Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 2 weeks ago

Cain will likely begin the season as the Royals' No. 3 hitter, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Cain batted all over the lineup last season after beginning the year as the No. 8 hitter. He spent some time as the leadoff man and also hit second, third, sixth and seventh at various times throughout the season. At this point, the Royals' order is not set in stone, but it appears Cain is close to being locked into the three spot.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 2 months ago

Cain agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

The 28-year-old improved his average by an even 50 points and his OBP by 29 points last season, while also playing his usual outstanding defense in center field for the AL Champion Royals. His numbers were buoyed by an anomalous .380 BABIP, and his strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong direction, but Cain should continue to make for a valuable source of stolen bases and average in his sixth major league season.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 6 months ago

Cain went 1-for-4 with a run scored, a stolen base and one RBI against the White Sox Friday night.

The stolen base was Cain's 28th of the season, which is where most of his value is to fantasy owners. Cain (.304/.341/.416) has an outside shot at 30 stolen bases this season, while keeping his batting average around the .300 mark.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 6 months ago

Cain stayed hot Thursday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs.

He's hit in seven straight games, raising his average to .304 in the process. Fantasy owners who acquired Cain on the cheap can hardly complain about getting a guy who's hit over .300 with 27 steals, although his RBI and run production has been spotty.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 6 months ago

Cain is out of the lineup Saturday against the Tigers, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

This was likely a no-brainer for manager Ned Yost, as Cain is 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts in his career against Saturday's starter Max Scherzer. Jarrod Dyson will take over in center, following 11 straight starts by Cain.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 6 months ago

Cain was the hero Monday, hitting a walk-off infield single to give the Royals the win.

The infield knock was Cain's only hit of the night. The outfielder has now hit safely in six straight and is hitting .289 for the month. For the season, Cain is hitting a respectable .297 with 25 stolen bases for the Royals.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 months ago

Cain broke out of his funk at the plate Monday, going 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run.

Cain was held out of the lineup for a mental day on Sunday, and it appeared to have paid dividends. The outfielder's two hits Monday were as many as he had in his last seven games combined. Cain is hitting .295 with 24 steals this season.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 months ago

Cain is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.

After striking out three times in four at-bats Saturday, Cain will receive a mental day off in the series finale. Unless he enters the game late as a pinch-hitter, he'll finish the series without a hit in his seven at-bats. Jarrod Dyson will man center field in Cain's stead.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 months ago

Cain isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Cain has cobbled together a three-game hitting streak, discounting Sunday's suspended contest against the Indians, during which he hit (5-for-12) with one RBI, one run, three stolen bases, and two walks versus no strikeouts. He'll hand over center field to Jarrod Dyson, who is batting leadoff.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 months ago

Cain is out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Twins, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

Since his last absence on Aug. 17, Cain's posted a .308 average (8-for-26), two RBI, three runs, and two steals. In his stead, Nori Aoki is handling right field and batting leadoff.