CHICAGO — White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Kansas City batter Hunter Dozier were forced to leave after a frightening collision on a popup, and the Royals ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Chicago 6-2 on Friday in the opener of a doubleheader.
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Michael A. Taylor had a two-run drive as the Royals stopped Chicago’s six-game winning streak.
After popping up in the second inning, Dozier jogged out of the batter’s box with his head down and grazed past catcher Yasmani Grandal. Dozier took another couple of steps and then slammed hard into Abreu, who was tracking the ball, knocking both players to the ground about 20 feet from the plate.
Grandal caught the ball as trainers and medical staffs came onto the field. After few minutes, Abreu got up and left the field walking on his own, but the AL MVP looked dazed, with his arms draped around two staffers.
Abreu suffered a facial bruise and cut, along with a bruised left knee. Tests for a concussion were negative and his status is day-to-day.
Dozier had a bruised quadricep and neck discomfort. He also is day-to-day.
When play resumed, Taylor homered on the first pitch from Lucas Giolito (2-4).
Brad Keller (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits in five innings to help Kansas City end its longest losing streak since a 12-game slide in 2012.
PHILLIES: Catcher J.T. Realmuto returned to the starting lineup one day after being placed on the COVID-19-related injured list.
Realmuto was cleared to return by Major League Baseball and was the designated hitter and batting fourth for Friday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida.
Realmuto felt ill and had a fever Wednesday night and was placed on the IL in accordance with MLB protocols. He didn’t accompany the team on its flight to Florida but traveled on his own.