Escobar first KC shortstop to play all 162 games

Perez sets club mark with 146th game behind plate

Escobar first KC shortstop to play all 162 games

CHICAGO -- Alcides Escobar on Sunday became the first shortstop in Royals franchise history to play all 162 games at the position in a season.

The old record of 160 games was shared by Angel Berroa (2005) and Greg Gagne (1993). Escobar is the first Major League shortstop to play 162 games since the Cubs' Starlin Castro in 2012.

Another of the Royals' Venezuelan iron men, catcher Salvador Perez, played his 146th game behind the plate Sunday. That broke the team record of 145 by Darrell Porter (1978).

Perez also became the first Major Leaguer to catch 146 games since 2008, when the Brewers' Jason Kendall and the Dodgers' Russell Martin each caught 149.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.