KANSAS CITY - A trio of Royals earned player of the week honors in the Minor Leagues this past week.
Lefty Danny Duffy, who was recently optioned to the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 24-30, while Brooks Pounders of Double-A Northwest Arkansas earned the same distinction in the Texas League. Pounders' teammate, Whit Merrifield, earned offensive Player of the Week honors.
Duffy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, went 2-0 in 10 2/3 innings allowing just five hits and striking out 11 in his two starts.
Pounders tossed a no-hitter last Thursday night against Midland. He had six strikeouts with no walks.
Merrifield went 11-for-16 with three doubles and nine RBIs during the week.
Lough carves niche with four extra-base hits
KANSAS CITY -- With three doubles and a home run in Sunday's win over the Twins, rookie outfielder David Lough carved out a place in Royals history.
Lough is in fine company, joining Hal McRae, Lonnie Smith, Johnny Damon and George Brett as the only players in franchise history with four extra-base hits in a game. Three players managed to do so in nine innings, while Brett's came in a 16-inning game where he hit one double, one triple and two home runs on May 28, 1979. He also had four runs and three RBIs in the Royals' 5-4 win over the Orioles.
"I've just been up here a short while and just to be mentioned with those guys is something I want to keep working on, and be as consistent as I possibly can," Lough said.
Lough is only the seventh rookie to accomplish the feat since 2000 and first since San Diego's Khalil Greene did it in six at-bats on Aug. 13, 2004, against Cincinnati.
"It definitely gives me a boost of confidence, but it is just one game and I know that," Lough said. "I just try to bring it into the next game and be as consistent as I possibly can."
Lough entered Tuesday ranked second among American League rookies with a .314 batting average and holding his own in the outfield, ranking second with four assists.
Royals tab Hosmer, Holland for June awards
KANSAS CITY -- First baseman Eric Hosmer and closer Greg Holland were named Royals player and pitcher of the month, respectively, for their efforts in June.
Hosmer finished the month tied for third in the Majors with 21 runs scored, while leading the team in hits, runs, RBIs and slugging percentage. He led all American League first basemen with four stolen bases and had 11 multihit games, including a two-homer game on June 28. Hosmer batted .303 with six home runs in June after hitting only one homer in his first 223 at-bats this season.
Holland went 1-0 in 13 appearances and converted all nine save opportunities. He finished second among Major League relievers with 24 strikeouts, recording at least one in each of his 13 appearances and three strikeouts on four occasions. The right-hander held opponents to a .119 batting average, allowing just five hits in 13 innings.
Perez feels sore shin in legging out double
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals had a few moments of concern about catcher Salvador Perez after he limped while running out a double in the second inning of Tuesday night's 6-5 loss to the Indians.
Trainer Nick Kenney and manager Ned Yost trotted out to check on Perez, but he was OK and finished the game.
"About five days ago, he fouled a ball off his shin, and the first inning he was blocking a curveball and it bounced up and hit that spot. It's a little sore," Yost said.
Omaha's Coleman among Triple-A All-Stars
KANSAS CITY -- Omaha reliever Louis Coleman was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team on Tuesday. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 17 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.
Coleman is 3-1 with a 1.44 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Storm Chasers. He has six saves and 52 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.
The right-hander spent 11 days with the Royals, where he earned his second career win pitching a scoreless inning of relief on May 30 at St. Louis. Coleman did not allow a run in four relief outings with the Royals.
• After an 8-20 finish in May, the Royals bounced back with their best June record since 2008 at 16-11. In the four years since, the Royals had gone 46-61.
The Royals pitching staff finished the month ranked second with a 3.04 ERA, second with a .236 opponents' batting average and third in wins. The bullpen led the American League with nine wins and ranked second with a 2.41 ERA.
The offense heated up, too, finishing June ranked fifth in the league in batting average behind big months from Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. Moustakas bottomed out at .177 on June 9, but has batted .323 since entering Tuesday. Hosmer batted .303 in June and has six home runs in his last 16 games after hitting just one homer in his first 223 at-bats.
• The Royals will be giving away an exclusive KC Stars & Stripes Cap on Wednesday to the first 10,000 fans in celebration of Independence Day. Fans will also be treated to fireworks after the game against the Indians.
On Thursday, the Royals and Indians will be sporting a similar design on the field to honor veterans. The caps as well as other Stars & Stripes gear will be available for sale with all proceeds going to the Welcome Back Veterans fund, which is an initiative that raises awareness and provides support for veterans as they transition back into civilian life.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.