Ventura pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Kendrys Morales hit a grand slam, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 Sunday.
"As far as stuff-wise and command, it obviously wasn't one of his best games, but his mental toughness was great," Royals catcher Drew Butera said. "That's what we need out of him. Somedays you're not...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A forgettable weekend series ended a forgettable month for the Kansas City Royals.
Mitch Moreland homered for the fifth time in his last five starts and Lucas Harrell won in his Texas debut as the Rangers beat the Royals 5-3 on Sunday to finish a sweep of the four-game series.
Eric Hosmer and Drew Butera homered for Kansas City, which has lost eight of its last nine games and 10 of its last 11 road games. The defending World Series...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland and Lucas Harrell helped the Texas Rangers get another big win as they pull away again in the American League West.
Moreland homered for the fifth time in his last five starts and Harrell won in his Texas debut as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 to finish a sweep of the four-game series.
After having their 10-game division lead shrink to 2 1/2 games last Wednesday, the Rangers have pushed the advantage back up to...