KC Royals Fantasy Heroes: Paulo Orlando Triples Again


Paulo Orlando topped off the KC Royals 7-1 win over the Twins on Monday night with a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the 8th inning.

The Kansas City Royals got back to business after a volatile series against the Oakland A’s that included six ejections and a lot of heated words between Brett Lawrie and KC reliever Kelvin Herrera on Sunday.

The KC Royals exploited Minnesota defensive mistakes to turn a tight 1-1 ballgame into a 7-1 laugher.


Paulo Orlando has settled into right field in place of injured Alex Rios. Though he is only the right handed half of a platoon with Jarrod Dyson, Orlando has hit five triples in a 13-game major-league career.

Twenty-nine year old rookie Orlando has quickly earned the knickname Mr. Triple for his propensity to hit the three-bagger.

As I wrote earlier, Orlando had 63 triples as a minor-league hitter. Obviously, he showed a tendency for the triple before this season; but, the wide spaces of Kauffman Stadium has given the Brazilian the chance to show off his track-star speed.

Right now, Paulo Orlando might be worth playing in fantasy baseball in hopes of juicing your triple category. He also has been hitting pretty well at the plate with a .269/.345/.659 line.


The Kansas City Royals exploited mistakes by the Twins to break a 1-1 tie in the 6th inning. The Royals scored three runs on one hit (a double by Kendrys Morales) to go with a dropped fly ball, a walk, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly.

The KC Royals also scored their first run of the game on a wild pitch by Kyle Gibson in the 4th inning, after Alcides Escobar opened the inning with a double and Mike Moustakas moved him to 3rd on a ground out.

In the 8th, the Twins allowed Kansas City’s fifth run when center fielder Jordan Schaefer allowed a pop fly by Kendrys Morales to drop for an RBI single.

Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with 1 single, 1 double, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs (9).

Salvador Perez also went 2 for 3 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, 1 sacrifice fly, and 1 RBI (13).

Paulo Orlando went 1 for 3 with 1 triple (his 5th triple this season), and 2 RBIs (3).


Edinson Volquez lasted 7.0 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Volquez recorded his second win of the season in three starts (2-1) for a 1.99 ERA.

The former Pirates and Reds starter is showing that he has mastered the command issues that plagued him until 2014.

Kelvin Herrera entered in the 8th and pitched 1.0 innings while allowing 1 walk and 0 earned runs with 1 strikeout.

Ryan Madson entered in the 9th and finished off the game


The KC Royals and Twins play game two of their three game series on Tuesday. Jason Vargas (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will pitch for Kansas City, against Tommy Milone (2-0, 2.08 ERA) for the Twins. Game time is April 21, 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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