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41 Danny Duffy SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/202 | Birthdate: 12/21/1988 | Birthplace: Goleta, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $505,125 | Owned/Started%: 59/28 | Average Draft Position: 260.98
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Danny Duffy serves up a pair of homers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Royals starter Danny Duffy yielded two homers and four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings Sunday, taking the loss in a 4-1 defeat to Cleveland. Duffy gave up both long balls in the second inning as Carlos Santana hit a solo shot and Yan Gomes added a two-run blast.

Duffy (5-8) saw his ERA rise to 2.86 despite striking out six and walking none. It was the first time in five starts that he allowed more than two earned runs. He'll face the Tigers at home Friday.


Danny Duffy surrenders one run in win vs. Twins Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy earned a win Monday, giving up just one earned run on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 6-1 victory over the Twins.

Duffy (5-7) just missed a quality start, but he hasn't surrendered more than two runs in any of his last four outings. He ends June having surrendered just seven earned runs in 37 1/3 innings during the month. Duffy owns a 2.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 55:29 K:BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians Sunday.


Danny Duffy settles for another tough-luck loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched around some wildness for one of his best outings of the season, but got no support in a 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.  

Duffy walked four batters, but still kept the Dodgers mostly at bay. He scattered four hits and allowed just one run over six innings of work, but took his second loss in a row, as he ran into the Clayton Kershaw buzz saw. Duffy struck out five batters on 105 pitches in the loss.

Duffy has received just one run of support of his last two starts, despite allowing just three runs over 13 innings of work. He is 4-7 despite a 2.69 ERA in 67 innings of work, and will look for better luck when he takes on the Twins Monday.  


Danny Duffy takes loss in low-scoring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy had another strong outing Thursday at Detroit. However, he ended up with a loss as Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was just that much better in a 2-1 win for Detroit.

The Royals went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, which was a lead Duffy (4-6) held until the fourth inning. Austin Jackson led off with a single and he scored one batter later on Miguel Cabrera's RBI double. Duffy cleared the bases with a double play on a lineout, but J.D. Martinez launched a go-ahead solo home run on a 1-1 pitch with two outs, which stood as the game-winning hit.

The left-handed hurler was charged with two runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out five in seven innings.

Duffy took his first loss in four starts Thursday and has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts. He's expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers.


Bruce Chen likely won't supplant Danny Duffy from rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Bruce Chen appears destined for a bullpen role upon his eventual promotion from Triple-A Omaha. His own struggles at that level, coupled with a surge from Royals fifth starter Danny Duffy, should keep Chen out of the rotation.

Chen performed better in his last start, giving up two earned runs and fanning 11 in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday. But he is still 0-1 with an 8.76 ERA for Omaha. Duffy is 2-0 and has yielded just three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

Given that the Royals are the hottest team in baseball, it seems all but certain that they won't shake things up by replacing Duffy with Chen.


Danny Duffy dynamite in dominating White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The move to the starting rotation has resulted in inconsistency for Royals veteran Danny Duffy, but he was certainly on top of his game Saturday against the White Sox.

Duffy notched a career-high nine strikeouts in pitching shutout ball for seven innings. He yielded just five hits and walked one. It was his second dominant outing in the last three - he gave one one hit in six shutout innings in St. Louis on June 2.

He will try to make it two straight strong starts Thursday in Detroit.


Royals adjust starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Monday's home contest against the Yankees postponed because of inclement weather, Royals manager Ned Yost will give his starting rotation an extra day of rest, the Kansas City Star reports.

Jason Vargas, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, will be pushed back for Tuesday's opener against the Indians, followed by Yordano Ventura on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the hill for a weekend series against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, followed by Danny Duffy on Saturday and James Shields on Sunday.

Danny Duffy surrenders three runs in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy didn't factor into Saturday's decision after giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 8-4 win over the Yankees.

Duffy made it through five innings without giving up a run, but the Yankees brought three runs home in the sixth inning to even the score at 3-3, with Duffy exiting before the third out of the inning was recorded. It was a solid follow-up to throwing six one-hit innings Monday, and he owns a 3.26 ERA and 33:21 K:BB ratio in 47 innings. Duffy is scheduled to take on the White Sox Friday.


Royals' defense helping Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/3/2014) In a recent blog post, I explained how David Price and Erik Bedard could gain Fantasy value, should the Rays opt to use Kevin Kiermaier -- a superb defender -- to replace the injured Wil Myers in right field. While the Rays may get a defensive upgrade in Myers' absence, the Royals have already been getting excellent outfield defense from Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Norichika Aoki, and Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy have been the main beneficiaries.

