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How many Royals have been hit by pitches this season? Here’s a tracker

The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain hit the dirt after being hit by a pitch from Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the first inning on April 8, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain hit the dirt after being hit by a pitch from Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the first inning on April 8, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

Royals batters have been hit by pitches 24 times through 31 games this season. Here’s a detailed list of every time a Kansas City Royals hitter has been plunked.

No. 1: Alex Gordon

▪ Date: April 6 (Game 1, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox

▪ Situation: No score, bottom of second, runner on first, one out

▪ Count: 0-1, second pitch

No. 2: Lorenzo Cain

▪ Date: April 6 (Game 1, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox (2)

▪ Situation: Royals 4-0, bottom of fifth, none on, one out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

▪ Intentional? Likely so

No. 3 Lorenzo Cain (Second time hit in season)

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The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain hit the dirt after being hit by a pitch from Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the first inning on April 8, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star

▪ Date: April 8 (Game 2, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox

▪ Situation: No score, bottom of first, runner on second, one out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 4 Mike Moustakas

▪ Date: April 8 (Game 2, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox (2)

▪ Situation: White Sox 3-1, bottom of third, none on, one out

▪ Count: 1-2, fifth pitch

No. 5 Mike Moustakas (2)

▪ Date: April 10 (Game 4, at LAA)

▪ Pitcher: Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels

▪ Situation: Royals 1-0, top of third, runner on first, none out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 6 Alex Gordon (2)

▪ Date: April 10 (Game 4, at LAA)

▪ Pitcher: Jose Alvarez, Los Angeles Angels

▪ Situation: Royals 3-2, top of eighth, none on, two out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 7 Mike Moustakas (Third time hit in season, second in game)

▪ Date: April 10 (Game 4, at LAA)

▪ Pitcher: Fernando Salas, Los Angeles Angels

▪ Situation: Royals 3-2, top of ninth, runners on second and third, one out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

▪ Intentional? Likely so

No. 8 Alex Gordon (3)

▪ Date: April 11 (Game 5, at LAA)

▪ Pitcher: Cesar Ramos, Los Angeles Angels

▪ Situation: Royals 6-4, top of seventh, runner on first, two out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 9 Eric Hosmer

▪ Date: April 11 (Game 5, at LAA)

▪ Pitcher: Jose Alvarez, Los Angeles Angels (2)

▪ Situation: Royals 6-4, top of ninth, runner on first, one out

▪ Count: 1-0, second pitch

No. 10 Mike Moustakas (4)

▪ Date: April 12 (Game 6, at LAA)

▪ Pitcher: C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels

▪ Situation: Royals 4-1, top of fifth, none on, none out

▪ Count: 3-0, fourth pitch

No. 11 Alex Gordon (4)

▪ Date: April 13 (Game 7, at MIN)

▪ Pitcher: Brian Duensing, Minnesota Twins

▪ Situation: Royals 5-3, top of eighth, runners on first and second, none out

▪ Count: 0-1, second pitch

No. 12 Alex Rios

▪ Date: April 13 (Game 7, at MIN)

▪ Pitcher: J.R. Graham, Minnesota Twins

▪ Situation: Royals 5-3, top of eighth, bases loaded, none out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

▪ Fallout: Rios suffered a broken bone in his left hand and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

No. 13 Kendrys Morales

▪ Date: April 15 (Game 8, at MIN)

▪ Pitcher: Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins

▪ Situation: Twins 1-0, top of fourth, runner on second, two out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 14 Lorenzo Cain (3)

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Lorenzo Cain was hit by a pitch from Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir in the first inning April 19, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star

▪ Date: April 19 (Game 12, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s

▪ Situation: No score, bottom of first, none on, two out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

▪ Intentional? The Royals believe so

No. 15 Alex Gordon (5)

▪ Date: April 22 (Game 15, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins

▪ Situation: Royals 3-0, bottom of second, none on, none out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 16 Lorenzo Cain (4)

▪ Date: April 22 (Game 15, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins (2)

▪ Situation: Royals 3-0, bottom of fifth, runners on second and third, two out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 17 Mike Moustakas (5)

▪ Date: April 23 (Game 16, at CWS)

▪ Pitcher: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

▪ Situation: Royals 2-1, top of fifth, none on, two out

▪ Count: 0-2, fourth pitch

▪ Intentional? The Royals believe so

No. 18 Mike Moustakas (6)

▪ Date: April 26 (Game 18, at CWS)

▪ Pitcher: John Danks, Chicago White Sox

<bullet>Situation: No score, top of first, none on, one out

▪ Count: 2-2, fifth pitch

No. 19 Alex Gordon (6)

▪ Date: April 27 (Game 19, at CLE)

▪ Pitcher: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

▪ Situation: Royals 2-0, top of fourth, none on, none out

▪ Count: 0-1, second pitch

No. 20 Alcides Escobar

▪ Date: April 29 (Game 21, at CLE)

▪ Pitcher: Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

▪ Situation: Indians 3-2, top of fifth, none on, two out

▪ Count: 2-2, sixth pitch

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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was helped up by trainers after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch from Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the fifth inning April 29, 2015, in Cleveland. Tony Dejak The Associated Press

▪ Fallout: Escobar was hit in the earflap of his helmet by a 96-mph fastball and had to leave the game after being helped up by Royals trainers. The initial diagnosis was a bruised left cheek. Escobar passed tests ruling out a broken jaw but was not cleared of a concussion.

No. 21 Kendrys Morales (2)

▪ Date: May 5 (Game 26, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians (2)

▪ Situation: Indians 2-0, bottom of first, runner on second, one out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

No. 22 Alex Gordon (7)

▪ Date: May 7 (Game 28, at KC)

▪ Pitcher: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (2)

▪ Situation: No score, bottom of first, none on, none out

▪ Count: 1-2, fourth pitch

No. 23 Alex Gordon (8)

▪ Date: May 9 (Game 30, at DET)

▪ Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers

▪ Situation: Royals 4-1, top of third, none on, none out

▪ Count: 1-1, third pitch

No. 24 Alex Gordon (9)

▪ Date: May 10 (Game 31, at DET)

▪ Pitcher: Angel Nesbitt, Detroit Tigers

▪ Situation: Tied 1-1, top of 10th, none on, none out

▪ Count: 0-0, first pitch

▪ Fallout: Gordon wound up scoring the eventual winning run in the Royals’ 2-1 victory

Source: Baseball-Reference.com

HBP superlatives

Royals hit most often

HBPs

Alex Gordon

9

Mike Moustakas

6

Lorenzo Cain

4

Opposing pitchers

HBPs

Jose Alvarez, LAA

2

Corey Kluber, CLE

2

Mike Pelfrey, MIN

2

Jose Quintana, CWS

2

Danny Salazar, CLE

2

Jeff Samardzija, CWS

2

Count when Royals were HBP

No.

0-0 (first pitch)

13

0-1 (second pitch)

3

1-2

2

2-2

2

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