Kansas City Royals Player News: All Positions

News: Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: Gordon kicked off his productive evening with an RBI double in the fourth inning and followed that up with a solo home run in the sixth frame. It was his 11th homer of the season but first since June 6. While he has gotten on base a strong .397 clip in July, Gordon entered Tuesday's contest with just a .400 slugging percentage, an indication of just how much his power has fallen off of late. For the season, Gordon is now hitting .283/.358/.454 across 409 plate appearances.
News: Duffy allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out 11 across six innings Tuesday against the Braves. He did not factor into the decision.
Impact: Duffy's lone blemish came in the first inning when he allowed an RBI double to Josh Donaldson. He went on to throw five scoreless innings, striking out the side in each of his final two frames. His 11-punchout performance marked his highest total since he whiffed 16 on August 1, 2016, and was backed by 16 swinging strikes on 99 total pitches. With this strong performance, Duffy lowered his ERA to 4.32 and WHIP to 1.36 across 89.2 innings for the season. He'll look to build on this outing in his next start, currently scheduled for Sunday against Cleveland.
News: Kennedy allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks while striking out one across one inning to earn his 18th save of the season Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: Kennedy entered the game with a two-run cushion, but nearly blew the save after he allowed three consecutive singles to begin the ninth inning. However, he rebounded to get the next three batters he faced, two of which came with the tying run at third base. Kennedy has now allowed three baserunners in two of his past three appearances, though he's successfully hung onto the win on each occasion. He now has a 3.48 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 50 strikeouts across 41.1 innings for the season.
News: Starling is not starting Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: Starling is riding a seven-game hitting streak and his hit .286/.355/.429 in eight games overall since making his big-league debut in the first game of the second half. The Royals will have no designated hitter in the two-game series in Atlanta, leaving Starling the odd man out Tuesday as Whit Merrifield gets pushed over to center field.