Xavier Fernandez capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-out, two-run single as the Lexington Legends defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 8-7 in front of 5,521 fans Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Kansas City Royals prospect Raul Mondesi was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for Clenbuterol, a banned steroid. A positive test for a performance-enhancing drug usually results in an 80-game suspension, but Major League Baseball and the players union agreed to the reduced term for Mondesi after he showed that the steroid came from cold medicine he took.
Signed by the Kansas City Royals three years ago for $1.3 million out of Ruda, Italy, Lexington Legends shortstop Marten Gasparini was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization by Baseball America in 2016
Spring baseball on a cold, 38-degree night paid off for the Lexington Legends and the hearty fans in attendance at Whitaker Bank Ballpark as they won their opener 7-4 against the Lakewood BlueClaws Thursday night. The announced crowd of 3,311 and 27 dogs got a chance to see Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress and a competitive if a little sloppy South Atlantic League game that saw both of the Legends’ native Kentuckians figure in the outcome.
The Lexington Legends bring back a few familiar faces, new food, promotions and fireworks, the South Atlantic League All-Star Game and thousands of dollars of improvements to Whitaker Bank Ballpark and as they open the season Thursday night. Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will sign autographs after the gates open at 5 p.m. leading up to his ceremonial first pitch. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.
The Lexington Legends’ opening day roster will include two players with strong local ties, two top returnees from last year’s pitching staff and some prospects in the Kansas City Royals’ system who are moving up from the rookie leagues.