Unrelated dugout shot of Hosmer. Someone in the KC photog pool LOVES this angle, there's like 5 of them for each game. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
- Danny Duffy has a nice start tonight. I've been underwhelmed by Duffy thus far, but that hasn't been Duffy's fault. That's just the way it is with a (moderately) hyped prospect churned out by maybe the most hyped farm system of the decade. (Though to be honest, I'm more worried about Duffy not immediately being awesome than I am with Moose or Hosmer, because that's often the career arch for pitchers, if they have it, they often have it right away.) Duffy's threw too many pitches, which is in part why he only lasted six innings. Still, the positives: six strikeouts, just one walk, and just one damaging home run.
- Louis Coleman for All-Star! Yost is starting to use Coleman in an interesting way, pitching him for two innings at a time in his last four appearances. As a matter of general principle, I welcome this development.
- Aaron Crow can't handle being an All-Star. No, I'm not serious.
- The Royal offense rattled around a little in the bottom of the 9th, but there wasn't enough change left in the piggy bank. One walk, seven singles, a double from Hosmer. Francoeur and Brayan Pena (he's still alive!) had two single each. Pride.