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Mike Moustakas homers twice as Royals snap skid with 7-1 win over White Sox

Mike Moustakas boomed the Royals’ first home run since July 10 with a second-inning solo shot, and added his 12th of the season with a two-run blast in the eighth as Kansas City beat the White Sox 7-1 on Tuesday night in Chicago. Billy Butler and Raul Ibanez smacked doubles to spark a four-run sixth inning. Bruce Chen strung together five useful frames of his own. The combination allowed the Royals to celebrate for the first time since the All-Star break and end a four-game losing streak.

How Bruce Chen pitches inside on right-handed hitters

In the second inning Bruce Chen threw a pitch in the mid-80s to Gordon Beckham and tied him up. When Bruce comes in on a right-handed hitter, he often does it with a cutter. So it’s not the velocity that messes up the righties, it’s the angle. The pitch just keeps boring in on their hands and they need to get the bat head out early to keep the ball off their knuckles. Get the hitters to start early and then a pitcher can throw off-speed. That can result in a swing and miss or easy pop-up.

Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

Testifying that there is a professional etiquette to beaning batters, a former major league pitcher says he did not intentionally hit Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game, setting off a brawl.

How Bruce Chen pitches inside on right-handed hitters

In the second inning Bruce Chen threw a pitch in the mid-80s to Gordon Beckham and tied him up. When Bruce comes in on a right-handed hitter, he often does it with a cutter. So it’s not the velocity that messes up the righties, it’s the angle. The pitch just keeps boring in on their hands and they need to get the bat head out early to keep the ball off their knuckles. Get the hitters to start early and then a pitcher can throw off-speed. That can result in a swing and miss or easy pop-up.

Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

Testifying that there is a professional etiquette to beaning batters, a former major league pitcher says he did not intentionally hit Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game, setting off a brawl.

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