Alcides Escobar SS KC 29 Days

Alcides Escobar delivered a pair of two-run doubles in the Royals' 6-2 win over the Twins on Monday.

Escobar matched his career high for RBI established just last month in a game against Seattle. He actually went 158 games last year without ever knocking in three runs, but he has three such games this season. He's also batting .295, a huge improvement over last year's .234 mark.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 1 Month

Alcides Escobar returned to action on Monday June 23.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 1 Month

Alcides Escobar is listed as day-to-day after suffering a left shin contusion in Sunday's game against the Mariners.

Escobar was lifted after being hit by a pitch and sent for precautionary X-rays, which ruled out any serious injury. Expect him to return to the Royals lineup in a day or two.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 1 Month

Alcides Escobar went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

The Royals scored all 11 of their runs in three innings, and Escobar had a run in each of the frames. The shortstop has now hit in all but one of his 15 games in June, and Tuesday was his fourth multi-hit game in his last six. He's raised his line to .295/.335/.406, and with 18 steals he's definitely a mixed league player at this point.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar (calf) is in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the White Sox.

Escobar was removed from Friday's contest due to tightness in his calf, but it appears to be a very minor issue. He'll hit ninth against opposing hurler Hector Noesi on Saturday.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the White Sox due to tightness in his calf.

Escobar believes that the issue is minor and that he'll be able to return to the lineup on Saturday, but he'll test the calf out during batting practice to see how he feels. It looks as though he will avoid a trip to the disabled list and be able to return at some point this weekend.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Escobar plated one run with his first triple of the season in the fifth inning, and he tied the score with an RBI single in the top of the eighth. After a miserable 2013 season, the shortstop is hitting .269 with 15 stolen bases and 26 runs scored, plenty useful in AL-only leagues and even some deeper mixed leagues.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar stole two bases in the Royals' defeat of the Angels on Saturday night.

Escobar owns a weak .271/.317/.376 batting line in 48 games this season, but he has 14 steals and is currently on pace for 47. The speedy shortstop stole 22 bases in 2013 and a career-high 35 in 2012.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Getting another start in the second spot in the order, Alcides Escobar went 0-for-5 in Friday's loss to the Angels.

Escobar has started seven games in the two hole over the last couple of weeks, going 6-for-30 with no walks, one extra-base hit and no RBI. He's scored five runs in those games anyway, so perhaps it hasn't been a total loss. But he's a dreadful choice to hit second, as Ned Yost should have learned several times over by now.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 3 Months

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Escobar had an RBI single in the second inning and also had an RBI groundout in the eighth inning. With Sunday's grand slam, Escobar has driven in seven runs in his last three games after driving in 10 in his first 35 games of the season. The shortstop is hitting .282/.336/.405 on the year.