Kansas City Royals Player News: All Positions

News: Keller threw six shutout innings while allowing three hits and two walks along with four strikeouts in a no-decision against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Impact: The 24-year-old pitched very well again, but he settled for another very disappointing decision. In his last outing, Keller yielded no runs and zero hits through six innings, but he struggled during the seventh and eventually took a loss. This time around, the Royals turned to the bullpen after six, but Keller's good work still didn't stand up. Despite a respectable 3.94 ERA in his last five starts, he hasn't won an outing since July 24. Overall, Keller is 7-13 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 121 strikeouts in 164 innings this season. He will pitch next against the Athletics at home on Monday.
News: Duffy (hamstring) will throw a four-inning simulated game Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The lefty made it through two innings against live hitters last Friday and reported feeling good afterward. He will build up to four innings Tuesday, and Flanagan says that if all goes well, Duffy could be activated to start this weekend in Cleveland. Duffy was rocked for eight runs Aug. 3 before landing on the IL, but he had been serviceable in his prior nine starts, posting a 4.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 50:18 K:BB in 53.1 innings.
News: Dini went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's 5-4 win over the Orioles.
Impact: The rookie catcher went back-to-back with Nicky Lopez in the seventh inning, giving Dini not only his first big-league homer but his first RBI as well. He'll remain on the short side of a platoon with Meibrys Viloria for now, but Dini's meager playing time could dry up in September if Cam Gallagher (oblique) gets healthy.
News: Kennedy gave up two hits, including a solo home run, and struck out one in the ninth inning Monday to record his 22nd save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Amazingly, it's the first homer Kennedy has served up since May 16, highlighting how smoothly his transition to the closer role has gone. The right-hander is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 3.10 ERA and 58:12 K:BB through 49.1 innings.
News: Lopez (2-7) picked up the win Monday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over five innings while striking out two in a 5-4 victory over the Orioles.
Impact: It's the right-hander's first win in over two months, although he spent most of that time working out of the bullpen. Lopez will take a 6.25 ERA and 84:36 K:BB through 90.2 innings into his next start Sunday in Cleveland.