Vargas is doing his usual thing: not blowing hitters away, but pitching with good enough control to offer a passable WHIP (1.23). The move to Kauffman Stadium hasn't worked out as well for Vargas as Fantasy owners might have hoped (eight home runs in 37 2/3 innings and a 5.26 ERA at home), but the Royals' outfield has likely provided a boost. Batters are hitting just .062 on flyballs in play, which has helped Vargas' WHIP as well as his 3.39 ERA.

Duffy has apparently benefitted even more than Vargas. That would make sense, since Duffy's 43 percent flyball rate is 12 percentage points higher than Vargas'. It's a good thing that Duffy has allowed a microscopic .041 BABIP on flyballs, since he has been allowing lots of contact over his six starts (5 percent whiff rate) and issuing nearly a walk every other inning. Despite his shortcomings, Duffy has a more-than-respectable 3.27 ERA and 1.15 WHIP as a starter.

Neither pitcher is a good bet for strikeouts, but particularly in two-start weeks, both Vargas and Duffy are worth considering, in part, due to the assist they appear to be getting from their outfield defense.


Danny Duffy blanks Cardinals Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Royals starter Danny Duffy made a strong case to remain in the rotation Monday against the Cardinals, scattering one hit in six scoreless inning to improve to 3-5 on the year.

Duffy struck out five and walked one, improving his ERA from 3.57 to 3.05 through his first 12 appearance (six starts). Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Duffy has allowed 10 earned runs.

Following the 6-0 road win, Duffy will look to keep things rolling Saturday at home against the Yankees.

Danny Duffy struggles again in loss to Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Royals converted starter Danny Duffy might not be long for the rotation if he can't turn it around quickly as Bruce Chen is closing in on a return.

Duffy was pounded for the second straight start Wednesday after two strong ones. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in just four innings in a loss at home to Houston that completed a sweep. He walked five, struck out three and gave up home runs to sizzling George Springer and Chris Carter.

The left-hander will try to turn it around Monday in St. Louis.


Danny Duffy takes step back vs. Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (2-4) took a step back on Friday, dropping his third decision over his last four starts in a 6-1 defeat to the Angels in Anaheim. The left-hander surrendered five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two over six innings of work.

Duffy, who had a perfect game going through 6 2/3 innings in his previous start, saw his ERA balloon from 1.49 to 2.59 following Friday's abysmal outing. He will look to get back on track Wednesday at home against Houston.

Danny Duffy still has something to prove


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/19/2014) So Danny Duffy had a perfect game going through 6 2/3 innings against the Orioles Saturday. Good for him.

I'm not sure it says much about his Fantasy prospects, though.

What made him so enticing to Fantasy owners in the first place was his strikeout rate. In 11 big-league starts between 2012 and 2013, he averaged 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He had only two in Saturday's start and has yet to record more than four in three starts this year.

Now, it'd be one thing if the reduced strike rate helped him keep his walks in check, which was certainly the case Saturday, but in his previous two starts, he issued 6.3 walks per nine innings, which suggests they'll continue to be a problem for him going forward.

In other words, this version of Duffy is the worst of both worlds -- one prone to free passes, but without the promising strikeout rate. It's a small sample, sure, but the only thing we know he won't continue to do is allow just two hits every time out. And since that's what has carried him so far, I remain skeptical of him in general.


Danny Duffy opens with six-plus perfect innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy flirted with history Saturday, in a 1-0 win over the Orioles.

Duffy opened the outing with 6 2/3 perfect innings, before Adam Jones snuck a single past a diving infielder for the first hit of the game. He ended the inning without incident and came back out for the eighth, but was pulled after a leadoff single.

Duffy finished the game with seven shutout innings on two hits. He also struck out two batters and did not walk one while throwing 65 of 97 pitches for strikes.

Duffy has allowed just two runs over three starts since joining the rotation, and should get a couple more turns with Bruce Chen still hurt. He has a 2-3 record and 1.42 ERA in 25 1/3 innings overall, likely to come Friday against the Angels. 


Danny Duffy set to make May 17 start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) With Bruce Chen still limited to playing catch due to a back injury, Royals manager Ned Yost doesn't have many options with his rotation moving forward.

Yost told the Kansas City Star he expects Danny Duffy to start May 17 against the Orioles, after skipping his turn in the rotation. Duffy should remain in the rotation moving forward, as long as Chen is sidelined. 


