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Hernandez, Chapman, Manoah lead Toronto past depleted Royals

Fri, Jul 15, 2022
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Hernandez, Chapman, Manoah lead Toronto past depleted Royals

TORONTO (AP) - Teoscar Hernandez and Matt Chapman hit three-run home runs, Alek Manoah snapped a three-start winless streak with seven strong innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the depleted Kansas City Royals 8-1 on Friday night.

Kansas City, in last place in the AL Central, was without 10 unvaccinated players and bolstered its roster with Triple-A and Double-A prospects. The Royals lost for the second time in seven games.

Foreign nationals who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, save for limited exceptions that require a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the restricted list, which means they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time.

Among the 10 players on Kansas City's 26-man roster who stayed home were All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi, two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield, future cornerstones Kyle Isbel and MJ Melendez and outfielder Michael A. Taylor. Also barred were first baseman Hunter Dozier, right-handed starters Brad Keller and Brady Singer, reliever Dylan Coleman and backup catcher Cam Gallagher.

A second-year right-hander, Manoah (10-4) came in having lost consecutive starts for the first time in his brief career. He turned that around by giving up one run and four hits, walking none and striking out six.

  • Trevor Richards and Anthony Banda each worked an inning of relief.

    Chapman and Raimel Tapia each had three hits as the Blue Jays piled up 16 total. Toronto is 5-10 in July.

    Hernandez connected off Royals right-hander Zack Greinke in the third, his 12th homer of the season. Chapman's homer, his 15th, came off Royals call- up Carlos Hernandez in the fifth.

    Greinke (3-6) allowed four runs, three earned, in four innings, losing to the Blue Jays for the first time since June 5, 2009. Greinke had gone 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA in five starts against Toronto since.

    First baseman Nick Pratto had his first big league hit, a single in the fifth, but the Royals didn't manage much against Manoah, who improved to 11-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 18 career starts north of the border.

    Shortstop Maikel Garcia became the fifth Kansas City player to make his debut this series when he replaced Bobby Witt Jr. on defense in the bottom of the sixth.

    Pratto doubled in the ninth to finish 2 for 4.

    START ME UP

    Blue Jays starting pitchers have allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of the past nine games.

    ROSTER MOVES

    Kansas City returned LHP Angel Zerpa to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, activated RHP Josh Staumont (strained neck) off the injured list and recalled Hernandez from Triple-A Omaha. Hernandez replaced RHP Brad Keller, who last pitched Monday, meaning he could not be replaced until Friday.

    TRAINER'S ROOM

    Blue Jays: After throwing a side session Thursday, LHP Yusei Kikcuhi will test his strained neck with a bullpen session Sunday. Kikuchi has been out since July 6.

    UP NEXT

    LHP Daniel Lynch (3-7, 4.92) starts for the Royals on Saturday. Toronto has not named a starter, but RHP Max Castillo (0-0, 2.30) is a candidate to start for the Blue Jays. Lynch is 0-2 with a 6.94 ERA in two starts against Toronto.

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