Duffy picked up his first victory since April 14, and Mike Moustakas belted a three-run homer as the Royals defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 on Thursday night.
Montgomery matched his season high for strikeouts with seven last time out versus Houston, but he took the loss after surrendering four runs and eight hits - both season highs - over six innings.
Well, we're at the 40th game of the season, and the Kansas City Royals are 16-23, fifth out of five teams in the American League Central, 15th out of 15 teams in the American League, and owners of the third-worst run differential among all 30 Major League Baseball teams.
"He tweaked his wrist a little bit", Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Merrifield got things started in the fifth by pushing a bunt single past starter Jordan Montgomery. His strikeout rate is good at 37 in 39 1/3 innings and his.248 batting average against is solid, but walks have limited his value.
Royals LHP Danny Duffy tries to snap a five-start winless streak against his nemesis. I don't know where this is coming from, maybe giving the hitters too much credit.
When third baseman Chase Headley fielded Jorge Soler's grounder on a big hop, an easy double play was in order. "We've been able to come up with big hits in big situations and that's what you need". Vargas has never beaten the Yankees in nine starts and 10 outings, going 0-6 with a 7.15 ERA.
The New York Yankees arrived in Kansas City leading the American League in a number of offensive categories and are beefing up their numbers at the expense of the Royals' pitching staff.
The New York Yankees ended Wednesday's game with the Royals with a 11-7 win, putting them 1.5 games up in the AL East..
Latest: Green was in the running in spring training for one of two open Yankees rotation spots, but struggled at times and began the season in Triple-A.
Alex Rodriguez made his color commentating debut as Fox Sports broadcast the game. But second baseman Starlin Castro couldn't get a good grip on the ball as he was transferring it out of his glove, and was forced to throw a bouncer to first baseman Chris Carter, who couldn't scoop it out of the dirt. The former Yankees slugger chatted before the game with Girardi, who spent time broadcasting before becoming a manager.
"That's a play you should make", Castro said. The Royals were also swept by the Twins in a rain-shortened two-game set at Kauffman Stadium.