Danny Duffy pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy put together a quality outing on Thursday, but was not backed by any run support in a 1-0 defeat to Seattle.

Duffy allowed a run-scoring single to Corey Hart in the third inning, which proved to be the difference. He yielded one run on two hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings pitched, dropping to 1-3 on the year.

Duffy will likely be skipped in the rotation in his next turn and will likely work out of the bullpen for the time being. He owns a 1.96 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP with a 17:10 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.

Danny Duffy's rotation future cloudy past Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is guaranteed just one more start, before the schedule puts his status in doubt moving forward.

Duffy will pitch Thursday against the Mariners in Bruce Chen's place, but will be skipped in the rotation in his next turn and will likely work out of the bullpen for the time being, according to MLB.com. He might miss just one turn in the rotation however, though the potential return of Chen from a back injury looms over the proceedings.

"He'll pitch [Thursday], then he won't pitch again until the 17th, so he'll probably go in the 'pen once we come back [to Kansas City]," Yost said. "Then if Bruce is ready to make a start on the 17th, then, we'll make a decision."


Danny Duffy in rotation 'for the immediate future'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Royals general manager Dayton Moore said starting pitcher Danny Duffy will be part of the team's rotation "for the immediate future" since Bruce Chen (back) still hasn't resumed baseball activities, per The Kansas City Star.

Duffy's next start is Thursday against the Mariners, but the Royals won't need another fifth starter until May 17 since they have an off-day Monday.


Danny Duffy lasts four innings in spot start Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy threw 75 pitches during his spot start Saturday, giving up just one earned run on two hits and four walks in four innings while striking out two in his team's 9-2 loss to the Tigers.

Duffy (1-2) took the loss in the outing but pitched relatively well in place of the injured Bruce Chen, limiting the effects of his wildness by only letting one runner cross the plate on a sacrifice fly in his final inning of action. He owns a 2.19 ERA and 13:7 K:BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. Duffy is tentatively slated to get another start Thursday in Seattle.


Danny Duffy could throw 70 pitches in spot start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) The Royals seem to be leaning in Danny Duffy's direction to start Saturday in Bruce Chen's place against the Tigers.

"Yep, a possibility," manager Ned Yost told MLB.com Thursday.

Duffy has been pitching out of the bullpen since making one start at Triple-A Omaha to open the season, but Yost thinks he can get up to 70 pitches out of him, if need be. He will likely designate another long reliever to piggyback Duffy, giving the team some flexibility.

"I believe he'll be fine," Yost said. "I'll have some coverage if I need it."


Danny Duffy could be replacement starter Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is a potential replacement starter Saturday against the Tigers, if Bruce Chen is unavailable due to a back injury. However, manager Ned Yost said he would not be afraid to use Duffy in relief just because he might need an emergency starter Saturday.

"I’m not going to jeopardize a win today for a game tomorrow," Yost said, per The Kansas City Star.


Danny Duffy takes loss after two-error appearance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy didn't allow any walks or hits Saturday nor did he record an out, but he was still charged with an unearned run in the 10th inning and saddled with the loss in the Orioles' 3-2 win over the Royals.

Duffy (1-1) hit the first batter he faced then committed a throwing error trying to force out the lead runner. With two men on, Duffy committed another error on an attempted sacrifice by the next batter, loading the bases. He was understandably removed from the game at that point, and after a strikeout, a single was able to plate the winning run for the Orioles. Duffy owns a 1.08 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings, but he may have trouble shaking off the two-error appearance.


Royals recall Danny Duffy


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Royals recalled pitcher Danny Duffy from Triple-A Omaha Saturday.

Duffy will pitch out of the bullpen while in Kansas City after failing to win a rotation spot during the spring. He made one start with Omaha before the promotion, allowing two earned runs in six innings while striking out four and walking one.


Danny Duffy among players demoted to minors by Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Royals announced Sunday they optioned pitcher Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph to Triple-A Omaha. They also announced they reassigned pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters to minor-league camp.

Danny Duffy not projected for longterm bullpen role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is competing for a spot in the team's regular season bullpen after losing out on the battle for a rotation spot, but the team doesn't see him as a longterm option in the bullpen, the Kansas City Star reports.

At 25 years old, Duffy is still plenty young enough to make his mark as a starting pitcher, and he'll likely be a regular part of the Triple-A rotation if he isn't named to the Royals' opening-day roster.