Royals swept by Red Sox, Perez named to All-Star game Featured

The Boston Red Sox completed a 3 game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 7-4 win Sunday.

Whit Merrifield led the Royals going 5 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Manager Ned Yost says Merrfield is having a good season.

The Royals have now lost 9 in a row. The Royals begin a 3 game series against the Twins in Minneapolis Monday night. Danny Duffy will be on the mound for the Royals with first pitch at 7:10p.
 
Sunday Alcides Escobar saw his consecutive games played streak  end at 421 games.
The Royals placed Jakob Junis on the disabled list with back tightness.
They also sent Jason Hammel to the bullpen. Manager Ned Yost says main focus for the rest of the season will be player development.

 
The Kansas City Royals Sunday announced the signing of Japanese 16-year old pitcher Kaito Yuki. The Osaka, Japan, native just completed his junior high season in May and chose to sign a professional contract with the Royals over attending high school.

Salvadore Perez has been selected to play in his 6th straight All-Star game. For now, Perez is the only player representative for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 17. He was voted in via the Player Ballot. Osage City native and Oakland A relief pitcher Blake Treinen was selected for his first All-Star game.
The 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played July 17 in Washington, D.C. Watch on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starters
C: Wilson Ramos, Rays
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians
SS: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees
DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

Reserves
C: Salvador Perez, Royals ^
1B: Mitch Moreland, Red Sox ^
2B: Gleyber Torres, Yankees ^
3B: Alex Bregman, Astros ^
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians ^
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians ^
OF: Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers ^
OF: Mitch Haniger, Mariners ^
OF: George Springer, Astros ^
OF: Nelson Cruz, Mariners ^

Pitchers
RHP: Trevor Bauer, Indians *
RHP: Jose Berrios, Twins *
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees ^
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Astros ^
RHP: Edwin Diaz, Mariners ^
LHP: J.A. Happ, Blue Jays *
RHP: Joe Jimenez, Tigers *
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox ^
RHP: Corey Kluber, Indians ^
LHP: Chris Sale, Red Sox ^
RHP: Luis Severino, Yankees ^
RHP: Blake Treinen, Athletics *
RHP: Justin Verlander, Astros @

Final Vote candidates
OF: Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
OF: Eddie Rosario, Twins
SS: Jean Segura, Mariners
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Angels
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Starters
C: Willson Contreras, Cubs
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B: Javier Baez, Cubs
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants
OF: Nick Markakis, Braves
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Reserves
C: Buster Posey, Giants ^
C: J.T. Realmuto, Marlins *
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs *
1B: Joey Votto, Reds ^
2B: Ozzie Albies, Braves ^
2B: Scooter Gennett, Reds *
3B: Eugenio Suarez, Reds ^
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies ^
OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies ^
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers ^
OF: Christian Yelich, Brewers ^

Pitchers

LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs *
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets ^
LHP: Sean Doolittle, Nationals ^
RHP: Mike Foltynewicz, Braves ^
LHP: Josh Hader, Brewers ^
LHP: Brad Hand, Padres ^
RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers *
LHP: Jon Lester, Cubs ^
RHP: Miles Mikolas, Cardinals *
RHP: Aaron Nola, Phillies ^
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals ^
LHP: Felipe Vazquez, Pirates *

Final Vote candidates
1B: Jesus Aguilar, Brewers
1B: Brandon Belt, Giants
INF: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
INF/OF: Max Muncy, Dodgers
SS: Trea Turner, Nationals

^ Player Ballot-elected
* Choice of MLB

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