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Perez, Duffy earn players of the month honor for the month of April

Perez, Moustakas homer in 12th, Royals beat Tigers 5-3
Danny Duffy
Posted at 10:56 AM, May 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-02 15:21:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez and left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month for April.

Perez, 30, tied for the team lead with 26 hits in April, 11 of which went for extra bases.

During the 10-game home stand from April 12-21, Perez began with a four-hit game, including the 1,000th hit of his career.

The following night, Perez had two hits and a walk-off pick-off, stopping the potential tying run at third base to end the game.

Perez then topped-off the 10-game homestand with a walk-off single in the ninth, becoming the first player in the ajors this season with two walk-off hits. He had four game-winning RBI on the home stand, which matched the American League lead for the entire month of April.

This is Perez's third Royals Player of the Month award, and first since July 2018.

Duffy, 32, went 3-1 with a 0.39 ERA in April, which was the best in the Majors. It also marked the best earned run average (ERA) in any calendar month in Royals history topping the previous record set by Zack Greinke, who had a 0.50 ERA in five April starts in 2009. Greinke won the Cy Young Award that season.

Duffy ended the month with no earned runs allowed over his last 12 innings.

This is Duffy's seventh Royals Pitcher of the Month award, matching Kevin Appier for third most, trailing only Greinke and Joakim Soria.